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Sizemore Expands Beyond Copper Stix

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The average golfer probably has not heard of Bruce Sizemore.  But, they probably have heard of COPPER STIX putters.  Putters designed by Bruce Sizemore (including the Copper Stix line) have appeared in the hands of many PGA players and have racked up over six million dollars on the PGA Tour (including 1 Victory, 3 Runner-Up and 1 Third Place finish) with no endorsement fees paid.

On the heels of that success, Bruce Sizemore has launched his new line of putters, the Sizemore Collection, using his Total Club Approach (TCA) to design and manufacture his finest putters.  The Sizemore Collection is comprised of the Signature Series and the brand new Player Series.  The Signature Series includes 2 blade style putters (XB-1 and XB-2) and 2 face balanced mallet putters (XM-1 and XM-2).  All Signature Series putters feature the IND-X cross-milled faced finish.  And, the mallets have the integrated Alignment Insert Management  (AIM) technology.  AIM technology is Sizemore’s patented interchangeable weight and alignment system that allows golfers to self customize their putting game to address the two major components of putting, the line and distance control.  The Player Series will consist of 2 solid (no face insert) stainless steel blades (Sb-1 and SB-2), 2 aluminum and stainless heel shafted mallets (SM-1 and SM-2) and 2 aluminum and stainless center shafted mallets (SM-1 CS and SM-2 CS).  I hope to try one as soon as they are released in the Spring.

 A Closer Look

The XB-1 and XB -2 are milled from billets of 11L17 carbon steel and the face insert is made from 99.9% pure 110 annealed copper. The standard putter finish is nickel-plated, which gives it a very similar feel to 303 stainless. Some custom finish options include dark nickel, black jack, blue torch, oil can, antique copper, purple haze, gun metal, antique brass, chocolate bar, gold-plated, and copper-plated.  The XB-1 is a ¾ to 80% toe down face and the XB-2 is about ¼ face down.  The XM-1 and XM-2 mallets are milled from 6061 aluminum and 99.9% pure 110 annealed copper.  The XM-1 and XM-2 are face balanced because of their double bend shaft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Field

Although the XB-1 and XM-2 are their most popular models, at my request Sizemore Putters sent me an XB-2 and an XM-1 for review and inspection.  I prefer a face balanced putter so the XB-2 blade was sent to my specs with an Iomic grip to try while the XM-1 had the stock Sizemore grip.  The XB-2 is not face balance – but, it was the least toe down of the two Sizemore blades.  If you are a traditionalist, the face of the putter may turn you off.  However, the milling (in 27 different directions) has a purpose.  According to Sizemore, the CNC cross-milled finish ensures the flattest and most accurate face which eliminates deflection and improves mishits outside of the sweet spot.  I did notice a little more forgiveness on toe hits.  But, the main difference for me was the feel off the face.  The copper combined with the nickel plating provides very good feedback with the ensuing roll distance.  A lot of putters will feel great but the roll is inconsistent with the stroke.  With the XB-2, the stroke and distance were much more in tune and mishits more forgiving.  If you watch the Champions Tour each week, keep an eye out for them as they are regularly in play there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The real winner for me was the XM-1.  This is an MOI mallet putter and while the looks aren’t its greatest attribute, it does achieve its main goal of getting the ball in the hole.  Feedback and feel were excellent and roll was true.  I can see how Christa Johnson sunk the putt that won the BJ’s Charity Championship this year on the Legends Tour with such confidence.  If you can get over the look, it’s a clear winner that needs to be put on the list to try before you buy a new putter.

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Bruce Sizemore is a proven Industry veteran that is taking a totally modern approach to putter design in today’s premium market.  His experience as a PGA Professional, Professional Instructor, and Professional Golfer allow him to approach putter design from unique point of view.  You never hear or see him in the headlines because he is not aligned with a major manufacturer and his putters are put into play without endorsement fees.  However, Sizemore Putters are worth a shot if one of their models fit your eye and you are seek a premium putter not everyone else has.  The designs are original and thus a little outside the “norm” of today’s putters.  An unconditional money back guarantee is a testament to the craftsmanship of Sizemore Putters.

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  1. OakieISI

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:01 am

    As a player of the XM-1 model, I can say that this putter really does swing itself. I have only had some limited time with the putter, mostly on the carpet in my home, but the feel off of the face is outstanding.

    While the weights and alignment aids are changeable, and take some time to try and figure out which one works best for you. I have presently settled on the Stainless Steel End Cap and the 3 line interchangeable piece, which I believe that Scott at Sizemore brings the weight up to 380 grams.

    I cannot wait to get in some quality practice and rounds with this putter. Looks are in the eye of the beholder, and they get better with every putt made! =)

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REPORT: Tiger Woods to play in the Genesis Open on Feb 15

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Last season, Tiger Woods withdrew from a press conference at the Genesis Open due to back spasms. This season, Woods will reportedly play in the 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera C.C. in Pacific Palisades, California from February 15-18.

By withdrawing from the 2017 Genesis Open — an event which his Tiger Woods Foundation hosts — Woods ensured that a promising comeback was not to be. At the start of 2017, Woods committed to play in the Farmers Insurance Open, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic… an aggressive schedule for Woods, who hadn’t played much competitive golf in the previous year due to back injuries and surgeries. Things didn’t go as planned, however, as Woods missed the cut at the Farmers, withdrew after an opening-round 77 in Dubai, and withdrew from the Genesis Open and the Honda.

Since then, Woods has had spinal fusion surgery, and he recently finished T9 at the 18-player 2017 Hero World Challenge. It was there he showed the golfing world — and probably himself, too — that he can still compete among the world’s best golfers when he’s healthy.

