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Axis 1 pushes its putters as an answer to anchor ban

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The Axis 1 Golf putters may be the stereotypical black sheep with their looks, but that does not mean golfers should not give a second look to them.

Thanks to its perfectly balanced design, Axis 1 says that its putters will help golfers roll more of their putts on line.

Axis 1 putters have the center of gravity in the middle of the club face and aligned to the axis of the shaft. Its patented heel counterweight causes more weight to be on the front of the club.

According to Phil Long, Axis 1 vice president of sales and marketing, Axis 1 putters could be the answer to the looming anchored putter ban. He said the putters offer the same balance and stability as an anchored putter.

Despite the advantages of the putter, most comments in GolfWRX’s forum showcasing the putters from the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show Demo Day tended to dwell on the unorthodox look of the putters.

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For those golfers who look past the non-traditional look, there are two variations from which to choose. There is the classic-looking blade Eagle putter, which weighs 340 grams. It sells for $299 and comes in three different lengths — 33, 34 or 35 inches.

There is also the slightly heavier, modern-mallet putter, the Umbra. This 350-gram putter also sells for $299 and comes in the same three lengths as the Eagle. Golfers can also get the heavy version of the putter for $349 and is available in either 34- or 35-inch models.

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  1. Jeff

    Mar 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

    If $299 is too rich for you, then wait a bit for the knockoffs to start arriving from china…

  2. Phil Long

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Hello Steve,

    The answer to your question is EVERY other putter (not only center shafted but heel shafted too) flops wide open at address. Ours does not. This video better explains what I am talking about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7-075NYY14.

    If you have any other questions please contact me at phillong@axis1golf.com

    • Preston Webster

      Apr 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

      I have been playing golf since I was 14….I’m now 64. I am also considered an avid putter collector. I have used Scotty Camerons, Bettinardi’s, Edel, Palombi, Piretti, C&L, Sunset Golf, Odyssey, Lajosi and others. I took a severe gamble on the Axis1 Eagle putter. I watched all the YouTube videos I could find and checked the website. I admit, the design initially looked more than just different. But, after listening and reading about the putter I just had to try it. I have been using this putter religiously for close to a year now. Sure, I get the usual “stares” from onlookers on the practice green and lots of questions. I challenge everyone I meet to putt a few balls with this putter and then putt with their own brand of specialty. The look on their faces spell volumes! They are quickly convinced how the Axis1 Eagle provides immediate “feedback” when the clubhead meets the ball. My putting has improved considerably since using this putter. On putts inside 15 feet, I am as confident of making the putt as I am with a 3 footer! My scores and handicap have both dropped as a result of not missing the “money putts” inside 5 feet. At 64 I still carry an 8 handicap which I am quite proud of. I post every score no matter what course I play or what tee box I play. My handicap is legitimate enough to play courses of varying slope rating and know that I will play pretty close to my handicap. The look on the faces of my playing partners is what I treasure! Due to the “weird” shape of the putter head, when I make a long “bomb”, my partners just say “Snaked Again!” I am such a believer in this putter that I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Anybody and everybody uses a Cameron or Ping or Odyssey? Just because those companies spend multi-millions on advertising doesn’t mean they are “the best” putters? If one was the best, why wouldn’t all the other putter makers just close up shop? I have been an insurance salesman for 42 years, but I feel like I could sell these putters to anyone! If you are sick and tired of 3 putting with your fancy Cameron or Bettinardi, take a chance like I did. This might be the best money you have ever spent on a golf club! I would love to try the Umbra or the newest model clubhead offered by Axis1. I sincerely feel like this company is a winner and if I ever get a chance to play “against” you, I WILL make a believer out of you!

  3. Saul

    Feb 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    This putter will not twist off line no matter how soft of a grip you have. It promotes a tension free feel. The look is disgusting but what gives if the face twists when you make contact. I putt straight back and through with a doubele interlocking grip so it works for me…those who putt on an arc might think it feels weird in their hands.

  4. Tony

    Feb 11, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Was thinking the same thing, do centre shafted putters have a COG at the centre? The shaft will be on the same axis.

    Don’t think you can charge $299 for a putter that looks like that, halve the price and you might start getting people buying.

  5. Steve

    Feb 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    So what does this do that a center-shafted putter won’t do?

  6. Troy Vayanos

    Feb 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Yes I would agree the look of the putter seems to be the biggest sticking point. I would feel very uncomfortable over the ball using that.

    The price seems a bit excessive as well.

    Be interested to hear any feedback from anyone that has used one.

