You have just stumbled into putter heaven, a land where no one cares about making putts. There’s only one thing that truly matters here: how awesome looking is the club?
We sent out a challenge to some of the industry’s top boutique putter makers and told them to dream big. No rules, just design the coolest custom putter anyone has ever seen before. Easy enough, right?
So we’re putting the vote to you, the reader, to decide which company churned out the best design. To help you out, we’ll provide the project name, the designer, the technology and what went into designing each putter. Of course, there are also a ton of of photos.
Make sure to vote — the poll is at the bottom of this page — and leave your thoughts about each putter in the comment section at the end of this story. Enjoy your experience in a land where three-putts don’t matter and looking good reigns supreme.
Project Name: Delta Proto-1
Custom Designer: David Billings
“You can change the toe hang by up to 15 degrees,” Billings said. “That’s the first time that’s been offered on a putter.”
Tech Info: This putter remains true to its name; it’s a MACHINE. It has all the bells, whistles and gadgets you’d expect from something with such a name. The Delta Proto-1 offers three interchangeable grips (two leather, one aluminum), six weights and two back flanges, which like the head and neck are made from flame-torched Stainless Steel Damascus with a Damascus Titanium logo medallion and has Delta Mod Adjusters that can be stacked to adjust the balance/toe hang.
Wait, did I just say that one of the grips was made from aluminum? Yes, one of the grips, called a Hog, is made from 6061 Aerospace Aluminum Alloy that offers a unique, round grip feel and helps with counterbalancing.
The putter also has a “skeletonized” neck and hosel, which come in the form of spine-like cut outs, and one of the back flanges has “bongo” cuts that look like bongo (or zebra) stripes. The finish on the putter was also produced with a torching process that makes this prototype feel right at home in the jungle.
Do golf courses actually allow this putter near their premises? Just add a “dab of epoxy” and this baby is USGA conforming, Billings says.
Project Name: The Chive
Custom Designer: Kyle Sears
“We wanted to showcase that we can do anything to a putter,” Sears said. “Any random logo or saying, we can do.”
Tech Info: The Chive and WRX unite at last. “Keep Calm and Chive On” is The Chive’s calling card, and you’ve undoubtedly seen someone on the street or in a bar with a Chive T-shirt or sweatshirt. Surely there’s some GolfWRXers who are also part of Chive Nation?
And it’s for charity. A certain percentage of profits from each “Keep Calm and Chive On” putter will go to ChiveCharities.
The putter was milled from a solid block of soft carbon steel, but this is different from Kingston’s other designs in that there’s no nickel or satin finish. Sears, the custom designer from Kingston, decided to leave the putter with a raw look, which will produce a nostalgic, patina rust over time. Since it’s raw with no finish, remnants from the milling process are left all over the club head: a crude but flattering look.
This a one-off, but knowing Chive Nation and GolfWRX, the demand will be high.
Byron Golf Design
Project Name: Roll Abides
Custom Designer: Byron Morgan
“I’ve never seen anything that looks like this putter in my life,” Morgan said.
Tech Info: We haven’t either. The Roll Abides was handmade by Byron Morgan himself. For this custom design, he used carbon steel in the back and aluminum in the front to make the back part of the putter two-third’s heavier than the front.
The cut out behind the putters’ face allowed Morgan to eliminate weight near the face, without a see-through cut seen from other putters on the market. He described the club head’s profile as more conventional looking than other oversized mallet putters, with more technology to produce a higher MOI. The weight proportions give the putter maximum forgiveness.
With a “Tight Tuna Mill” on the face, the face-milling has high points that grab the golf ball, which gets the ball rolling quicker on the ground.
Surfing was a large part of Morgan’s childhood, which inspired the look of the custom headcover design. The woman’s silhouette is called, “Sally the Surfer,” who was named after his wife, Sally.
SeeMore Putter Company
Project Name: Tour Limited Private Reserve “Diving Board” Prototype
Custom Designer: Andre Shmoldas, VP of Design
“This putter is something new to the world that no one has ever seen before,” said Jim Grundberg, CEO of the SeeMore Putting Co. “You won’t see it in stock anytime soon. It’s a one-off, a tour limited.”
Tech info: SeeMore recently secured the patent for the “diving board,” as the company calls it. Of course, someone already has the patent for the one that sits near the deep end of your local pool, and both are currently non-USGA conforming.
SeeMore’s putter does conform, however, if you take off the detachable aluminum diving board. When it’s attached, it serves the same purpose as the company’s conforming Rifle Scope Technology (RST), which helps golfers make a perfect, arcing stroke time after time, but makes the technology available for putter designs with traditional offset.
The one-off stainless steel putter was heat-treated and torched to achieve its honey-like finish, and its Argyle face design, which was created using the company’s diamond cut milling process, giving it a Scottish vibe.
There’s only 25 of these putters in existence, and each has a different finish to make every one of them truly one of a kind.
Time to vote
Which putter is your favorite?
- Machine: Delta Proto-1 (50%, 1,274 Votes)
- SeeMore: Diving Board (21%, 523 Votes)
- Byron Morgan: The Roll Abides (15%, 375 Votes)
- Kingston: Keep Calm and Chive On (14%, 370 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,542
Note: Each of these putters will be returned to their designers. We would have (really) loved to hold onto them, but it would be wrong to keep them from their rightful owners.