Xenon Golf – Handcrafted Putters that make your jaw drop

Xenon Golf – Handcrafted Putters that make your jaw drop

Handcrafted Putters make your jaw drop

Xenon Golf PutterHave you ever had a day when the stars just align and things fall perfectly into place? We all dream about that happening, whether it be in your personal life, job or in this case golf reviews. I was given the awesome opportunity to go through the process of a custom putter build by the Xenon Golf Company out of Nashville, Tennessee. Small companies like Xenon exist out there and they will build you a custom putter to our liking. You can spend just about any amount of money you want. In the case of a Xenon Putter, you are truly talking about a one of a kind putter because each putter is handmade by Kenneth “Lumpy” Uselton.

These putters aren’t made in some huge factory with hundreds of employees running around the place. They are made in a rather modest workshop 200 square feet. That’s right 200 square feet, that’s a 20 foot by 10 foot building. Smaller than most two car garages. No air conditioning or creature comforts here, and we all know summers in Tennessee can get a little warm. Lumpy produces a couple hundred custom made putters a year. He makes putters out of all kinds of metals from common stainless steel and copper-nickel alloy to the more exotic Damascus steel and layered steel laminate Mokume-gane. Custom finishes, millings and stampings are all available to the customer.

Xenon Golf PutterThe process starts with receiving an order form from Xenon Golf Company. On this form are list of choices that you have to make before Lumpy can build you a putter. This had to be one of the hardest parts for me. What would your dream putter be like given the choice? What material should I choose? What stampings and options should I select? I really racked my brain for a long time deciding on them. I finally decided and these are the choices that I made.

I decided to go with an “Element” model (somewhat similar to a Anser in look) and these are the specifications I chose:

  • 34” in length
  • 350 grams weight
  • 3 degrees of loft
  • 70 degree lie angle
  • Full shaft offset
  • ¼ toe hang
  • Plumbers neck
  • Aluminum Bronze head with a Vintage Antique finish
  • Chopped sole (slot milled in bottom of the putter)
  • Brass “X” in the cavity
  • Jet Matte black steel shaft
  • Stampings on the toe and heel
  • Signature face milling
  • Orange “Pure” Xenon logo grip
  • Magnetic leather head cover by Delilah Club Covers

Next comes the wait, which seems like an eternity but actually isn’t when you look at it, as he is hand milling each one of these putters himself by welding, stamping, finishing, assembling, etc… I was sent a picture part way through the process of the putter after the milling was complete, before the custom stampings, face milling and Antique finish was completed. This was a very nice little tease! When the putter arrived it didn’t disappoint in any way shape or form! It far exceed my expectations in both the design, appearance and feel categories.

The Xenon Golf putter was more of a piece of artwork sculptured from metal than a putter one would use while playing golf. A golfer could spend more on what some may call custom putters from a major manufacturer, but what does that get you? A design that is not very unique or different from their standard issued putter with just a few customized items.

I would like to give my impressions of the putter from Xenon Golf in the following categories:

FeelXenon Golf Putter

The feel of the Xenon putter is very good. The putter is Aluminum Bronze, this material has a softer feel than Stainless Steel putters and is more resistant to rust than a carbon steel putter. If you are a golfer that is use to putting without a insert, you will really like this version. Some adjustment would be required if you are coming from an inserted putter. It has a nice consistency and roll off the face. Well done Xenon putters!

Forgiveness

Xenon Golf PutterThe forgiveness of the putter is very good. It is a ¼ toe hang putter with a full shaft offset so that design works great for a slight arc style putting stroke. Most golfers putt with an open-square-closed stroke where the putter moves on a slight arc (sometimes known as an in-to-in stroke or a barn door stroke). Heel and toe weighted putters have long been shown to twist less than any other style of putter with an off center hit. This means that the difference between where putts end up if struck by the sweet spot as compared with off-center hits is as small as possible.

Sound

The sound of the ball coming off the face of the Xenon putter is a very pleasant click. This comes from a combination of the putter materials and the “chopped sole”. This is a small slot cut into the bottom of the putter located just behind the face of the putter. I have always wanted a slot in the sole of my putter. The putter build has given me that opportunity.

Xenon Golf PutterAlignment

The only alignment aid on this putter is a white dot on top of the putter. A very simple way of aiming the putter but it works well for me personally because I putt while looking at the hole. I don’t need an over abundance of sight lines and other methods of alignments to take away from the appearance of the putter.

Quality of Construction

TXenon Golf Putterhe quality of the construction of the putter is second to none. You can tell right off that this a one of kind hand made putter, from the milling marks on the face of the putter, too the hand stampings on several surfaces of the putter. The addition of the brass “X” in cavity of the putter is one of those features you don’t get with a standard issue putter.

