Category Archives: Putters

Groundbreaking Golf Gear Of The Season

While the PGA Tour winds down this season and heads into the playoff events of the FedEx Cup here are some fun facts about this year’s season: (and it was a strange one at that) only the 2nd time all 4 winners of the majors were 1st time major winners. To boot it was Keegan Bradleys first attempt at any major when he won the PGA Championship also the first to win a major using the controversial long putter. Taking over was the domination of the rookies on Tour; there were 8 rookie winners on the PGA Tour this season the most ever since 1970 and 12 first time winners. Not only was the majors won by four different 1st time winners it was played with 4 different drivers, The Cleveland Launcher Ultralite TL310 (Keegan Bradley PGA Championship, TaylorMade R11 (Darren Clarke, The Open), Titleist 910D2 (Rory McIlroy, U.S. Open), and Nike VR Tour (Charl Schwartzel, Masters).

What this golf season will probably be most memorable for the world of golf clubs is TaylorMade’s white-headed driver, the R11. TaylorMade recently shipped their One Millionth White Metalwood. They even tracked the design, manufacturing, shipping and delivery of the club all on their Facebook and Twitter pages. TaylorMade even dressed up one of their top Tour professionals, Dustin Johnson in a FedEx uniform to deliver the one millionth white metalwood. What’s all the buzz with this club? While is does have a distinctive look it’s not just the all white non-glare club head that makes this driver special. The adjustability capabilities of the R11 were unprecedented before it’s release. With the ability to adjust not only the sole plate but also the moveable weights and adjustable hosel for a total of 48 possible settings.

The second biggest story was easily the rise of the long putters on Tour. While the long putter has been around for almost 30 years this is the first year it has ever been used to win a major. Not only did it help Keegan Bradley win the PGA Championship it was the putter of choice for PGA Tour winners for a consecutive 3 weeks. While the R11 dominated the driver market the Cleveland Mashie stirred up quiet the buzz on the hybrid market.

Cleveland golf made 2010 the year of the wedge and in 2011 they went a little retro. Bringing back the Cleveland Mashie hybrid they kept its retro-chic look but updated the technology used to drive the club. They finished the Mashie off with a RetroRaw finish giving it a rugged look but added Gliderail technology to make it a top performer in the market. Players and consumers were pleasantly surprised with the resurrection of the Mashie and the positive affects it leant to their game. It was most recently spotted in the winner’s bag of Keegan Bradley the 2011 PGA Championship winner.

While equipment usually focuses on golf clubs we also wanted to take a look at a groundbreaking golf glove maker that made headlines across the country. HIRZL golf gloves are top of line all weather golf gloves. We reviewed them here. While they do come with a higher price tag than a synthetic golf glove these authentic leather gloves are not only worth the money in quality but in performance as well. While the claim to have the ability to deliver 3x better grip in dry weather and 5x better grip in wet weather they truly are the all around best gloves for all weather.

Need to find the R11, Long Putter, Mashie, or HIRZl golf glove right now? We suggest taking a look at our favorite online golf retailer GolfClubs.com

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Ping Putters

With the release of their groundbreaking app the iPING Ping has officially updated their Anser line to fit more types of strokes and style preferences. It has been almost 45 years since Ping first created the best putters on the market and now they move into their newest adventure allowing more types of putters for more skills. With the tagline “Fit for Stroke” they want to bring their customers the most fitted putter for their stroke. Which is of course where the iPing app also comes in handy, it can analyze your stroke and suggest what style of putter will most likely suit your preferences. Each model has subtle differentiators to make them distinct.

The mod­els are:  Anser Milled (Slight Arc), Anser Milled 1 (Slight Arc), Anser Milled 2 (Slight Arc), Anser Milled 3 (Slight Arc), Anser Milled 4 (Strong arc), Anser Milled 5 (Straight), Anser Milled 6 (Strong Arc).


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Golf’s Latest Putter Trend

First there was the domination of the white golf clubs now it seems to have taken a turn to the long putter. Dominating the Tour this August with consecutive wins by Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley and now Webb Simpson, the long putter seems to be a staple on the leaderboard. Even before their glory days of winning they were stirring up controversy. This is of course because with the extension of the club it allows the golfers to anchor the club on their body. While most purist golfers find this an abomination others just enjoy the feel and confidence this brings them. The belly putter is said to simplify the fundamentals of putting so those players who have inconsistencies and other issues will probably be the one’s making the switch to this latest fad.

The latest victim in the long putter takeover was this weekends victor at the Wyndham Championship, Webb Simpson. Simpson’s trusty putter is a PING Craz-E belly putter. While this may just having people talking about the new putter style there is no evidence that players are actively switching to the new putting style due to the August PGA Tour wins.

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Keegan Bradley’s Odyssey Long Putter: 2011 PGA Championship

As Keegan Bradley neared the end of the 2011 PGA Championship playoff with Jason Dufner, there were two facts that were becoming quiet clear 1) An American would finally win a major 2) The first player to use a long/belly putter would win a major championship on the PGA Tour.

Both of these facts came true as Bradley putted his Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth putter to victory. What makes Bradley’s putter different from most golfers on Tour (excluding Adam Scott and Robert Garrigus) is it’s length and how it’s used. Bradley’s putter is 46.75″ from the bottom of the club to the end of the grip, a standard putter is usually between 33 and 35 inches long. Using that extra length to anchor the club into his belly (thus the name “belly” putter) to stabilize the putter.

