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Without any doubt whatsoever, putting is the most critical golf skill that needs to be acquired to become, not only proficient in golf, but to be a good/low handicapper. Yet, after all is said and done, all the articles written, usage endorsements paid to pros, putting is the most elusive skill for a golfer to acquire.
Not a single Tour event goes by, be it on the PGA, LPGA or Nationwide Tours that the pros don’t continue to tinker with and change putters, sometimes each and every day of a tournament.
It’s all about confidence in your putting game and it is built from understanding the correct techniques and how these lead to improved putting. Of course, as Gary Player is fond of saying, “the harder one practices, the luckier one gets”.
However, and this point cannot be over emphasized, getting custom fit by a competent club fitter will solve 90% of all your putting problems. As far as I am concerned, the best in the business is Bobby Bettinardi, about whom you can read below.
This master of his domain, Bob Bettinardi, putter craftsman, has just introduced his latest creations and updated his core collection.
This core collection gets an entire visual makeover for 2016, as each head receives a stunning Midnight Black PVD finish. The face retains a Hyper-Honeycomb mill pattern from a soft carbon steel, while paint accents of subtle silver and lime green complete the strong appearance.
Each putter comes fit with a stepless, brushed nickel shaft for improved feedback and reduced glare. Models in the BB Series include BB1, BB1F, BB8 and BB40. The standard head weight for the BB Series is 350 grams. Lofts are 3° and Lie Angles are 71°.
Bi-metal construction, black anodized finish and Bettinardi’s proprietary F.I.T. (Feel-Impact-Technology) Face are all found in the 3.0, the newest tour-proven shape to grace this series.
Featuring a hand polished 303 stainless steel weight bolted to the 6061 aluminum body, precisely positioned for maximum M.O.I. characteristics.
The 3.0 joins the original iNOVAi model for 2016. Each head design is available in standard or counterbalanced iterations and both are offered in either right or left-handed options.
The 3.0 is also available as a center-shaft option – 358 gram head weight, 2° loft and lie angle 71°. The putter is also available in a counter balance version which has 395 grams head weight, 2° loft and a 71° lie angle.
Standard version $299.99 Counter Balance $349.99
Studio Stock 6:
This new addition to the Studio Stock family, which already includes the SS2 and SS16, is the direct evolution of classic putter design.
The SS6, steeped in major championship lore, is a timeless silhouette associated with the greatest putters of all time.
An Olympic Bronze finish and detailed Super-Fly Mill face milling is complimented by simple Legend Blue and white paint accents- 358 grams head weight, 3° loft and 71° lie angle.
You can choose a SuperStroke grip to be installed on your Bettinardi putter for a slight upcharge in place of the production grip.
Cure Putters are “The Fastest Growing Putter on the Champions Tour”. Cure Putters has led the industry in delivering the Highest Moment of Inertia (MOI) in putters since launching in 2014; the new Classic Series delivers the incredible stability and forgiveness of a High MOI mallet in a visually stunning, traditional blade style putter. It’s the best of both worlds.
Cure putters all feature an Extremely High MOI design, which is very stable and offers incredible forgiveness for much greater accuracy and distance control, even on extreme mishits.
The adjustable weighting system allows a wide range of weight adjust-ability, allowing the golfer to find the perfect weight to suit their stroke and tempo.
With a higher center of gravity, lower loft and deeper face that impacts the ball at the equator, Cure Putters deliver a superior roll – getting the ball rolling sooner, helping it stay on the intended line.
Cure Putters’ innovative design takes several problematic variables out of the equation and offers incredible forgiveness and control, resulting in a tighter shot dispersion. Golfers of every skill level will putt more consistently, build confidence and achieve better results with a Cure Putter.
All Cure Putters are CNC milled from a solid block of T-6160 Aircraft Grade Aluminum and 100% Made and Assembled in the USA.
The Classic Series of Cure Putters includes two new models: the cx1, a square back blade shown above and the cx2, a round back blade shown below.
These 100% CNC Milled aluminum putters are slightly oversized (5″ blade length) with tungsten weight inserts in the heel and toe, plus 42g of weight adjustability via 6 removable weights, providing a simple, traditional look at address, with twice the MOI (stability & forgiveness) of a typical blade!
