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August 29, 2012

Odyssey ProType Black putters coming October 12

Posted at 9:47 AM by David Dusek

Earlier this year, Odyssey debuted ProType Tour putters based on feedback from hundreds of Tour players. Come fall, Odyssey will expand the line to include sleek ProType Black putters with black heads, shafts and grips.

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The forged clubheads have a rich PVD finish and are milled from 1025-carbon steel for a soft impact feel yet a crisp sound. A durable, powder coat "skin" is baked onto the steel shaft so you won't get wear marks while taking the club in and out of your bag. In addition, the half-wrap, paddle-style seamless grip offers a very tacky feel.

ProType Black putters come in three head styles; #2 (blade), #9 (mid mallet) and 2-Ball. The premium-priced flatsticks will be available October 12, with the blade and mid mallet selling for $269 and the 2-Ball for $299. – Rob Sauerhaft

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February 26, 2012

With his new Ping Nome, Mahan was red hot on greens at Match Play

Posted at 8:31 PM by David Dusek

Hunter-Mahan-Ping-Nome-PutterHunter Mahan made a lot of important putts en route to winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and he used a new Ping Nome putter to hole them.

Mahan has used traditional, heel-toe weighted blade putters throughout his professional career, but while working on the practice green Monday with Matt Rollins, a Ping rep, Mahan discovered that his alignment was off with his old putter. A laser attached to Mahan's putter revealed that when he thought he was aiming at the hole, he was actually aiming slightly left.

Rollins and Mahan experimented with a few different models in hopes of finding one that would improve his aim while still pleasing his eye at address.

The Nome, a mallet made from aluminum with two tungsten weights added to the bottom-rear section, proved to be perfect for Mahan. It has a higher moment of inertia than Mahan's previous putters, and the face-balanced model he selected enhances his fairly straight putting stroke.

The laser showed that Mahan aimed the Nome perfectly, which isn't surprising because it features a black piece on the crown with a white alignment line that stretches from the middle of the face to the back of the putter.

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"Basically, I'm aiming where I think I'm supposed to be aiming," Mahan said on Friday after defeating Steve Stricker in the third round. "Before I was aiming a little more left than I thought, so I was kind of pushing my putts. I wasn't getting a true roll and a true read." 

The Nome should start arriving in pro shops in the first week of April. If he putts like he did in Tucson, Mahan might win his first major that week too.

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(Photos: Ping Golf)

January 25, 2012

Scenes from Demo Day: Dead Aim putters

Posted at 2:30 PM by Golf.com

Dead Aim putters are designed to fix your alignment problems and come with a laser attachment for practicing your stroke. Golf.com's Jeff Ritter was joined by Dead Aim's owner, Todd Wilson, for a quick demonstration.

January 23, 2012

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

Posted at 4:07 PM by Mike Walker

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.

“It 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. “I just feel a lot more square over the putt.”

[Photo credit: Getty Images]

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October 24, 2011

Scotty Cameron revamps his California putter line

Posted at 9:47 PM by David Dusek

The Scotty Cameron California putters first appeared on the practice green at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine. Their classically shaped heads were far from radical, but they did came with a unique gold finish that Cameron called, "Honey Dipped."

In the latest generation of Cameron's California putter family, that finish has been washed away and replaced with a more conventional, non-reflective chrome look called, "Sea Mist."

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A second noticeable difference in the new model can be seen in the face. The original California putters had a smooth face, but the new California line features deeper milling that produces a noticeably lower and deeper sound at impact. Cameron says that the deeper milling has no effect on the ball and doesn't make it roll any differently.

Scotty Cameron California line has five different models:

• Monterey: A classic heel-toe weighted blade with an plumber's neck and one sight line. (above)

• Monterey 1.5: An identical head to the Monterey, but featuring a smaller, curved neck.

• Del Mar: A heel-shafted mid-mallet with a slightly enlarged toe section and one sight line.

• Fastback: A beefy blade that is slightly shorter from heel to toe and comes with a rounded back flange and three sight lines.

• Sonoma: A compact, D-shaded mid-mallet that features a round neck that curves directly into the head.

Like the Studio Design putters, the California putters now feature three red dots (which “Cameron crazies” refer to as Cherry Bombs) on the back. Each putter is milled from a block of 303 stainless steel and available in 33-, 34- and 35-inch versions. To ensure that the head weight is optimized to the putter's length, weight screws are affixed into the sole of each club at the factory. Golfers cannot adjust the weights, but they can order heavier versions of some models.

