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The Big Review – Yes! Golf Sandy Putter
Yes! Golf have expanded their range to 33 putters with the introduction of their newest putter, named in traditional Yes! style as Sandy. The Sandy is described as ‘a compact mallet design with streamlined double delta back for a quick alignment reference and high MOI’.
The acknowledged inventors of grooved faces on putters, Yes! were also one of the first putter manufacturers to make heavier putters available to retail. Grooves on the face of the putter prevents the ball skidding and bouncing in the first few feet after impact. A common cause of misses even for putts that are struck on line. The heavier head promotes a smoother and more consistent putting stroke which obviously improves direction and accuracy.
With the C-grooves, the ball is forced upwards even on a completely horizontal strike due to the grooves having a 20 degree upward slant rather than being cut perpendicular to the face as you would find with an iron. This also means that Yes! putters can have much less loft on them than you would normally see, typically around 2 to 3 degrees. That the grooves make a real difference can be seen on the putting green and by the fact that other manufacturers like TaylorMade and Gel are also putting grooves on the faces of their putters.
Yes! already have a variety of compact mallets or semi-mallets like the Marilyn, the Victoria and the Valerie so what makes the Sandy different? As the photos show, the back of the head is not the classical semi-circle normally seen but a bat-wing where the sides of the putter bend towards the middle and extend back further back than the centre.
The justification for doing this is of course the search for higher Moment Of Inertia, MOI. Most of us would associate MOI with drivers, most especially with square headed drivers that are far more forgiving on mishits, but this principle is just a valid for putters as it is for other clubs. The high MOI means that any imperfections in your putting stroke should be ironed out as the clubhead resists twisting on off centre hits.
While it’s never going to win any beauty pageants, it ain’t all that ugly either and it certainly doesn’t make you leap back in fright like some other of the other high MOI mallets currently doing the rounds. Actually it looks most like a modified version of its illustrious stable mate the Tracy which Retief Goosen used to such effect at the US Open and triggered Yes! Golf using girls names for their putters. The blasted finish is matte so there is no chance of glare or other distraction and at address the design seems a lot more natural than it would initially appear. This is helped by the sight line and the alignment aides that come off the back of the face. These two buttresses do a great job of framing the back of the ball in a similar way to the 2 ball which makes setup very easy. The shaft has a double bend neck which again makes setup very natural and the finish is also nice and durable – as I found by accidentally dropping it on a path where it survived with not even a scratch. The leather headcover is also top quality and the magnetic closure is secure and very effective.
Face balanced mallet design
Head weight 355g
Loft: 2.5 degrees
Lie: 72 degrees std. (2 degrees flat or 2 degrees upright also available)
Available in RH and LH
Shaft lengths 32" to 36"
One-piece cast construction
Chrome-plated 304 steel
Easily the best feeling of any of the mallets from Yes!. The sweetspot is large and easy to find and the feedback is precise and immediate. Despite the high MOI the sense of the strike is not lost and the feel of the face is much softer than any other Yes! putter I have tried. As always, the top quality branded Winn grip shows that no corners have been cut in production.
Accuracy and Easy of Alignment
With the heavier head, the high MOI and the C-Grooves, the Sandy is a killer from short range and putts that would normally have you sweating are oh-so-easy to drain. As with any face balanced putter, this suits a Straight Back Straight Through (SBST) style stroke better than a gated one and there is no sense that the putter head needs to be manipulated to stay on line . The combination of the alignment buttresses, which sit the width of a ball apart, and the sightline make setup and alignment very simple. Because the extended sides are rounded a little they aren’t really involved in setting the putter at address but the Sandy sits very neatly behind the ball.
Because of the extra roll generated by the C-grooves compared to a flat faced putter, it can be easy to be underestimate just how far a putt will roll out but with the extra feel judging longer putts is a cinch. The Sandy is beautifully balanced which makes the putter feel a little lighter in the hands at address than one might think but the head weight comes through in full on a stroke promoting a silky roll across the green.
The best mallet from Yes! Golf yet, the Sandy has already found plenty of fans on the European Tour and it’s not difficult to see why. The high MOI means it’s very forgiving while the bat wings and the alignment buttresses make choosing your line incredibly simple. With the great feel and smooth roll, Yes! have made themselves another winner.