Putters Buyer's Guide 2006

Nickent PIPE Series
(888) NICKENT | $199

Nickent PIPE 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

Nike Black OZ Multi-density materials and eye-catching shape have helped make the Black OZ putters some of the most talked about this season.
Features: Each of the three models (Black OZ T100 pictured) are all about stroke improvement, with aluminum bodies paired with tungsten plugs to move weight away from the clubface for reduced skidding.
Advantages: They’re weighted to forgive, and the face-balancing helps. The soft polymer insert is even lighter than the aluminum used for the body, further enhancing the perimeter weighting.
What We Like: The shape is round, but the design adds up to a squarer face at impact.
Lineup: Black OZ Series
Putterhead: Aluminum (milled)
Putterface: Polymer (milled)
Weight: N/A
Design(s): Black OZ T100, Black OZ T160—Heel-shafted, face-balanced mallet; Black OZ T130—Center-shafted, face-balanced mallet (available LH)

Odyssey Dual Force 2 Series
(800) 588-9836 | $110

Odyssey Dual Force 2 Dual Force putters were some of the most popular of the past 15 years. In 2006, welcome back an old friend.
Features: The original DFs never had a ton of technology in their favor, just a great number of shapes that were pleasing to the eye and, of course, the little insert that started the craze, Stronomic. With the DF2s (#2 pictured), the designs remain, but the Stronomic is a little firmer and larger, aiding perimeter weighting.
Advantages: Pure, uncomplicated performance and a feel better than the original.
What We Like: The return of the Rossie!
Lineup: White Steel Series, White Hot Series, Dual Force 2 Series
Putterhead: Steel (cast)
Putterface: Stronomic polymer (molded)
Weight: N/A
Design(s): #1, #3—Heel-shafted heel-toe blade; #2—Heel- or center-shafted heel-toe blade; #5—Heel- or center-shafted, face-balanced mallet; Rossie—Heel-shafted, face-balanced mallet (#1, #5 available LH)

Pinfire Eagle
(951) 898-1000 | $169

Pinfire Eagle 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)
Putterface: Same
Weight: 390 grams
Design(s): Heel-shafted, face-balanced mallet (available LH)

Odyssey White Steel SRT Series
(800) 588-9836 | $199

Odyssey White Steel SRT Fresh after the success of the White Hot and DFX Stronomic versions of the 2-Ball putters, Odyssey unfolded yet another iteration: the White Steel 2-Ball. In 2006, not only does the company unveil a new White Steel version of the 2-Ball, but also a third disk in the new White Steel SRT Tri-Ball (pictured).
Features: The “SRT” in the updated White Steel line stands for “Saturn Ring Technology,” which describes the putters’ buttress mechanism. The rings are made from a high-density alloy that, when combined with the lightweight aluminum body, ratchet up the MOI for a supremely stable flatstick.
Advantages: All you’d expect from a high-MOI putter, plus a lot more.
What We Like: We’re big fans of the White Steel face (a milled steel insert is placed over a urethane putterface). It’s flat, consistent and full of feel.
Lineup: White Steel Series, White Hot Series, Dual Force 2 Series
Putterhead: Aluminum (milled), High-density alloy
Putterface: Urethane, Stainless steel (milled)
Weight: 335-355 grams
Design(s): White Steel SRT Tri-Ball, White Steel SRT 2-Ball—Heel-shafted, face-balanced inertial mallet (available LH)

Q-Roll Brass Classic Series
(866) 776-5546 | $250

Q-Roll Firebird 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)
Putterface: Same
Weight: N/A
Design(s): QP2000, QP4000—Heel-shafted, face-balanced mallet; FireBird, Mr. Two—Heel-shafted heel-toe blade (available LH)


Add Comment