Cleveland Designed By
The retro-cool styling of this series may prove irresistible to those with long memories, or to anyone who just wants a break from big, complicated- looking putters. Despite their appearance, these flatsticks have been updated to incorporate modern technology. Tungsten weights embedded in the toe bring the center of gravity away from the heel and create more resistance to twisting on off- center strikes than you might expect. The faces are milled and crosshatched, and Cleveland's proprietary CMM metal creates an exceptionally soft feel. The putters are also heavier than their old-time counterparts. The 1905 model (right) is a replica of the Calamity Jane putter Bobby Jones used. The 1948 version (top) is a traditional center-shafted blade. Both come with throwback leather grips. $165.* Call 800-999-6263 or visit clevelandgolf.com.
*all prices are msrp. street prices may be significantly lower.
Nike Black Oz T130
The latest Nike putter (right) conjures up a nineteenth- century scientific instrument: The needlelike sight line appears to be suspended between the flanking tungsten weights at the rear. But the Black Oz T130 Oversize Mallet—used by Michelle Wie, among others—is a thoroughly modern contraption. Those sixty-five-gram back weights give it superior forgiveness, and the needle makes it easy to align. The soft polymer face insert is embedded in a lightweight aluminum body. Nike says the black color makes the putter head appear smaller and thus less distracting. And the see-through thermoplastic paddle-style grip is a pleasure to hold. $170. Call 800-922-6453 or visit nikegolf.com.
Daito Golf Stealth
By now, we are all accustomed to strange-looking putters, so the big surprise here is not the style but the manufacturer: Daito Golf, a new division of a diversified Canadian outfit called the Daito Group with expertise in metallurgy and machining. The company's debut putters are precision milled from solid grain metals such as copper, stainless steel and, in the case of the Stealth (left), aircraft aluminum. The Stealth may look like some kind of humpbacked sea creature with gills, but it delivers a powerful, on-line feel through the ball. With a copper-nickel face insert and a Winn grip. $200. Call 866-773-4653 or visit daitogolf.com.
Mizuno Bettinardi C-02
The virtuoso putter-maker Bob Bettinardi has produced his first crop of putters for Mizuno. They all have familiar Bettinardi features, including one-piece milled heads and honeycomb faces. The four putters in the C-series, made of soft carbon steel with a satin pearl finish, are heel-toe weighted. The C-02 (below) has an offset plumber's neck and a square, well-balanced look at address. The A-series mallets are milled from blocks of aluminum. $230. Call 800-333-7888 or visit mizunousa.com.
Yes! Golf Callie-f
In response to demand from Tour pros, Yes! Golf has produced its first forged putter. The Callie-f is shaped from manganese bronze and every surface but the face is oxidized to create a nonglare finish. The face is lathed with proprietary C-grooves, which impart a slight upward force on the ball to reduce skidding after impact. The overall effect is one of solidity and control. Retief Goosen, although not sponsored by Yes! Golf, won his two U.S. Opens using a C-groove putter. $300. Call 800-845-4327 or visit yesgolf.com.
HOT STIX STAT
Moment of inertia (MOI) measures resistance to twisting on off-center hits. In mallet putters, high MOI is often a design priority. In bladelike putters, MOI is deemed less important than a clean profile and subtle feel. We asked HOT STIX GOLF (480-513-1333, hotstixgolf.com), which objectively tests clubs and balls to help custom fit players, to test the MOI of the putters in this issue.
|Cleveland Designed By 1948||4.4|
|Cleveland Designed By 1905||5.1|
|Yes! Golf Callie-f||5.2|
|Mizuno Bettinardi C-02||5.4|
|Daito Golf Stealth||5.8|
|Nike Black Oz T130||8.8|
*On a scale of zero to ten, with ten being the most resistant to twisting of any putter Hot Stix Golf has tested.