Published on February 13th, 2014 | by Pete Karle
2014 Ping Ketsch Putter Review
The new Ping Ketsch Putter is the latest installment of the company’s mallet-head style putters.
Ping’s new offering is its successor to the moderately popular Nome series. While putting can be mostly dependent on the preferences and style of the individual golfer, the Ketsch series primarily is intended for the higher handicap golfer who may tend to play slower greens and has a stroke type looking for more stability.
Whereas the look may be slightly different, the Ketsch, which is named the city where Ping has its German headquarters, is most comparable to TaylorMade’s Daddy Long Legs and Callaway Golf’s Jailbird.
The Ping Ketsch Putter uses variable-depth grooves, which helps equalize ball speeds across the face, meaning that the player will have a more consistent performance even if they don’t hit the sweet spot every time.
The grooving is an feature that Ping refers to as “True Roll,” or the TR in some of their other putter lines. A 17-4 stainless steel sole weight also helps distribute the weight of the club lower and farther to the back of the club. This effectively raises the loft and moment of inertia, or MOI, of the club. It’s a key forgiveness feature that assists the higher handicap player.
Lastly, the sharp contrast of the black finish with the striking white alignment aids the player in finding the correct ball path to the cup. And, as always, the Ping Ketsch Putter series comes weighted to fit one of three stroke types that it identifies through the fitting process.
Look (3.5 out of 5 stars)
The Ketsch putter comes in a matte-black finish that appears crisp and clean at address and does not have the same metallic glare you see elsewhere. Meanwhile, the contrast to the white sight lines provides a nice framing of the clubhead to the golf ball.
The neckline as a slight bend to it, which helps distribute the weight properly, but still is a very traditional look when standing over the Ping Ketsch Putter. You match that up with a traditional black PP58 Ping Putter Grip, and the Ketsch has a very practical look to it that is sure please the eye of the traditional golfer. There’s just not a lot of noise around this club.
Performance (4 out of 5 stars)
The Ketsch does seem to hold up to most of Ping’s claims. I found that the ball speed off the face of the putter was overall very consistent, even when I attempted to strike the ball more towards the toe or the heel of the putter. The sight-lines help frame the ball at immediate address and made it very easy to have a repeatable approach to my putting stroke.
The downside of the Ping Ketsch Putter (and what I believe to be the downside of most over-sized mallet style putters) is that there was little feel when striking the ball. There was a bit of a dull thud, and I found little response when the clubhead made contact.
Overall, I feel that the Ping Ketsch Putter is a very successful product for the right style of player. This putter is intended for a golfer who is looking to gain some consistency to this facet of their game without necessarily having the time to put in a lot of practice at the putting green. The Ketsch will perform well on a variety of different greens but may not be ideally suited for the player who prefers firm and fast courses.
As someone who is used to having a very sound feel and response in their putting game, I would have a hard time switching to the Ping Ketsch Putter — even though I may have need for it. Golfers with similar attitudes I believe will impact the overall success of this putter when compared to other great Ping putter offerings.