The Golf Monthly Test Team's Ping Ketsch Mid putter review, a face-balanced, mid mallet model from the Cadence TR family that features Variable Depth Grooves

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Ping Ketsch Mid

Pros:

  • One of the easiest mid-mallet putters on the market to align. Control of the clubface and distance from long range seemed effortless

Cons:

  • The relatively loud sound at impact doesn’t quite match the soft feel you experience

Product:

Ping Ketsch Mid putter review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£199.00 (to £248 adjustable counterbalanced)

Key technology
Ping’s Cadence TR Ketsch Mid putter is 30 per cent smaller than the original Ketsch, offering increased stability in a more compact look. It comes in two weights, thanks to changeable sole plates that fine-tune your feel. Variable- depth grooves are shallower in the heel and toe sections to help mishits travel closer to the hole. Contrasting white sight lines on the dark head help you achieve more accurate alignment. Ping is also offering a Winn oversize putter grip (£20 upcharge) for the first time, to suit those golfers who prefer a larger grip.

Will suit
Golfers seeking the alignment assistance, roll properties and forgiveness of the original Ketsch, but in a slimmer size.

Golf Monthly Ping Ketsch Mid putter review

Ping’s Cadence TR family offers as much variety in shape, length and weight as any range on the market. While the face-balanced nature of the Ketsch Mid may not appear ideal for those with strong arcs, its performance was impressive nonetheless. The alignment lines appear just as prominent at address as the original to help you align and square the clubface.

Despite being only two thirds of the size, it’s at least as forgiving as the original Ketsch. It’s incredibly stable through impact and the ‘heavy’ option seemed to aid my unhurried tempo. Performance from long range was superb – a slight mishit didn’t seem to affect the amount the ball ran out – while short putts seemed to start on line almost automatically. It’s worth upgrading to the larger grip if you use a SuperStroke or similarly fat grip currently.

The Ketsch Mid also comes in both adjustable-shaft and counterbalanced options varying in price from £199 to £248.

Verdict

If you already use a face-balanced putter and want a slightly slimmer model that is still easy to align and offers forgiveness on errant strikes, the Ketsch Mid putter is a must-try