GEAR GUIDE

We put de­sign­ers’ claims to the test us­ing the lat­est launch mon­i­tor soft­ware

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Put­ter Face Grooves Shaft Weights

Ev­ery new ma­jor put­ter launch prom­ises to roll putts bet­ter nowa­days. Where some put­ter de­sign­ers reckon face grooves grab and grip the ball at im­pact, cre­at­ing more top­spin and re­duc­ing skid, oth­ers in­sist hinges on the face lift putts into a bet­ter roll. Some even say you don’t need face tech at all. With so many op­tions out there, we thought it was time to find out if any ac­tu­ally work. And if they do, which face de­sign works best...

How we mea­sured skid and roll

We’re huge fans of Fore­sight Sports’ GC Quad launch mon­i­tor, and its lat­est up­date for 2018 means it mea­sures the data of putts in ex­actly the same way it does for drivers and irons. It was the nat­u­ral choice to cap­ture data for our test. We picked a mal­let/moi style put­ter from each of the leading put­ter brands who boast face groove tech. We spent a day at Fore­sight’s HQ in Guild­ford, with PGA pro Andrew Hill­man hit­ting putts from six-12 feet as the Quad col­lected data for each one hit. To en­sure ev­ery putt was hit from a per­fect lie we used a Putt Out putting matt, elim­i­nat­ing dis­crep­an­cies which could oc­cur out­side on a real green’s sur­face. And to make sure we had a base line with which to com­pare the grooved mod­els against we also tested a Wil­son Staff In­fi­nite South Side put­ter, which has no grooves on the face what­so­ever.

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