ClubTest 2007: Putters

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ClubTest 2007: PuttersGOLF Magazine asked 40 golfers just like you to hit the newest putters on the market. Here's what our ClubTesters had to say. Never Compromise GM2 Exchange #5 $229; nevercompromise.com We tested: 34", 35" • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. Company line: "CNC milled from 304 stainless steel with a plumberneck hosel. Interchangeable weights allow custom tuning to suit conditions, putting surfaces and player tendencies. Clubhead can vary from 320 to 370 grams." Our Test Panel says: Love the ability to adjust toe and heel weighting to compensate for right or left misses; two-tone head makes for a very effective sighting device; true feedback — you are told 'you missed it,' but not harshly; ball doesn't jump off face, requires a little oomph to get it to hole; long putts easy to judge. Easy to swing, well-balanced and can feel the proper distance on contact. — Walt Spitzmiller
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Nike Unitized Tiempo $249; nikegolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 34", 35" Company line: "The head and shaft are engineered as one piece. This seamless construction is designed to create unparalleled feedback, touch and feel." Our Test Panel says: You know where you hit this one off the clubface; impact sound says you've mis-hit it, but there's no twisting; like the streamlined, attractive look — shaft morphs into head; feels like everything is working together; needs more than one small white dot on top of the blade as an alignment feature. Consistent feel across the face. — Randy Rochefort
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Ping Redwood Anser $249; pinggolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 34", 35" Company line: "Our newest Anser is 100-percent milled from 303 stainless steel. The head is 340 grams and features a black nickel chrome finish. The putter can be custom-fit to proper length, lie, loft and grip." Our Test Panel says: The ball comes off the face with authority; single, simple sightline is sufficient; no need to force your stroke; there's plenty of pop, without an overly harsh feel on mis-hits; sometimes tough to tell if you hit it on the sweet spot or just off. Ping's best-looking and feeling putter in many years. — Lee Neisler
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Titleist Circa 62 #3 $299; titleist.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. We tested: 35" only Company line: "Precision-milled from soft carbon steel. The high-toe profile aids alignment. It eliminates the tendency to raise up the toe at address, which can cause you to aim left of the target. Milled sole has negative bounce to ensure head doesn't sit closed." Our Test Panel says: Balance and weight are spot-on, enabling smooth, fluid pendulum stroke; soft click at impact gives an elegant sound and feel; effortless to use; sight dot on top is as much fashion as it is function; won't bail you out if you strike it off-center. Buttery soft, responsive feel on center contact. Very predictable. No surprises. — Alan Dante
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WINNER Odyssey Black Series #1 $249; odysseygolf.com • Go to Equipment Finder profile to tell us what you think and see what other GOLF.com readers said about this club. Video: ClubTesters on the Odyssey Black Series #1 We tested: 34", 35" Company line: "Nickel-plated head milled from 1025 carbon steel. Tungsten flange yields a low, deep CG. Designed with 'loft optimization' to produce pure roll characteristics." Our Test Panel says: Extremely soft; makes today's hard balls feel like balata; very little skid; ball springs off large sweet spot; extremely forgiving for heel-toe blade; practically swings itself; sight line not unanimously felt to be effective; distance control is automatic. Crisp and responsive, lets you know immediately where you make contact. — Jon Dobberstein
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WHAT THEY BOUGHT Testers plunked down some hard-earned cash for their favorite putters at ClubTest. Here's what they purchased. Ping Redwood Anser Alan Dante (handicap 8) Titleist Circa 62 #3 Randy Rochefort (2)