One of the hot topics of conversation in the world of putting is the updated SeeMore MFGP20 putter, a variant of the flagship model from SeeMore Putters out of Memphis Tennessee.
Now, this putter is set up a little bit differently than other putters. It has a shaft that’s black though the last quarter of it and it’s got a red dot in the back a well as a line in the front.
We call this the rifle scope design which is a technology that SeeMore has for their putters and what it does is it allows you, when you set up your putter, to be consistent by always being square to your target as well as have the correct loft.
With this design, it is exceptionally easy to line up the face of your club and make sure you are hitting the right direction.
All you do is place the putter face right behind the ball and when you look down you will know when you are square when you can no longer see the red dot under the shaft.
If you can see it, this means that you are not lined up correctly and that you need to adjust the clubface.
Once you no longer see the red dot then you can go ahead and take your shot knowing that you are lined up to the hole.
This putter is going to bring you consistency each time you putt and is a great purchase for any golfer looking for a more reliable putter that will help their game.
Learn More about and check out the SeeMore Putter here.
Over the last couple of months, there have been a few new putters that have created awesome breakthroughs in the game of golf and have some awesome science behind them. In this post we break them down, explain their differences and talk about what you should be looking for when you’re shopping!
Below we have listed 6 of the most notable new putters, what makes them special and how to discover which one is right for you.
PING has a brand new line called the Sigma G and they’re using some awesome new technology as well as some things that have been in their lines previously to create a great putter.
On the face of the golf club, there are actually some special lines that initially draw your attention. Then, upon looking further, you will also notice that there is a bit more material on the sides of the face than in the middle.
What that does is if you hit the ball in the middle, it’s going to roll at a certain distance. But, if you hit a putt on the heel or toe, it’s actually going to roll out slightly farther, because there’s more material taken out of the center of the putter, and put on the sides of the putter.
Typically when you hit a ball off the heel or toe of a putter, it doesn’t roll nearly as far as when you hit it in the middle. So, what Ping has done is they’ve artificially taken it and made it slightly duller in the very center, and more pronounced on the sides. It’s totally legal with USGA and is basically compromising any deficiencies that you might have in your putting stroke.
Additionally, on the very tip of the grip of this putter, there’s actually a tool that goes down into it that and twists counterclockwise and clockwise, telescoping the grip up and down the shaft.
So whereas in the olden days you get a putter that might be 32, or 33, or 35 inches, this putter can go anywhere from 32 inches all the way to 36 inches, all within one single putter.
From a stocking standpoint, it’s made it really easy because we can actually fit anyone with any model of putter. All of the Sigma 2 putters have this and I would imagine that as they continue to evolve and add new putter lines, they’re going to have more and more of these putters.
Number two is the SeeMore putters. We’ve carried SeeMore for a long time, but they have a variety of new mallet and blade heads that are available now with both cast and milled putter heads.
With the SeeMore putters, you’re actually going to see a little red dot on the heel. This is there because when you’re lining up your putt, you know that you’re directly over the ball when you can’t see the red. If you are in front or behind the ball, you will be able to see that red dot which means you aren’t correctly lined up.
When you’re set up correctly, you can’t see that red dot anymore, and you should only see the two white lines. This actually allows you to create a perfect setup and get perfectly aligned for every putt! When you can eliminate that red dot from your view you know you are set up correctly over the top of the ball.
Most people think that they’re lined up properly when they’re over a putt but actually, most of us, perhaps as many as 90% of us, are not. This includes Tour players.
This is why when we putt and things go left or right at the hole, we just aren’t lined up correctly.
So the cool thing about this new SeeMore putter is that red dot alignment aid and they have that on all SeeMore putters. It’s a unique standard thing that they put across their line on both their cast and their milled putters. That’s one of their biggest selling points.
Additionally, they have a center shaft with a groove in the middle and what they’re doing with this is they’re taking materials out of the back of the putter, and actually moving them back to increase the moment of inertia, which we’ll go into a bit later in this blog.
Next, we have the Odyssey putter and their brand new model called the Stroke Lab.
Odyssey is one of the best putter sellers out there with a number of different models!
Two big notable things with this putter are the face and the shaft. First, let’s discuss the face of the putter. You’ll see some little ridges in here that are small levers that are actually not flushed with the putter face.
If you looked at a microscope and looked at those ridges, they’re actually angled up against the putter face, almost like small scales.
These ridges are tiny springs so that when you hit the putter, it launches that ball back up and creates overspin on the ball which reduces ball bounce and skid so that you have a smoother, more accurate putt.
Having overspin on the ball sooner is going to create a more true roll and get you closer to the target that you’re aiming at.
The other big feature on this is actually Odyssey’s new Stroke Lab putter shaft. It’s half steel and half graphite which creates a counterbalanced putter with almost no torque on the shaft.
