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PING Scottsdale ZB S Putter Editor Review

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GolfWRX Editor Review by bpark1210

First off big ups to GolfWRX and HipCheck for the opportunity to test and review this putter for the GolfWRX community. It is a honor to be selected and to know that the opinions of the everyday golfaholic counts. When I got the invitation to test the Scottsdale series I was unsure of what putter style to get. I work in a pro shop on weekends so have seen my fair share of Ping and other brand putters designs released. Ping has really simplified the process of getting fit to a specific putter by simply putting the stroke pattern (ie: straight, slight arc, strong arc) right on the shaft label. A simple idea, but a totally new concept as far as I’ve seen from any other manufacturer. With the guess work of picking which model had corresponded to which stroke to face balanced vs. toe hang and how much toe hang I went with their strongest arc design the ZB S. Dropped shipped directly from Ping the putter was well packaged and had a pick sheet with all the spec’s. Very nice, I’m an equipment ho so it’s nice to know the exact specs were measured before shipping.


Pros:

The Scottsdale ZB S feels great when you putt the ball and seems to be balanced very well for a strong arc putter. The matt black finish is a great look that keeps glare low and the bottom has a nice smoke gloss finish on the sole which bares the brand of pings Scottsdale line. The thermoplastic elastomer kept the roll of the ball very consistent from course to course. In short, the feel of this putter is unchanging. A little softer than the old XG insert from Oddysey. Another pro about the Scottsdale line as with any Ping product is every aspect of the putter is customizable using Ping’s color code system. That means a total fitting solution for your putter on length, lie, loft, and now stroke pattern.

Cons:
A con I have about this putter is that when it arrived, the grip of the putter was a little off. I didn’t notice it until after a few rounds when I kept pulling a lot of short 3-5 footers. The grip was actually misaligned from the factory with the top of the grip being a tiny bit closed compared to the alignment mark on the bottom of the grip. After a quick adjustment to the grip with a needle it was fine. Ping has always been great with quality control but worth pointing out in this review. On longer putts the elastomer can feel a little numb and cause a little bounce rather than a solid and smooth roll. The elastomer will always feel good wherever you hit it, a con or pro depending on how you look at it. Not to the point where you feel disconnected with your stroke, but it does take some getting used to.


Bottom line:

The bottom line is that this putter performs as well as it looks. Ping has done a great job at introducing more custom options in an introductory putter line that will help getting fit for a putter a lot easier. Also to mention the price point on the Scottsdale series is pretty unbelievable making this a serious value. I believe the look and the general feel of a putter makes me feel more confident which every golfer knows is the key.


Review:
Looks/feel:

The ZB S has a clean and smooth look to it. Not a traditional Newport head as you would expect from a toe heavy putter but a more simplistic look with a nice knurl neck. Simple clean lines are complimented with a white alignment line on top. The matt black finish really helps reduce glare at address. The putter is designed for the arc type putter but has the workability for the straight simple two footers. My previous putter was a milled putter with no insert so the feeling I got from the ZB S was a little different. After a few rounds the elastomer insert is easy to get used to. The feedback you get from the insert (and this is my problem with all insert putters) is that they always feel good. No matter if you slightly heel or toe it, as long as it hits the insert it feels good. That’s something I do miss about my milled putter, knowing if you mishit a putt by the feedback.


Performance/playability:

I have had this putter for about couple months now and I have played it through a variety of conditions from sun to rain here in the NW. It’s been pretty much wet winter golfing here but have been venturing out to some high end courses since rates have dropped and the greens have been pretty consistent and dry at these courses. I’ve changed my putting stroke to try some things out and this strong arc really corresponds to having an arc pattern. Distance control was very easy to dial in. I really didn’t expect this from an insert putter but 3 putts were very rare, leaving lag putts always inside 3-5ft. Even off the fringe the putter performed beautifully for distance control. Head weight on the ZB S is 345g a little light but still one of their heavier blade styles. The ball is rolling true and staying on line.

Overall bottom line:

I believe the Ping Scottsdale ZB S or any other Scottsdale series putter is a great addition to anyone’s bag. With multiple fitting options, looks, designs, and weights Ping has made is almost too easy to get fit proper for a putter now. Also, I should note that the matted black finish as well as the glossy finish on the bottom of the putter has been holding up great even after 3 months of use.

Click here to see more pics and read the discussion… http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/568457-ping-scottsdale-zb-s-putter-review/

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  1. Ted

    May 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    The scottsdale line of putter and classy look real nice. Your grip issue is interesting as PING clubs are assembled in the USA. Some might think that would mean better quality. Interesting.

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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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