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What shape should I choose?
- I Will Only Play Blades
- I'm OK With Mallets, Just Not Too Big
- Mallets Are Awesome!
- I Want Something WILD
Choose our boondock or King, depending on which shape your eye prefers. The King works well with the Straight Shaft Heel, while the Boondock works best with the Center Shaft Heel.
Our Luna is the smallest and most popular mallet. Get the performance benefits of a mallet without the overwhelming size. For some added character, choose the Mid-Mallet, which is slightly larger and has a double-curve on the back face.
Mallets do have the highest MOI, which translates to forgiveness on off-center hits. From an engineer’s perspective, mallets are ideal. The wings on our Checkmate are familiar and effective. If you’re feeling more adventurous, go with our Widowmaker shape. It’s a bear to make by hand, but it’s one of our most-loved putters, and is an absolute head-turner on the greens.
Live Edge all the way. We maintain the natural edge of the tree on the putter. This adds a great degree of difficulty to the build process, but means that you’ll get something so different and cool that you’ll get comments on it every time you pull it from your bag.
What shaft style should I choose?
You need a putter with toe hang. This is because you will be actively swinging the heavier toe through impact, which adds greater stability to the stroke. You can choose Double Bend Toe Hang or Straight Shaft Heel. Double bend toe hang has slight hang for a moderate arc. Straight Shaft Heel has heavy toe hang for a substantial arc.
You want a face balanced putter. Face balanced putters don’t want to twist at impact, unlike toe hang putters. This can be achieved with a straight shaft into the center of the face, or a double bend face balanced that enters the heel. Choose whichever you think looks best. Face balanced putters don’t want to twist at impact, unlike toe hang putters.
What weight should I choose?
- I Putt Predominantly on Fast Greens
- I Putt on Fast and Slow Greens
- I Putt on Slow Greens and Want Total Control
You need a heavier putter. This will slow down your stroke and give you better distance control on mid range putts. Choose at least 350 grams, and don’t be afraid to do 370 or 380 if you’re ready for extra stability.
You can’t go wrong with a 350 gram putter. It’s heavy enough to feel stable, while light enough that you can still hit long putts on shaggy greens.
Lighter putters feel very responsive, almost like a sports car. They’re easier to accelerate and hit long putts with, which means that mid range putts on fast greens will be a bit trickier since your speed through impact can vary quickly. Only choose 320 grams if you’re a smaller golfer with a shorter shaft, or ready to accept the responsibility that comes with great power.
What loft should I choose?
I recommend 3 degrees of loft for the average person. If you feel like your stroke looks like most, just choose 3 degrees. That will get the ball up and out of it’s impression on the green, while still promoting forward roll at impact.
If you’re pushing your hands far in front of the putter head during your swing, then you will be bouncing the ball into the green if your loft is too low. If you have slight forward press, choose 4 degrees. If your forward press is substantial, choose 5 degrees.
With the ball forward in your stance, your putter is likely rising at impact. With too much loft, this will create backspin and hopping. You need lower loft to promote forward roll. Choose 2 degrees. Only do 1 or 0 degrees if you always putt on extremely fast greens and have the ball far forward in your stance.
What lie angle should I choose?
You want 70 degrees of loft. This works for 75% of players.
If your ball is pretty close to your feet, you need a steeper shaft so that your heel doesn’t come too high off the ground. Go with 72 or 74 degrees, depending on how upright your swing is.
You need a shallow shaft angle so that your toe doesn’t come off the ground. Choose 68 or 66 degrees, depending on how far away the ball is from your feet.