After getting chosen to test the Stroke Lab putter I was silly excited to get the ball rolling. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to do the testing and review for the i210 last year, but was having a difficult time finding ideas for how to make a putter review more exciting. So in a lead up to stage one I thought I would build a bit of hype and introduce the Challengers. This was admittedly heavily inspired by the Cobra Connect Pre Challenge Thread which has been a blast to read and see how they are all doing along the way.
Over the years I have had many putters from a few different manufacturers. One of which was my first big putter purchase. This was the Nike Method Mod 60.
Isn’t she stunning? This putter is gorgeous and feels phenomenal. When it comes to simplicity and just pure aesthetics this one is pretty hard to beat. The big toe hang on it helps with a nice arcing stroke. As well as the RZN insert softens what could be a harder clicks sound.
All in all this is a worthy challenger and a absolute beauty to look at. How will she fair against the Stroke Lab ____________ putter? Almost gotcha didn’t I?
The Second Challenger is another Nike Putter. However could not be any more opposite then Method Mod 60. This is the Nike Method S1-12 38” Counterbalance putter.
Although maybe not as pretty, this baby is packed full of tech. With a unique counter balance grip that allows you to move the balance of the weight to any desired position you see fit. This was a great innovation by Nike and to my knowledge hasn’t been repeated in any other putter since.
When it comes to shaft technology which is a likely the key to the Stroke Lab putters, this one may be the best to give it a run for its money!
A bigger head (which allows for easy ball scoopage) is evenly balanced and makes squaring up the face a dream. The simple red T alignment is easy to pick up and one of my favourite features in this putter.
Then we get the face itself. A Nike insert has a muted and soft feel that by no means pops off the face, but gives a good feeling at impact which is also silly forgiving. It takes a bit to get use to, but once you do it gives you great feedback.
Challenger number 2 is the real deal and may have the most tech of any putter in the lineup.
Third up is the Ping Ketsch Mid Cadence TR. Big long name for a pretty small putter!
This simple putter has a small unique shape with decent head weight. Much like the Method Mod 60 this isn’t a flashy putter with a ton of bells or whistles, but simple groove face tech and some weight in the sole which allows for a sensational solid feel.
A classic Ping grip is the only skinny grip in the line up, but is also has the lightest feel among all the putters in my opinion.
It’s simple alignment and squat head makes for a confident looking putter, which offers forgiveness, feel and good looks to complete the package.
The Ketsch Mid may be the most underrated putter amongst the four.
Finally we have the current gamer, which has been pushed the whole way by the other three, never quite feeling too comfortable as there is always another putter in the closet waiting to dethrone her.
Here we have the Ping Sigma G Tyne. Another face balanced putter coming in at 36” with two long silver fangs.
Loaded with face tech and a unique Ping pistol grip, she may not have the most amazing feel and sound, but she makes putts. Pings truroll face is at its best here, with large fangs that help square up the face to the hole with ease.
The Sigma G Tyne would definitely be considered the favourite of the bunch to outlast any new challenger, but with the most head weight of any there is certainly a knack to fast greens with her.
So there you have it folks, those are the challengers. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts as I’d love to hear them in lead up to stage one and beyond!