The cx1 has an adjustable weight range from 334 to 376 grams; with MOI ranging from 6,400 to 7,200 g/cm2. The cx2 can be adjusted from 342 to 384 grams; with MOI ranging from 6,550 to 7,350 g/cm2.
Both models are offered in an anodized black or platinum finish.
Zach Johnson’s favorite putter company! Zach Johnson just recorded his twelfth win at the 2015 Open and his 2nd Major Championship (2007 Masters), all using a SeeMore putter.
Once again, this Franklin, Tennessee based company has introduced a line of truly useful putters that simply makes sense and definitely lowers your putts per round.
In my humble opinion, if you cannot afford to be custom fit for a putter or simply do not have the time for whatever reason, the SeeMore line of putters, are without doubt, going to increase your putting prowess.
And if you do want to be custom fit, SeeMore leads the industry with a global team of certified fitters.
SeeMore offers everything from counterbalanced to conventional heel-toe weighted putters with a multitude of additional options.
These two models are amongst SeeMore’s latest releases:
Corona Del Mar FGP Deep Flange
The SeeMore Corona Del Mar FGP Deep Flange Putter is again a new variation on the classic FGP with the profile of a smaller mallet. The length of the face is 3.9” with a face depth of 1.06” and 1.46” in flange depth.
This face balanced putter has a 360 gram head weight, 2.5 ° of loft and is available in lies of 66 ° – 74 °.
SeeMore stands 100% behind their putters with the best customer service in the industry.
Corona del Mar FGP Blade
The SeeMore Corona del Mar FGP Blade is the newest version of the most famous SeeMore design that has won 3 Major Championships.
The head is cast milled from 303 Stainless steel and features a lightweight TPU insert, which is poured into a specially designed face cavity and then allowed to harden and bond with the stainless steel material.
This putter is face balanced at impact or “balanced to plane,” meaning it’s dynamically balanced to the angle you putt and naturally returns to square at impact so there is less manipulation during the stroke to keep the putter face on the correct path.
With the use of SeeMore’s patented RifleScope Technology (RST) Alignment System and exceptional feel, the confidence factor is Nullus Secundus (second to none)! RST features a red dot that, when hidden, helps ensure correct alignment, and the face is balanced at impact, naturally returning to square to improve stroke path.
360 grams head weight with a 2.5° loft
Of course, having the correct grip will go a long way to improving your putting statistics and overall confidence.
With this in mind, consider the new Lamkin SINK grips, Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips since 1925– has introduced its new SINK putter grips, designed with innovative shapes, a proprietary lightweight rubber compound, and functional surface textures to promote greater accuracy, consistency and confidence.
SINK models come in two distinct shapes, both of which include a curved-handle profile designed to encourage proper wrist alignment for a more fluid putting stroke. Both SINK shapes are available in 11 and 13 inch lengths.
- The rounded grip (RND), offered in a blue-green color scheme, features a wider, straighter profile ideal for minimizing excessive hand action and creating a smoother, pendulum-like putting stroke.
- The squared grip (SQD), with orange and yellow accents, is ideal for feel-based putters and features a thinner shape with more pronounced corners. The result is a unique putter grip that offers exceptional feedback and putting control.
A key feature of the SINK line is the integration of a first-of-its-kind, lightweight rubber developed by Lamkin chemists specifically for the putter grips. The material is 29 to 35 percent lighter than traditional rubber and enables golfers to enjoy the performance benefits of grips with larger shapes and lengths without sacrificing the consistent, durable and all-weather performance of traditional rubber.
SINK putter grips also include multiple surface textures, including a micro-webbed diamond pattern and traditional deep-etched lines, offering an optimal level of slip-free grip traction. The carefully placed smooth ovals on the front of the grips provide golfers with an effective hand position reference to promote improved putting consistency and confidence.
11” – $12.99 13” – $14.99
Besides being properly fitted by a professional, you need to devote the time to practicing your putting on a consistent basis.
Practice keeping your head perfectly still and wait to hear the ball drop. Focus on distance and speed. Get the ball to the hole. Have fun, stay positive and enjoy putting!
Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers”, “How to Build Business Relationships through Golf” which is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s bestseller list. His latest book,” The Right Mind for Golf”, released last year, is now in its 6th printing.