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August 01, 2014

TaylorMade Releases Three New Putters

Posted at 3:52 PM by Michael Chwasky

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TaylorMade has expanded it's premium putter line with three new counterbalanced models - the Daddy Long Legs ($249), Spider Blade ($229) and Spider Mallet ($229). All three models feature a Tour-inspired color scheme which TaylorMade's staff players prefer as well as a matte black shaft. In contrast to last year's Spider and Daddy Long Legs models, each new puttter has a black leading edge with white compliments that highlight the rear weights. According to the company's Tour staff, this color scheme is easier to aim and simply looks better at address. 

Of the three new models the Daddy Long Legs offers the highest level of stability, featuring an MOI of more than 8500. The unique Spider Blade, which has an MOI of 5200, is said to be approximately 50% more stable than the typical blade putter. All of the new counterbalanced models are built with a heavy steel body with tungsten heel and toe weights. Heavy weight, overlength grips that weigh as much as 130g help produce the added stability associated with a counterbalanced design. A surlyn, "Pure Roll," face insert further improves the performance of each putter by providing improved feel at impact and a smoother roll. 

All three models are available in 35" and 38" standard lengths. 

(Photos: Courtesy of TaylorMade)

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July 09, 2014

Scotty Cameron Putter Fitting Gallery Now Open to Public!

Posted at 10:18 AM by Michael Chwasky

 

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(Scotty Cameron in his new custom putter fitting gallery. Courtesy of Titleist)

For all of you who dreamed of one day having the opportunity to get a custom fitted Scotty Cameron putter just like the pros use every week on Tour, your wish has finally come true. Yup, the brand new Scotty Cameron Gallery, located in Encinitas in Southern California, is now open to the public. At The Gallery, which is Cameron's first public putter fitting studio in the U.S., anyone who makes an appointment (and pays $350) will get a two-hour fitting session with a Cameron-trained fitter and have the same experience that Tour players have when they go to the nearby private Cameron Putter Studio.That experience, which Cameron calls "The Art of Putting," includes the use of a proprietary high-speed video analysis system (with nine camera angles) and an explanation of exactly how your stroke effects the movement of the putter and the ball. After your session you can order a custom-made Cameron putter (for an additional fee) that's perfectly fitted to your stroke. 

The system we've developed is patented and it focuses on both the putter and the ball -- the ball is affected by the putter and the putter is affected by the player, so it's critical to see the entire picture. When someone comes in it's not a lesson but rather an attempt to get the player, putter, and ball to work together. To make this happen we answer all kinds of questions pertaining to putting - hand position, ball position, forward press, shaft angle, toe flow, loft, lie angle, grip size and shape, head weight, and a number of other critical aspects of set up, stroke, and putter design are analyzed. After a player understands how all these factors affect their putting they immediately develop a lot more confidence, which is one of the most important characteristics of a good putter. -Scotty Cameron

The Gallery is also a retail space where a wide variety of items, many of which are designed by Cameron himself, that will be available for purchase. These items include everything from luxury apparel and surfboards (shaped by Rob Machado), to wine and putting accessories. Also, Tour-used putters that sporadically come back from the Tour will be made available for purchase on a weekly basis. You can view more photos of The Gallery below.

To make an appointment for a putter fitting session go to www.scottycamerongallery.com or call the Scotty Cameron Gallery Concierge at (760) 230-6000. 

Gallery address: 927 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite E-100, Encinitas, CA, 92024

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(Photos: Courtesy of Titleist)

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May 06, 2014

Two New Scotty Cameron Dual Balance Putters

Posted at 11:30 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Two Tour-proven Scotty Cameron putter models are now available with Dual Balance (counterbalanced) technology, the Select Newport 2 ($399) and the GoLo 7 ($399). Aimed at helping players develop a more stable, consistent stroke, Dual Balance putters feature a 50-gram heavier head weight than standard Cameron models as well as a 50-gram heavier counterweight in the butt of the club. The goal of the design is to promote a stroke in which the butt of the club points at a small area of the player's midsection throughout the motion. 

“The purpose of anchoring a putter is to stop the butt end of the club from moving. Now that anchoring will be against the rules, we’ve determined the best way to help golfers regain that stability and control is through Dual Balance, by adding 50 grams to the shaft and balancing that with 50 grams in the head,” Cameron said. “It eliminates that tendency for many players to flip, push or lead the putter with their hands. Instead of stopping the butt end, we’re able to slow everything down. The counterweight in the shaft helps keep the butt stable and pointed at your belly. The additional head weight makes the putter slower and more lethargic without it feeling too heavy. If you only add shaft weight, you actually end up robbing head weight, which makes the head quicker. So you need to balance that out. We have found through our experiments that 50 grams in the shaft and head is ideal for weight, feel and performance. But you have to be careful to maintain the proper shaft flex. It took a lot of testing to make sure we got everything just right with these new models.”

