Chang­ing Put­ters?

Golf Today Northwest - - Contents - By BOB DUN­CAN, PGA

If you change put­ters, are you re­ally chang­ing what the put­ter does? In most cases you’re not chang­ing much, but in one case, you’re chang­ing a lot! Hold your put­ter level and place your fin­ger un­der the bal­ance point on the shaft – what does the face do? Chances are it will roll to a bal­ance point with either the toe down, on an an­gle, or face-up. These put­ters have dif­fer­ent “toe-hang” bal­ance points, and the face-up put­ter is called “face balanced”. While the bal­ance points are all dif­fer­ent, they all do sim­i­lar things dur­ing your stroke: in mo­tion they are try­ing to get to their bal­ance points, but be­cause we grip the club and move the hands, we don’t no­tice it. Now, if you re­ally want a put­ter that IS dif­fer­ent, try the new Di­rected Force put­ter de­vel­oped by Bill Presse! This put­ter has no “bal­ance bias” – in other words, it does not have a toe-bal­ance or face-bal­ance – it is ALL balanced. So when you swing it, the face will stay square to the path. It does not seek a dif­fer­ent bal­ance when in mo­tion! So how is this ben­e­fi­cial? Imag­ine mak­ing a good stroke but al­ways hav­ing the put­ter try­ing to move to a dif­fer­ent bal­ance point dur­ing the swing. Is this con­sis­tency? It’s not a good thing on a down­hill left-to-right slider 12 foot slider…en­ter the Di­rected Force put­ter: it will not try to move to a dif­fer­ent bal­ance – it IS balanced! But that’s not all. The grip is dif­fer­ent too. It has an ob­long “foot­ball” shape to it, with the points in the di­rec­tion of play. A great ref­er­ence for mak­ing the stroke go to the hole. And you’ll no­tice that the grip is not mounted on the shaft straight... Whaaat? That’s right – this is also a big key to the put­ter. The shaft goes into the grip on an an­gle of 3 de­grees that “pre-presses” the put­ter so the player doesn’t have to for­ward press the put­ter to get it in the proper play­ing po­si­tion. And what about that face be­ing ahead of the shaft, in­stead of off­set be­hind it, or the rounded rear por­tion of the club and the nar­row con­nec­tion? This is where the force is di­rected – through this con­nec­tion from the back to the front of the

put­ter. Not to men­tion those V-cut aim­ing lines just above the face that help you aim… How does this add up? Well, I’m as skep­ti­cal as they come as far as new equip­ment is con­cerned. If driv­ers al­ways went 10 yards far­ther ev­ery year we would all be hit­ting it over 500 yards. But, it is be­cause of the bal­ance and the grip the Di­rected Force put­ter is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the start. And cus­tom fit­ting, you might ask? The DF put­ter is Lie-an­gle Balanced, mean­ing when you change lie an­gles the put­ter must be re-balanced prop­erly. Lie and length com­bine for a cus­tom fit that along with 2 grip sizes make for a put­ter that is balanced for your set-up and putting stroke. Here you have a fully balanced put­ter with a novel grip shape and in­stal­la­tion that is cus­tom­ized to your length and lie… Now all you have to do is get out and roll one! But I’ll have to warn you that if you try one, you’re go­ing to want one… Full dis­clo­sure: I am the Ore­gon rep for the re­gion south of Port­land, and the Port­land rep is Jerry Mowlds, at Pump­kin Ridge. When I first rolled this put­ter I knew it was spe­cial and signed on to be the rep as soon as I could. This put­ter IS dif­fer­ent – it feels dif­fer­ent, and it rolls the ball so well - call me for a fit­ting and demo!

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