Shape eyes will also notice that Cameron has decided to build the California putters using a step-less shaft and positioned the shaft band in a position so it is hidden from view in the address position. These adjustments were made to reduce visual distraction and let your eyes naturally focus on the ball.

The black pistol-style grip was inspired by handle of a hammer that Cameron picked up at a hardware store. Not only is it larger than the pencil-thin Cameron grips of old, the budging area at the top naturally engages the pinky and ring finger of your top hand, encouraging your wrist to stay firm throughout your stroke.

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All of this style doesn't come cheap. Look for Scotty Cameron California putters to retail for $375 in pro shops starting in November. To help you get over the sticker shock, remind yourself that you'll be using a putter made by the same guy who creates flatsticks for Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney and lots of other PGA Tour stars.

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September 26, 2011

Nike’s Drone putter adds modern look to Method series

Posted at 8:00 PM by David Dusek

Nike's Method and Method Core putters have all been classically shaped blades and mild-mannered midsize mallets. Those words can't be used to describe the new Method Core Drone, the first Nike putter to combine the company's unique face technologies with a high MOI (moment of inertia) design.

NikeMethodCore-Drone The Drone's radical shape is meant to help the club resist twisting on off-center hits so putts struck near the heel or the toe roll the same distance as a putt struck in the sweet spot. Repositioning weight far from the face and behind the heel and toe helps to make this possible and explains why so many high MOI putters look so unique.

With the Method Core Drone, Nike has shifted weight to the end of wing-like extensions that sprout from the face. The shape is reminiscent of last season's Nike Everclear E-33.

While the Drone doesn't look anything like other Nike Method Core putters at address, the Drone’s face features the same polymer groove technology. Inside the red aluminum face insert are a series of channels that have been partially filled with a polymer. According to Nike, the unfilled areas within the grooves grab the golf ball at impact and start it rolling forward more quickly. At the same time, the polymer softens impact and enhances feel.

Suzann Pettersen has won two events this season using a prototype of the Method Core Drone—the European Tour's Ladies Irish Open and the LPGA Tour's Safeway Classic. In Ireland Pettersen tweeted a photo of the putter and a message saying: “My new best friend from Nike. The Drone!”

Look for left- and right-handed 33", 34" and 35" Method Core Drone putters to arrive in pro shops starting Nov. 1 for $204. A right-handed 41" belly putter version will be available for $228.

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July 13, 2011

Scotty Cameron 2011 Open Championship headcover

Posted at 7:52 AM by David Dusek

For every major championship, Scotty Cameron creates a commemorative putter headcover and gives one to select Titleist staff players. Here at Royal St. George's, Gary Woodland, Dustin Johnson and Geoff Ogilvy have already starting using it.

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July 12, 2011

Darren Clarke's winning putter to get a makeover

Posted at 5:06 PM by David Dusek

SANDWICH, England -- Last May, Darren Clarke used an 11-year-old Scotty Cameron for Titleist Teryllium Santa Fe putter to win the Iberdrola Open Golf Championship in Son Servera, Spain. It was the Northern Irishman's first win since 2008. Clarke brought the putter to Royal St. George's this week so Titleist representatives could send it to Cameron's studio in San Marcos, Calif., to be restored. Rust will be removed and the club will be repainted and bent back to its original specifications.

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While Clarke continued to use the putter for a while after his win in Spain, he now plans to retire the Santa Fe to his home trophy case, according to the Titleist reps. He’s now using a black-finished Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport prototype putter.

Clarke says that Scotty Cameron gave him the Santa Fe putter at 4 p.m. on the Monday of the 1997 Open Championship at Royal Troon. He loved it from the start and stayed on the practice green until 8 p.m. that night, and he went on to tie for second that week.

Clarke continued to use the putter after that Open, but eventually the love affair cooled and he put it in the closest. It stayed there until Clarke brought it out in the days leading up to this year’s win in Spain.

The putter is especially unique because it is one of the first Cameron putters made with a Teryllium insert. The copper-colored alloy is extremely soft and extremely expensive. The Teryllium insert Cameron subsequently used is set in an elastomer membrane to dampen vibration. But in Clarke’s putter, the insert is set directly into the head and held in place by four small screws. You can see them in the photo below, set among the white dots in the back of the putter. (The screws would normally be covered by white dots as well.) On early Cameron putters like this, the number of white dots matched Cameron's age when the club was made, in this case, 32.

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If you want to see what Clarke's putter will look like when the restoration is complete, click here.

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July 06, 2011

Odyssey White Ice D.A.R.T. Tour Black Putter

Posted at 3:21 PM by David Dusek

Black ice can be hazardous for drivers, but Odyssey hopes that the new White Ice D.A.R.T. Tour Black putter will be something that helps golfers hole more putts.