What this does is move weight up the end of the grip, add more weight at the bottom of the grip and try to take weight out in the middle. This will create a more pendulum-like stroke in concert with our hands. That should, therefore, create a smoother more consistent putt time and time again, as well as creating a more easily repeatable motion.
Additionally, Golf Digest recently gave this putter five out of five stars.
Odyssey also has their O Works line which includes their famous two ball putter. With the two-ball putter, you can see two discs on the top. When you line those discs up with a golf ball, the two discs and ball will create an alignment line that can be used to line up your putt. Statistics have shown that having the ability to line up putts like this towards the hole has made a phenomenal difference in a golfer’s confidence.
This putter comes in a number of different, styles, colors and designs so that it can be made to fit the preferences of almost any golfer.
Let’s talk moment of inertia here. So with the brand new Cameron putters, the Futura and Concept, you’re going to see how it has this kind of spacecraft shape.
The Futura is made of aluminum, which is CNC milled, and it’s very lightweight, with the exception of these two discs that are in the back. Those are actually heavy tungsten screws that put more weight on the back of the putter.
What most companies are trying to do with mallet designs is that, while a blade putter is usually narrow from face to the back and all of them are the same distance in from heel to toe, a mallet putter can be almost any shape and size.
There are a million different wild designs here, but what the vendors are trying to do with mallets, is actually move the center of gravity further back.
With a blade putter, the center of gravity is right up towards the face of the putter and right behind the center spot. What happens is that when you hit a ball off the heel or toe, the putter will twist, causing you to lose power and the ball to roll off course.
But, with a mallet patter, they’re able to get the center of gravity moved back in the golf club which causes less twisting in the clubface. This same concept is used in almost all clubs, namely, drivers where we are seeing more and more tungsten weights that are putting the center of gravity farther in the back of the club and reducing twisting of the clubface.
With the two big heavy tungsten screws in the Cameron putter, the center of gravity, that moment of inertia, is dramatically increased because that weight is pushed back in the golf club causing the heel or toe to twist far less.
So if you hit the ball with a center of gravity that is farther back then it won’t twist as much on impact with the ball and allow you to hit it as hard as anticipated even if you happen to hit it more on the heel or toe because it requires a lot more energy to cause your club to twist in this case.
Here is another mallet putter, the Taylor Made Spider Putter. Dustin Johnson and Jason Day made these really famous a couple of years ago and they are actually now available in any color combination that you could want.
This putter is also made of aluminum like the Cameron, very lightweight metal. You’ll also see on this club two black marks that are actually two very heavy tungsten weights that go off the back and that moves that center of gravity back in the golf club and allows you to increase the moment of inertia so that no matter where you hit on the face, it’s going to roll at the same distance and it’s going to roll it straighter.
How to Know Which is Best For You
The beautiful part about putters is that it’s all personal. Some people do not like the idea of using the mallet putters, even though the technology is proven to be able to help you. If you’re looking over it and you don’t have confidence that this is better for you then it won’t work.
With so many different weights, styles, colors, and a number of other variables, the best thing to do is to try them side by side and get fitted with the putter that works best for your skill level and playing style. Hit them side by side and actually narrow down for yourself what you feel most confident with.
Putting is one of the most important elements of your golf game, as well as being one of the leading sources of frustration for many. We all know that we need to work on it if we want to have any hope of finally getting our score where we want it (as well as our sanity).
However, many of us are missing very critical elements of our game as a result of starting off on the wrong foot. Working on distance, speed, green reads and all of that is very important, but if you don’t focus on this one thing first then your short game will never be quite right!
This key element is being correctly lined up over the ball.
So many people think that they are positioned correctly over the ball, yet when we actually look at it using modern-day technology (the SAM Putt Lab in the Super Shop here at Haggin Oaks), many of them (including the pros) are way off, causing the face of their club to not be square and your putts to inevitably go off course.
Some sources have said that up to 90% of putts are hit when the golfer isn’t correctly over the ball and the reason that this is so detrimental is that it screws up your perspective and causes you to not be aimed straight at the hole, and in most cases, fairly far from it general direction surprisingly!
So, how can join the elite top 10% of golfers by just lining yourself upright to the ball? Here are a couple of ways to work on this.
1.) Get Fitted at a SAM PuttLab
The SAM PuttLab is a type of machine that shoots a small laser at the face of your putter and shows you how accurately lined up you are to the hole. Having this testing done allows you to better understand your putting game, train more efficiently by training exactly what you need to work on, and give you key insights into what putter would be best for you.
If you want a putter that will let you know exactly when you are square over the club and actually hitting the ball at center, the SeeMore putters are the perfect thing for you.
These putters have a unique red dot on the toe of the club that will disappear from your vision if you are standing perfectly over the club allowing you to putt more consistently and with more confidence.
So many people go in blind with their putting and never know when they are actually lined up. Don’t be like those people. Do everything you can to be able to consistently tell when you are over the ball.
