Tuesday, February 28, 2012
2012 Buyer's Guide Putters
Will you switch to a long putter this year?
ClearviewKey Feature: Its transparent design functions as an alignment aid to get your ball rolling on the right track. It was easy to line up correctly, and the stats say that 90% of us struggle with alignment. Not anymore.
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: More than 70 grams of weight was redistributed to the rear of this high-MOI model, which increases forgiveness on off-center hits. 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
ClevelandKey Feature: These putters minimize glare and enhance alignment and feature a CNC-milled face that produces a soft, solid feel at impact. Boasts a traditional heel-toe weighting that maximizes MOI so you don't lose distance on off-center strikes. We likey!
Who It's For: Holy bargain, Batman! With these affordable offerings, it's back to black, baby!
Specs: Nine models (three mallets and six blades), including belly length. Head weight ranges from 340 to 400 grams. Lengths range from 33 to 35 inches.
clevelandgolf.com | $80
Dead AimKey Feature: An optically engineered, raised, three-hole top line that makes it easy to know when your eyes are lined up over the ball. The company claims it's the only putter that provides both lie and loft feedback.
Who It's For: Golfers who have a hard time aligning their eyes over the ball and keeping the putterface square.
Specs: Two models are available in standard and belly lengths. Both come in black and silver/white finishes. An optional laser-training device ($30) attaches to the top of the putter and helps ensure a square face.
deadaimputters.com | $150-$220
EdelKey Feature: Named for former British Open champ (and a man who, amazingly, won 231 tournaments) Roberto DeVicenzo, this new series was developed to minimize face rotation in the stroke. How'd they do it? By balancing the face so the toe doesn't open up.
Who It's For: Players who tend to push the ball off the putter face. Fans of DeVicenzo.
Specs: Available in standard, belly and long lengths. Two models: Series 18 (named for his National Open victories) and Series 231 (see above).
edelgolf.com | $350
Never CompromiseKey Feature: Forged from 303 stainless steel and CNC-milled to ensure incredible precision during production. The combination of soft metal and forged-grain structure provides exceptional feel at impact.
Who It's For: Engineered for players who seek perfection on the green. Premium putter devotees.
Specs: Comes in two lengths (34 and 35 inches) and a head weight of 340 grams. Winn grip, plumber-neck hosel.
nevercompromise.com | $300
NikeKey Feature: Its quirky high-MOI shape takes some getting used to, but once you swing it a few times, you'll feel just how steady it really is. Another nice feature is its polymer and aluminum grooves. When the ball comes off the face, it feels soft, and the result is a sweet, pure roll.
Method Core Drone Putter
Who It's For: Golfers who aren't afraid to put a space-age mallet into play and who like to make stable strokes that never veer offline.
Specs: Available in 33-, 34- and 35-inch models. Belly length for righties only.
nikegolf.com | $170
OdysseyKey Feature: A head milled from soft 1025 Carbon Steel, and a face with a deeper, sharper milling pattern that increases interaction between it and the ball.
ProType Tour Series
Who It's For: Wannabe Tour pros. Each model has been used by a Tour player en route to a victory.
Specs: Six models available, including a two-ball model. Clubheads vary between 340 and 360 grams. For an additional $30, you can get yours customized (six different colors for your grip and head paint fill) through a retailer.
odysseygolf.com | $270-$300
OdysseyKey Feature: A dual-layered insert that creates a soft feel at impact. The textured face has ovals that help propel the ball forward faster and lower. Nice.
Who It's For: There are a lot of styles available, so if you like the urethane dampening layer, you'll find a model that works for you. Tend to pop the ball off the face? These should remedy that.
Specs: Eight head types including four blades, three mallets and one mid-mallet. A number of length options are available, too, including long and belly.
odysseygolf.com | $150-$180
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