PLAYING WITH … DIRECTED FORCE RENO 2.0 PUTTER
Cost: $525. Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Australia Writer (GA Handicap 9.4)
Are you struggling with the dreaded yips? This putter from Directed Force could be the solution.
MODEL PLAYED: Directed Force Reno 2.0 with Press Grip. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The size and unique shape of the putter head were instantly intriguing. As was the shaft placement in the head which produces the Directed Force’s ‘lie angle balancing’.
While I was originally a little unsure about such a large head and the very different feel of the Press grip the black head, black shaft and black grip gave the putter an overall stealth-like look that helped to hide the size when over the ball. And like most golfers I can get past looks in favour of performance. HOW IT PERFORMED: Before I laid hands on the putter I used the company’s online fitting tool where I sent a short video of myself putting and was provided with the necessary specs of the Directed Force putter I required. This extra step is vitally important as each putter is balanced to a certain lie angle to stay square during a golfer’s stroke.
Once the putter arrived I put it and a number of other putters from my collection in the company’s ‘Revealer’. This showed how the Directed Force stayed square to my path better than any of my old favourites when making a putting stroke. Reinforcing the accuracy of my fitting.
Out on the course I took some time to adjust to the speed off the face. The Directed Force seemed to come off slower than my gamer. Leading me to leave putts short early. This speed difference was consistent which meant a simple adjustment was required, not unlike playing on slightly slower greens, and towards the end of my time with the putter I found my speed was drastically improved.
Where I was most impressed with the putter, however, was from inside of 6-feet where the Directed Force was almost automatic as the putter stayed square longer and most misses could be putt down to incorrect reads.
While the wide face looks like you could never hit the extremities, when intentionally striking putts all the way in the heel and toe putts seemed to roll out similar distances to a good strike and were closer to my target than with other mallets when doing the same.
The Press grip, which forces an automatic forward press, again took some getting used to but when experimenting with different grip techniques felt almost made for claw and saw varieties. The set grip position grip combined with the forgiveness of the putter makes it a great option for players who struggle with short putts without giving up much in the way of performance from long range.
And for any former anchorers or players who suffer the dreaded yips the Directed Force is definitely worth a look.