The Xenon logo grip from Pure has an excellent soft feel and just the right amount of tact to it. The putter cover is from Deliha Club Covers, Made in the USA. A magnetic closure keeps the cover tightly attached to the putter. Excellent graphics, and embroidery make this cover a perfect compliment to the putter.

Xenon Putter The complete process from start to finish was excellent with the Xenon Putter Company. If you are in the market for a “one of a kind” handmade putter be sure to take a look at them. They are on all of the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Xenon Golf Putter HeadcoverThe custom handcrafted putters are on full display with many pictures to look at. I bet you won’t find one putter that looks exactly like another. What’s great is that you can take the features you love from each putter and turn it into your own dream putter. So if there comes a day when the stars align and you feel the urge to make your dream come true, take a leap of faith and join the custom putter family.

Mike Hallee
Golf Life Contributor

BioMech AccuLock Ace Putter Video Review

BioMech AccuLock Ace Putter Video Review

BioMech Sports: Bringing Science to Putting

BioMech Sports

If you’re a serious golfer, like me, you probably have a garage full of goofy looking old putters. Mine provides almost a timeline of my putting struggles throughout the years. It seems like there’s always some new gimmick out there that lays claim to shaving (unrealistic number) of strokes off your score. I have so many of these things that I’ve actually started an ugly putter collection, so when I got my hands on the BioMech Sports AccuLock ACE putter, I was ecstatic to put it to the test.

The AccuLock ACE is very well built and it’s clear that a lot of work has gone into making it. However, it is, for lack of a better word, strange. It’s square, the shaft is in the back and there’s weird hole in the middle, but all of this, BioMech Sports claims, is because of some serious science behind it.

Biomech Sports accu lock ace putter

First, this is an arm lock putter. You’ve probably heard of this, as it’s grown in popularity with the anchoring ban. The putter has an extended shaft that is angled toward the lead arm and is designed to be pressed against the lead forearm. Beyond the arm lock shaft, the unique styling of the AccuLock combines to minimize hand, wrist, arm and shoulder movement in the putting stroke. I took the AccuLock and my everyday gamer (a Low Tide Whale Tail) to my local practice center and tested them head to head.

I found that most of the claims about movement and alignment were true in my case. I had a smooth, repeatable stroke that worked out pretty well. On long lag putts, my dispersion was tight and my misses actually tended to be less severe than with my gamer. While I had very good results on long putts, I found that I wasn’t making as many putts inside 20’, which is about the point where my mindset goes from “lag it” to “make it.” However, I still had less severe misses and usually a gimmie coming back.

Biomech Sports Accu lock ace putter above

Now, having said all that, I did have one major issue with this putter. I just couldn’t get over the discomfort of the arm lock stroke. It’s a very foreign feeling, and for me, when it comes to putting, that’s somewhat of a deal breaker. I’m a feel putter, and when I have to think about something in my stroke, it doesn’t usually end well for me. I hit over 100 putts with the AccuLock, and unfortunately, that discomfort never really went away.

So the AccuLock isn’t for me, but I’m very reticent to call it a gimmick. I had good results, and I suspect that most other people will as well. So I guess I’ll put it like this; if you tend to be a tinkerer, or are coming from a long putter, you’re probably going to like this one. If you tend to be more traditional, I suspect you’ll have a similar experience to mine. If you want to give it a whirl, the BioMech AccuLock ACE comes in either Black or Blue and retails for $279.99. It’s available at the BioMech website , but be sure to check the size chart and get the correct length to ensure a proper fit.

Bryan McLean

Golf Life Contributor

@Golfbybryan

Robert Garrigus Cure Putters

Robert Garrigus Cure Putters

Cure Putters: Helping Golfers Shave Strokes

Cure Putters

Most players on the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour fight every week to win money and keep their cards. For the 98%, this is the reality of professional golf. The other 2% are the Jordan Spieths’ and and Jason Days’ of the world who pretty much go out their and try to win as much money and as many tournaments as possible just by their god given talents. That is the hope for thousands of golfers all over the world. But, in reality, the 98% have to go out there each and every week looking for something that sets themselves apart from everybody else. More times than not, it starts with the putter! Robert Garrigus is a PGA Professional with just one win under his belt. It wasn’t till late that he discovered Cure Putters!