Other features of Cameron Dual Balance putters include a longer length than standard (plus three inches) to further enhance stability during the stroke and a thicker and longer grip with colored guides to show players where to place their hands. Both Select Newport 2 and GoLo 7 Dual Balance putters have a durable Silver Mist finish and will be available at retail on May 30th. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Titleist)

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January 07, 2014

First Look: Odyssey Versa Jailbird and White Hot Pro Havok putters

Posted at 3:43 PM by Michael Chwasky

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Left: Odyssey Versa Jailbird; Right: Odyssey White Hot Pro Havok. (Credit: Courtesy of Odyssey)

Odyssey introduced two new putter models at the Sony Open in Honolulu -- the Versa Jailbird and the White Hot Pro Havok.

The Versa Jailbird ($169.99) is a high MOI mallet featuring a high contrast technology (take a look at the image to see why it's called Jailbird) that is designed to aid alignment at set up and impact. According to Callaway's R&D department, the black and white design "allows the golfer's eyes to key in on linear designs on the putter that accentuate the face angle and contributes to better alignment." The Jailbird is built with a new version of the White Hot insert that is aimed at providing a more consistent feel and sound at impact.

The White Hot Pro Havok ($159.99) is also a high MOI mallet that naturally extends the White Hot Pro family. Featuring a lower, deeper CG for a better roll and more consistent distance control, The Havok is built with a new gun metal PVD finish for reduced glare and improved durability. The same improved version of the White Hot insert featured in the Jailbird is also part of the Havok design.

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October 15, 2013

First Look: Cleveland Smart Square putters

Posted at 11:57 AM by Mark Dee

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With its newest mallet, Cleveland’s betting it’s hip -- or at least accurate -- to be square. Call it 23% more accurate, to be precise. That’s how the company compares the Smart Square to a certain, unnamed putter with a similar (if rounder) set of geometric alignment aids.

According to Cleveland, the parallel and perpendicular lines formed by the pair of squares frame the ball better than circles while providing better feedback to catch misalignment.

The high-MOI design is available in heel- and center-shafted models at standard lengths, or as an almost-belly length of 39 inches. The longer version adds 40 grams to the head (upping it to 400 total), and utilizes a 158-gram grip (about 2.5 times heavier than normal), which acts as a counterbalance to smooth out your stroke.

Expect to see the putter on shelves starting November 15th. Price checks in at $139.99 for standard lengths; $179.99 for almost-belly length.

(Photo: Courtesy of Cleveland)

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October 09, 2013

First Look: New Nike Method MOD putters

Posted at 11:02 AM by Michael Chwasky

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The new line of Method MOD putters ($299) are based on classic designs but with the addition of modern performance and Nike's polymetal groove technology. Each of the four new models are milled and weighted to length to guarantee the right feel. A range of weighting schemes that determine the amount of toe hang is also available to let the individual player fit the putter to their particular stroke. Options include face-balanced, 30-, 60-, and 90-degrees of toe hang. All models are available in 33, 34, and 35" lengths. 

“We were able to take a range of classic designs and make them perform like modern putters,” says David Franklin, Nike Golf Master Modelmaker. “We incorporated Polymetal Groove technology, which allows athletes to lift the ball, launch it and turn it forward as quickly as possible for a truer roll.  We removed weight from the center, placing it in the heel and toe instead for a lower and deeper center of gravity. It’s Nike’s interpretation on classic, familiar shapes.”

Nike Method MOD putters will be available November 1st. 

(Photos: Courtesy of Nike)

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October 07, 2013

First Look: Cleveland Smart Square Putters

Posted at 4:38 PM by Mark Dee

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With its newest mallet, Cleveland’s betting it’s hip -- or at least accurate -- to be square. Call it 23 percent more accurate, to be precise.

That’s how the company compares the Smart Square to a certain, unnamed putter with a similar (if rounder) set of geometric alignment aids. According to Cleveland, the parallel and perpendicular lines formed by the pair of squares frame the ball better than circles while providing better feedback to catch misalignment.

