Pros: The Joey putter has a great weight and a nice, responsive feel when struck. It gave me one of the purest rolls I’ve ever had.
Cons: The unique style can take a little getting used to visually. Off-center hits on lengthy putts have noticeable effect on distance.
Bottom Line: Axis1 putters like the Joey look a little weird at first, but they’re high-quality designs that provide a great roll and help golfers eliminate the all-too-common open-faced miss to the right.
As with all of Axis1’s putters, the unique style of the Joey results in it being one of “the world’s first 100 percent perfectly balanced putters.” The claim is that the face won’t naturally open up on a golfer because of a heel counterweight built into the putter. This helps place the center of gravity right on the center of the face and perfectly aligned with the axis of the shaft, according to the company. Therefore, golfers won’t struggle as much to return the putter face to square at impact, helping golfers start more putts on the right line.
The square, blade-style head of the Joey offers a traditional look, while Axis1 also offers the Eagle, the Umbra and the Heavy Umbra models. Each style features the heel counterweight which—contrary to what many people think when they first look at the putter—doesn’t come into play. The unique look of the counterweight even acts as a visual frame at address.
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The Axis1 Joey is available in either 34- or 35-inch models and sells for $199.
The Eagle ($299) is slightly more rounded than the Joey, and has a copper face insert insert. The Umbra ($299) is a modern mallet with an alignment bar and a black ion finish, and also comes in a heavy model for $349.
Axis1 putters can be found at axis1golf.com, as well as at select retailers.
From the first time I picked up the Joey putter, I could tell its balance was different from putters I had used in the past. While you may feel an uneven, heavy weight of some traditional putters, the Joey has such a smooth balance that it feels like the shaft is right in the middle of the club—confirming for me Axis1’s claim of aligning the center of gravity in the center of the face with the shaft’s axis.
Putting has always been a frustrating part of my game, but the Joey gave me immediate improvements, especially with alignment and roll.
I quickly felt like I had a more controlled stroke because of the club’s balance. In the past, I’ve struggled with cutting across the ball (outside-in) on my putting stroke, with my takeaway being very inconsistent. With the Joey putter, I felt like my takeaway was much more on-line and very smooth through the ball as well. The putter doesn’t waver on the takeaway and doesn’t allow the toe to torque one way or the other.
Coming off the face, the Joey putter provided one of the purest, tightest end-over-end rolls that I’ve ever had with a putter. On several occasions, my playing partners commented on how good the roll was, especially when their balls took a couple hops off their own putters.
I had a lot of confidence in the alignment of the putter, especially inside of 10 feet. Plain and simple: put a good stroke on the ball with the Joey and it goes where you’re aimed. The balance of the putter certainly instilled confidence that my takeaway would be smooth and the toe wouldn’t twist one way or the other.
My biggest struggle with the putter was on lengthier putts (35+ feet). Off-center hits were not terribly forgiving and came up well short. While the center of gravity being in the middle of the striking face certainly helps with the putter’s balance and smooth roll, it doesn’t allow for the greatest forgiveness.
Looks and Feel
The Joey has a traditional blade-style head, but the unique style of the heel is certainly an eye catcher. That tends to be the off-putting factor for many, but it’s still something that one can get comfortable with after use. Plus, it serves as a pretty good conversation starter if someone hasn’t seen the putter before.
The strike of the ball has a little different sound—a slight ping—than I’m used to, but the face was still responsive. You can feel if you have struck the ball off-center. Mis-struck putts still carry a good line, but speed/distance seemed to be affected.
The stock grip is a Winn, which has a good feel with a little bit of tackiness to it. The red headcover matches the red grip and is a nice accessory to go with the putter.
My playing partners assure me that I have no reason not to keep the Joey it in my bag. They have seen my struggles with the flat stick from time to time, and saw how good of a roll I am able to put on the ball with the Joey.
For people thinking about getting the Joey, or any Axis1 putter, I’d encourage them to give it a try. It looks funny, but the putter felt smooth from the first time I tried it and I got even more comfortable over the ball as I continued to practice with it. The balance of the putter, combined with the smooth roll and easy alignment are reasons enough to test the putter. Axis1 also has a 30-day money back guarantee, so the only thing golfers are really risking if they buy one are their shipping costs.
If you’re looking for a putter that will take away the open-face miss to the right, transitioning from an anchored putter or just looking for something different, an Axis1 putter might be for you.