PING VAULT PUTTERS £275
KEY TECHNOLOGY The two blades (Voss and Anser 2) and two mallets (Oslo and Bergen) in the Vault line feature new True Roll variable-depth grooves milled directly onto the face, so heel and toe strikes lose less ball speed and feel softer.
GM REVIEW Looks The Vault putters are a simple, premium offering that ooze class as soon as you set your eyes on them. Regardless of the shape you choose, you’ll be greeted with ample alignment assistance, especially on the two mallets, and a flawless finish. Performance The heads are fully machined – from a block of steel in the case of the blades and aluminium for the mallets – contributing to a very soft, buttery feel from the sweetspot. This feel doesn’t change too much from the heel and toe, nor is the ball speed affected by an errant contact, which is especially reassuring when putting from long range. Add in the variable-depth TR grooves to assist with off-centre performance and you’ve got a clubface that is doing a lot of the work for you. The roll is excellent and it doesn’t feel like you have to strike the putt perfectly for it to start on your intended line. The new grip enhances what is already an impressive offering from Ping, providing a soft, tacky feel in the hands that helps with feel, clubhead stability and face control. Its shape is slightly larger at the top to fit into the left hand (for a righthanded player) a little more snugly. Consider this Those who prefer a mid-mallet shape will be left wanting.
VERDICT The look and feel is exceptional and the design – from the clubhead up to the grip – has been well thought out.