On this page you’ll find our detailed Ping Vault Putter Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other putters we have recently reviewed.
Is it just me, or is the term ‘vault’ a pretty awesome one to describe a brand of putter? Then again, when it comes to looks, style, performance and just super-damn cool, Ping have a knack for getting it absolutely spot on with their putters – it really has been a conveyor belt of excellence from the depths of the Ping factory.
The Gold Putter Vault in Phoenix is the melting pot of it all, where Ping keep gold putters as a tribute to the near-3,000 professionals who have won an event whilst wielding these beautiful blades. Lee Westwood has contributed 58 to the cause, and his cross section alone shows how these putters have developed over the years.
Anyway, whilst the latest Ping Vault putters aren’t gold in terms of color or material, the popular school of thought is that the style, cutting-edge technology and silky smooth feel will elevate your putting to a level which rivals the Ping pantheon of greats. Here are our thoughts on whether such lofty standards could possibly be met…
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In a word (or two): world class. Across the entire line there is excellent look and feel, while the True-Roll technology underpins the truly superior performance and consistency. In terms of milled putters, this is almost as good as you’ll find, and it’s good to see both platinum and slate finishes on offer. They don’t come cheap, but for quality like this, it still represents good value. Overall, a resounding yes from us!
Pros and Cons
- Exudes style and class
- Tremendous consistency and feel across all four models
- Choice of blade and mallet heads – all needs catered for!
- Even at $300+, these high-end putters still represent decent value
- None that we can think of!
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There are four models across the range, namely the Oslo, Bergen, Voss and of course the unmistakable Anser 2. The former two Texas wedges comprise the Mallet collection, while the latter are both blades. In terms of quality, it’s probably best to assess each putter type in isolation.
Both the Oslo and the Bergen are formed from a fully-machined 6061 T-6 body, which is complemented by a 17-4 stainless steel soleplate. The Platinum finish is the pick for me, although you can also select the darker Slate PVD option if that’s your fancy.
The weight distribution obviously varies given their almost-converse shapes, although it equals out at 365g for both. And both have excellent balance in the sole, which is particularly noticeable when you address the ball: the putter head holds steady, rather than falling back on its tail, which in turn means the loft is constant.
I was even more impressed with the blades though. Both are milled from 303 Stainless Steel, and, like the mallets come with Platinum or Slate finishes. Both weigh in at 350g. There isn’t much to separate the two in terms of build, except for the fact that the Voss has a narrow cavity and scalloped back bumpers, which make for a very classy look.
In turn, the Anser 2 has wider cavity with bumpers that are stepped. The most notable difference of all from the classic Anser putter is that it is considerably more angular.
Control & Performance
The Vault putters are effectively the guinea pigs of Ping’s new-look Precision-Milled True-Roll (TR) face technology – the aim of which is to create similar ball speeds, regardless of the quality of strike. I wouldn’t go on record as to say that there are shifts of the tectonic plates in this regard, but as you would expect with Ping, there is terrific consistency across the board.
The mallets are higher MOI, and thus more forgiving. The Oslo and the Bergen have a noticeably heavier feel to them when you pull the club back, so I’d recommend the Slight Arc configuration (Straight and Strong Arc also available).
What struck me about the blades is that they were actually just as consistent with mishits, despite allegedly being less forgiving. Perhaps this lends credence to the TR after all! Despite the soft, almost-dull sound, I really loved the feedback on offer too, particularly from the Anser 2, and I think that this, coupled with a good, reliable roll on the ball, means you can’t really go wrong.
Design & Appearance
As mentioned above, the mallets are available in Straight, Slight or Strong Arc variations, while the blades are honed to fit Slight Arc strokes. All the putters within the range have a milled, circular design in the face which generates a sort of criss-cross pattern, and the sweet spot is pretty well defined at the apex of all the grooves. Maybe a bit gimmicky, but it looks ‘kinda cool’.
Of the mallets, the Bergen is the deeper of the two, and has a cavity back where the ‘alignment line’ meets the rear of the face. The Bergen is, effectively, the reciprocal of the Oslo, given that the latter has a hollow back. Both, though, are wonderfully clean and simple, and line up beautifully – not always a given with mallets.
As for the blades, it’s just classy all round really. Both have a heel-toe weighted design. The shoulders of the Voss are sloped, while the Anser 2 is squarer. Might I add, the sole of the Anser is delightfully smooth and pure. All in all, I can’t emphasize enough the clean aesthetics of these putters. Minimal branding across all models, single contrasting sight lines and the quality look you’d naturally associate with milled putters. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.
Value for Money
There isn’t a world I know of where $300+ for a golf club – let alone a putter – isn’t a lot of money. It is. But that old saying “you get what you pay for” could hardly be more applicable here. What’s more, it’s not as if this is at the top end of the spectrum anyway. Some folks expect you to cough up north of $400 to wield their respective flatblades!
With such mitigating comparisons in mind, it was our take that, given the sheer quality, variety, performance and style on offer here, the Ping Vault series is, quite simply, good value.back to menu ↑
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Ping Vault Putter Review
A closer look at the True Roll technology present in both the Sigma and Vault putter lines
|Product Details||Ping Vault Putter Review|
|Handicap Range||Low – High|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
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