The story of Rife sounds like something out of a soap opera.
A couple years ago, the company was selling tons of putters and was one of the most popular putter brands on the Champions Tour. But economic turmoil and reports of dysfunction among owners caused the company to nearly shut operations in 2011. By the end of the year, the company had been sold to company who mainly produced golf balls, Innovex Golf.
Last year, the company resumed production with just a few, minor tweaks to its product line. But this year, Rife has come back with a bang.
At last month’s PGA Merchandise Show, Rife introduced its newest series of putters, the Vault 001 Series. The series is composed of 14 different models, each featuring the RollGroove technology, which Rife says keeps the ball on the putter face for a longer amount of time to give putts a better roll.
Unlike previous models, many of the new Rife putters feature bi-metal construction that uses stainless steel on the sole and face but aluminum on the top, which allows the company to create new sizes and shapes, as well as new sightline options.
As of the beginning of February, only two putters from the Vault 001 Series are available for purchasing on the Rife website: the Iconic Z and the Iconic. They sell for $199.95 and $219.95, respectively.
Also new for Rife this year is two models of golf balls, the V MOTION and E MOTION. Watch the video below for more information on Rife putters and balls.