The high-MOI design is available in heel- and center-shafted models at standard lengths, or as an almost-belly length of 39 inches. The longer version adds 40 grams to the head (upping it to 400 total), and utilizes a 158-gram grip (about 2.5 times heavier than normal), which acts as a counterbalance to smooth out your stroke.

Expect to see the putter on shelves starting November 15th. Price checks in at $139.99 for standard lengths; $179.99 for almost-belly length.

(Photo courtesy of Cleveland.)

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September 30, 2013

First Look: TaylorMade Ghost Tour Putters

Posted at 4:29 PM by Mark Dee
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TaylorMade is supplementing the success of their High-MOI and counterbalanced putter lines by going back to basics with the updated (yet markedly traditional) Ghost Tour series.

The new collection—an overhaul of the original Ghosts, released in 2011—includes seven new putters (three blades and four mallets), all with TaylorMade’s familiar race-track ready names. Six of the putters are available now, with a seventh (the larger Corza mallet) set to join them in November.

The new Ghosts feature a little more flair than their all-white predecessors, with a mirrored-black sole and a contrasting black-and-white alignment aid arranged in parallel lines behind the ball.  The face also got an update: New Ghost Tours have an “8020 PureRoll” insert, made from 80% surlyn and 20% aluminum, which TaylorMade says provides a firmer, more consistent feel.

Ghost Tours are available in 33”, 34” and 35” and retail for $150 with a stainless steel shaft. For an extra $40, you can get that shaft in a matte black finish to help reduce glare.

Photo courtesy of TaylorMade

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July 01, 2013

First Look: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X putter

Posted at 12:55 PM by Robert Sauerhaft

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Scotty Cameron brings back the big mallet a decade after the original Futura. It may look familiar -- Adam Scott flexed a prototype version en route to winning his green jacket at Augusta in April.

This "force-balanced," high-MOI offering is milled from 6061-aluminum and features a T-shaped alignment bar through the center of the club. Two fixed 20-gram rear weights move the center of gravity farther back for more stability through the stroke, while a pair of heel-toe plugs near the face (10 grams each in 35"; 15 grams each in 34"; 20 grams each in 33") enhance the club's perimeter weighting.

Available in 33", 34", 35" starting on August 1, 2013. Mid (38" to 46") and Long (44" to 52") putters can be custom ordered. $375.

(Photo: Brian Henn)

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May 22, 2013

TaylorMade releases new Spider Blade putters

Posted at 5:03 PM by Robert Sauerhaft

Taylormade-spider-blade-putter_300The club is 80 grams heavier than conventional blades because of a 130-gram grip.

The multi-material, 355-gram head -- stainless steel body and screws, tungsten weights, a polycarbonate sole plate, a Surlyn "Pure Roll" face, aluminum cavity badge, 3M foam dampener and TPU gaskets -- shifts more mass to the heel and toe. It comes in 35” or 38”.

The Spider Blade 12 has an l-neck, while the Spider Blade 32 has a short slant neck.

It is available in stores for $200.

 

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May 21, 2013

Equipment manufacturers divided on anchored putting ban

Posted at 11:56 AM by Robert Sauerhaft

Here is reaction from the game's leading equipment companies on the USGA and R&A's decision to ban anchored putting, effective Jan. 1, 2016:

Acushnet Company, maker of Titleist equipment: "The rule change regarding anchoring, as explained by the USGA and R&A, concerns only the definition of a stroke, and does not alter any current equipment regulations or impact any equipment that we manufacture and sell. We believe in one set of rules in golf and support the USGA and R&A as the ruling bodies and will continue to manufacture golf equipment that abides by the rules they establish."

Bob Philion, President of Cobra Puma Golf: “Golf lost today. This is not the direction we should be going, it will only continue to alienate people from golf… game enjoyment is how we are going to bring people back to golf. This decision is a giant leap back on that front. With this decision, bifurcation needs to be front and center in golf's conversations and we should be focusing on adapting the rules and the game to be inclusive and fun."

Nike Golf: “In cases like this, the USGA and R&A’s decision to redefine the rules on a product that has already legitimately been in play for many years has an impact on both manufacturers and golfers. Despite this, Nike always manages to adapt to the changes and deliver innovative products within the redefined rules. The USGA and the R&A have the right to make these changes for competitive play. Beyond this decision, we believe that the best interests of the sport of golf are better served by focusing on providing experiences that inspire golfers to play more; developing products that help them to perform better; and better connecting to the golfer in a world where alternative recreational choices are increasing.”

