Machine Putter Goodness
Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:11 PM
Although it's not the PGA show in Orlando, it is a pretty huge demo show/weekend.
I love wandering the booths there each year, especially when I see something like this:
Woohoo!!!! Machine Putters in the house!!!
Many a putter lover knows that Dave Billings at Machine makes some amazing putters.
I couldn't wait to see what they brought to share and so I thought I would share some with you.
Let's ease into the goodness with this little stainless gem.
How about some Bongo Backs (named after a zebra relative)
This Bongo has a little something else going on in the back. Can you guess what it is?
Maybe a little closer?
Yep, that's damascus steel. This was my first in-hand experience with damascus and I will tell you it is amazing looking and it does feel different from other metals.
Damascus has a very crisp feel at impact. Here is actually the one that I got to roll.
What a putter. I was blown away by that one and made sure to put it down as quickly as possible to quell my growing want to buy it.
Crazy thing though is that it was the second coolest putter on the table. Here is the show stopper.
That, my friends, is a case hardened finish. The metal is cured in bone and other "secret recipe" things for a month+ to bring out those colors and patterns.
It is a technique historically used for weapons, baking the steel in the crushed bones of the enemy. Brutal, but beautiful.
In addition to providing the amazing finish, the case hardening also really changed the feel. It almost felt ceramic rather than metal. Tough to describe.
Regardless, Dave Billings can definitely make a putter. We have all looked at the photos in the Machine Putters Picture thread, but getting to touch and roll them was something amazing.
Be sure to drop by their site HERE to see more. Also, let's all follow Dave Billings on twitter : @davebillings
The fact that he has only 94 followers right now just seems wrong to me...
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Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:47 AM
Cleveland DST Launcher, 10.5*
- Stock Diamana Whiteboard, 64g, Stiff flex
PING Anser, 14.5*
- PING TFC 800F, Stiff flex
Titleist 910 H, 21* with D1 setting (20.25*)
- Stock Mitsubishi Kai'li 85g, Stiff
Mizuno JPX 825 Pro Irons, 4-GW
- True Temper Dynamic Gold XP S300, 0.5" over length
- 1 degree upright and 1 degree strong
SCOR 4161, 53* and 57*
- Genius 12 (KBS), Firm. 0.25" over length
Putter: One of my heel shafted or bullseye style putters
- Titleist Pro-V1x
Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:29 PM
I can see my retirement nest egg dwindling now.
Driver: Cobra Bio Cell with Project Xv 5.5 Regular shaft set at 11.5*
Fairway: Cobra Bio Cell 3 woods with Project Xv 5.5 Regular shaft set at 15.5* Draw & 5 wood set at 17.5*
Hybrids: Cobra Bio Cell 2-3 hybrid with stock Cobra Regular shaft set at 17.5*
Irons: Cobra Bio Cell 4 - 9, with Dynalite 85s steel shafts
Wedges: Cobra Bio Cell PW & GW, with Dynalite 85s steel shafts & Wilson Original R90 Sand Wedge (I won it 30 years ago in a tournament)
Putter: Nike Method Core Drone 33"
Bag: University of Kentucky Letterman Club II Cooler Cart Bag from Team Effort
Balls: Vision, Bridgestone B330RX & e6 & Maxfli U2
Glove: Bionic Glove
GPS: iGolf Neo+
Driver: Powerbilt AFO WMD 10.5* Project X 5.0 reg shaft
Fairway: Powerbilt AFO 3 & 5 Wood with stock Apollo regular shaft
Hybrid: Powerbilt AFO 3H & 4H with stock Apollo regular shaft
Irons: Powerbilt Air Force One 4-PW, AW, SW with Apollo regular grahite shafts
Putter: Slotline SSi693 mid mallet 33"
Bag: PGA Tour Partner Burton cart bag with name on bag
Posted 11 May 2013 - 11:47 AM
3 wood: Adams Super LS 14*, Black Ops S flex
5 wood: Adams Super LS 17*, Project 7X3
4H-Adams A12 Pro 23* Aldila Proto by you Stiff
Irons: Mizuno JPX EZ Forged 4-PW with S300 105's
Wedges: Grind Golf 50*,55*,60*, DG Tour Issue, 2* up
Putter: MannKrafted custom mallet, 34" or Byron Morgan DH89 34" or Odyssey #9 HT Proto or or or or or...the list goes on and on;
Ball: Bridgestone B330 or Callaway Hex Black
Bag: Sun Mountain Swift X carry bag or
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