ClubTest 2014: Rife Prodigy Putter
Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft lengths
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The multi-material head boasts an aluminum body with a stainless steel face.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Not perfectly intuitive on long putts but acceptable after enough practice; stellar feel, fine balance and high-energy transfer get the ball rolling and keep it on line; some distance loss on off-center hits.
FEEL: Solid, substantial head weight quiets the hands and fosters a smooth, flowing, backand- through stroke; soft as butter on impact but still imparts a spring effect off the face; no penalizing feel or instability on off-center hits.
LOOK: Clean, square lines and lots of alignment help—a large cutout in the rear and a subtle white line along the silver flange; slightly larger satin silver mallet with black face and topline provides a helpful visual behind the ball.
May take practice to hone distances because of the heavy head and soft but springy face; the blue grip distracts some guys and is too narrow for others; not much contrast between the white alignment line and the silver finish.
BOTTOM LINE: Among the liveliest midsize mallets tested, with enough stability, forgiveness and feel to make it worth a look. The Prodigy’s head weight helps golfers of all levels produce a smoother stroke.
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