As they say, “be consistently good instead of occasionally great.”
3.) Practice the Two Ball Putt Drill
Another great way to make sure that the face of your putter is square to the ground and that you are accurately lined up is by practicing the 2 ball putting drill where you hit two balls at the same time and if you can make them go the same speed and distance without hitting each other then you know that you are lined up correctly.
To learn more about that drill and see exactly how to do it, click here.
4.) Get a Coach
Lastly, if you really want to make sure you learn how to stay lined up to the ball then you should invest in lessons and work with a coach on your putting game. These lessons are often not as expensive as you think and have incredible benefits on your game!
Overall, that is how you can start to make great strides in improving your putting game by working on just one foundational thing. Let us know how it goes and if being aware of this common problem helps your game!
Although putters may not make it into the spotlight as much as drivers and irons, they are still widely popular. Many companies are working extremely hard to advance the technology allowing the everyday golfer to shoot like the pros and the pros to drive their scores even lower below par!
One main area of debate, advancement and discussion is the difference between and the benefits of milled putters vs. cast putters. Which is better, what advantages they have and so forth. As a result, one of the biggest questions that golfers have to answer when choosing a putter is if they want it cast or milled.
However, not all golfers know the real difference between the two or how they are even made and, as a result, we thought that we should explain the difference between the two.
First of all, we have cast putters. These putters are molded into shape using hot metal and a mold and are typically made of a few different pieces that are put together to create the head of your putter.
This can be beneficial in regards to some scientific advancements with the use of synthetic materials to increase topspin, reduce skid, allow for more power with less effort and so forth.
However, with cast putters, you often have hot spots and soft spots that allow for some inconsistencies in the club that make it hit harder in some areas and less hard in others. This is one of the main complaints with these kinds of putters as this can cause problems for the pro golfer who needs to be able to rely on his or her club to consistently hit with the same speed and accuracy.
Cast clubs, however, are often much less expensive ranging from $100 often to around $300 for most putters making them more easily accessible and potentially the better option for the beginner to intermediate golfer.
A CNC milled putter is actually a putter that has been milled out of a brick of aluminum which allows them to be extremely exact, and more importantly, adds more consistency to your putting.
They make these types of putters by taking a raw piece of aluminum and stamping it out dozens or in some cases, hundreds of times under literally tons of pressure to get it as dense as they possibly can. Then they have a machine, basically, a large drill bit, come in and drill out the putter, making a complete putter head out of the brick of aluminum. This creates a putter head that is one piece with almost no imperfections making more putts more consistent and reliable.
Typically, milled putters are much more expensive than a cast putter and often cost anywhere from $500 – $1,000.
The reason they are so expensive is that there’s just so much more material that’s needed and a CNC milling machine usually starts at about half a million dollars for one, so there’s a lot of expensive technology that’s involved in the process.
These types of putters are typically best for the advanced golfer or the perfectionist who wants to know that their putter is perfect, so any missed putts they have are their fault.
If you want to check out all of the putters that we have available, you can here!
One of the biggest problems that plague golfers is inconsistency with their putting and they often don’t realize the thing that is most likely causing them issues, the alignment of their putts.
Many golfers are missing putts because the face of their putter actually isn’t square which causing them to miss-hit and that is exactly what this drill is made to correct.
This drill, using two golf balls and your putter, is designed to help you know when your putts aren’t lined up and be able to work on understanding the look and feel of a putter that is lined up correctly.
What you do is put the two golf balls side by side and our goal here is to see if we can make the golf balls roll simultaneously together
We want them to roll the same pace and distance and what that’s going to show us is if our putter face is square at impact. It’s really important that it’s not turned one way to the right or to the left and that it’s perfectly square when we strike these golf balls
When we put this we’re going to work on our impact and our centeredness of contact so we’ll set up to the golf ball just like normal and we’ll make our putting stroke to see if we can make the golf balls roll together
Go ahead give that a try and if you commit to practicing this every time you are out practicing your putting, I know that you will start seeing more consistent and reliable putts.
Shaun Barnes is a PGA Professional who works at Morton Golf Sales’ sister course, the award-winning Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, CA. Barnes is an expert in club-fitting and provides golf lessons to a large clientele in the Sacramento region. Today, he shares his golf tips on how to practice putting.
Find a straight putt and set tees at 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10 feet. All putts must be made before moving on to the next distance.
Make 30 putts from 3 feet – then 25 putts from 4 feet – then 15 feet from 5 feet – then 10 feet from 6 feet – then 5 from 10 feet
Just as if you were on the course you only get one chance to make the putt. Focus on each putt, go through your routine and stroke each putt with confidence. Stay focused, be patient and make it fun!
Please leave your comments on how this drill performs for you. If there are topics you would like for Shaun to cover in future blog entries, please feel free to leave your suggestions too.
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