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Soft, Medium or Firm? Sentio’s floating-face putters give golfers a choice in feel

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Sentio Golf, which made its debut at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show, announced today that its Sierra 101 line of putters are available for purchase on the company’s website, as well as in select retail shops.

The Acton, Massachusetts-based company’s patented floating face technology offers golfers a stainless steel putter face, which is separate from the rest of the head with a vibration-dampening thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) core, constructed through a process called insert molding.

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Jim Varney, President of Sentio Golf, says the insert-molding process demands extremely tight manufacturing tolerances. Thus, Sentio’s putters are constructed at some of the highest dimensional standards in the industry. Varney also says that the TPE formulation process bonds the metal components while keeping them separate (thanks to the insert), softening the feel at impact.

The Sierra line includes three models, each with a color-coded translucent core. The cores each have a different durometer—or relative hardness—to the elastomer, affecting energy transfer, and thus feel.

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  • 101-Soft (green core): For players who usually prefer inserts or who regularly play on fast greens.
  • 101-Medium (red core): For all-around conditions.
  • 101-Firm (blue core): For fans of all-milled putters or those who play on slower greens.

Specs

  • Price: $299
  • Length: 33, 34 and 35 inches
  • Loft: 2 degrees
  • Lie: 72 degrees
  • Head Weight: 350 grams
  • Toe Hang: 4 o’clock
  • Offset: Full plumber hosel
  • Construction: 304 stainless steel face and body, TPE core
  • Finish: Satin Silver PVD
  • Stock grip: PURE midsize

Also of interest for WRXers: Sentio will be releasing a limited run of 100 Tour prototype putters on September 27. Called the Century Edition, these flatsticks will feature a unique black bronze PVD finish.

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  1. tlmck

    Sep 26, 2016 at 4:52 am

    It would have been more interesting to offer one putter with interchangeable faces/inserts. That way you could adjust the putter for changing weather/temps, faster/slower greens, or just for a change of feel if desired.

    • richard patten

      Oct 1, 2016 at 1:36 am

      There are putters with interchangeable inserts, e.g., Fisher, and less costly putters with soft to hard inserts. Straightaim insert putters have putters with several degrees of impact reduction for fast or slower greens. Callaway has one Odyssey model with a ‘floating’ face that will reduce impact. There is an added property of impact-reducing inserts that these companies are not aware of. It is better for putt control than softer feel. Softer feel, itself, does not increase accuracy.

  2. rymail00

    Sep 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Personally I think the idea is pretty cool. Everybody has a different perception of what they like to feel at impact and this is a way to give people those options.

    And man, the unbelievable negative comments in all these articles is ridiculous (all articles). If you don’t like something fine, but why sh!t on the authors or whatever equipment, training aids etc.? Constructive criticism is one thing, but why the rest? It sucks to see this site heading down this road. Hell the guy was even nice enough to respond to people’s questions. Doubt most people would say this stuff some in a store, shop, merchandise show etc.

  3. RP Jacobs II

    Sep 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Seems a bit gimicky though I am sure that they are very nice putters. For the price point, they’d better be, lol. “Independently Verified to provide positive strokes gained???” Bro, last I looked it was the Player’s name next to a stroke gained number, not a putter model or brand, lmao.

    Be that as it may, they look sharp and I wish you the very Best!! Nice article Ben. Nicely Played Bro 🙂

    Fairways & Greens 4ever My Friends,
    RP

    • Sentio Golf

      Sep 25, 2016 at 9:20 am

      RP Jacobs II, thanks for the thoughtful comment! I’m sure people probably thought insert-faced putters were gimmicky when they came out. From a technical standpoint, molding the polymer in the middle as we have done allows us to do things with COR, basically how much energy is transferred to the ball, that you can’t do with an insert face or a solid body putter. Inserts have been trying to add more “pop” and better sound response (look at the proliferation of metal sheets over polymer inserts), and companies that make solid milled putters use “softer” metals like carbon steel, GSS, and copper to take the edge off the feel at impact. What golfers want is that middle ground between the two extremes, and that is exactly what our technology does. AND we provide multiple options within this range to give people a choice.

