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  1. Hey, Whiskey. If you have any specific questions regarding designing putters in SW feel free to ask and I'll do my best to help you out. Tim
  2. Hi, Whiskey. Try this: www.bellumwinmore.com
  3. Digging the C100's. Remind me of the VRS_Forged
  4. Not a Rick Reilly fan by any stretch, but anyone who cares enough about this topic to post should really read the "Who's Your Caddy" chapter about Dewey Tomko. Not sure how much embellishment is sewn into the prose, but it was a fun read.
  5. Hey there, The sole camber is a full radius. If you don't mind my asking, what is your personal preference? Tim
  6. Many thanks to T for posting these pictures. The back view on the black looks sick.
  7. We wanted to be able to see the name from space. In all seriousness the sole graphics and subsequent font size substantially delayed the first run. Can you believe that my partner and I met in the middle? LOL
  8. I went on your website for the first time yesterday and am very impressed. I love the recycling aspect of the grid iron and major leaguer. Can your grips and putter shoes be branded?
  9. Thanks, Richard. Your back and forth with me augmented our approach more than you know.
  10. First of all I'd like to thank Tony for taking the time out to give it a roll as well as taking all of these pictures. The toe hang on the 707 is 4:30. We're targeting the beginning of August for release, but we're still debating price. Tony was right. We will be offering a minimal amount of customization, allowing for a choice of sight lines, face milling, and paint fill. Initially we will offer the 707 with a simple bead blasted finish as shown in the pictures, but our intent is to add finish options at a later date. Regarding the design pipeline, we'll be following up the 707 with a mallet, followed by a #9. Thank you everyone for all of the support and positive sentiment, and let me know if I can answer any questions. Kind Regards, Tim
  11. Duke

    Anser Proto Pics

    Thanks, dude.We were at best trying to get the general shape of the design. The sharp edges will all fillet at .05 to .0625". We filleted around the face just to get an idea of what the radius would be, but decided to forgo the back side as we'll be working quickly to get the one-piece designed and milled. Thanks for the input. Tim
  12. Duke

