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The Big Review – TaylorMade Rossa Corza Ghost

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Anyone who has attended a recent PGA Tour event and wandered over the the putting green will have seen TaylorMade’s most recent, and most eye-catching, addition to their putter line up. The Ghost range of putters has found huge success on all Tours, an achievement considering the putter is the least changed club in the bag.

The bright white Ghost putters stand out against the grey, oil-can or black competition in exactly the way they were designed. Here why from Dr. Hitzeman (a past president of the Indiana Optometric Association and a past chairman of the American Optometric Association’s Sports Vision Section), “Corza Ghost’s white putter head stands out so clearly against its background — the putting surface – because of the high contrast between white and green. That high contrast maximises stimulation to the retina and highlights the head’s shape and features. The contrast would be lower if the putter was black or gray because these colours are closer in luminance to the colour of the putting green than white. White creates the biggest difference in luminance, hence maximising contrast and promoting focus”. Added to this is the acclaimed AGSI+ face insert. The grooves in the insert sees the ball come of the face with less backspin than a standard milled face ensuring a smoother and truer roll.

Now we are used to hearing that every increment in golfing technology is a revolution but it is far more often a case of evolution. TaylorMade have been very vocal on how important the white colour is, so we spend a few weeks with one of these putters so see how the claims panned out.

Technical Specs

Loft Lie Length Offset Left-Handed
4.0 70.0 33, 34, 35 3/4 shaft Yes

Appearance

When the first pictures came out, no one was falling over themselves to say it was beautiful. It wasn’t in the super ugly “cattle brand” category like so many of the form over function putters but a bright white putter, with a matt finish, and a mallet one at that is too different from the classical Anser types to really excite the masses. In person, the double bend shaft lets the head sit beautifully behind the ball and the head is just the right size. Whether you use the front of the putter, the triple lines on the top or the hole at the back of the putter, whatever your preference it makes for easy alignment. The matt finish also prevents any glare which is-surprising for a white putter. Underneath you can see the metal inserts in the heel and toe region. The headcover is top notch and the magnetic closure makes it easy to remove and put back on.

Performance

So does the colour make a difference to the performance? Absolutely it does. Looking down at the putter head at address, all the alignment features are more prominent that usual but the real difference is when you make your putt. As anyone who took biology in school knows, the human eye experiences a strange effect when we see a bright image; the image continues to be seen even after it is no longer present. This is what allows us to see television as a continuous moving image rather than a series of flickering still images. The technical terms for the image seen after the original has gone is called an afterimage or ghost image. If you thought that the name referred to just the colour then you are wrong. As the the putter moves across your field of vision it leaves a clear afterimage. This afterimage provides a massive amount of visual feedback as you can see where the putter is at any time and the more information you have, the more likely you are to make a good putt.

Now to how the ball comes off the face. First off, the Rossa Corsa is an excellent putter whatever colour it is. The contact off the face is excellent and as anyone who has used an AGSI+ insert will attest, the ball really does get rolling quicker. Like most face balanced putters it excels on short putts and the heel and toe weighting make it very forgiving for those off-centre hits. The roll off the face is pure and since it’s a cinch to aim, the ball goes exactly where you want it. Distance control with groove faced putters can sometimes take a bit of getting used to. The extra forward roll can be deceiving, especially on shorter putts but when putting with the Ghost distance control seemed to be practically telepathic. One of the rounds with this putter was at one of the best courses in the UK. The famously fast and undulating greens at The Groove throws all the putts you don’t want – it didn’t matter whether the putt was a tricky downhiller, a long lag through a double break or a testing 3 footer. The Ghost looked great behind the ball, lined up beautifully, sent the ball off on the line you wanted and the distance you needed.

Conclusion

The Rossa Corsa Ghost is one hell of a good putter. The balance, the grooved face insert, the great distance control and the easy of alignment combine to make something really quite special. It has helped TaylorMade’s cause that one of the hottest golfers in the world right now is using this putter. Not only has Justin Rose recently finished 1st, tied 9th and 1st in 3 consecutive events but he has done so averaging only 28 putts per round which is even more impressive considering that driving and iron play are normally considered his strengths. But will this transfer to the average golfer? Well we will take anything that helps and given the importance of putting, this is one we strongly recommend that everyone has a go with.

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  1. bretty boy

    Dec 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    i have it it is such a good putter it has such good feel

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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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