Putters Buyer's Guide 2006
| Nickent PIPE Series|
(888) NICKENT | $199
Nickent’s breakthrough cylindrical design is now offered on two new blade-style heads.
Features: The PIPE (PP/005 pictured) features a white cylindrical pipe that extends behind the face to facilitate a square setup by helping golfers better determine face alignment at address.
Advantages: A rear tungsten weight plug increases MOI, while the polymer face insert helps distribute weight toward the heel and toe. The polymer face also is designed to reduce backspin and excessive skidding.
What We Like: The two new blades elicit a better feel and are as easy to align as the originals.
Lineup: PIPE Series
Putterhead: Stainless steel (cast)
Putterface: Polymer (milled)
Weight: 345-357 grams
Design(s): PP/001—Heel-shafted, face-balanced mallet; PP/002—Center-shafted, face-balanced mallet; PP/003—Heel-shafted mallet; PP/004, PP/005—Heel-shafted heel-toe blade (PP/001 available LH)
Nike Golf Black OZ Series
Odyssey Dual Force 2 Series
Dual Force putters were some of the most popular of the past 15 years. In 2006, welcome back an old friend.
| Pinfire Eagle|
(951) 898-1000 | $169
From a small workshop outside Los Angeles comes an extremely well-made putter that has everything that defines a modern flatstick, including a shape that’s part function, part art.
Features: When talking about Pinfire products, you start with the aerospace-grade materials and precise milling. Then you discuss the shape that, without the addition of any plugs or inserts, achieves the rear CG and high MOI that results in a quicker forward roll.
Advantages: It’s easy to use and the all-aluminum feel is soft yet firm. The all-milled head is available in four colors (silver shown).
What We Like: The alignment aids. Three perpendicular and parallel lines and the bore holes make lining up square to the line a breeze.
Lineup: Eagle, Liberty, Patriot
Putterhead: Aluminum (milled)
Weight: 390 grams
Design(s): Heel-shafted, face-balanced mallet (available LH)
Odyssey White Steel SRT Series
| Q-Roll Brass Classic Series|
(866) 776-5546 | $250
The Brass Classic putters make good use of one of the putter category’s legendary metals to create old-school feel with new-school shapes and performance benefits.
Features: All-brass, 100% milled construction for very sharp lines and a unique look. The four Brass Classic putters (FireBird shown) employ Q-Roll’s patented Radius Face design (negative loft, in a nutshell), which ensures that contact is made above the equator of the golf ball.
Advantages: With contact made above the equator, backspin or skid is virtually eliminated. Expect a true end-over-end roll.
What We Like: The promise of zero skid.
Lineup: Brass Classic Series, Celebration Series
Putterhead: Brass (milled)
Design(s): QP2000, QP4000—Heel-shafted, face-balanced mallet; FireBird, Mr. Two—Heel-shafted heel-toe blade (available LH)