Chris Koske, Global Director of Odyssey Golf: "Odyssey strives to make putting easier for golfers while respecting and operating within the rules established by the USGA. We've anticipated the anchoring technique ban and have already introduced products -- including the Odyssey Tank #7, which has won on Tour -- that promote stability in the putting stroke in accordance with the USGA rules. ... we plan to continue leading the industry in alternative methods of putting with future product launches."

John Solheim, Chairman and CEO of Ping: “I appreciate this was an open process. I also recognize the importance of a single rule book. However, I believe the rulemaking bodies need to better address how we need to make the game more welcoming. I will continue to focus my efforts on that goal.”

TaylorMade Golf: "We appreciate the process the USGA used in its decision to ban the anchoring of putters, but we don’t agree the decision is in the best interest of the game."

March 18, 2013

New Daddy Long Legs Putter from TaylorMade

Posted at 3:09 PM by Michael Chwasky

Taylormade-daddy-long-legs-putter_640Though it won’t be officially released until April 15th, TaylorMade’s new Daddy Long Legs putter ($199) is already getting attention out on the PGA Tour. According to Brian Bazzel, director of product creation at TaylorMade, a wide variety of players have already gravitated to the new mallet.   

“We designed the putter to provide the feel, stability, and performance of an anchored putter but for players who putt with the traditional method. So far we’ve had players who use both methods try the Daddy Long Legs and give us very positive feedback regarding the ultra-stable feel.” 

The Daddy Long Legs is an extension of the Spider series, which was originally introduced in 2008, and is made to provide the ultimate in stability both during the stroke and at impact. Design features of the putter include a 16-piece clubhead made from 8 different materials, a Pure Roll face insert, and a 15” grip that tips the scales at 130g, which is approximately twice the weight of a standard grip. 

“The goal of the heavy grip is to provide counterbalancing,” says Bazzel, “which moves the balance point of the club closer to the player’s hands. This weighting technique makes it easier to control the clubhead and square it at impact on a more consistent basis.” 

The extra long grip is provided to allow players to choke down on the grip, which Bazzel says is critical to taking full advantage of the counterweighted design. To accommodate this fact, the putter will be available in 38” and 35” lengths.

(Photos: Kevin Cunningham)

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March 13, 2013

Bobby Grace's new NYC Tour Ass Kicker putter

Posted at 2:39 PM by Robert Sauerhaft

Ass-kicker-putter_300Bobby Grace burst on the scene some 20 years ago as a small, independent putter maker. You’ll recall that Nick Price used a Bobby Grace Fat Lady Swings mallet to capture multiple majors in the early 1990’s.

I caught up with Bobby Grace at the Westchester (N.Y.) Golf Show last weekend. Grace was his typical passionate self when talking about his latest baby, the NYC Tour Ass Kicker.

The putter bears some resemblance, due to a rear-entry shaft, to the Odyssey Backstryke. (Grace is quick to point out that J.L. Lewis won $4 million on the PGA Tour using a similar Grace design years before the Backstryke reached market.)

Regardless, the shaft design shifts the club’s center of gravity more rearward (compared to a heel-shafted NYC Tour). In addition, putts feel a bit softer and, according to Grace, roll 10-percent farther. The aluminum-headed Ass Kicker has a radial face—its furthest protruding groove is higher than the equator of the ball—to get putts rolling with topspin. Its polymer face insert is more lively in the heel and toe so off-center strikes roll similar distances as center hits. Lastly, the "onset" putter (opposite of offset) causes your hands to set up behind the ball. Expect a period of adjustment before you’re fully comfortable over the ball.   

(Photo: Rob Sauerhaft)

November 30, 2012

Take THAT USGA! Odyssey releasing Metal-X Arm Lock putters

Posted at 4:09 PM by David Dusek

Odyssey_Metal-X_Arm-Lock_450x600Seventy-two hours after the USGA and the R&A jointly announced a proposed change to the Rules of Golf that would outlaw anchored putting methods beginning in 2016, Odyssey Golf said it would release a line of putters designed to help players stabilize the club during the stroke. Legally.

The 43" Metal-X Arm Lock putters are not intended to be affixed to the abdomen or chest. Instead, the top portion of the grip is intended to press against the lead forearm.

"We were kind of waiting with bated breathe to see what the actual rule would be and whether this [design] would be conforming," says Austie Rollinson, principal designer for Odyssey Golf. "We were happy to see that it was."

