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Putting legend Kenny Knox releases line of putters, wedges
If there ever were a golfer who knew the importance of good short-game clubs, it was Kenny Knox. The three-time PGA Tour event winner at one point held the record for the fewest number of putts in a tournament. So it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about putters and wedges.
With those credentials, it’s no surprise that Knox would create his own line of putters and wedges.
Knox has a pair of putters for sale, each set at $269.99. The 18 and the 93 have what Knox calls a “4-3-2-1″ loft. The lofts on the face decrease from 4 degrees at the top to 1 degree at the bottom. This pattern is promoted to minimize the effects of bad hand positioning by creating early roll.
With the design, the ball always come off the face with 2.5 degree loft, Knox said.
“It doesn’t drive into the ground like these other negative-loft putters,” Knox said. “It does have some loft, so the ball comes off the face softer, lands softer and then has a true roll and as a result. Distance control is more consistent.”
The differences Knox’s two putters are their offsets and finish. The 18 has a half-shaft offset and comes in chrome. The 93 has a full-shaft offset and comes in black chrome and brushed satin.
The name “18″ is derived from one of Knox’s putting records, 18 putts for 18 holes, a record that he now shares with Corey Pavin. The name “93″ comes from another one of Knox’s old putting records, 93 putts in a 72-hole tournament (the record has since been eclipsed by David Frost, who recorded 92 putts in an event). Another one of Knox’s former putting records, eight putts in nine holes, was overtaken by short-game instructor Stan Utley, who recorded only six putts in nine holes.
Knox also has three wedges for sale, each selling $119.99. There are 52-, 56- and 60-degree models, each weighing 303 grams.
“These were designed in conjunction with my designer and Jose Maria Olazabal,” Knox said. “What Seve taught us was to take the heel and the toe and ground those off, which raises that center of gravity. What that does, is when you hit the ball, it stays on the face longer.”