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2018 Rife RFX putters

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I was trying-out putters at my local Edwin Watts yesterday when I noticed within the sea of Odysseys a brand new 35" Rife RFX "Rival" putter. I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to putters, but I knew the name "rife" and I knew it was supposed to be good so I picked it up and tried a few putts.

 

I was blown away by how it felt off the face... like, it felt way better than anything I've felt before (putter-wise). Mind you, I am a putter neophyte, but when I turned the shaft to reveal the price tag I was very surprised to see it was retailing for $99.

 

I decided to do a quick google search and discovered that the original god Guerin Rife is no longer involved with the company. A little more Google-fu revealed that the company went under in 2008 and was snapped-up by what appears to be a private equity firm... all red flags to me, but I don't know.

 

Does anyone here own a newer Rife putter? Has anyone tested the RFX series? There is almost nothing on the internet about these putters so I'm not sure how to reconcile my experience.

 

Here's the current lineup in case you're interested: http://rifegolf.com/rfxstore/

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Since Guerin Rife has nothing to do with this company and sold off the Brand name and the IP and someone is trying to rekindle the brand, it's nothing of real interest to me. Happens all the time, especially in the golf business.

 

I think I'll stick with Evnroll

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I am sure it is a fine putter just like almost every putter that you will find in a golf store.

 

Everyone has their thoughts on what the right feel, look, and method of fitting. In the end, if you like it and you can roll the ball on your intended line and can control the speed(distance) it is a good putter for you.

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I still think Rife putters are good. It's ultimately up to you. If it feels "way better than anything you've felt before," then it is probably an excellent putter for you. Give it a go!

 

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If you like it And it works well for you, do it! I played for many years with a $40 Golden Bear that just fit me well off the rack and that was money for me… Until it wasn't.

 

 

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I still think Rife putters are good. It's ultimately up to you. If it feels "way better than anything you've felt before," then it is probably an excellent putter for you. Give it a go!

 

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It definitely felt amazing, but I've also never rolled a lot of the premium putters like Scotty Cameron or EVNROLL.

 

You don't think the quality has dropped-off too much since the mid 2000s? Seems to me that the original Rife putters retailed around $200, so I'm curious why they are able to offer at $99.

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It definitely felt amazing, but I've also never rolled a lot of the premium putters like Scotty Cameron or EVNROLL.

 

You don't think the quality has dropped-off too much since the mid 2000s? Seems to me that the original Rife putters retailed around $200, so I'm curious why they are able to offer at $99.

Because they're not doing any new R&D and likely have super cheap manufacturing in China. They are selling a name. Just like the Tommy armor or McGregor clubs you see in big box stores
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It definitely felt amazing, but I've also never rolled a lot of the premium putters like Scotty Cameron or EVNROLL.

 

You don't think the quality has dropped-off too much since the mid 2000s? Seems to me that the original Rife putters retailed around $200, so I'm curious why they are able to offer at $99.

Feel is a personal thing and is actually sound related. What feels/sounds good to one player may be horrible to another. The only important thing is that you like it. A putter is basically a piece of metal hitting a ball. The feel/sound can be influenced by how much of the face comes into contact with the ball(groove pattern), type of metal, and face thickness.

 

The price probably has nothing to do with quality. It is about what price point they believe that can sell putters. Because a putter costs >$500 doesn't make it any better than a putter that is

 

People will point to tour presence as an indicator of quality. I advise you to ignore the hype and it you like the putter and it fits your stroke the it is the best putter for you. Spending more money on a putter does not make it better unless it has been custom build to the specifications you need.

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They are going to have all of the intellectual property that he had put into that company as part of the purchase, so it won't have any new Evnroll ideas but it should still be a good putter designed by Guerin. I can't speak to their manufacturing processes, but if it looks good to you, feels and rools good, and the price is right then I say go for it!

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I wouldn't get wrapped up in price. Both Cleveland and Wilson Staff make excellent putters at similarly low prices. If you liked it, buy it and put it in the bag.

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It definitely felt amazing, but I've also never rolled a lot of the premium putters like Scotty Cameron or EVNROLL.

 

You don't think the quality has dropped-off too much since the mid 2000s? Seems to me that the original Rife putters retailed around $200, so I'm curious why they are able to offer at $99.

The guy who used to make Rife putters now designs EVNROLL putters, so they should be similar. You could give those a try and see what you think. You could also do a side by side comparison of an old Rife and a new Rife...

 

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The guy who used to make Rife putters now designs EVNROLL putters, so they should be similar. You could give those a try and see what you think. You could also do a side by side comparison of an old Rife and a new Rife...

 

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These new putters are Rife in name only. Don't have any of the tech of the Evnroll.

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These new putters are Rife in name only. Don't have any of the tech of the Evnroll.

Yep, exactly. Maybe a somewhat similar feel, as long as the new owners of Rife didn't mess with the designs too much...

 

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