Stage One – KurtActual’s Introduction
October 16, 2019
I would like to start off by thanking MyGolfSpy and EVNROLL for selecting me to test this putter.
Trying to put into words the kind of guy I am can be difficult. I spend most of my days reading and researching my hobbies, as most of my free time after work is spent with my family. Regarding golf, this leads to lots of theory crafting but also a lot of general knowledge. I started playing golf in 2006 when my grandfather-in-law passed down some of his old clubs to me. My (newly-wed) wife and I would go to the range at least once a month and play the on-base course at Norfolk Naval Station once a month as well. Now, living in Houston, I try to play twice a month, and practice at least 4-5 times a week. I do not have a dedicated “home course” as I like to experience as many courses as possible. Most of my rounds have been played at Legendary Oaks Golf Club, which is a short (5900 yards) course in Hempstead. Part of my online theory crafting research brought me to build my own indoor practice putting/hitting area. Much of my testing is done here, where I can hit hundreds of shots with the least number of variables.
What I love most about golf is trying to be better than you were yesterday. There is never a peak. No amount of work is enough. It’s like learning, you should never stop improving. It also helps that my two boys (especially my 7 year old) love golf too.
The Golf Questions
My current bag:
Driver: Nike VR-S Covert
Fairway Wood(s): Cobra King F8 3/4w
Irons: Nike VR-S Forged 5-PW, Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli Hi 3i
Wedges: John Daly T-5 52*, Wilson Staff FG Tour PMP 56*, Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex Face 60*
Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Lake Shore
My bag make-up is an evolution that has matched my evolution as a player. When I started playing golf, Tiger was still in his prime. This sort-of explains my affection for Nike golf equipment. Through reading and research on this forum, I found the Cobra fairway wood, and have literally replaced my driver with it. The wedge mix started with an appreciation for Wilson Staff equipment, so the 56* joined the bag first. The other two were just yardage gap fillers from friends or Goodwill.
Let’s be honest, the putter is what matters in this review. My first putter was part of my hand-me-down set. It was a beat-up Odyssey Dual Force Rossie 2. To find some help with my putting game, I replaced the grip with a 1.2 oversized knock-off from Amazon. When I removed the original, I found the shaft was bent (likely from a missed putt from a previous owner). I replaced the Odyssey shortly before being selected by MGS for this review. I replaced it with the Wilson Staff Infinite Lake shore. This model is counter balanced with a milled face, and oversized grip. Other than that, it’s a dumb putter technology-wise.
My current handicap is a 25. My putting style favors a lag put, dying at the hole. Unfortunately, my miss is usually coming up short.
Now that you’ve made it past my word forts describing myself, lets get to the meat and potatoes. I ordered my EVNROLL ER2-B with specs to match my Wilson Staff Lake Shore. I wanted an apple to apple comparison between the sweet face technology ER2-B and the dumb-tech Wilson Staff. I went with a 35” shaft, 71* lie, 3* loft set-up. EVNROLL allowed me to add a Gravity Grip when ordering as well.
First impression was concern. The box was left on my doorstep, and it had sustained a small amount of damage. I tore into it immediately.
To my surprise, there was literally NO packing inside the box. Just the putter, head cover, and a plastic bag. Initial inspection showed no damage, but considering the cost of the putter, I would have felt much better if it had more protection.
Upon removing the packaging and headcover, I found the most attractive putter I’ve laid my eyes on. The black on black finish is so easy on the eyes. All the fancy stuff is engraved on the bottom, hidden at address.
Aside from a small issue with the white paint in the EVNROLL, the putter looks phenomenal.
According to EVNROLL, the Sweet Face technology produces straighter, more consistent putts. Basically, as the grooves narrow toward the heel and toe of the putter, the energy imparted on the ball increases, making up for a miss-hit.
Another bit of technology included in my order was the Gravity Grip. The GG is an oversized grip with a 70g steel rod placed under the putter shaft, along the length of the grip. The GG is supposed to assist the golfer in feeling the putter face angle more through the stroke.
Seeing how most of the strokes in a round are hit with the putter, I would love to see if the Sweet Face technology can improve my scoring. Is a $350+ putter going to shave strokes that a $99 putter wouldn't? Which is Sweeter, my socks or the EVNROLL technology?