Lot # 262: Early Ping Anser Sand Wedge Prototype - Possibly by Karsten Himself (Ping Letter)

Category: Golf Clubs

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 1 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2019 Auction",
which ran from 3/27/2019 6:30 PM to
4/13/2019 7:00 PM

Offered here is a circa 1967 prototype PING Anser Sand Wedge that has stainless steel welded onto the hosel to create an offset to the wedge. The PING Ansers famously had forged heads but did not have any offset - something PING had not yet created or released. But the offered club is a PING Anser with a hand-created offset.

Accompanying this unusual PING wedge is a letter from Allan Solheim on PING letterhead. While Solheim stops short of being definitive, he states that Karsten Solheim "likely" or "possibl[y]" worked in this club himself. Allan Solheim states that "[s]ince the forged Anser items were the model just prior to the Karsten I [irons that did have offsets], it is likely that Karsten was experimenting with offsets using Anser heads." This Sand Wedge is 35". 

This piece is being offered today from the famed Ronnie Watts Collection