Unlike other Odyssey putters, which come with 3° of standard loft, the Arm Lock putters have 7° because pressing the top of the grip against the forearm creates a forward press. Rollinson says that press is about 4°, so to offset the delofting effect, 4° had to be added .

The one-piece grip was taken directly from Odyssey's belly putters. To ensure the club is being used correctly, Odyssey added the words "Arm Lock" to a red area in the section where the club should be fastened against the arm.

Matt Kuchar has successfully used this style of putting, and according to the USGA and the R&A, it will remain legal if the proposed rule changes are enacted.

"Some people have trouble with the butt end of the club moving independently from how your shoulders rock," Rollinson says. "This really cuts down on the degrees of freedom that the club has while you are stroking it." He adds that while the club does not eliminate forearm rotation, the method discourages it, and the player will be inclined to bring the clubhead back to the ball squarely.

The Metal-X Arm Lock putters are scheduled to debut on Jan. 15, and the Metal-X #7 and Metal-X DART versions will retail for about $189.

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November 29, 2012

Putter makers react to the pending anchored putter ban

Posted at 2:11 PM by David Dusek

P1-Keegan1-USGA Executive Director Mike Davis made an important distinction about the ban on anchored putting that was announced Wednesday and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. 

"This is not an equipment rule," he said. "The equipment rules are based on facts, research. There's a formal notice and comment period that we go through with manufacturers. In this case, this is simply us clarifying what a stroke should not be."

So golf manufacturers can keep making and selling long and belly putters, even after the ban goes into effect. That's good news for companies like Odyssey Golf, the world's top-selling putter-maker, which saw sales of belly and long putters triple from 2010 to 2011. Today those putters consitute 12% of sales. At TaylorMade, anchor-style putters represent almost 15% of sales.

Here are some reactions from leading putter brands to Wednesday's announcement:

Odyssey Golf
Regarding the USGA and R&A proposal today, Odyssey has long held the belief that confidence with the putter is good for the game, particularly regarding player retention and growth potential. But one of the beauties of putting is that there are so many ways to do it.

Notwithstanding the final ruling in 2013, it is Odyssey's pledge to ensure golfers have the same level of confidence when they line up a putt with one of our products – regardless of the putting technique. We have anticipated this proposal for some time now and have been busy exploring several alternative options.

It should be noted that Odyssey will continue to offer belly and long putters in the short term for golfers who want to continue using them recreationally.

We'd like golfers everywhere to know that Odyssey has an optimistic approach to the proposal regardless of the outcome. As the #1 Putter in Golf, we have more tour players around the world playing and winning with Odyssey putters than any other company, and we will continue to work with those players to innovate new products and new, alternative methods to putt at the highest level.

The Acushnet Company (parent company of Titleist)
We intend to review the announcement regarding anchoring issued today by the USGA and R&A and, as a matter of process, appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to them during the comment period.

Mark King, CEO, TaylorMade Golf
Because the proposed change to the Rules of Golf bans the act of anchoring the putter to the body, and not long and mid-length putters themselves, we’ll continue making them. Does it mean the demand for these kinds of putters would drop? Maybe. But at the end of the day I don’t think we would sell one more or one less putter if the change to the Rules is made.

It’s definitely possible to use a broomstick putter without anchoring it, and I speak from experience. I use one and I hold my left hand in a stationery position a couple of inches away from my sternum. So I think we would definitely see players who currently anchor the putter who will find ways to use a long putter without anchoring it, so they can keep playing by the Rules.

Yet I also think that there will be plenty of amateur golfers who won’t give up anchoring the putter. Anybody who’s played this game knows that good putting requires an extremely precise stroke, and anchoring the putter helps a lot of golfers do that. It will be hard to give up anchoring if your putting is a lot worse without it.

However, golfers who continue to anchor the putter would be breaking the Rules, which would exclude them from holding a legitimate, USGA-sanctioned handicap, which means they couldn’t compete in tournament or event where the Rules of Golf apply. Because of that I think we would see a lot of golf leagues and golf clubs making their own exception to the anchoring rule, which essentially means that they wouldn’t strictly be playing by the Rules of Golf.

But the truth is that most golfers don’t play strictly by the Rules of Golf when they play with their friends, anyway. I don’t mean they cheat, I mean that they often go ahead and flatten spike marks even though the Rules forbid it. And how many golfers are okay with hitting a mulligan off the first tee? And that’s fine, because the game is about having fun for 99 percent of the golfers who play it, not grinding out a score in tournament play.

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