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The Big Review – Yes! Golf Tracey III and Lizzy Plus

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As the acknowledged inventors of grooves on the faces of putters, Yes! Golf have always been at the forefront of putter technology. So it’s really no surprise that their high performance putters are found in the bags of pros throughout the world’s tours.

And it’s not just grooves that Yes! innovated. They were also one of the first companies to bring in heavier putters to the retail market as well as hybrid blade/mallet type head like their Donna putter that players that Henrik Stenson puts to such good use. Yes! Golf have taken the recent ruling on adjustable clubs and turned it to the putter market with their Plus fitting system. Their new Tracey III Plus and the Lizzy Plus offer the ability to change the hosel attached to the head. Yes! claim that this is the most advanced putter in golf and made to the exacting demands of Tour players.

Appearance

Two very different putter heads that can be transformed by the choice of hosel. The Tracey III is a classic Anser type while the Lizzy is a scoop topped mallet and all 5 hosels fit into either heads.

Hosels from left to right: Mid-slant neck, Plumbers neck, Heel-centered flared neck, Mid-bend flared neck, Face-balanced neck

Technical Specifications

Composition: CNC Milled from Forged 303 Stainless Steel
Toe hang: From face balanced (0 degrees) to heavy toe hang (60 degrees)
Loft: 2.5 degrees
Weight: 350g
Offset: Variable
Lie: 72 degrees (+2 or -2 lies available)
Right and Left handed
Shaft length: 32-37 inches
Finish: Anodized
Grip: Iomic
RRP: $360

Feel

It may be a little surprising by these are two of the best feeling putters in the Yes! range. Purists may well be horrified that a hosel connected by a bolt rather than welded or one-piece can feel so good but the fact is that both these heads sing on contact, no doubt due to the high-quality CNC-milled forged steel. The edge might have to go to the Tracey III for best feel between the two but the difference is ball-cover thin. The grips have been changed from the normal tacky Winn grip to a classic all black premium Iomic which does a cracking job and conducts the strike to the hands beautifully.

Performance

Accuracy and Ease of Alignment

Yes! putters have always been known for their accuracy. The C-groove technology really does have a noticable effect and the really does seem to stick to the line you set it on and hug the ground as it tracks towards the hole. With some putts, especially short ones, it’s so easy it feels like you’re cheating.

How easy a putter is to align varies from player to player and the ability to be able to match the neck and hosel to either the Tracey III or the Lizzy is a huge bonus. Whether you prefer an anser-style head or a mallet, you can match the neck to the one that suits your eye and your putting stroke. The hosels vary the among of toe hand by a substantial amount. The heel centered flared neck gives you about 70 degrees of toe hang and the face-balanced neck giving you, as the name suggests, 0 degree of toe hang with a full shaft offset. The other 3 necks range between 55 and about 40 degree with varying levels of offset.

Distance Control

Because of the grooves the ball seems to come off the face a little bit slower and roll out that little bit further the first few time you hit it due to the reduction in backspin. A few minutes of practice and you’re soon able to nail the putt to the right distance. With any of the groove faced putters, there is always the possibility that you feel you need to hit shorter putts harder than you do but the fact that these are two of the best feeling putters Yes! have made and trust in the C-grooves will have you pouring the ball into the cup.

Conclusion

As a fitting aid these are a stunning success, allowing you to match the head to the hosel that suits your stroke the best. While having a head and hosel that you feel is right won’t hole the putts for you, it can only help your confidence. Whether you have a straight back straight through or a gated stroke, you’ll quickly find a combination right for you. Each of the hosels are available for purchase separately for about $100 so if you do change your mind or your style changes, you can simply purchase the hosel that you want. While it’s easy to dismiss technology like this as a gimmick, the results speak for themselves. With the perfect setup along with the C-grooves performing their normal magic and with the enhanced feedback giving you a better sense of control these putters are excellent.