    Anser Proto Pics

    I think this will work
  13. After all the valuable feedback we received on our last post we immediately dug into designing an Anser, as well as a #9 and a nice, compact mallet (we have yet to cut metal on the last two). There was a design flaw where the primary bumpers meet the lower bumpers at the toe and heel, which has since been remedied. The next step is converting this to a one piece design that includes the hosel.As always, all feedback is welcome, and I apologize in advance if these images show up as downloadable files rather than in the body of the post. I'll have to consult T if that ends up being the case. Tim Back 1.pdf Front 1.pdf ISO 1.pdf ISO 2.pdf Top 1.pdf
  14. Ping Wack-E mallet IN. Makes putts and picks up my favorite Brazilian Soaps.
  15. Thanks to all who responded. Definitive to say the least. We've proto'd our first Anser style (head only for now) and would love to hear any and all feedback. It's milled from 1018, and has not been bead blasted or plated. The brassy hue is due to the lighting. Thanks again for all of the feedback.
  16. Well stated, and duly noted. Thanks Barbajo.
  17. Thanks, Richard. I wasn't aware that "holistic" was a word du jour, or of your powerful resentment toward it. I merely thought it best described what I was thinking. Forgive my operations heavy, sales and marketing light opinions and observations. It's what I've done for the last ten years at a large medical device manufacturing company and I'm learning everything else. It is true, I don't have your pedigree in education or experience. Thank you for taking so much time and energy in these spirited exchanges. I hope to learn some valuable things in sifting through your responses, ha ha! I think I have to take some time in learning where to drop that. (I don't do emoticons, but if I did there would be a smiley face.) Take Care Richard.
  18. I think you get me. Quality is not just a list of attributes of the product, but a holistic view of the customer experience, and a way of measuring that experience to enhance your operation from the customer's perspective. Does that make sense?
  19. I love the passion and information, Richard. Regarding quality, I think we are are talking about it in different terms. Quality as it is intrinsic to the product itself isn't what I'm talking about in its entirety. I look at quality as a holistic approach to business which influences every aspect of the company's operation. A defined quality system works in tandem with customer service and product development, as it defines and utilizes customer feedback to measure the effectiveness of the operation. I understand that positioning is extremely important, but equally as important is a company's ability to measure the back-end input in a way that quantifies the successes or failures of what each company determines as its core metrics. Without measurement a company doesn't know how to focus its resources. Regarding "pats on the back" I disagree. Philips Medical Systems grades its vendors on several different criteria, not the least of which is quality. In addition delivery and innovation are judged equally. My point is that positioning gets you in the door, but a holistic quality approach maintains relationships and establishes trust with clients. In addition the more developed the quality system the quicker a company is capable of responding to product issues (including failures) and in doing so, minimizes the total cost of the issue. In my experience product issues provide an opportunity to show your company's proficiency in dealing with problems in an effective way, and often times provide potential to instill trust in your "prospect's" or established customer's perception of your company's ability to deal with issues effectively. Again, I value your feedback, and if I'm looking at this in a way that you find fault with please don't hesitate to fire back (I get the feeling that you won't be shy in this regard). Tim
  20. Hi, Dru. Thank you for responding. Admittedly we have been way too focused on differentiation, and through this post have realized that fact and have changed strategy. We should have been looking at this like a golf polo. Sure, Puma has brought to market bright colors to appeal to the youth of the game, but they haven't attempted to change the collar or angle the buttons toward the sleave. Understand our decisions have to be made relative to our limited production capacity, and although many designs are possible through our design and CAD CAM software it is hardly equivilent to turning a piece of wood. In order to ensure top quality service and quick turnaround time we need to carry inventory. The more diverse the product line the more inventory you need to carry. If your inventory levels require borrowing money you are paying interest on that inventory. Likewise if money tied up in inventory could be used more effectively in your business to make changes that could potentially lead to greater profits or more efficient operations that inventory once again becomes a financial burden that could lead to unnecessary debt. All of that being said, we have decided to pursue the Anser style for broad market sales, and our original design for a few local fitters in CA and NY. This season should give us insight as to whether or not expanding our line makes sense. Once again, thanks for your input. Tim
  21. The business that actually pays me has a simple approach: Start with the customer and work backwards. In keeping with that I would rank them... Quality, Service, Delivery, then Price. I left out professionalism intentionally as I believe professionalism is a bi-product of a quality and customer driven approach to business. Tim
  22. I just started rereading Positioning again after our back-and-forth, and will search out the others after I'm finished. If your offer was sincere don't be surprised if I don't contact you personally. Thanks again for taking the time out to provide thoughtful responses. Tim
  23. T is a great guy. I enjoy his company and his insight. Just out of curiosity, Richard, what type of business consulting do you specialize in? I'm in operations myself, and understand that beyond vendor procurement, supply chain management, and inventory control there are gaps in my experience that once filled will certainly benefit our endeavor. Tim
  24. Thank you very much, Richard. I do appreciate your insight. Just to clarify, the majority of the product development time was spent on a design for which we eventually submitted a utility patent application. However, during the design process we ultimately came to the conclusion that the manufacturing end for said design would prove too costly, and after discussions with T decided to shelf the idea, at least for a while. We have since trialed with many designs (most of which were blades, just not Ansers) as well as a modular fitting system that we've all but finished prototyping. Our progress and subsequent timeline is impacted by our responsiblities at our current professions, my partner's being our largest obstacle as he is the machinist and we can only machine on off hours, provided the necessary machines are open. You are probably correct that we have spent far too much time spinning our wheels on the concept of being first, rather than accepting the market realities and concentrating on a different strategy of positioning. Once again, thanks for taking the time to reply. Tim
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