They make really nice putters don’t they? My fav most fav clubs from Modart are their woods, suda wedges, and now putters. All original shapes in compact form elegant and simple with an absolutely perfect finish that’s easy on the eyes.
The R51 – plumbers neck, mallet style, soft flat grey finish. The milling is at perfect depth it’s a forged putter so already soft. The R52 – Your classic L shape but this one is smaller, sharper, more refined, It’s perfect. Follow Jump to See More…
It all started with a used and abused Miura Giken Japan putter… One of our top clients sent in 9 or so pretty beat up putters and asked us to mod them to our vision one per month or so, with only 3 putters remaining and 6 completed already in the clients hands I decided to go all out and produce something “special” for him. This client is extremely discerning he wants things a particular way and with all the options we could pull from and a no concern for price it could have been very easy to produce a tacky overly optioned putter that he wouldn’t of liked.
Good news is he and I share similar tastes, first it must be a heavy head, second it’s gotta have class with an understated approach to it’s design. I started with a drawing then a design and sent it to the master “Masayuki Sasaya-san” of Gold’s Factory who worked on this putter personally as if it was a M.A.C series and while this putter is still in the air on it’s way to the clients hands I still feel nervous that there is something he won’t like about it as it is my design and vision completed by Gold’s Factory to appeal to another persons preference, I guess those nerves are a good thing. Follow the Jump for more pics and the complete breakdown of what was done…
In recent years Taylormade Japan has slowed it’s pace a tad when it comes to releasing Japan market only specific models but we are still lucky enough to get a taste here and there. Back in late spring several online golf communities and blogs noticed a new prototype putter being used on the PGA tour, a neo-mallet with a huge ring for a body. This putter was aptly named the arc1 by Taylormade and we all began to wonder at what point TM would release this putter to the public if ever. Fast forward to late summer when Taylormade announced that Japan would be he retail test market for the arc1 which is not surprising considering TM has been known to release more unorthodox and technology testing type of products here before anywhere else (or only here in many cases). It’s been nearly a month since the arc1 has come out and I was able to finally get a demo from TM Japan to try out.
You have to give TM credit for daring to be different in designing something they believe to make a functional difference in a golfer’s putter game. A more radical design can sometimes take the risk of being called ugly because it’s different and that certainly was the case earlier this years as photos of the tour prototypes began surfacing. Cries around the web proclaimed it to be ugly and something out of Star Trek along the lines of the Starship Enterprise – and that’s whatever one said when TM first showed off it’s spider putter years ago. (Though in my opinion, the arc1 is more deserving of the Starship Enterprise comparison.) Truth be told though, TM is not the first one to create a mallet putter that looks like a hole. Many years ago Mizuno created a line called the Draino putters in which the 100 model looks eerily similar. Even Odyssey’s Marxman putter has similar ring to it but looking at the arc1, the execution of TM’s design is probably the best of all.
Looks of any club is certainly subjective and a personal preference and many times we see clubs “grow on us”. I’ll be honest when I say that I didn’t mind the looks when I first got the putter. If one can get over the looks, the primary concern is of course does this design help make putts. Looks aside, one thing TM did get right with the arc1 is the head weight. The majority of golfers want a heavier head. In all the years I worked at TSG, I never once had a customer come to me to make or find a LIGHTER putter head. All the talk about head weight and it’s affect on greens of different speeds is certainly valid, but in the end, I’m a believer that a heavier head stabilizes my stroke and gives me a much more consistent feel and direction than a head I cannot feel. The combination of the arc1’s SUS304 ring and 220g aluminum body result in a very healthy 385g (give or take 2-3g for variance) head. I very much like the weight in my hands and with this heavy head, at all the lengths offered by TM 32″ 33″ 34″ 34.5″ 36.5″ you can expect a nice had heavy feeling swing weight. Keep in mind though to keep swing weight from going overboard in the 34.5″ and 36.5″ lengths, TM has countered the balance with heavier 130g TM Smart arc Grips. The 32″ 33″ and 34″ come with a 63g TM Winn arc Grip and the 33″ and 34″ also have an option of the 103 Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0R. My demo is a 34″ with Winn arc Grip so the swing weight is right up there around E9.5.