For more information, see www.yesgolf.co.uk or www.yesgolf.com

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WRX Spotlight Review: T Squared TS-713i Standard Series putter

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Product:  T Squared TS-713i Standard Series Putter

About T Squared: T Squared Putters is a small putter manufacturer just south of Buffalo, New York. The company was founded by Tony Tuber who created his first prototype putters, after hours, in his father’s machine shop. Since then Tony and his father have been creating high-quality putters in the same facility that creates high precision instruments for the medical field. They pride themselves on creating the highest quality, most precise putter they can offer. They offer a few different head shapes from small traditional blades to high MOI mallets and even a custom program to get exactly what you want.

The Ts-713i Standard Series is based on the Ts-713, the first prototype that Tony created. It is a blade-style putter with a slightly longer flange and a unique face insert milled from 6061 aluminum. The body of the Ts713i is milled from a solid block of 303 stainless steel that is produced in the USA and has a Teflon backing between the body and face insert.

This Teflon backing helps give the putter a softer feel at impact and reduce any unwanted vibration. Details are what T Squared is all about and the neck of the putter shows off their milling expertise. The neck is similar to a plumbers neck, built with multiple pieces and offering some cool texture on the section bonded to the head. Another great detail is that all the silver markings on the putter are not filled with paint, they are milled into the head. T Squared finished the head in a sharp matte black and then milled all the markings on the putter for a unique, shiny silver look that really stands out. Ts-713i putters are built for customizing and have a ton of options that you can select if you would like to build something totally unique

On the green, the T Squared TS-713i really performs fantastic. I found the feel at impact very solid without any unwanted vibration. The impact produces a muted click and soft feel that I wasn’t expecting from this aluminum insert and thin face. The deep milling and Teflon coated back to the insert really work together to produce a great, responsive feel that I enjoyed. Deep milling usually makes me a little worried because it can soften the putter too much and lose that feel we all demand.

The TS-713i has no issues and transmits impact feel back to your hands with ease. Mishits are a little louder and harsh, but nothing even close to unpleasant. I have used putters that don’t feel as good on perfectly struck shots as the TS-713i feels on mishit putts. Distance and accuracy on those mishit putts are not as drastic as you would expect with a blade putter. I often just missed the cup by small margins when I struck a putt on the toe or heel of the TS-713i. There aren’t too many blade putters that have shown this level of forgiveness on the green for me.

The “T” alignment aid on the flange of the putter is large and easy to use. Not only do you get a straight line from the face to the back edge for alignment, but the back of the “T” also helps you square the putter up to your target. The Pure grip is not my thing, and it would be great for T Squared to offer a few more options, but that is an easy fix and a very minor criticism.

Overall, the T Squared TS-713i is a great putter from young Tony Tuber that exceeded my expectations. His attention to detail, precision milling, and take on a classic head shape offer golfers something different without sacrificing any performance. If you are looking for a great feeling putter that is made in the USA, you should take a look at T Squared and see what they can make for you.

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WRX Spotlight: Toulon Design San Diego Stroke Lab putter

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Product: Toulon Design San Diego Stroke Lab putter

Pitch: From Odyssey/Toulon: “The Odyssey Toulon San Diego Stroke Lab Putter is our take on on another classic putter. It’s an expertly crafted, premium milled blade, with our multi-material Stroke Lab Shaft, deep diamond milled cross hatch grooves, and a new Charcoal Smoke finish.”

Our take on the Toulon Design San Diego Stroke Lab putter

Toulon is the line of all milled putters from Odyssey, originally started by club designer Sean Toulon and his sons. Toulon putters have always featured their Deep Diamond Mill face, adjustable sole weight, and brazed (instead of welded) necks. That combination has created a great putter line that has become popular on tour as well as us amateur players. For 2019, there are some new head shapes, Charcoal Smoke Finish, Deep Diamond Milling across the whole face, and the Stroke Lab putter shaft.