Every pro is looking to shave strokes on the tee box, on the fairway and on the putting surface. In Robert Garrisgus’ situation, he has found that using his new Cure Putter, he can eliminate 2-5 strokes per round. You have heard the story. Cure Putters in the newest, hottest putter in golf. It has extremely high MOI and can be adjusted (via weights on the back) to your specific liking. The story is true for Garrigus. He used to play with small putters, blades, and when he picked up the Cure Putter, his putting gained confidence in an instant. He started rolling putts in with ease. He began to feel comfortable with the putter that he kept it in his bag for good. In professional sports, confidence is your worst enemy or greatest attribute. It is no different in golf, If you have confidence in your clubs, you will have confidence in your game and that is exactly what Cure Putters has done for him. Having the ability to shave 3 stokes per round could mean going from missing the cut, to making the cut. Going from making the cut to getting in the top 25. Going from top 25 to top 10. Three-five stokes could mean all the difference and can change your career.

Check out the video above and hear first hand how Cure Putters has helped Robert Garrigus’ golf game. If you want to order one for yourself, go to cureputters.com.

The L2 Traditional Putter Review

The L2 Traditional Putter Review

The L2 Traditional Putter

L2 Traditional Putter

I am very happy to have a chance to review the L2 Traditional putter, thanks to founder John Ambrose for the opportunity. The L2 Traditional putter is like no other putter that I have ever seen before. There is the obvious extra large unique head style, extra long square grip and it’s ability to physically stand up on the green on its own that make this putter unique. I wanted to provide you with a little history about the company and their vision for the future. Then I will get into the actual review of the putter.

L2 Traditional Putter Company History

The founder of the Lateral Line Company, John Ambrose and creator of the Lateral Line System of putting is a retired airline pilot. For over twenty five years John has been a member of the United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF). He is also a certified Vector green reading instructor as well as an avid golfer. His company was founded in 2007 and has been growing ever since. With the help of skilled computer graphics designers headed by Don Lee, a Pittsburgh native and well known Graphics designer, they were able to create the L2 head design that maximizes what would be viewed as an abnormal head weight. Upon completion of the L2 head, the L2 pendulum machine was assembled to demonstrate the pure motion of a pendulum as it stroked the perfect putt.

L2 Traditional Putter Company Vision

Breaking into the golf market is a difficult task for the small business. We have always believed that a great idea, followed by a quality product, at a reasonable price, can accomplish this. The have also understood that a passion for their goals that is founded in patient enthusiasm, will not be denied. It is because of these beliefs that Lateral Line LLC. is reaching a level of technology and popularity, in the field of golf and specifically on the putting green, that is causing golfers to “try something different”.

About the L2 Traditional Putter

I would like to discuss some of the specific design characteristics of the putter and details that I see make this putter stand out from others out there on the market.

Putter Cover – The putter cover is made out of a high quality leather like material that is secured in place by two magnetic enclosures. The contrasting white piping around the cover really stands out along with the high quality stitched logo on both sides of the cover.

Putter Grips – The grip is very non traditional in design and weight. To start with the grip is a perfectly square 1”, with a length of 16” and a weight of 200 grams. All those specifications might sound strange to anyone when the think about putter grips and what they are used to seeing. But for the L2 Traditional putter it serves a very good purpose. The extra length and weight help counterbalance the heavy weight of the putter head. The grip has a firm feel to it and is not overly tacky.

Putter Shafts – The shaft is a stepless shaft with an offset at the putter head, center shafted putter, face balanced. The putter has a lie angle of 73 degrees, works well for a upright style of putting.

Putter Head – The putter head on the L2 Traditional putter is like none other on the market that I have ever seen. It weighs in at whopping 620 grams. The physical dimensions of the head are equally impressive. It has a toe to heel length of 6 ¼”, front to back width of 4”, face length toe to heel of 5” and a face height of 1”. The loft of the putter is 3 degrees but due to the design of the back end of the putter it can vary from 0 to 5 degrees. The insert is made out of a clear acrylic and the steel head is painted with a powder coat of a very durable paint.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I have rolled hundred of putts with the L2 Traditional putter, both indoors and out on the course. There are some very specific things you notice right off when you pick up the putter for the first time. “It’s a very heavy putter” is the first thing that jumps into one’s mind. After you get used to the additional weight of the putter you quickly realize that that weight is there for a purpose. The L2 Traditional putter is designed to be a very large MOI (moment of inertia) putter. Facts are that the L2 Traditional putter MOI is 30% greater than the next highest rated putter. John Ambrose has done extensive testing with the putter and those SAM Putt lab results are on his website for those golfers that are into the numbers behind the technology. I won’t get into too much detail in this review because it quite detailed. The second thing that jumps out at you is that the sweet spot on the putter seemed to be huge! Facts are it is 3 ½” which is huge when it comes to sweet spots, most putters have very small ones. What does this mean to the golfer? It means you don’t have to be so exact on your swing path and the contact with the putter face. If you happen to miss just a little one side of the other you won’t notice the difference. I purposely hit putts off the centerline of the putter and noticed very little difference in the distance the putts rolled out.