Like the original White Ice D.A.R.T. putter—which was one of the top-rated putters in Golf Magazine's ClubTest 2011—the Tour Black version features a unique arrow-like alignment aid on the crown. Callaway Golf designers say the arrow will help your eyes aim the club more effectively. It also features the same White Ice face insert as the original putter.

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But while the original White Ice D.A.R.T. featured a chrome finish surrounding the alignment lines, this Tour Black version has a black finish that creates even more contrast to further enhance your aim, according to Callaway designers.

For more information on the White Ice D.A.R.T. Tour Black putter, go to callawaygolf.com.

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June 24, 2011

Ping goes back to basics with new Anser putters

Posted at 2:18 PM by David Dusek

PingAnser0Putter-Back_600x450 Today’s putters come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and colors, with inserts, faces with grooves or sophisticated alignment aids.

Ping's newest line of putters, the Anser series, strips away nearly all of those elements and takes things back to basics.

The putters—which are all machine milled from 303 stainless steel—don't have names. They are identified by numbers running from one to five. The sixth putter, originally to be called the Anser 0 (above), is basically a modern remake of the original Anser putter made by Karsten Solheim in 1966, complete with a narrow cut running along the sole that improves the sound of impact. Brad Schweigert, Ping Golf's director of engineering, said that this sixth club will simply be labeled Anser when it arrives in pro shops in August.

You won't find a mallet or High MOI (moment of inertia) putter in the Anser series; each of the six blades is a familiar, heel-toe weighted design. The Answer putters produce different balances through their different neck and hosel configurations.

PingAnserPutters_450x600 During a Ping event at the U.S. Open, Schweigert said, "We are going to start classifying all the putters we sell into three stroke categories—Straight, Slight Arc and Strong Arc." Ping's new iPING app for iPhone and iPod will help you determine which of these groups matches your putting stoke in just five putts.

The Anser putters will be the first from Ping to feature color-coded shaft bands that indicate which type of putting stroke the club is designed to enhance (below).

Putters with a blue band are face-balanced and well suited for straight-stroke players. Red-banded putters should work well for golfers with a strong arc, and putters with a green shaft band are ideal for golfers who make a slight arc.

The final retail price of the Anser putters has not been finalized.

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June 22, 2011

TaylorMade releases two Ghost Spider putters

Posted at 4:43 PM by David Dusek

Spider-Ghost-Putter_600x450 It's been three years since TaylorMade brought the Spider line of putters to the Tour. With adjustable weights in the back corners of the head, it resists twisting on impact, and even miss-hits roll nearly as far as those hit in the sweet spot.

Last season the company released a line of white Ghost putters, touting them as easier to aim than black, chrome or metallic putters.

So this year it should come as no surprise that TaylorMade is bringing those two putter families together—combining the forgiveness of the Spider with the ease of alignment of the Ghost.

There are two versions of TaylorMade's new Ghost Spider putter, one with a single-bend shaft and the other with a straight shaft that goes directly into the center of the face.

Like other Spider putters, the Ghost Spider's steel-framed head is designed with more weight in the back to increase the moment of inertia (MOI). You can make the head heavier or lighter by changing the weights as well.

The white head of the Ghost Spider contrasts sharply with green putting surfaces, which should help you square the face more easily at address. To further help alignment, there are two golf ball-size ovals on the crown, as well as an alignment line extending from the face to the back of the putter.

The face itself includes TaylorMade's new Pure Roll surlyn insert, which the company claims will promote forward spin, improved sound and enhanced feel.

Jason Day and Retief Goosen have been using prototypes of the Ghost Spider for several months, and you'll find them in pro shops starting July 15th for $179. Belly-putter versions are also available for $199.

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June 21, 2011

Inside look at Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open putter

Posted at 12:13 PM by David Dusek

RoryMcIlroyPutter-1 Gear heads probably recognized the putter Rory McIlroy used during the U.S. Open as a Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Select Newport, but the new champ's flatstick has a few special features that make it unique.

The obvious feature is the finish. While the Studio Select putters available in stores are finished in a brushed chrome, McIlroy's prototype has a darker, chromatic bronze finish with black paint fill in the back instead of the standard red.

The "CAMICO" stamped into the heel portion of the flange stands for "Cameron & Company." The "GSS" on the toe stands for German Stainless Steel. 

The standard Studio Select putters are made from 303 stainless steel. According to Cameron, German stainless steel is one of the best materials to use for making putters because it has such good feel, but it's too expensive to use for mass-produced putters. He makes "GSS" putters only for tour pros like McIlroy, Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson.