  7. Kyle

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Theres a much better answer. Its called a fore arm putter. its still ok to use one. I been using one for years now. Im the best putter iv ever seen.

  8. Mark H. Davis

    Feb 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    This is conforming?

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75X

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Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 56 degrees), TaylorMade “Hi-Toe” (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about Mizuno’s new ST-180 driver

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Mizuno has recently released a new ST-180 driver that we spotted on Tour at the 2017 RSM Classic. The company’s “wave sole” technology makes an appearance for the first time in a Mizuno driver; the design is used to push weight low and forward to reduce spin rates, and the construction contracts and expands during impact to increase energy into the golf ball. The result is a lower-spinning driver, especially for those who hit down on the golf ball, and increased ball speeds across the face.

The ST-180 drivers have a new Forged SP700 Titanium face insert that allows the faces to be made thinner — saving weight from the face while increasing ball speeds — and they feature what the company calls a “Internal Waffle Crown” that saves weight to help shift CG (center of gravity) low and forward in the head.

There’s a slew of custom shafts available for no upcharge. The stock grip is Golf Pride’s M31 360, and the drivers are selling for $399.99, available in stores now.

Below is a collection of early feedback from GolfWRX members, and make sure to join the full discussion. See more photos of the ST-180 driver here.

Note: The posts below have been minimally edited for grammar and brevity.

GolfWRX Members comment on the new Mizuno ST-180 driver

TeeGolf: I’ve seen the ST180 driver [in person] and it looks like it sits perfectly square to me. And this is coming from someone who has been playing a Titleist driver set 1-degree open for the past 3 years. It doesn’t look closed at all. 

trhode: I’ve been playing the M2 all year. In comparison at address, the ST is very closed. I had 3 customers look at it yesterday too and they all had the same reaction: closed. That being said, I did play 18 on the simulator and hit some monster drives. The head, with the Raijin shaft, seems to be just a little lower spin than my TaylorMade M2. The blue finish doesn’t bother me either. 

akjell: Hit this yesterday at the Mizuno demo day yesterday at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, CA. Far from a hook machine but definitely a bomber. The Mizuno’s reps put me in a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70X and I could hit this this driver on a string possibly a bit better than my M1. Of the Mizuno drivers of late, this has to be the best one.

odshot68: Ordering it today. Was fit and played a round with it. Optimal launch and spin. Tensei Blue 70x at 9.5 degrees. This is definitely not left bias; first Mizzy driver ever.

nmorton: Hit this today and it’s going in the bag. Just a classic head shape that suits my eye. Been messing around with a number of drivers over the past year and haven’t singled one out. Last long term driver I had was the 850. The ST checks all of the boxes for me…looks great down by the ball, sounds solid and performs as good as any other. What really sold me was how well slight mis-hits performed. I had the 12.5 dialed down so it definitely sat open a bit. Didn’t hit the fairway but it looks sharp as well. 

evoviiiyou: Had a chance to test the driver with a couple shafts last night. The head is definitely deeper than the JPX900 and the footprint seems bigger from he set up position, very confidence inspiring like the JPX900 but a little improved. Finish and graphics are very similar to the 900 which is very nice if you like the satin Mizuno blue and I do love it just like the satin black I recently had done to my JPX driver and 3 metal. 

regiwstruk: My current gamer is a Titleist 917D3, and this is definitely replacing that. I used a JPX 900 from November 2016 through June 2017 — biggest differences are the sound and that the distance is up there with at least one of the leaders in the market. Anxious to see how it does on the course! 

Paul065: It is high launch, low spin yes but I wouldn’t say it was targeted at the average golfer. It’s basically their version of Callaway Epic Sub Zero. Rory used the Sub Zero. 

Tommyj: I went down to Carls yesterday specifically to look at the ST180. I’ve read some comments that the face looks closed. When I picked it up it was in the 10.5D position and did look slightly closed but then looked perfectly square at 9.5D and also square at 10.5D which seemed sort of odd. The shape is not for me, I had a Cobra F6 and while the ST180 footprint isn’t that big its still substantial. I like blue on drivers and the ST180 has a real quality look to it with the matte finish, having said that I’m not sure I’d want to be looking at that shade of blue all the time. The sound was an absolute killer for me, it was completely unexpected because I always associate Mizuno with being traditional and understated… ST180 launch was lower than G400 in the neutral setting, about the same when I lofted the Ping down.  ST180 was noticeably lower than D2. Longest driver of the three was G400, followed by ST180 then D2. For me the ST180 had the widest dispersion with G400 being the most accurate (by a wide margin).

Discussion: Read more comments about the ST-180 driver here

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