At the Hero World Challenge, Woods was consistently hitting 179 mph of ball speed off the tee with his driver, and despite some early concerns with the wedge, he showed prowess around and on the greens. He was yip-less, fast, healthy, and finished 8-under through four rounds. A Tiger Woods comeback seems more plausible now than it has in three years.

Woods will continue to test his game at the 2017 Genesis Open — a start that will come 26 years after competing as a 16-year-old amateur in the 1992 Nissan Open at Riviera. Much like 26 years ago, Woods comes to Riviera as a golfer who needs to prove himself… it’s just that this time around, he has 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour wins to his name.

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Thursday’s Photos from the 2017 PNC Father/Son Challenge

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 PNC Father/Son Challenge at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.

The 20-team field includes some of the game’s legendary major champions, and their sons. Notable teams include John Daly/Little John Daly, Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo, Tom Kite/David Kite, Bernhard Langer/Jason Langer, Greg Norman/Greg Norman Jr., Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus Jr., and Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino.  The teams will compete in a scramble format over 36 holes to decide the winners of the Willie Park Trophy.

Last year, David Duval and his step-son Nick Karavites took home the trophy, and they are back in the field this year to defend.

Check out our photos below from this year’s event!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos

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An instructor’s perspective on the Chamblee/Dufner Twitter controversy

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If you have not had a chance to read the latest exchange on Twitter between Brandel Chamblee and Jason Dufner — and his teacher Chuck Cook — you have missed a wonderful controversy brewing. As you may know, Brandel is never one to hide his feelings on his views of the golf swing (he’s against The Golfing Machine teachings). And when people disagree with him (Jason Dufner), he’s not hesitant to tackle his opposition head on.

I’d like to take the time to weigh-in on what I feel should be focused on from an instruction standpoint, instead of what has been said on Twitter in this controversy.

Brandel’s side

First of all, I consider Brandel to be a friend of mine and he has been nothing but gracious to me during my professional career; though we have differing viewpoints on certain things. I have often called or emailed him, asking his opinion on one thing or another, and he has never failed to answer me. In fact, I love hearing what he has to say, even if it’s the opposite of what I feel personally and professionally — he hardly speaks without research to back it up. When you have the kind of stage he has, you must be armed with facts.

As we all know, Brandel is not a fan of the new breed of instruction. He prefers the old school methods, and clearly from his initial Tweet that sparked the entire controversy, he prefers an upright backswing. He is not a fan of most technologies used on the lesson tee, and he is very vocal regarding the Golfing Machine book and the Trackman launch monitor. While I hold both these things dear to me personally, I do understand how he could not be as convinced as I am of their successes within the game.

People must understand his opinion is a matter of perspective, and though he has this perspective as a player, and as a player-turned-teacher, he does not have the thousands and thousands of hours on the lesson tee. This does not make him right or wrong, it just gives him a different viewpoint.

Dufner’s side

As a teacher myself, I admire Dufner’s rise to fame and to the top ranks as a player, and I applaud him for doing so in spite of the odds and the drama that has gone on within his personal life over the last few years. I am proud to see him step up on a public forum and defend Chuck Cook (his long time teacher) on this Twitter thread. It is refreshing to see! Though I don’t know Jason, I’d like to shake his hand for doing so. My biggest gripe with Tour Professionals, in general, is their failure to stand by their instructors when things are not going well.

The last time I saw a player defending his teacher this adamantly was in a text string I had with Kevin Kisner (who is a great guy and friend) and John Tillery (his teacher and also a friend), who was not picked as one of the Top-100 Teachers on the latest list by Golf Magazine. As I told Kevin and John, it is a matter of time before he is recognized by Golf Magazine. The lists are subjective and many things go into the selection process; they make good choices and other times they make mistakes. John is a heck of a teacher and will always be Top 100 in my book! So kudos to Jason and Kevin for standing up for their guys…they both deserve it 100 percent.

Chuck Cook’s side

How Chuck was dragged into the middle of this whole controversy is beyond me, because he is one of the nicest and most soft-spoken guys. I also consider him the top-1 percent of teachers within our business. Chuck was in Vail for many years while I was also teaching there, and we have been on many outings together. He has been nothing but professional to all of us and anyone he comes into contact with personally. When someone questions him or his ability to teach at the highest levels, I can only say look at the two U.S. Open Champs he has taught, as well as what he’s done with countless other people within the game of golf. He is a smart and stand-up guy and deserves nothing but respect from all of us.

Chuck, I wish I could be HALF the teacher and person you are and have always been! That is a fact.

The Golfing Machine

Now, we could write an entire article series on the book I call my bible within the golfing world. However, 99 percent of the people in the world call it a “method,” or too complex, although every top teacher uses its methodologies within their instruction. It is ONLY an encyclopedia of motion — that’s it. It tells you what will and will not work together during the swing. What the book lacks has been the proper messenger to get the word across and that blame is only on timing. That’s not a knock on the past teachers who have used it or the players on Tour who have employed it.

Homer’s great book was born in 1969, and sadly the world would not be ready to hear these type of ideas in this type of format until now. And, like anything, it has been grossly misunderstood. The book and teachings have been chastised and will continue to be until a few more generations realize the greatness of what is contained within its pages. Only time will help our cause.

The Conclusion

Its all good… it’s not a big deal people! Please understand we ALL come from different places within the game and have our own opinions based on our perspective. Remember that these are all subject to change and can at any time. Every one of the people in that string of Tweets have their own agenda to promote and have the basis to call themselves great in what they do for a living. As long as we all have a drink and a laugh together at the end of the day, I see no harm in a gentleman’s disagreement between friends as long as nothing was done out of malice.

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