• High Moi Put­ters

They’re de­signed to help the wonki­est of strokes, yet even the world’s best swear by some of th­ese

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CLEVE­LAND TFI 2135 ELEVADO www.cleve­land­golf.com Head­weight: 370g Grip: Lamkin TFI Toe hang: Face bal­anced

TECH:

Cleve­land says 80% of golfers don’t have their eyes di­rectly over the ball when putting. They reckon by rais­ing the align­ment aid to ex­actly half the size of a golf ball, they’ve cre­ated the most ac­cu­rate aid ever.

WE SAY:

Any MOI put­ter worth its salt comes with some sort of hol­low body or “fanged” head de­sign, as weight split be­tween the fangs im­proves sta­bil­ity and for­give­ness when putts are hit off-cen­tre. The re­ally clever bit of de­sign, though, comes in blend­ing those fangs into a de­sign which isn’t dis­tract­ing – and the Elevado does that in spades. It’s a re­ally sim­ple, straight­for­ward matt black head with a single sil­ver align­ment stripe right at the same height as the cen­tre of the ball. It’s a clever idea, and if you’re the type of golfer who strug­gles with aim, the Elevado is worth try­ing.

VER­DICT:

A very solid MOI put­ter and with a price tag un­der US$167 it won’t bust the bank. Thanks to the soft in­sert and poly­mer backer it feels good, and its cir­cu­lar groove tech has the ca­pa­bil­ity to roll putts along­side the best.

BENROSS TRIBE MDJ2 www.ben­ross­golf.com Head­weight: 370g Grip: Lamkin Sink RND 11 Toe hang: Face Bal­anced

TECH:

The ‘fanged’ de­sign in­creases MOI to aid sta­bil­ity on ev­ery stroke. For­give­ness is in­creased by a two-piece hol­low head con­struc­tion which al­lows the CG to be po­si­tioned ac­cu­rately to en­cour­age putts to skid less and roll sooner while also max­imis­ing sta­bil­ity.

WE SAY:

Benross fea­tured among our favourite put­ters of 2016 as they of­fered a de­cent prod­uct at an af­ford­able price. But while last year’s Casino put­ters started at less than US$77 a pop, 2017’s Tribe will set you back close to US$128. And that’s a big in­crease in a year. The Tribe’s fanged head may look sim­i­lar to Odyssey’s #7, which was in­volved in our test, but thanks to its hol­low head de­liv­er­ing a higher pitched im­pact sound, per­for­mance against the pre­mium brands was very dif­fer­ent.

VER­DICT:

We un­der­stand many golfers don’t have US$320 to spend on a new put­ter. If US$128 is your top bud­get, the MDJ2 should be on your short­list.

PING SIGMA G WOLVERINE T www.ping.com Head­weight: 370g Grip: Ping Pis­tol PP60 Toe hang: Face Bal­anced

TECH:

New milled alu­minium face in­serts have vari­able depth and width grooves to de­liver con­sis­tent across the face ball speed per­for­mance.

WE SAY:

All man­ner of lines, cir­cles and curves have promised bet­ter align­ment, yet we’d say the Wolverine’s sim­ple single stripe is one of the best we’ve ever seen. That’s be­cause the line comes right up onto the top edge of the put­ter at the ball’s equa­tor. If you draw a straight line on your ball it couldn’t be sim­pler to see whether your blade is set up squarely or not. Yes, the Wolverine’s head shape is wacky, but it’s ex­actly the shape needed to in­crease MOI and for­give­ness.

VER­DICT:

Ping has ob­vi­ously worked hard on the Sigma G range and the up­dates over pre­vi­ous Ping MOI put­ters are no­table. The new PP60 flat-fronted grip is a great size and its sharp, de­fined edges mean you feel when the blade is square.

TAY­LORMADE SPI­DER TOUR RED www.tay­lor­made­golf.com Head­weight: 355g Grip: Winn Medal­list or AVS Mid-size Toe hang: Mod­er­ate TECH:

Teams a light, alu­minium body with a heav­ier 304 stain­less steel frame to cre­ate a very high MOI and for­giv­ing put­ter.

WE SAY:

If our test team had a pound for ev­ery time we’ve heard a club golfer say they want the same club a tour player uses, we wouldn’t be test­ing golf equip­ment for a liv­ing. For us the Tour Red is a prime ex­am­ple of the grass not be­ing quite so green as you’d ex­pect on the other side. There’s no doubt it is a qual­ity put­ter; it feels great and rolls putts bril­liantly. But the lack of an align­ment line means the Tour Red’s got a look club golfers won’t be ac­cus­tomed to, cer­tainly not in an MOI mal­let. There’s a short flow neck too, which tour pros are fans of as it gives a re­ally clean ap­pear­ance – but its trade-off is a de­cent amount of toe hang which isn’t that com­mon in a MOI mal­let, ei­ther.

VER­DICT:

A high-qual­ity MOI put­ter that, in the right hands and matched to the right stroke, re­ally per­forms. But you need to take time get­ting to know it be­fore tak­ing the plunge on one as it is so tai­lored to Ja­son Day’s eye and stroke.

EVNROLL ER7 www.evnroll.com Head­weight: 370g Grip: Winn Pro 1.18 Toe hang: Slight

TECH:

EVNROLL put­ters have a new groove pat­tern which gives a pro­gres­sive en­ergy trans­fer, so putts hit of­f­cen­tre roll vir­tu­ally the same dis­tance as pure hits.

WE SAY:

Some will ar­gue the ER7 is more mal­let than MOI put­ter, but we reckon be­cause there’s so much weight re­moved from in­ef­fi­cient ar­eas it’s a great look­ing MOI de­sign. The story be­hind the Evnroll’s groove pat­tern is what sep­a­rates it, though. The grooves are wider in the cen­tre and nar­rower to the toe and heel, which de­signer Rife says reg­u­lates en­ergy trans­fer, so off-cen­tre hits travel just as far as on cen­tre im­pacts. He also reck­ons just like a wood face that’s not flat, off-cen­tre putts are geared back to­wards your tar­get, too.

VER­DICT:

We can’t say for sure those grooves gear putts back on line, but we will ad­mit to be­ing re­ally im­pressed with how putts in­ter­acted with the face and rolled across the green. All three testers loved the head’s sim­plic­ity, the over­all weight (heav­ier than some) and the crack­ing over­sized Winn grip, which sits re­ally snugly in your hands.

‘YES, THE HEAD SHAPE IS WACKY, BUT IT’S EX­ACTLY THE SHAPE NEEDED TO IN­CREASE FOR­GIVE­NESS’

BENROSS TRIBE MDJ2 TAY­LORMADE SPI­DER TOUR RED PING SIGMA G WOLVERINE T EVNROLL ER7

CLEVE­LAND TFI 2135 ELEVADO

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