The L2 Traditional putter works best with a very specific style of putting and set up to the ball. Their website details that very nicely and you should definitely take a look at it. To describe that method in short, the stroke is more of a big muscle stroke, using the shoulders and upper arms versus the smaller jumpier muscles some golfers use. They also recommend that you look at the hole while putting longer putts. This wasn’t any adjustment for me as I have been using this method for years. The theories behind this method is that you are always looking at your target during the stroke, just like a pitcher in baseball throwing a pitch or a quarterback throwing the ball down the field. I always like to give the putters I review and a score so that the readers can compare and contrast. My rating system is very simple a scale from 0 to 5 with 5 being the high end. I will grade the putter on five categories, Feel, Forgiveness, Sound, Alignment and Quality of Construction.

Feel – The feel of the L2 Traditional putter is pretty good, the ball rolls of the face very nice and in a consistent manner. You don’t need to try to kill the ball on long putts because of the extra weight of the head and with the shoulder pendulum style stroke getting the ball to the hole won’t be an issue. I would rate the feel of the L2 at a 3.5.

Forgiveness – The forgiveness of the L2 Traditional putter is by far it’s strongest characteristic. With a sweet spot of 3 ½” and a the sky high MOI you can actually be a little off on your stroke and still get the required distance off the face. I would rate the forgiveness of the L2 putter at a 5.

Sound – The sound off the L2 Traditional putter is a very pleasant click which is similar to other putters that have a firm insert. The framework design of the head doesn’t have any unique or special effects on the sound of the ball leaving the putter face. I know with some putters the materials used along with the design can affect the sound of a putter. I would rate the sound of the L2 putter at a 4.

Alignment – The alignment of the L2 Traditional putter is almost as impressive as it’s forgiveness, It’s a toss up which is the most impressive. The fact that the putter can stand up and you can get behind the putter and line up the putt is a huge plus. The two large white parallel lines on the putter face make it very obvious when you have selected the proper putting line. I would rate the Alignment of the L2 putter at a 4.5.

Quality of Construction – The L2 Traditional putter is a very well constructed putter, from the quality putter cover to the way the grip, shaft and head are assembled and finished off. The powder coated head should provide years of maintenance free use. I would rate the Quality of Construction of the L2 putter at a 5.

So when I total up all the scores I get a 22 out of a total possible score of 25. This of course is totally my opinion and some things I might score higher or lower than someone else. I feel that the L2 Traditional putter is a very good putter with some very strong design characteristics that make it an interesting putter. I would like to mention that the L2 Traditional putter has made the “Best new products list for the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show” held every year at the end of January in Orlando, Florida. I would suggest that you go to their website l2traditional.com and check them out if you are interested. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mike Hallee

Golf Life Contributor

Radius Putters Review

Radius Putters Review

Radius Putters: The Linea Wye Feel Putter

Radius Putters

I love looking for new technology and ideas when it come to golf equipment, putters especially seem to be a weakness of mine. I spotted a unique looking putter back around the first of the year and it was from a company located in the United Kingdom called Radius Putters. The face of the putter had a very unusual pattern and design to it, little did I know it wasn’t just for looks it was actually new technology they we rolling on in spring of 2016. I contacted Radius Putters and started talking back and forth with Graham Webb about the possibility of writing a review of their new Linea Feel putters. Graham said he was onboard with that idea but there was only one thing holding us back? The putters were so new they hadn’t even been released to the public yet. I told Graham that wasn’t an issue as I was still in the middle of my winter and it would be months before I would able to play any kind of golf anyway. Winter “Slowly” came to an end in the northeast and we had stayed in touch over the months and I finally got the message that the putters we ready to go. Instant excitement on my part and I decided to go with a mallet style putter of theirs called the “ Wye”, a heel shafted face balanced putter. I would like to step back a minute and provide you with a little history on Radius Putters.

Radius Putters Company History

In 2008, golf industry professionals Graham Webb and Peter Lord began looking at the putter market much closer. The niche, high end putter designers were being drawn towards mass production and the UK designers had all but disappeared. Graham has been a PGA Professional for some 15 years. Peter is a scratch golfer with a degree in Sports science and design.

