Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Putters
Choosing the right putter means first looking at what type of putting stroke you have
Key Feature: More than 70 grams of weight was redistributed to the rear of this high-MOI model, which increases forgiveness on off-center hits.
What We Like: It incorporates a dominant “T” feature as you look down on it, which facilitates proper alignment. It’s also a cinch to swing back and through, not to mention its buttersoft feel.
Who It’s For: Players seeking a steel mallet who need help lining up putts.
Specs: Offered with three lie-angle options (68°, 70° and 72°) in a glare-reducing satin finish.
clevelandgolf.com | $ 119
|Delacruz Sweet Slot
Key Feature: The “Sweet Slot” located behind the face provides immediate auditory feedback, as well as softens the impact for a great feel. Other features include a CNC-milled micro-groove face and a black finish that’s perhaps the most durable ever made.
What We Like: Amazing feel and craftsmanship. The shaft over the hosel design is pretty sweet.
Who It’s For: Discriminating golfers who want super sound and feel.
Specs: Milled cavity-back or blade designs in black or S/S finishes.
dgd.com | $299-$325
|Edel Basic Colombia
Key Feature: Precisely milled from a block of 303 stainless steel, it’s machined to different thicknesses to accommodate different head weights determined by the fitting process.
What We Like: You may not have heard of this manufacturer yet, but Edel’s putters are of the highest quality.
Who It’s For: If you go through Edel’s intricate three-step fitting process, the company can customize this putter exactly to your stroke and tendencies.
Specs: Part of the six-head Basic Series, each with all sorts of custom options.
edelgolf.com | $375
|Heavy Putter Q2-MT Mid-Weight
Key Feature: This special Tour-edition model has a balance point 75 percent higher than a conventional putter’s, translating to more consistent release through impact.
What We Like: The plumber’s neck hosel with a full shaft offset frames the ball nicely, while the glossy graphite finish adds elegance.
Who It’s For: Pendulum strokers wanting to stifle wrist use.
Specs: This toe-droop blade’s putterhead weighs 400 grams.
heavyputter.com | $ 169
|Louis Ville STIMP MAX-O
Key Feature: Beautifully hand-crafted out of real walnut wood! The Stimp MAX-O is actually more than just a showpiece; it’s a darn good putter, weighing 400 grams for a solid, pure feel.
What We Like: It’s gorgeous, but it’s also really consistent. We like the sound and feel, and were surprised at how easy it is to control distances.
Who It’s For: Golfers who appreciate natural materials and who want a work of art in their golf bag.
Specs: Also available in a center-shafted version.
louisvillegolf.com | $149
|Never Compromise NCX-Ray
Key Feature: Suspended Face Technology, a dual-density insert with isolated ribs embedded in a softer composite provide dampening and responsiveness, and improve directional dispersion.
What We Like: Ball speed is constant—no matter where you strike it on the face—because 25 percent of the head weight is at the putter’s extremities.
Who It’s For: All player types.
Specs: Available in four models, each with a gray-and-red alignment feature.
nevercompromise.com | $149
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