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January 23, 2012

The hottest putter on Tour is not for sale (yet)

Posted at 4:07 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: BlackHawk Putter, Matt Every, Putters

Every_putterLooking for a breakout star of 2011? How about Matt Every's putter? Sure, Every finished T6 at the Sony Open and created Internet buzz for his awkward interview with Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman about his 2010 marijuana arrest. But the real star of the show was Every's boxy black putter, which looks like, uh, a brick on a stick, the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, a giant iPhone? (Click image at right to enlarge.)

The putter is called the BlackHawk and it's not available in retail stores or online. According to Gary Smits of the Florida Times-Union, the putter's secretive designer plans to start selling them in March.

Truth be told, the putter is the creation of David Kargetta of Daytona Beach, which is Every's home town. Kargetta, of Daytona Beach Shores, said Every and he made contact through "mutual friends," and was not very forthcoming about production and plans for retail sales, rare for an independent equipment designer.

"We're not ready to talk specifics about it," Kargetta told me Sunday. "Whatever Matt does this week should be about Matt, not about what he's doing with the putter."

Kargetta said he received USGA approval for the putter last February. He would not reveal the weight and dimensions of the huge, black putter head, nor what he considered the main benefits to a player rolling the ball with such a large implement attached to a putter shaft.

There is no web site. Kargetta does not have a retail shop. No one can buy it -- yet. He said he was planning to put the putter on sale in March but admitted it might be sooner, based on the attention Every is getting from leading the Sony Open for most of the tournament so far.

At the Sony Open, Every told Golfweek that the putter helps him with his alignment.

β€œIt gets my hands in the same spot every time,” Every, who enters the final round of the Sony Open tied with Jeff Maggert for the lead, said this week of the BlackHawk. β€œI just feel a lot more square over the putt.”

[Photo credit: Getty Images]

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