TourSpecGolf is creating it’s own brand set to release at the 2015 Japan Golf Fair, originally it had started of as a collaboration brand but since then has evolved into something entirely different. Sneak peaks here and there of the SEVEN brand putters and wedges have been seen, some have even seen the super soft S15C copper under layer irons but for now we are able to show you this well because it really doesn’t show much at all. Introducing the SEVEN Advanced Design “UG” Underground edition putter coming soon and available to select TSG insiders.
Another TSG Exclusive: The Gold’s Factory 2015 Stroke of Luck Putter. As we all know Gold’s Factory is without a doubt the world’s best putter modification company, it’s really up to the client to decide first what putter to send in for mods but also what modifications to select and the result is your putter taken to the next level based on the customers vision.
A few years back TSG released exclusively themed putters in a variety of categories and one of them was named “Lucky” this is the 2015 version of that putter and will be on sale in the TSG Pro Shop until the next iteration is created. This 2015 model as you see in the pics is somewhat simple aesthetically with it’s “Lucky” Japanese Kanji and the triple 777’s for good luck, on the flip side it features a reverse engraved 4 leaf clover another sign of good luck and the writing “Stroke of Luck”, ready to see more pictures? Follow the Jump…
GTD Golf – George Takei is the man behind many past brands from the Original Gauge Design Japan, G-Field, George Spirits and now head designer for GTD a new company just released. For those who have followed the designs of G.T you know they are unique, known for pushing the envelope and funky fun names and that has not changed with putter models like the GanGa, Yo, and Gen. Follow the Jump to see more pictures and get more info on the “GanGa” putter by George Takei…
Made in Japan – The Modart R50 Putter, One of the most interesting thing’s about Modart is how they mill S25C from a solid block without it being forged, this creates a unique dense and soft feel known only to Modart clubs made this way and it’s simply divine!
The Modart R50 has a nice smoky dark finish over it with one of the most attractive sole designs we have seen on a putter ever, it’s head weight is a touch on the heavier side and it comes with a head cover that is heads over heels better than what other makers provide. Follow the Jump to check out more pictures of the R50…
Remember a few years ago TSG offered an entire line up of themed putters made by Gold’s Factory, Independence, Stealth, Hanya, and Lucky Putter themes along with a few others. In 2014 we are bringing them all back with fresh new designs starting with the “Live Free or Die” Putter which takes the spot of the “Independence” putter.
For those of you who haven’t heard we are highlighting Honma this week @TSG! Today the new PP-101 & PP-102 putters and they are works of art. Each available in two different finishes, bright nickel platinum & dark nickel black dye. It’s body is CNC milled of forged carbon steel, it features two tungsten weights on the sole at each end, the face insert is milled of SUS304 and you have your choice of a black or red emblem inside the cavity and on the face.
As far as manufacturing goes this putter has some nice small touches, notice the gold ring where the shaft meets the hosel, or the B-logo sight dot, it’s emblems. The word I would use is polished, it’s simply well designed, solid performing and just feels sublime at impact. Honma could have saved money and excluded these features yet still produce a very nice product, but these guys aren’t playing games, no corners cut here. Want to see more pictures of both models? Click Read More below!
As I had originally posted back almost a year ago when the first M.A.C. was created, Master Sasaya of Gold’s Factory is a man who appreciates the fine details in premium workmanship. In late 2012 we were casually chatting over some ramen noodles in Itabashi about how some high end cars have a single “Meister” defined as “a person expert in or renowned for a specific skill” who builds the engines in their high end models from start to finish. We all know that nobody can tweak or modify a putter like Master Sasaya does and he is very much in his own way a Meister. Using the word Meister he created his new line of one off, one of a kind putters under the banner Meister Absolute Crafting.
These new M.A.C. putters would use all of Gold’s Factory’s best design ideas, each be unique in its own way and have only one ever made. Master Sasaya takes each head, machined from JIS SUS303 and through hand machining, grinding, polishing, modifying and finishing create his usual beauty. He asked me what I thought about names for each putter as he wanted to give each unique putter a name, and I suggested why not pay homage to the Greek Gods? Their names as putters would sound very cool. Master Sasaya agreed since then we have had steady line of M.A.C. releases including Artemis, Prometheus, Apollo, Zeus, Chronos and Hades. Only one of each will ever be made so owning one will mean owning a one of a kind M.A.C. model.
The 2 latest M.A.C. putters have been created called Erebos and Athene, click on the read more to check them out!