Best New Blade Putters

Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the award-winning blade putters on the 2016 Hot List.

Released on 2/2/2016

Transcript

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So what's the big trend in the blade putter this year?
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I think it's, correct me if I'm wrong,
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I think it's about roll.
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Okay, and there's a whole lot of things
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happening with the face to influence the ball
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to get it to roll quickly.
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Now why does that matter?
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The quicker you get it to roll,
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you're putting on an uneven surface
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even if it's perfectly manicured.
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If it's rolling end over end,
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it's going to be less disturbed by any imperfections
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or undulations in the green.
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What people don't understand is
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there's actual launch angle in the putt.
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The putter is not a flat thing.
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It's got between three and four degrees of loft
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and the reason is the ball settles on the green
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in a little depression and you need that loft
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to get it out of that depression.
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But the idea is you want to get it out of that depression,
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then it's going to skid a little bit
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and then start into a roll.
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You want to reduce that skid and get it rolling through
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as soon as humanly possible.
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So growing up I played a blade,
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then I moved onto a mallet putter.
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Which should I be playing?
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Well, blade from when you were growing up
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is probably a little different than a blade today.
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When I was growing up, at least,
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you're probably not as old as me,
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but a blade was like a bullseye putter.
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A club that you could putt right handed or
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even left handed if you wanted to.
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It was a flat surface.
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Now, this is the definition of a blade.
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The Anser style which almost every company
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does in blades to some degree, right.
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This is kind of the standard.
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And part of it is simply
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it's a pleasing club to look at.
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A blade putter guy wants to be able to put a club down
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and it catches his eye to where
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he actually wants to hit a putt.
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But I think what people forget about putters,
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like they forget various other sections of the bag
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is that fitting is so much part of the equation.
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And fitting putters is easier than fitting
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any other club in the bag.
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I didn't even know there were club fitters.
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Can you go to just anybody to get fit for a putter?
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No, you should really go,
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a lot of people think you should just go to your pro
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and many pros are great fitters,
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but some are better than others.
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I'd certainly start at golf digest dot com
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where we've got a list of the 100 best club fitters
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in the country.
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And tied to that, best club fitters in your area.
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I think the beauty is,
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and it may be sacrilege to say this,
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but you might not have to buy a new putter.
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You can just go for a putter fitting
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and they can work with what you have.
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I will admit that I have a club in my bag
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my putter that's been in there for six, seven years,
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but it's been fit three times.
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But that doesn't mean that the technology
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isn't improving.
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It is.
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As Mike said, people are becoming more comfortable
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with their putters,
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but it's still the kind of club you love to hate.
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And when you do eventually hate it,
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and you're ready to make a change,
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they've done a lot on the face.
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For years we saw a lot of groove stories
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and they really just put grooves on the face
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and called it a groove story.
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But now they really are meaningful things.
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That's why I think a mallet is so much better
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because the impact is so varied on most average golfers.
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But with a mallet you're gonna get a wider area
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that you're going to get consistent roll with.
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Yeah, but with a mallet, you can't do that.
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That's true.
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