They began looking at designing and developing a range of precision milled putters using our combined knowledge of golf club design and our understanding of the golfer’s natural tendencies. Their company’s philosophy is simple…use the best materials possible to make the world’s most aesthetically pleasing putters that actually help golfers of all levels. They will push design boundaries forward whilst appreciating the classic designs. After 3 yopears of R&D, tour testing and endless searches for the finest milling houses in the world they have now found a way of turning their designs into the most stunning range of putters. They are very proud to launch the stunning RADIUS putter collection”.

About the Radius Putter

Putter Cover – The putter cover for Radius Linea Feel mallet style putter is a very well made putter cover. It has a soft fur like lining with a Velcro closure. It is made out of a very durable material with high quality stitching and graphics. The flag of The United Kingdom “Union Jack” is placed on the edge.

Radius Putters Club Head

Putter Shaft – The putter shaft is a stepless steel shaft with a offset ¾ bend.

Putter Grip – The putter grip is a standard size putter grip that has a nice soft feel to it almost leather like. Stitched on the underside and sharp looking graphics. The multi colored circle on the topside actually lined up with my right hand thumb placement, so placing my hands on the putter was made easy.

Radius Putters Grip

Putter Head – The Wye mallet style is the largest mallet style head that Radius putters makes. The face of the Wye putter is a Exclusive Elastomer Polymer blend insert that is precision milled into the face. This technology provides the putter with a super soft feel. This works well with the harder covered golf balls many golfers use today. A long white line helps in putter alignment along with multiple cut through slots in the sole of the putter. The putter weights in at 350 grams with 3 degrees of loft and a lie angle of 71 degree.

Radius Putters Face

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I always like to give the putters I review and a score so that the readers can compare and contrast. My rating system is very simple a scale from 0 to 5 with 5 being the high end. I will grade the putter on five categories, Feel, Forgiveness, Sound, Alignment and Quality of
Construction.

Feel – The feel of the Radius Putters is very good. I just guessing here but any company that list “Feel” in the model name is shooting for a putter with exceptional feel! The elastomer polymer blend insert being milled into the face has it going on! Well done and I rate it a 4.5.

Forgiveness – The forgiveness of the Radius Putters is very good. It is face balanced a design that works great for a perfect straight back and straight through style putting stroke. The putter also has a high MOI to reduce twisting on impact. I noticed very little loss of distance on off center hits. I rate the forgiveness at a 4.

Sound – The sound of the Radius Putters is great. The ball makes a nice click sound when leaving the putter head. Most insert putters have a very specific sound to them versus metal face milled putter. I would say this putter is closer to a metal faced putter than in sound. I would rate the sound at a 4.

Alignment – The alignment of the Radius Putters is very simple in technology but it gets it done. The simple long white line on the topside of the sole of the putter makes it very easy to for you to realize when you have picked the correct line. The additional slots that are in the sole provide an additional means for alignment. I would rate the alignment at a 4.5.

Quality of Construction – This line of putters for Radius Putters is part of their new retail line of putters for 2016. They pay close attention to details on this putter with the great feel of the grip, the contrasting finishes on the putter head. The sole being a high polish look compared to the matte finish on the topside. The putter cover is also very well made with high quality stitching and graphics. I would rate the quality of construction at a 5.

I total up the scores and come in with a solid 22 out of 25. I will let you know this is my opinion and what I feel to be strong features may not be the same for you. What I would tell you is that Radius Putters make a quality putter with some new technology in the insert that a golfer would be crazy not to take a look at. They have many different models to chose from. You can check out Radius Putters on their website radiusputters.com as well as their social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Holder Golf Putter

Holder Golf Putter

Reset Your Approach To Putting With Holder Golf

Golf Life flew out to Orlando, FL to talk to James Holder, the Founder of Holder Golf! We wanted to learn about the putter that is notorious for having an alternative design to it! When we say “alternative” we mean that this putter is different from all the other designed putters out there! The first thing that you will notice about this putter is that it not at the traditional 72 degree lie angle! They straighten the lie out on the putter which ultimately allows for your hands, arms, shoulders and back to hang! With a 72 degree putter your arms and shoulders are tense!

The Holder Golf Putter allows for your body parts to hang freely giving you a better chance of keeping the putter head square at impact! By simplifying the setup of the putter, they simplified the stroke allowing you to make more putts on a more consistent basis! Generally, when we twist our club head through impact are on the longer putts. This putter is actually a perfect putter to help you with the long putts because it is so stable!

If you want to learn more about the Holder Golf Putter, go to holdergolf.com! They have just released their new blades and mallets for 2016! One of the greatest things about these putters in that they are all make in the USA! Start the season off right by making more putts!

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