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  1. Greetings from the great Northwest,Seattle that is. My name is Dan I play to about a nine handicap. I have never hit a shot in a divot. Oops I meant from a divot!! Putter junkie!! Sick of the rain
  2. Huge news. http://www.golf.com/equipment/callaway-golf-acquires-toulon-design-putters By the sound of the deal, I wouldn't be surprised if Toulon Design becomes the premium line of putters. All putters will remain Odyssey putters, but the premium line (milled) will have the TD name (maybe Odyssey by Toulon Design or something similar).
  3. I'm a new member but a long time follower. These tests offered is a real incentive to get active in My golf Spy. I'm originally from Texas but have retired to my wife's home state of Ohio. I have never seen the number of daily fee golf courses that are located within a 30 minute drive as I have seen here. My big complaint is not being able to play 12 months a year. So now I go back down to Houston to visit my kids and grand-baby during the Winter months so I can at least play a couple of times in the Winter months. I am a authorized dealer for Pure grips out of Arizona and have an eBay store called C's Grips & More. I just recently picked up the Piretti Putter line and will be setting up distribution here in Ohio as well as selling on eBay. Obviously I love the game of golf and want to do my part introducing new people to the game.
  4. You might have seen the pics I posted of the Prototype Bellum Winmore Model 707 Putter I posted a couple months ago. You may also recall that Bellum Winmore Putters are designed by MGS Forum Member, Duke (who occasionally tests clubs for us as well). Duke (Tim) dropped off a couple of the first production putters to me the other day. When the putters officially launch (~2 months), they'll be offering a couple of different face milling options (in addition to the no milling option on the prototype), and a couple of different finishes. The black model has the standard face milling option, while the satin (mine) has a deeper milling. Paint fill, sight lines, etc, will be up to you. Here are the latest pics.
  5. MannKrafted MA66 Putter –by Apprenti23 MA66 Brass Head with Double Bend Shaft- 35” 3* loft and 367 gram head http://mannkrafted.com/ INTRO I have been a pretty vocal supporter of LaMont Mann in his endeavors over many years. So, I will gladly admit that I am a little biased when it comes to MannKrafted Putters. Long before LaMont was producing putters for Hot Stix in Scottsdale, Arizona; and now Jim Butler of Table Rock, he was refinishing putters for golf geeks on numerous forums. His pricing was great, quality of work was top notch, but his turnaround time was subpar. If you know LaMont as I have come to know him, you will instantly realize that he has a hard time telling people “No.” Obviously in the business world that can lead to some serious back logs and pissed off customers. I'm sure many were turned off by his slow turnarounds back in the day, but for those who knew the quality of his work, everything was worth the wait! LaMont's ability to always acquiesce to someone's requests has led to some serious outside of the box and sometimes off-putting designs. However, he's never afraid to take risks and I think that the art that has become creating putters could really use some more LaMont Mann. I for one don't really care if they make putts, but I'm a HUGE sucker for the classics. When I saw pictures of LaMont's first true take on a Ping Anser head, I just had to have it. Order Up! Sometime in April, when I first saw pics of the MA66 model, I reached out to LaMont and told him that I had to have one! Going through some career and life changes, I told him to take his time on this because golf season was nowhere near the future. He mentioned that he had some brass available. I can honestly say I've owned hundreds of putters in my life although none of them have been made of brass. Extremely excited for this opportunity I said order up, baby! Fast forward another month or so and I was making a business trip to Scottsdale. Hmmm, I had a busy week, but I knew that I just had to make it out to see LaMont. After an $8 Uber ride, I arrived at Hot Stix. They were closed, but the facility is beautiful. I snapped a pic of the work shop and boy do they have a great setup! Since I came after hours, LaMont brought back where all the magic happens! I snapped up some pictures of some random things: Really big fan of the putter that is on this desktop Here are some random things to be worked on as well So LaMont says, “How much time do you have? Want to watch me make your putter?” HELL YES! Let's get dirty! This was a pretty loud process and there was metal flying, but I was able to snag some pretty cools pics and videos of the process. I don't really know much about the Bridgeport machine or milling putters, but this was neat. Here are some pics: After setting everything up, he took some measurements and gave it a test run. Lots of measuring and testing and measuring. I think this is the old measure twice cut once theory. Unfortunately I had the stupid slow motion setting on my IPhone when taking videos. Sorry. Here is a video I took of some of the milling process. https://youtu.be/4iftKhwnMMA Here's a picture of the face after a pass with the mill. I have a friend who has a MannKrafted putter that has some awesome barb wire style milling pattern. Not only does it look different, but boy does it ever feel soft. I asked LaMont if it'd be okay if we did that to this one. Here's a video of that scrape job: https://youtu.be/Aa9aBSMJRX0 The second pass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqPIa_MLeKY Once the putter was done with the Bridgeport machine, there is still quite a bit of work to be done. LaMont walked over to the belt sanders and started going to