Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ass-kicker-putter_300Bobby
Grace burst on the scene some 20 years ago as a small, independent putter maker.
You’ll recall that Nick Price used a Bobby Grace Fat Lady Swings mallet to
capture multiple majors in the early 1990’s.
I caught up with
Bobby Grace at the Westchester (N.Y.) Golf Show last weekend. Grace was his
typical passionate self when talking about his latest baby, the NYC Tour Ass
Kicker.
The putter bears some resemblance, due to a rear-entry shaft, to the Odyssey
Backstryke. (Grace is quick to point out that J.L. Lewis won $4 million on the
PGA Tour using a similar Grace design years before the Backstryke reached
market.)
Regardless,
the shaft design shifts the club’s center of gravity more rearward (compared to a heel-shafted NYC Tour). In addition, putts feel a bit softer and, according
to Grace, roll 10-percent farther. The aluminum-headed Ass Kicker has a radial
face—its furthest protruding groove is higher than the equator of the ball—to
get putts rolling with topspin. Its polymer face insert is more lively in the heel
and toe so off-center strikes roll similar distances as center hits. Lastly, the
"onset" putter (opposite of offset) causes your hands to set up behind the ball. Expect
a period of adjustment before you’re fully comfortable over the ball.    (Photo: Rob Sauerhaft)

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