Friday, October 9, 2009
2009 Putters Buyer's Guide
Key Feature: The mid-mallet design is making a comeback, this time with Rife’s RollGroove Technology that gets the ball rolling immediately.
What We Like: Its ”player’s mallet” shape isn’t new, but seeing it CNC-milled of stainless steel with RollGroove Technology is pretty cool.
Who It’s For: A few Tour players already use it, but it’s really made for players who want a mallet that works well with a slightly arcing stroke.
Specs: Small, mid-mallet design. Rife also makes the popular 2-Bar putters.
rifeputters.com | $179
Key Feature: Its “Inline Momentum” (hence the name “IMO”). At least 85% of the putter’s head weight is located in the middle 40% of the club. That means most of the putter’s mass is directed into and through the ball.
What We Like: Its weight, of course. It’s easy to keep balanced and swinging on your desired path, which leads to more consistent putts.
Who It’s For: Golfers who like center-shafted, face-balanced mallets or who tend to decelerate when they putt.
Specs: One of eight new Rife models.
Key Feature: he RST (RifleScope Technology) helps golfers see if they’re swinging the putter online (by way of a red dot that shows when errors occur), with an all-milled head design. Tack on the extra alignment aid, and putting just got a lot easier.
What We Like: The RST, naturally.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want to perfect their stroke on the fly. Also, the new offset blade is good for golfers who prefer that style, but still want RST.
Specs: Comes in eight models, from a heel-toe blade to a mallet belly.
seemore.com | $225
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