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SuperStroke Golf announces the hiring of renowned putter designer Bruce Sizemore as Director of Product Development. Sizemore is known for his ultra-premium USA milled precision putting instruments and will bring his unique vision to SuperStroke to match their innovative grip designs that have become a phenomenon on the world's professional tours

 

"We are extremely happy to announce the hiring of Bruce Sizemore to the SuperStroke team," said SuperStroke President Dean Dingman. "What Sizemore brings to the table is a penchant for perfection. His putters resemble fine pieces of jewelry and he is known all over the world for his uncompromising original designs. SuperStroke putters by Sizemore, combined with our booming jumbo grip technology, will allow us to completely change the dynamic of what we are able to offer both the tour player and the consumer."

 

The addition of Sizemore allows SuperStroke to focus on being a boutique, short game specialist that offers both high end grips and one-of-a-kind putters that are designed to work together to provide performance and quality that no one else can offer. The new SuperStroke putters are being designed with the best players in the world in mind. SuperStroke grips have been put into play by over 75 players and counting on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour and LPGA. Since 2000, Sizemore putters have been put into play by 40 players on the PGA Tour, 10 Nationwide Tour players, 5 players on the Champions Tour and 20 LPGA players. Over $6 million has been won on tour with a Sizemore designed putter without endorsement fees paid to the players to use the product.

 

Sizemore's approach to design is a total club approach that takes every aspect of putting into consideration. From the best materials, precision CNC manufacturing, hand worked finishing and a dedication to original designs to the shaft diameter and underlsiting, everything is working together in concert to give the putters a reliable sound, look, feel and overall performance.

 

"I like to pay attention to the details," said Sizemore. "I don't make putters to make numbers. I like to go from the head to the grip and make sure that all the components marry each other in perfect unison"

 

Much of Sizemore's inspiration comes from being exposed to the fine arts. His relationships with world class artisans and metal-smiths led him to start making putters that were considered highly functional pieces of art. Sizemore is known to sell his solid gold, silver and copper, putter designs, made with the ancient Japanese metal process Mokume-Gane, for upwards of $15,000.

 

"I don't do price point engineering, and I don't use CAD or 3D computer modeling," said Sizemore. "I start with a block of jewelers wax and hand carve all of my designs. They are CAD engineered in the end after hand designing each putter. This reverse engineering allows for me to have something in my hand, put a shaft on it, and equate it to how artists and jewelers look at their creations. I feel like the many designers are losing their personal touch. It's just a different process; no one else does it this way. I never re-hash things. Why would you want to paint the same painting twice?"

 

Sizemore is hard at work on finalizing new designs for SuperStroke, and expects to have three new models ready by the end of October. The new putter series will feature a proprietary technology the likes of which have never been seen before on a putter.

 

"The technology Bruce is proposing is far and beyond what anyone else is doing in terms of face technology," said Dingman.

 

Sizemore turned pro when he was 19 and began playing the mini-tours and giving golf instruction as a PGA Golf Professional in Indiana, New York, California and Florida. He embarked on his mission of creating his own custom-designed golf equipment in 1994. Using the skills and knowledge developed during his years as a professional player and teacher, Sizemore began developing putters and technologies out of a specialized milling process that he created over two years of analysis and development.

 

In 1996, Sizemore brought the Copper Stix brand to market to rave reviews. His technologically advanced designs proved to be some of the most effective in the industry and gained Sizemore notoriety as one of the premier putter makers in the business. Another two years of research and development led to the launch of the groundbreaking Sizemore Collection in 2003, where Sizemore designed over 30 putter models for production, the professional tours and for exotic and artesian series.

 

Sizemore returns back to his original golf roots by joining the Michigan based SuperStroke Golf, owned by Michigan natives Dean and Darin Dingman. Sizemore grew up in Michigan and originally learned pro shop and course operations at his local club in Michigan before entering the Professional Golf management Program at Ferris State in Big Rapids.

 

"The coolest part of this story is that you have three guys who went to the same high school who are joining forces after all these years," said Sizemore. "All three of us grew up in the Detroit area in the golf business, and all three of us have classic Mustangs. All the signs point to this being the perfect situation for everyone involved. I couldn't be more excited to start the next chapter of my putter designs and to help make SuperStroke the world's finest short specialty game company."

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This should be an interesting pairing. I wonder if Bruce will be introducing new putter head designs, or if he will be starting off with something more familiar from his Copper Stix days?

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Put in call yesterday to see if we can find out more info. I will let you know what I hear for sure.

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This should be an interesting pairing. I wonder if Bruce will be introducing new putter head designs, or if he will be starting off with something more familiar from his Copper Stix days?

 

 

Moe,

my recollection is that all of the Copper Stix line were bought along with the Sizemore name and designs he had done in the Sizemore Collection and what not. I wonder what the two people who own Sizemore think about Superstroke Putters by Sizemore? I always thought it was hokey that Sizemore (The Company) is still designing putters under the Sizemore name without Bruce there.

 

I wish them the best of luck, but I can't putt with their campbell soup sized grip, but know plenty of people who do.

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This is a pretty interesting move, to get a premier putter designer to design a putter to merge with the giant grips. Not really my cup of tea, I like relatively small grips, but I hope it works out well for all involved.

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So I talked to Bruce last night and here is what he had to say about his new venture with SuperStoke...I think it will be VERY interesting to see what comes of this in the coming months. He has also told us we will be first on the list to get some of the Tour Samples...so we will make sure to post more info as soon as we get it:

 

  • There WILL be a new line of putters
  • New Materials, New Finishes, New Technology
  • They WILL have a regular sized SuperStroke grip...this is a great idea on their part...will help include a larger group of golfers.
  • 100% Milled and made in US
  • Mid-size Mallet, Hybrid Blade and a Mallet
  • Releasing Tour Protos in Mid September and production in October
  • Focus on alignment and feel
  • Bruce says he wants to change the way putters are made and manufactured and he thinks he has done that.
  • Price range will be around the $300 range.

We will be getting more info soon and will keep you guys updated.

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There WILL be a new line of putters

  • New Materials, New Finishes, New Technology
  • They WILL have a regular sized SuperStroke grip...this is a great idea on their part...will help include a larger group of golfers.
  • 100% Milled and made in US
  • Mid-size Mallet, Hybrid Blade and a Mallet
  • Releasing Tour Protos in Mid September and production in October
  • Focus on alignment and feel
  • Bruce says he wants to change the way putters are made and manufactured and he thinks he has done that.
  • Price range will be around the $300 range.

 

Thanks for the info, lots of exciting stuff there for sure. At the $300 price, are these going to be sold in big box stores, country clubs, or as boutique putters? The bolded claim is really, well, bold, and I'd like to hear more about that.

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Sizemore's putters are awesome. I have a Copper Stix CS-1 and a SB-1 that are both amazing feeling. I still hope to pick up a XB-1 at some point.

Very cool news.

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