Forged from 8620 stainless steel, the Ping Anser wedges made their debut on the PGA Tour in spring 2011 and immediately were popular with accomplished players because they are designed to give golfers soft feel around the greens.
The hosel of the Anser wedges was designed to be slightly longer, so in order to pull the sweet spot more toward the center of the hitting area, Ping added a small amount of tungsten low in the toe area. This also drops the club’s center of gravity and slightly increases the moment of inertia.
While the trend in modern iron design is to make clubs with a thin face for more ball speed, Ping added mass behind the center of the face in the Anser wedges to provide more stability. And unlike the Tour-S wedges, the Anser wedges do not have a custom tuning port behind the face.
The sole of the Anser wedges tapers toward the heel, becoming narrower and making it easier to get the leading edge under the ball on shots hit from a tight lie or firm sand.
The Anser wedges are available in lofts ranging from 50 degrees to 60 degrees, with each club coming standard with 12 degree of bounce, except for the 58- and 60-degree models that are shipping with 10 degree of bounce.
When they were originally released, the Anser wedges carried a retail price of about $170.