Rife Deep Blue Putter
Schecter Lee
Monday, March 29, 2010

From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, April 2010)

Rife Deep Blue
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
We tested: 35" shaft length

Company line: "Our highest-MOI putter has lots of weight in the rear corners plus an 'alignment notch' for repeatable setup position. The soft 303 stainless steel body combines with a CNC-milled 6010 aluminum faceplate (one-third the weight of steel). 'RollGroove' technology grips, holds and releases the ball into an immediate forward roll."

PROS: Most testers find that Deep Blue elicits a warm, pure feel; the large head is easy to set up, effortless to swing, and surprisingly soft; good balance and tight roll deliver accuracy and speed control after just a few strokes; slightly rounded sole works well for putts from fringe; fans praise the clean, square clubhead design and matte finish; three white parallel sightlines make lining up a snap.

CONS: A small number of testers experience hollow impact sound that fails to provide consistent solid feedback; a minority find that putts tend to run more than they expect.

Rife 400 Mid Mallet
Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Company line: "The one-piece body is cast from 303 stainless steel. The milled face is 4 inches long and has our patented 'RollGroove' technology, which provides the end-over-end roll for which Rife putters are known."

Our Testers say:
PROS: The ball seems to stick to the face through impact; provides smooth, soft feel and feedback off the grooves; consistently imparts a tight roll; finish doesn't act like a mirror on sunny days; holds the line, speed and distance on slight mis-hits; well-balanced club.

CONS: Putts roll farther than you might expect; minor vibration on mishits; plain finish doesn't give it an upscale appearance.

Rife 460 Mid Blade
Category: Blade Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Company line: "A one-piece, cast 303 stainless steel head with 4.6-inch blade length. It has a CNC-milled face, 'RollGroove' technology and 2-degrees loft. Grooves grip the ball, lift the back of it and throw it over the top so that it rolls sooner."

Our Testers say:
PROS: Tight roll hugs the line all the way to the cup; face-balanced clubhead makes it play more like a mallet than a blade; instant feedback on pure or off-center hits; putter swings naturally; center hits and misses have similar roll for predictable outcome; no-hosel design gives an unobstructed view of the ball; clean, tasteful single sightline.

CONS: Feel is too similar for all contact so you can't diagnose stroke flaws; generic looking; lacks the little alignment notch in the topline to aid setup; a few guys find that the grip feels slightly slippery.

$100-$170, rifeputters.com

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