      Our putters were part of a test that used Strokes Gained as a measure of relative accuracy. Yes, it is the SG of each tester using each putter that is measured. Read about it here: http://bit.ly/2cTrGUD

      • richard patten

        Oct 1, 2016 at 2:09 am

        I found that damping inserts can increase accuracy, but I used a putting machine, rather than human putters. It is not the feel (a putting machine has no feel) that does it. It is a surprising principle of physics tyhat does it. I have used ‘floating’ inserts , for slow to fast greens, in my straightaim putters for over 10 yrs. You have a good looking product. Put it in a mallet, too. With good technically sound advertising you will succeed in this tight market.

  4. Mark

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:13 am

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  5. BSGolf

    Sep 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    More junk…stop with the junk

    • Sentio Golf

      Sep 20, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      I understand that it seems unusual, but I assure you that it is not junk. Our tech produces a great feel and has been independently verified to provide positive strokes gained. I suggest you try it and see for yourself.

      • foo

        Sep 21, 2016 at 12:36 pm

        Where do you suggest we try this?

        • Sentio Golf

          Sep 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

          Foo – We have a list of current retail partner locations on our website: http://www.sentiogolf.com/retailers/ I realize this is very limited now, but we are a start-up company so things are just getting started. Ask the pro-shop at your home course to contact us about becoming part of our Fit By Feel program – we will get them set up and in a week you will have all three to try for yourself.

      • JOEL GOODMAN

        Sep 21, 2016 at 7:57 pm

        If I want great feel I’ll take a woman . In golf I want to score low.

      • richard patten

        Oct 7, 2016 at 3:38 pm

        Sentio, I suggest you confirm the accuracy-improving function of your floating inserts objectively by using a putting machine. This will work; I have done this. Good luck.

    • JOEL GOODMAN

      Sep 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      barnum was right then and still is.. more suckers now than ever. any putter more than $125 is a joke and a rip off.

  6. Charlie

    Sep 20, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Very Nike-esque. The insert, the lines, the font, everything. Not too shabby.

    • Rob

      Sep 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Not too shabby? Nike-esque? Oh you mean that company that just stopped making clubs? I’m sure club makers are modeling their product of the nike swoosh!

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Viktor Hovland’s winning WITB: 2022 Hero World Challenge

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Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees @8.4)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder TR 661 TX (45.75 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

Utility: Titleist U510 (3)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 85 X

Irons: Ping i210 (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 120 X

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (50-12SS, 56-06SS), Ping Glide 2.0 (58-12TS)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 130

Putter: Ping PLD DS 72 Prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

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TOUR REPORT: Collin Morikawa debuts new TaylorMade “P7CM” prototype irons

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Welcome to this week’s Tour Report from Albany in the Bahamas for the 2022 Hero World Challenge. The week started with an unfortunate update from tournament host Tiger Woods, who was forced to withdraw from the event due to pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

As reported by PGATour.com, Woods will not seek surgery, instead opting for a “stretch and relax” approach. He still plans on playing in the upcoming PNC Championship and The Match, however, and we also got a brief look at his current golf swing, as I’ll get into below.

Aside from Woods, there were a few notable gear updates from the Bahamas, including Collin Morikawa debuting two brand new iron models, Corey Conners finally switching drivers, and Tony Finau showing off one of the coolest custom staff bags I’ve ever seen. Justin Thomas made yet another putter change, as well.

Let’s dive into this week’s Tour Report from Nassau, Bahamas.

JT makes yet another putter change

After making several putter changes throughout 2022, the Justin Thomas putter saga ultimately came full circle, ending the year with the same putter that he started off the year with. Before moving into several different 1-of-1 long-neck Scotty Cameron T5 prototype putters, Thomas began the year with a Scotty Cameron X5 Tour Prototype with a short flow neck. And that’s what he had in the bag at the 2022 Hero World Challenge this week, as well.

Also, here’s your reminder that Thomas’ custom Titleist 621.JT Forged irons have zero offset, and they’re bone chillingly intimidating to look down at from address.

Shivers.

Justin Thomas’ full WITB from the Bahamas

Morikawa’s new TaylorMade prototype irons

Typically, Collin Morikawa doesn’t change irons unless he’s playing in extremely firm turf conditions over in Scotland. This week, however, he debuted an entirely new combo set, including TaylorMade “P7CM” prototype short irons (7-PW), and new “P7MC” long irons (5 and 6).