I got my hands on the Toulon San Diego, a more squared-off blade shape, for this review. The shape, milling, and finish on the San Diego are great and really show off what a high quality piece it is. The biggest change visually is the full Deep Diamond Mill face, making the view from address more uniform. The face used to have the milling only in the center of the face and to some that was a distracting look while others liked the way it framed the ball. The new finish also looks great. I always have liked darker finishes and this looks high end while still reducing glare in the brightest conditions.

The Stroke Lab shaft goes well with the finish on the San Diego and the head cover is a plush synthetic leather that feels like it will hold up for years of use.

On the green the San Diego SL has a crisp sound and feel. If you like a little more click to your putter, then the San Diego SL will be right what you are looking for. And don’t take that as a negative thing, that crisp feel gives great feedback on face contact. You know exactly where the putter face and ball met by the sound and feel. The Deep Diamond Mill gets the ball rolling quickly on line with very minimal hop and skid, providing very consistent and repeatable distance control.

This is blade, so shots off the toe to tend to stray from your intended line a bit, the face does seem like it wants to rotate open a bit. Heel strikes defiantly stay online better, but tend to lose more steam and net get the roll out you might expect. The simple alignment line on the flange of the putter is easy to align, even for a guy who has been using mallets for years.

Like I have said before, I think there is something to the Stroke Lab tech, the lighter shaft and weight in the butt of the shaft do affect tempo for me; I noticed a slight calming of my backstroke and stroke through the ball.

Overall, the San Diego is a great putter for those who like a little firmer feel and more audible click on their putter. It is very responsive and putts a great roll on the ball. This isn’t a cheap putter ($450) and the fit and finish let you know that you are getting what you paid for.

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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura MGP-NM1 Putter

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Product: Miura MGP-NM1 putter

Pitch: Limited to 300 pieces, the Miura MGP-NM1 is Miura’s first 303 stainless steel putter. Its appearance is in keeping with the bolder designs of the Miura Giken family.

Our take on the Miura MGP-NM1 putter

Miura Giken has become the brand where Miura can push some limits and try out designs and technology not really fit for the standard Miura line. And if doing something new and different is what Miura Giken is about, then the MGP-NM1 fits like a glove. When most people think of Miura, they think forged carbon steel and traditional, old school shapes. The MGP-NM1 is a long ways from that, being milled from 303 stainless steel, having adjustable weights and milled stepped pockets in the sole.

If you love mill marks, then the MBG-NM1 will fulfill all our needs because the head is covered with them. I really liked the top line where the mill marks go front to back but then get much finer around the alignment line. If you look close the milling is still there, but just much finer. It works great along with the alignment lines on the “fangs.” The MGP-NM1 is a great size: large enough to give you confidence that a mishit will stay online, but not too big to be distracting. Like most putters with this (Odyssey No. 7)  shape, it frames the ball really well and looks great to my eye. The way the shaft goes into the head is for sure unique, it is straight from address but does drop down into the head.

I will get my one con on this putter out of the way early: the way the shaft goes into the head from address. I love the shape of the head, but the way the shaft enters the head makes it harder for me to line up. At address you can see the the top line of the putter on both sides of the shaft and for some that might be helpful, but it took me a long time to get comfortable with my alignment. Also, the head cover isn’t up to standard for a putter in this price range.

But the good of this putter really outweighs that bad. The putter  feels and sounds great, much like the Miura KM-009 reviewed previously. Feel is very solid with, to me, the perfect amount of click on impact. There might be just a slight bit of vibration on contact, but very minimal and will probably vary with the ball you play. Contact on the toe and heel really stay on target well; you can tell this mallet has a fairly high MOI. Like any responsive putter should do, this really provides good feedback on mishits. Toe and heel shots are not punished as much as you would think, the ball still rolls out well with minimal distance loss. That solid, soft Miura feel really does come through with this putter.

Overall, I think the Miura Giken MGP-NM1 is a really great way for a mallet user to put a Miura putter into the bag.

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