03 February 2017
New Year, New Putter
If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to improve your score, then there’s no better time to invest in a new putter to help you achieve this. Here is our breakdown of the best putters for golfers looking to improve their game on the greens.
CLEVELAND TFI ELEVADO 2135
This mallet putter has a multi-material face, called the TFI (True Feel Innovation), which combines a milled copper-infused cap over a copolymer insert for the ultimate in feel and consistency.
The name, Elevado 2135, represents Cleveland’s alignment technology that utilizes an alignment bar. The alignment bar is set 21.35 millimeters above the ground and is directly in line with the center axis of the ball. It helps players to align accurately when their eyes are behind, directly over, or well over the golf ball. This technology was developed because, according to Cleveland, 80 percent of players set up inside or outside the ball. If you struggle with alignment the Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 putter could be the club for you.
PXG claims their Drone putter is best suited for players with a straight-back-straight-through putting stroke. A modern, high MOI mallet-style putter with a single-bend shaft creates a full-shaft offset and a face-balanced hang angle. It features a multi-material construction of milled aluminum with a milled 304 stainless steel face.
The Drone also offers PXG's signature weighting system. It has removable plugs made of titanium (0.8 grams each) that run down the center, and tungsten plugs (2.8 grams each) packed along the perimeter, enabling you to customize feel and boost forgiveness.
ODYSSEY MILLED COLLECTION RSX V-LINE FANG
The milled RSX V-Line Fang (RSX stands for roll and sound experiment) has a carbon steel body with a thin stainless steel Metal-X face insert. Distinguishing RSX from the previous lines, the putter has a milled chamber behind the face which creates a distinct, firm feel with ample audio feedback at impact.
With Odyssey’s patented oval pattern, the 17-4 stainless steel insert has been chemically etched to provide a better roll off the face. To help stabilize sound and feel across the face, the RSX also has a stabilizing crossbar feature.
TIGER’S NEW BALLS
In December, Tiger headed out for his event, the Hero World Challenge, with the Bridgestone Tour B330-S as his ball of choice. Although he finished 15th in the 17-player tournament, he led the tally for the most birdies, with a total of 24.
Shortly after the event, Bridgestone announced that they signed a multi-year deal with Tiger to play with Bridgestone balls. So, what are the advantages of the B330?
The B330 has a multilayer construction with soft urethane cover. The ball features a "gradational" core - a firmer outer region wraps around a softer inner core - for power and lower spin on full shots. The B330-S has more spins from tee to green than its sister product. The cover uses SlipRes to produce maximum greenside performance, higher friction for more spin from the rough, and less spin off the driver for increased distance. Bridgestone’s proprietary manufacturing process, Seamless Cover Technology (SCT), eliminates the straight part line and instead creates a non-uniform part line around the golf ball.