Bubba Watson's new Ping putter is made from the same steel as ancient swords

Bubba Watson Ping PLD Anser putter Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Bubba Watson's new Ping putter is made from the same steel as ancient swords

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Bubba Watson's new Ping putter is made from the same steel as ancient swords

Before the Masters, some players put new wedges into their bag, add a hybrid or make a subtle modification to their set ideally suited to the demands of Augusta National. This week, Bubba Watson, a two-time Masters winner, is debuting a new Ping putter. The shape will be familiar to nearly everyone, but the look is one of a kind.

Ping made Watson two new PLD Anser putters, and both are made of Damascus steel, a material that originated in the Middle East and was used to make swords and knives. As it is produced, Damascus steel takes on flowing lines and waves that give it a wood-like appearance.

PLD stands for Putting Lab Design, a project that aims to advance design, technology and engineering concepts.

As he details in the video below, which was produced by Ping Golf, Watson’s putter weighs 326 grams with 2.5 degrees of loft and a lie angle 1 degree flat. Watson also had Ping make him a second Damascus steel PLD Anser that is 20 grams heavier, which he plans to use when he plays abroad on slower greens.

Watson had used a Ping Milled Anser 1 and, statistically, could use some help on the greens. His strokes gained: putting average is -.640, which ranks 199th on the PGA Tour. He ranks 194th in 3-putt avoidance.

 

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