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Pro Shop: The Luxury Line

Odyssey TriHot #3 ($225)
The Odyssey TriHot putters from Callaway, which have been deployed on Tour by Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie, are made primarily of milled carbon steel plated with dark nickel, a combination that makes the putters' surfaces gleam. A heavy-tungsten flange running low across the back pulls about 30 percent of the putter head's weight away from the face, which helps create a low center of gravity and promotes topspin. The white insert on the clubface is made of a polyurethane compound similar to that used in Callaway's CTU 30 and HS golf balls. You won't hear a "plink" sound at impact, but the insert material seems to provide a quicker, more responsive rebound than does the material used in some other Odyssey putters. Call 800-228-2767 or visit odysseygolf.com

John Byron Broom Handle Long ($200)
When the company spokesman describes a putter as "wickedly cool," you know that you're dealing with Californians. John Byron turns out a limited number of machine-milled, hand-finished putters, some of them-such as the Broom Handle line-distinctive for their massive heads. The MidBroom Handle ($250) has a stainless-steel head weighing 375 grams, while the one on the carbon-steel Broom Handle Long weighs 450 grams. The heads are a good match for the pendulum motion long putters require, and a double-cavity pocket on the back maximizes the club's toe-heel weighting. Call 714-536-0634 or visit johnbyron.com

Scotty Cameron Studio Stainless Newport 2.5 ($325)
The latest line from Titleist's putter mater is called Studio Stainless-all four models are milled from billets of soft stainless steel in variations of the company's popular heel-and-toe-weighted Newport head design. In crafting his latest iteration, Cameron relied on feedback from some of the game's top talents; last year, players using his putters won three of the four majors and twenty-four Tour events. The elegant Newport 2.5 version has only a slight offset compared with the other three signature-series models, which have plumbing-style necks. The putter is low slung, seeming to lie flatter on the turf than other putters-ideal for players who like to feel as if they hit up on a ball, imparting extra topspin. Call 888-324-4766 or visit scottycameron.com.

Carbite Golf RH-1 ($320)
Carbite Golf steps into the luxury putter market with this milled-stainless-steel model designed by Rick Hamilton, who worked next to Scotty Cameron at Ray Cook. Sealed cavities in the toe and heel contain tungsten weights, creating balance to help correct mis-hits. The club has a traditional squared-off look that enhances confidence at setup. The face features a subtle swirling crosshatch pattern and produces a nice percussive sound at impact. Call 800-272-4325 or visit carbitegolf.com.

Porsche Design PD12 ($250)
Porsche Design brings the same flair for high-tech linearity to its golf clubs that the car company (a corporate cousin) brings to automobiles. Its new PD12 putter features lines on the face that are milled, the company says, within a tolerance of .001 inch. "It's all about making a putter the best it can possibly be," says chief club designer Paul Heffernan. The sole plate, face and back of the head are highly polished, but the top line is dampened to prevent distracting reflection at address. Porsche's putter has a nice feel and provides a solid pop at impact. Call 888-881-8944 or visit porschedesigngolf.com.

Taylormade Rossa Tour Maranello ($275)
Rossa is TaylorMade's new company-within-a-company, and it debuts with two lines of putters: Sport, featuring twelve cast models, and Tour, with eight forged and milled models. ("Rossa" means red in Italian, reflecting the country's art and design influence.) The putters all contain red-tinted inserts made from a patented material dubbed Titallium, which is alloyed from seven metals and produces a firm, smooth feel on contact-the muted but distinctly metallic ping emitted at impact is the product of years of research. The mallet-style Maranello sets up comfortably, and three scoring lines naturally draw the eyes down the target line. Ernie Els and the estimable putter Loren Roberts are just two of many Tour players who have been using the Rossa. Call 800-888-2582 or visit rossaputters.com.


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