Of course Bradley’s win at a Major championship stirred up the debate whether or not belly/long putters should be allowed in professional tournaments. The idea of anchoring the grip of the club the belly is seen as an advantage by many. Nothing to get too worked up about though, according to Golf Digest this is not a very popular trend in the golf world with junior golfers.

Fun Facts From the Sandbox: This was the 10th PGA Tour win of the season for Odyssey putters. Odyssey had 40 putters in play this week which was 25.6% of the putters in play.

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What New Golf Clubs Is Ping Rolling Out This Summer?

Ping’s product cycle is ready to introduce a new driver to their golf club line up. Ping recently announced the launch of their latest driver the G20. It made it’s formal debut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week. It has also been spotted everywhere on the internet here, here, and here. However, this club is also not available until late summer for the rest of us to purchase it.

What to expect from Ping’s new driver is their usual blend of forgiveness and power. Unlike Adams new driver the 9088, the G20 is heavier than it’s predecessor the G15. Using the idea that the greater force at impact the better the power shots will be. Extending the face of the driver for better forgiveness and a better launch area for off center hits.

Ping is a brand that has always stuck with the classics. While all the other manufacturers are our designing a putter collection of all shapes and sizes, Ping has stuck with a simplistic approach. Ping’s latest line of Anser putters goes back to the basics.

First off these putters have been machine milled from 303 stainless steel. With no gimmicks in sight, the putters don’t even have names they are only identified by numbers from 1 to 5 and the original only bears the name Anser. The Anser is a revamped copy from the original collection made in 1966.

Back to their classic styling, all 6 of the new putters are blades. The differentiation comes in the weighting and balance through the different configurations through the neck and hosel.

Aligning with their new iPING app all the putters will be put into 3 stroke categories: Straight, Slight Arc, and Strong Arc. These names correspond to the balance of each putter in the Anser line. Specifically, the degree of toe hang from each model. This will help golfers understand the putter balance and easily choose what type of putter best fits their stroke style.

The new Anser line of putters should arrive in retail stores August 11, 2011.
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Odyssey PT 10 Putter Limited Run

Odyssey just unveiled their latest Limited Edition putter which was first seen on Tour with Ernie Els when he won the South African Open. This is the follow up putter to the PT 82 which was released last October with only 2,000 sold to retail stores. So far no word on how many PT 10’s have been released but a few retail stores already have some of these putters on hand.

The Protype PT 10 was milled from 1025 carbon steel with a heel toe weighted blade style. Since it’s only a limited run of these clubs and designed for a Tour type player the price tag is $349.99.

 

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Robert Garrigus Putter at The U.S. Open

What was up with Robert Garrigus putter at the U.S. Open? One of the few Americans in the field who ended up a low score. He tied for third at the U.S. Open but that was not what everyone was talking about, instead it was his 28.5 inch putter he pulled out of his bag. Garrigus has been using the short stick putter since he was 19, using several different models over the years he brought this putter back out specially for the major.

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iPING App Perfect Your Putting


Ping is rolling out all the stops with their new equipment this golfing season. Not only are they adding a new driver and irons as we already reported but there also adding tech guru to their list of tricks. Always an innovator in the putter market they have taken it one step further by introducing the iPING app created just for you to help you with your putts. It’s a free app from the iTunes app store the only catch is you have to by their handy dandy clip for $30 that attaches to your putter. Key Features: 

  • Measure Mode: captures putt
  • Practice Mode: Let’s you hone in on a particular putting skill you may need a little more help in such as stroke type, tempo, or impact angle.
  • Compare Mode: Always ratteling off that your better than Lee Westwood or your best friend Joe? Well know you can prove it. Evaluate yourself against your friends and other Ping Tour players.
This app does just about everything except pick out the perfect putter (although it does help significantly narrow down your choices. All in all for only $30 it’s a pretty good deal, some putting training aids cost a heck of a lot more than that.
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Bettinardi Golf Counts A New Member

Recently announced via the companies Twitter page Bettinardi Golf will be adding a new wide body JAM Studio Stock 9 putter to their collection.

Instead of this years rainbow design it is completed in a black oxidizes finish. With a single sightline and a double bend shaft distinctly found on Bettinardi golf putters. Available in Bettinardi’s customary Honeycomb or FIT face that produces a soft yet solid feel at impact.

The Studio Stock line is evidently for the putter aficionado. Designed with classic shapes for skilled and tour players. The line of putters was crafted so that players would have the most responsive feel from the putters while on the green.

Bettinardi Golf is known for 2 things in the golf industry their putters and the quality of their putters. Winners of various awards for there manufacturing process they design and craft some of the world’s most brilliant putters. Founded by Robert Bettinardi back in 1991 as his outlet to create the finest putters the world had ever seen. Strictly following that goal ever since Bettinardi Golf quickly become a putter enthusiasts guilty pleasure. Even with the expansion of the putter line Bettinardi has been able to keep there manufacturing right here in the U.S. This is one claim to fame few putter brands can declare. Hoards of fans collect, discuss, and play these putters everyday. They are quiet easily the best one-piece milled putter manufacturers around. Each putter is milled and painstakingly built to guarantee the highest level of quality and attention to detail. It’s no wonder why these are the coveted putters in a golfers bag.

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Nike Method Putting Success

The only thing more talked about than Lucas Glover’s beard was his remarkable putting. Glover was ranked first in putter per greens in regulation and third in putter per round during the week. Currently, Glover leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained in putting. Golfers Equipment of course wanted to know what he was gaming to make all these stats. Thanks to his Nike Method 003 putter which helped him out a bit on those greens. He was also using the Nike VR Pro Combo blades for his short game as well.

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