town. Here's a picture of him rolling the topline: The whole time he was doing this I'm nervous that he's going to lose a finger, but I don't really know anything about sanding other than when Daniel Son has to “sand the deck, alllll the deck” in Karate Kid part 1. After some time, he gives it the old eye test: Eh... maybe a little more... He did put on some gloves for some work on the sole: https://youtu.be/QaY6C6WaICQ Here's a comparison pic after the quick trip to the belt sander: Until we meet again I had already been there for a couple hours and now it was getting late- 8:30/9pm and I'm pretty sure LaMont had been there since 6 or so. We closed up the shop and what I thought was goodbye, but he surprised me like he always does. Instead of me taking the $8 Uber ride back to my hotel, LaMont INSISTED on driving me home, claiming “it was on the way” which I'm pretty sure was a lie. Anyway, just goes to show you what kind of character that man has! You've Got Mail Fast forward a couple months and LaMont and I talked a little bit here and there, but as stated- I've had a lot going on, so I never pursued or pushed him to finish the putter. Honestly it could have been in my hand a week after my trip to AZ. Nevertheless, last week a little brown box appears… Oh baby! I'll just let the photos do the talking: Jaw dropping… I know. I've never been more excited about a putter in my entire life. Well, wait, my uncle gave me a Ping Zing 2 back when I was a teenager, I was pretty excited then. This is comparable to that feeling! Here are some pics of the stock headcover: Also in the box, I had him send me two of his limited Major covers from this year: The covers are extremely well made. They feel as though they are much more durable than the AM&E offerings that he has sent me in the past. I'm not crazy about Velcro, but ever since I switched to a smaller golf bag I have been having trouble with my AM&E snap fit covers staying on the putter. Review I am going to give this thing some serious bag time before I give it a formal review. I have had one practice session and one round of golf with it only. It's not much different than my current gamer; however, it's a different putter so I want to give it time. I will start a different thread when that time comes. Conclusion If you're in the market for a custom putter, you have many options out there. Many of these options are new players, but there are some great boutique guys that have been around the block a time or two. I've owned putters from many awesome individuals such as Byron Morgan, Bob Bettinardi, Kari Lajosi, Gene Nead, Dave Billings, etc. The custom work of LaMont Mann is second to none. I would put his craftsmanship right up there with anybody else in the game.
  6. This one was difficult for me - there are so many out there! There are no rules for top-3, it is your opinion! Post up pictures as well - heck I might change some of mine based on what you put up! In no particular order: James Ingles Handmade Machine M4 Meritage ValGrine Dandy
  7. So Mr_Theoo and I caught wind of a brand new Golf Galaxy opening up here in good ol' Ohio. Since its still like 2* outside (I saw 50* for the forecast next week!) there wasn't much else to do so we decided to go check it out. Mr_Theoo will have more info on the store and some of the other things we tested. It's funny that any of this happened today. Theoo and I met up for breakfast before we went to Golf Galaxy and most of our conversation revolved around the putter that xMassacrex recently bought and posted from Edel and how we wished there was an Edel fitter closer to us because we both loved the look and the story behind xMassacrex's putter. I'm also in the market for new wedges and really wanted to try the Edel wedges too. I know that Edel has been getting a lot of coverage on MSG lately and after my experience today I think they 100% deserve every bit of it they are getting. So we show up and Theoo was talking about the putting green he had heard of and that it was huge so we start wandering over in that direction. In the distance I see a very nice display with the word Edel on the side. I look at Theoo and ask him if he sees what I see. (He didn't. I swear I had to point it out to him about 3 times before he finally saw it.) So in our excitement we head over there to check it out. We were met by a gentleman who had an Edel shirt on who smiled and introduced himself. His name was Bobby Dean. So we start talking to him (at this point the display was still buttoned up) about putters and mentioned xMassacrex's and he knew exactly what we were talking about. Side note – I starting talking to him about xMassacrex's story and he said that the person who posted it was really not supposed. I mentioned how cool I thought it was that xMassacrex saw his putter, thought how he wished it was his, only to find out that it was. A little about Bobby directly from the Edel website: Bobby Dean Director of Business Development Bobby took up the game of golf at a very early age in West Texas. He began his career in golf in 2002 by studying under Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor and Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher Chuck Cook at Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. Bobby was recruited by Edel Golf for his expertise in instruction, club fitting, and club design. Bobby became an Edel Certified Fitter in November 2004 and has since trained and developed over 90% of Edel's fitting and sales accounts worldwide. Bobby continues to play the lead domestic and international business development role at Edel in addition to serving as head club fitter and overseeing the training and development of new Edel Certified Fitters across the U.S. and the world. Anyways – after talking for a little while he asks if we'd like to get fit. Uhh yes please! Theoo was up first. I took