Friday, March 18, 2011
2011 Buyer's Guide Putters
Find the flatstick that works for you
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ClearviewKey Feature: Its transparent design isn't a gimmick, it functions as an alignment aid to get your ball rolling on the right track.
What We Like: That should be pretty, er, clear. It was easy to line up correctly, and the stats say that 90% of us struggle with alignment.
Who It's For: Golfers who struggle to consistently line up their putts correctly. People who aren't afraid to try something a little unorthodox on the greens.
Specs: Offset and center-shafted models. Right- and left-handed, and a variety of lie and length options, including broomstick and belly.
clearviewputter.com | $170
ClevelandKey Feature: Made from 17-4 stainless steel and comes in three different finishes—black platinum, platinum and BRZ (shown). The copper-infused face insert of the BRZ makes for a soft, responsive feel.
What We Like: There are many high-performing models available that are incredibly affordable. What's not to like?
Who It's For: Budget golfers looking for putters with classic good looks and solid craftsmanship.
Specs: Fourteen different models, including blade and mallet, with varying hosel shapes.
clevelandgolf.com | $79
ClevelandKey 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 butter-soft 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
EdelKey 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
LouisvilleKey Feature: Beautifully handcrafted 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. In the age of modern materials sometimes you just have to play it old school.
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 CompromiseKey Feature: Made from a soft block of 303 stainless steel, these weighty putters are soft and solid.
What We Like: Its Vegas-themed artwork that adorns its sole and hosel. Makes us want to put some money on our next four-footer. The Winn grip always feels good on a putter.
Who It's For: Golfers who are a little bit classy and a little bit flashy.
Specs: Four flatsticks (two blades, two mallets). Standard length on all is 34.35 inches, with custom options available. Left-hand available only in the Royal model.
nevercompromise.com | $299
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