RoryMcIlroyPutter-2 While he has experimented with several different putters over the past few seasons, McIlroy's go-to putter has been a Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback. However, according to the Team Titleist blog, "After a recent session with his putting instructor, Rory decided that the toe flow of the Newport GSS style was working better with his putting stroke."

Also from the blog: "The Scotty Cameron team built Rory the Newport GSS Prototype last season at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He's put it into play in a few times over the last year and has always kept it in his travel bag."

After his record-setting performance at Congressional, it's hard to imagine McIlroy benching this putter any time soon.

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June 19, 2011

Robert Garrigus making big noise with a small putter

Posted at 4:29 PM by David Dusek

RobertGarrigus-Putter-USOpen_450x600 BETHESDA, Md. — Because he averages more than 308 yards per tee shot, Robert Garrigus draws a lot of attention when he hits his driver. But this week at the U.S. Open, fans, Internet equipment junkies and tour pros alike have done a double-take while watching Garrigus, who tied for third, pull his 28-and-a-half-inch putter from his bag.

In a press conference at Kapalua in January, before the start of the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Garrigus won the 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic), the Phoenix resident recalled the time Tiger Woods asked him about his putter in Charlotte.

"He was making fun of me on the putting green," Garrigus said. "He was like, 'You putt with that?' I was like, 'Yeah, I'm sponsored by U.S. Kids Golf [a children's club maker], you didn't know that? It's all about the kids. I'll give you one for Sam.'"

Following through with the joke, Garrigus left a tiny putter in Woods's locker that week.

Garrigus started using the short stick when he was 19 after seeing a custom fitter. Garrigus was using a 34-inch putter at the time but was struggling with short putts.

"[The fitter] gave me this little tiny thing and he's like, 'Here. Get your hands down, shoulders down, and eyes over the ball, and tell me what feels good.' It was 28 inches when I did that," Garrigus said.

"As soon as I got to Q-School, I wasn't missing those short 3- and 4-footers anymore," he said. "I was rolling them all in. And I went through the first stage, then the second and got to third when I was like 20 years old. And I just felt like that was a fit for me."

Although he has used several different putters over the years, the model he is using at the 2011 U.S. Open is a Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Design Squareback 2.

(Photo by Jeff Haynes/Reuters Photos)

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June 16, 2011

Scotty Cameron's 2011 U.S. Open putter cover

Posted at 9:05 AM by David Dusek

Here is a look at the commemorative U.S. Open putterhead cover, designed by Scotty Cameron, that you'll see many players use at Congressional.

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June 14, 2011

iPING app helps you find your perfect putter

Posted at 11:57 AM by David Dusek

IPING_iPod_400x500 BETHESDA, Md. — It can be easier to find a needle in a haystack than the perfect putter at a pro shop, but Ping’s new app for the Apple iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod is working to change that.

The iPING App, which will be available to download free on iTunes starting June 20, utilizes the accelerometers and gyroscopes found in Apple's devices to measure your putting stroke's path, your tempo and the face angle of your putter at impact.

The app works in conjunction with a specially designed PING cradle ($30, sold through golf retailer’s websites) that clips an iPhone or iPod onto your putter shaft. Once your device is attached, iPING measures how much your putter rotates during the forward portion of your stroke, and then categorizes your swing into one of three types: Straight, Slight Arc or Strong Arc.

Ping's research shows that players who create little or no rotation of the putter swinging forward (Straight) benefit most from face-balanced putters, while toe-down putters are most effective for players who rotate the face a lot (Strong Arc). Golfers classified as having a Slight Arc get the most benefit from putters that are balanced in between. Later this summer, Ping putters will feature shaft labels of Straight, Slight Arc and Strong Arc to help you match your putter to your stroke type.

So instead of spending hours trying all the different putters in the shop, the iPING app will help you hone in on the putters that will enhance your stroke.

Once you find the putter of your dreams, iPING can be set to one of three modes—Measure, Practice or Compare—to help you improve.

In Measure mode, the software captures your putter-head rotation, face angle at impact, and tempo, then stores it and gives you a Putting Handicap based on the consistency of your stroke. With time and practice, your Putting Handicap should go down.

In Practice mode, only one of the three stats is measured so you can concentrate on improving that part of your putting.

Compare mode lets you see how your stats match up against your friends or Ping staff players like Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson. You can also share your results on Facebook and Twitter.

At the end of the day, the iPING app and cradle are not going to tell you exactly which putter to buy, but they certainly can help you narrow your choices. It's also an affordable, easy-to-use training aid that should appeal to anyone looking to roll the rock just a little more consistently.

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