him a total of about 20 minutes to fit him. They look at many components while fitting. The first thing Bobby did was have Theoo grab a putter that was a close comparison to the one he games. He puts a mirror on the face of it and has him line up facing a green laser as in the picture below. The laser reflects off the putter face onto the black backdrop to show where you're aiming at alignment. From there he adjusts the actual putter head type, the lie angle, the hosel, the offset, etc. Once he has the laser directly in the center of the backdrop its time to weight the putter. To do this Bobby had him hit a string that he had laid out and the goal was the stop the ball at the string. When everything is said and done he gives you your measurements and you are free to order from them. It's a very cool process. Bobby did the same thing for me although it took him about 30 minutes to fit me. I was apparently more difficult. I haven't felt a putter like that ever (granted I've never been fit). However, that's not where the fun ended. We also told him that we had always wanted to hit the wedges but same story, because there isn't anywhere close we couldn't. Luckily for us, he brought a few along just incase anyone inquired. He took about 20 minutes or so with us on the range to help us figure out the grind we should be looking at based on our swings. I have to say that I'm in love with the putter and I will (once the funds are in place) invest in an Edel putter sometime soon, however, the wedges are what really won me over. I've hit all sorts of wedges but I've never hit a wedge that felt as crisp and right as this. I'm a very steep player so I tend to take beaver pelts with most of my wedges. I also have a tendency to chunk my wedges quite a bit as well. He put me into the digger grind and oh man that thing is amazing. I can't wait to purchase a few wedges from them as well. It was a very eventful day and I will say that Bobby from Edel is an absolute gentleman and a scholar. If you ever get the chance to work with him at all you will not be disappointed. I will also say that if you are in the market for a putter or a wedge anytime to try and find a fitter. If you have to drive I'd even say that its worth it at this point. I'm really not trying to sound like a homer but everything they do and put they name on is really top notch. The only thing we weren't able to hit were the irons. We're trying to talk Bobby into bringing them back to Columbus at some point but we'll see if that happens. If they are anything like what I hit today I have to image that they are awesome!
  8. Let me begin by saying I have an amazing fiance who supports my golf habit. Now to the good stuff. For our honeymoon we booked a trip to Bora Bora and have to do a layover in LA. As part of my honeymoon i have convinced her to spend two days in LA allowing me to book a fitting at the Scotty Cameron Gallery in Encinitas. It is a 2 hour fitting and that is all I know now. I hope to be able to do a write up on my experience for everyone here. I have had 4 putters in my life the first was with my junior set. The second was a STX. The third was the first club i ever purchased with my own money and it was a Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport 2 mill spec. My fourth is a Scotty Cameron California Monterey. I have read about everyones putter enthusiasm and obsession and hope that this trips adds to mine.
  9. It's not everyday you here people talking "Smash Factor" when their putting for birdie. Now, "distance control" is something more people are beginning to talk about when speaking of the flatstick. Especially after the PING Ketsch ran away with the "2014 MGS Putter of the Year". You see...those TR grooves...are all about distance control. The average golfer doesn't strike the center of a putter 100% of the time. Hell...neither do the best pros in the world. And when you don't you typically lose distance and accuracy with almost all putters in the market. Does the PING Ketsch solve this problem? Pretty damn well. Will the Cubert? Not sure. One thing I will say though, even if it does, it will not rank as high in the looks category for the golfing population. And we have proven looks DO NOT matter when it comes to performance, but they do when it comes to sales. What are your thoughts about smash factor and putting? Distance control on the greens? What is your first impression of the Cubert putters? VISIT WEBSITE
  10. T messages me late yesterday and he's like: "Hey, I'm too busy lounging out on the coast sipping Cristal and eating fine cheese. I need you to do Tuesday Awesome." Whoa.. I look forward to Tuesday Awesome. I like surprises. What to do..... So I'm texting my Texas BFF last night to the jealous dismay of my wife and he starts talking about J Lindeberg putters he's got. And I'm like what's that? That's pretty awesome. The Story goes like this. JL wanted to get into the club business during the time of the Puma collaboration. There were between 6-12 putters commissioned by JL for Scott Penrod to make. So 6 of them end up at BestGrips for some leathery love. They ended up keeping 3, one of which got traded for some eye2's. Ladies and Gentlemen, Tuesday Awesome.... J Lindeberg Prototype Putters Why They're Awesome There's only possibly 12 out there I know a guy with 2 They got a cool story Made by Sizemore Putters
  11. This golf blog is running a contest for the Masters, the grand prize is a Limited Edition Scotty and it looks pretty great. They're giving away some other Masters branded stuff, too. Thought I'd share because, apparently, you get extra drawing entries if you do. Here's the link! Masters Contest Who do you think has a shot at winning this weekend? I always cheer for Sergio, just because I feel like it has to happen eventually, right?
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