Equipment Review: Part II - These Hole Seeking, Aim And Fire Putters Rock And Roll The Ball Directly Into The Cup

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Here is part II of our double instalment from Dr. Barry Lotz, director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America, on some of the best options out there for solving your putting woes.

 

Yes! Golf's Callie Putter

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Callie has been one of the most popular Yes! models for years.
 
The 355 gram head weight, Callie model, features  a moderate toe-down, traditional blade style putter made of 304 stainless steel and offering a single sight line in the back cavity for alignment.
 
The Plumber neck hosel offers full offset and the acclaimed C-Grooves are dark and distinctly contrast with the face. This is one of the best inserts available to golfers.
 
Simply put, it performs and has a great feedback but most importantly, it gets the ball rolling on line fast, equating to more putts made! 81 Tour wins to date.
 
The Callie is just one of many putters available from Adams Golf/ TaylorMade Golf and has great presence on both the PGA and LPGA Tours.
 
$99.99                            www.adamsgolf.com
 
David Whitlam Putters

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Cut from the same cloth as David Edel, Scotty Cameron, Bobby Bettinardi and Kia Ma, David Whitlam is another master craftsman and putter designer/maker extraordininaire! 
 
Whitlam putters are a blend of yesterday's most popular models and today's technology.
 
All putters are CNC milled in America from a solid billet of 303 stainless steel and mild carbon steel.
 
After milling, each putter goes through a 15 step finishing process that gives them their exquisite quality and beautiful finishes.
 
Whitlam's newest introduction is the Prototype Run - Dragon Series Brick Sole.
 
The Dragon Series brick sole mill comes in heel shafted double bend and center shafted right hand and left hand.

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Made from 303 Stainless Steel, with a head weight of 350g.

This run is limited to 100 pieces. Heads will come in silver, satin black and satin gold.

Beside the actual putter, the embroidered head covers are works of art themselves.
 
Our testing group saw this putter not only as a work of art and aesthetically pleasing, but were impressed by the feel of the putter and the confidence it imbued to the user.
 
Their reaction to the price was rather interesting. Rolls Royce versus Chevy Camaro!
 
$350.00                                www.whitlamgolf.com
 
 
Nike Method Concept Putter
 
Another  contemporary work of art! The art is in the profound shape.

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The Nike Method Concept putter is a mid mallet putter that  has an eye catching look with its heavier, black back piece attached to its lighter, red face.
 
Nike  claims the Method Concept's "radical shape has the appearance of a blade, yet plays like a mallet." 
 
The clubface is made of lightweight aluminum and weighs only 90 grams. The body (the black semi-circle piece) is made of heavier stainless steel and weighs 200 grams.
 
This moves the  putter's center of gravity far back and low, and according to Nike, creates a "very high MOI-to-head ratio." 
 
This innovative combination of these two sections results in a very high MOI-to-head ratio putter with a small mallet footprint.
 
While the Nike Method Concept has a small mallet footprint, it provides the stability of the largest mallets in the game.
 
On further examination, Nike has taken the highly successful Method Core putter and beefed up its MOI (Moment of Inertia) for increased stability.
 
The Polymetal Groove Technology is the same used in other Method putters. This combination makes for smooth strokes and increased accuracy. The Polymetal Groove Technology provides for a faster forward roll at impact for increased accuracy.
 
The polymer and aluminium grooves lessen impact vibrations and provide pure sound and feel. Our testers, while taking a little time to get used to the Method Concept's aesthetics, raved about the feel and consistency of the roll.
 
The Nike Method Concept putter is available in both right- and left-hand in standard lengths (32, 33 or 34 inches). Belly Putter lengths are 41 and 43 inches, and is available in right-hand only. $199.00. 
 
$199.00                         www.nikegolf.com
 
 
Wilson Staff Vizor Belly Putter

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Wilson's new Staff Vizor Belly Putter is another of the many new "extra length" putters to enter the market. 

The Vizor  Belly Putter features a lightweight aluminum body combined with stainless steel perimeter weighting resulting in a high MOI (Moment of Inertia) for improved stability.
 
