Greetings Spies. My name is Bill and I reside in southwest Montana. I'm ecstatic and honored to have been selected among the thousands of who applied to test the latest Evnroll series putters. A HUGE THANK YOU to the folks at Evnroll and MyGolfSpy for providing this the numerous other product tests!! I find these product reviews to be very informative and meaningful. Marketing claims are "put to the test" by fellow amateur players with no strings attached. I have used these reviews as part of my recent equipment changes and will do my best to provide you all with a meaningful review of the Evnroll ER5v putter.
A little about me. I was introduced to the game by my Dad at 5 years old growing up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and played on the JGA for a few years before the family relocated to Sacramento, CA. I have always played the game but, like so many, went through periods where I played quite a bit and then not as often. For a brief time, I had a 9 handicap which is my personal best. After 30 years working in aerospace, I retired early and my wife and I moved away from soggy and very busy Puget Sound to the rural life in MT. We live here until the snow fly's (I use porch snow shoveling events as my indicator ), and then we head south to AZ for winter. This affords me lots more golf and fly fishing time when I'm not working around the mini ranch with River, our yellow lab.
I really love the game and work at getting better at it. That said, having gone through a period in my early 20's where I went through a swing change, got completely frustrated, and was no longer enjoying just playing, I now try not to take things too seriously. I'm currently at a 12 handicap and while I really want to once again break 10 simply refuse to allow the journey to become a millstone.
Overall, my putting has been a pretty average part of my game - neither a major impediment or advantage. I have been wielding a PING B61 since 1987 when I used the $100 gift certificate from a company tournament to purchase it from the pro shop. That "fitting" was all of about 15 minutes of me picking through and rolling stuff of the rack and, though I occasionally tested other putters over the years, none ever proved to be worth the investment. For those who have come to know me through the forum, I tend to be a bit data driven, fuss the details, and labor over equipment decisions .
As part of my bag fitting this past winter at TrueSpec Scottsdale, I had a "proper" putter fitting. On the short list of performers was the Evnroll ER5. I held off on procuring one as I was also fitted for and purchased a set of Srixon ZX5's with composite shafts. So imagine my excitement when I saw the "Evnroll Putter Testers Wanted" announcement .... and then the "Testers Selected" announcement.
To be quite honest, I've always had a rather not so enamored reaction to the large MOI, mallet and semi mallet design putters. Like the move from my McGregor persimmon driver to my first Great Big Bertha to my current G410, the traditionalist in me has me feeling dubious and the suspicious part of me thinking I'm just falling for slick, without substance, marketing. But, I watch a lot of tour golf and it's quite clear that these newer design/technology flat sticks are heavily favored.
The ER5v is a mallet design but of a smaller overall size envelope. It is subtle as compared to a number of the more wild looking design profiles on the market. To my eye, that is a positive. I chose their "midsize pistol grip" as it is similar to the stock PING grip I've been using for so long. It looks and feels very nice and, although a bit larger, should be an easy adjustment.
The quality of machining is top shelf and I really like the way it looks at set-up position. The two alignment dots on the ridge and alignment line are also similar to my B61 and that too should help make the change pretty seamless.
As for the head cover, WOW, a thing of beauty and something brand new for me. I have never had a head cover for a putter. These are very well made, fit like a glove, and the magnetic latch is solid. I requested a black cover simply because I was afraid of a white one getting soiled. But now having it in hand, I'm happy they sent the white one.
I spent about 2 hours this morning on the practice green just getting the feel of the putter before delving into comparative testing. My initial impression is that it feels quite different than my PING, slightly heavier, and definitely more solid on contact. The B61 is 351g and the ER5V 380g. One would not think 29g difference would be that perceptible but is most definitely is.
Some of you may know that I just recently changed to a left hand low grip and it has been proving very beneficial - particularly on putts 5 feet and closer. I felt like I was not losing any gains from those distances. Lags from 30 feet took a little more time to dial in but, by the end of the session, felt comparable to my PING.
So now onto the "meat and potatoes" that is the biggest aspect of Evnroll putters... "Sweet Face Technology". Guerin Rife's patented, novel design of variable spaced face grooves aimed at zero dispersion. The key being that the entire putter face is the "sweet spot" as opposed to the competition having a small, centered sweet spot. Like the other testers, I'm very intrigued by the design and claims, and want to put this to the test.
I'm planning to use the current MGS Putter Testing protocol as part of my review https://mygolfspy.com/how-we-test-putters/, but with some slight modifications. I'll share the details of that in upcoming posts. If you have any ideas about testing or questions about the putter, please let me know.
This is going to be a fun test and I sure hope many of you will follow along as the four of us put these latest Evnroll putters to the test.
G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver
G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w
G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w
ZX5 Irons 4-AW
Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW (removed from double secret probation )
B61 Putter (Currently Testing Evnroll ER5v)