The double bend shaft provides for a face balanced design. 
 
The insert in the putter face, has a soft urethane face tailored to match the hardness of a golf ball, similar to that of the Odyssey putter, allowing for improved feel on the green.  
 
The technology featured on the new Vizor Belly Putter allows a player to 'lock into' the perfect position.
 
Just identify the line, set the putter on that line, then adjust until the eye 'locks' to the alignment aid. It takes the guess-work out of set up and promotes a repeatable putting stroke.
 
The Vizor is available in 43 inch-length, featuring a longer, body anchored belly design to assist with a more stable stroke that will lower scores through improved roll and alignment.
 
$ 149.99                                   www.wilsonstaff.com
 
 
BONUS:  The Best Training Aids that will lower your putts per round
 
The Ocular Putting Training Aid and Putting T-Bar
 
"Over 90% of players that come into our shop cannot aim their putter over the hole from 6-feet away” Channing Benjamin, Roger Dunn Golf Shops, CA.
 
Putter misalignment is the greatest disruption of a simple path to the golf ball! 
 
Most golfers misalign their putter left or right of the cup from just 10 feet. Surprisingly, over 30% will misalign over 8" left or right of the cup from that same distance. The result? Misalignment creates compensating motion in the putting stroke.

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If you really want to improve your putting prowess and lower your putts per round, you should definitely do as 300 PGA Pros do - get on board with Rick Wright's two marvelous results-producing putting training aids.

The Laser Optics Alignment Light is the most effective tool used to help detect, correct, and monitor putter alignment.

Sound putting begins with accurate alignment. To use this  training aid, have your teacher or golf club fitter use the Laser Optics Alignment Light and Target Backboard to check your alignment.
 
Rick Wright began his career in the golf industry back in 1993 when he became part owner of Kurr Golf Technology, a small putter manufacturer he started with Kirk Currie.
 
For the next three years the company served as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) of milled putters for the Ben Hogan Company, Lynx Golf Company, and Bridgestone Sports, USA.
 
In 1998, working closely with Mike Shannon, then head golf professional at Isleworth CC, Wright and Currie developed the Ocular Laser Alignment System.
 
This simple, but clever laser, allowed golf professionals to build a putter to compliment putter alignment. Alignment became the main premise of the system.
 
Jack Nicklaus experienced the fitting process and put a custom made copper Slazenger putter in play on the PGA Tour for the next two years.
 
Over the past 15 years, Rick has advanced his knowledge in both putting instruction and custom putter fitting. In 2006, he developed a crude version of The Putting T-Bar.
 
After numerous requests from students and other instructors wanting to teach with the device, the redesigned Putting T-Bar was eventually introduced to the golf industry in 2011.

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The Putting T-Bar
 
The putting stroke is a simple motion.
 
The shoulders are connected to the arms, the arms connected to the hands, the hands connected to the putter.
 
Your shoulders, specifically your shoulder plane, will dictate the path of your putter.
 
The Putting T-Bar is the only complete and effective aid used to train all elements of the putting stroke, including the shoulder plane.
 
The Putting T-Bar is simple in design, but very complex in its objectives.
 
The T-Bar effectively teaches and trains all of the elements of today’s simple and efficient putting stroke, including: 
 
The Proper Setup to Your Putt Line 
A Rhythmic and Connected Motion of the Shoulders, Arms, Hands, & Putter 
The Ideal Shoulder Plane and Putter Path 
Solid Impact and Consistent Roll 
 
The Putting T-Bar ensures you will consistently train the proper and efficient motion. To improve one's putting ability, a golfer needs to understand what type of putter she/he is, get laser tested for their basic ability and get fitted for a putter that matches their style and posture AND most importantly, develop a consistent practice routine. 
 
The Putting T-Bar $99.00        Laser Optics Putter Alignment System $179.00
 
 
 
About The Writer: 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 in February, 2012 is already in its third printing.
 
He can be reached at drlotz@cbsgolf.net
 
 
 
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