As we highlighted in our Equipment Report over on PGATour.com this week, Morikawa worked closely with TaylorMade to dial in his new P7CM irons, which are obviously named using his initials. While the irons have a similar look to the company’s previous P7MB blade irons, they appear to show a combination between chrome and raw finishes.

Here’s what Morikawa told GolfWRX on Tuesday about the irons, and why he switched out his 4.5-year-old TaylorMade P730 blade short irons:

“They’re brand new,” Morikawa told GolfWRX.com. “I’ve been using them for probably two weeks now. They’re not too far off from the P730’s that I’ve been using pretty much since I turned pro. I was fortunate enough to do some iron testing with TaylorMade – which I’ve never done – and go into the whole sole pattern, and bounce, and width of an iron. There’s nothing wrong with 730’s, I … love them, that’s why I played them for probably 4.5 years now. But there’s just certain shots here and there that come out of nowhere.”

In addition to the new blades, he also debuted new TaylorMade P-7MC irons, which have a different design in their back cavities compared to the previous iterations of P7MC irons. Morikawa said it was an “easy transition,” but we’re yet to hear more details from TaylorMade about specific technical information or possible release dates.

We’ll keep you up to date should we learn more about the TaylorMade P7MCs that Morikawa had in the bag at the Hero.

Collin Morikawa’s full WITB from the Bahamas

Tony Finau’s absolute HEATER of a golf bag

Whether you’re a Utah Jazz basketball fan or not, I simply refuse to believe anyone can say this 1-of-1 Vessel-made staff bag isn’t one of the coolest of all time. The all purple colorway, Jazz logo, and jersey-style “Finau 7” stitching on the front make this bag absolutely pop. The icy blue zipper colorway was a nice touch, too.

Finau teed it up in Wednesday’s Pro-Am alongside former NBA all-star and current Utah Jazz executive Danny Ainge, and Finau certainly did not disappoint.

@golfwrx Tursky says Tony Finau’s @Utah Jazz themed bag is the coolest bag he has ever seen. Do you agree? #golf #golftiktok #golfwrx #utahjazz ? original sound – golfwrx

According to Finau, he’s going to autograph and giveaway the golf bag at the upcoming Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz game on Wednesday. If you have a chance to become the owner of this bag, I sincerely wish you good luck.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the bag in our forums

Corey Conners finally ditches his driver from 5 years ago

Conners, who’s statistically one of the best drivers on the PGA Tour for the last several years, finally switched out his previous Ping G400 LST for a new Ping G430 LST. According to Conners, he started using the G400 LST at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, and he hadn’t switched it out since, although he did go through about 10 different heads throughout the 5 year stretch.

He told GolfWRX.com on Tuesday that although he actually found his previous model to produce slightly more speed, the new G430 was significantly more forgiving on off-center hits, so he gave it the nod this week at the Hero. The new driver is also equipped with a 1-of-1 UST Mamiya Linq shaft.

For more information on his switch, head over to the PGATour.com Equipment Report by GolfWRX.

Tiger Woods competes in the “Hero Shot” challenge, despite foot injury 

No one would have blamed Tiger if he didn’t compete in the Hero Shot challenge this year, especially being that he withdrew from the actual event. As the tournament host, however, he sucked it up to help put on a great show for the fans (and for social media).

Although he failed to advance to the second round against the five other competitors, it was still great to see his swing and enjoy the festivities.

 

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For those curious, he used a TaylorMade MG3 56-degree wedge for the 87-yard shot, and he was wearing Nike Metacon 8 sneakers. I took a deep dive into Tiger Woods at the Hero Shot earlier this week, if you’re looking for further insight.

Caddies everywhere, take notes

As a former club caddie myself, I fully respect this move from an Albany caddie during the pro-am. Instead of writing down the players approximate yardages in a yardage book or on piece of paper, he writes them down on a square slab and velcros it to his caddie bib for instant visual access.

This is a true veteran move. I’m questioning the yardage gapping for that particular player, because something seems off, but the point is that it’s a great caddie trick regardless.

And with that, we say goodbye to the Bahamas. Legendary GolfWRX photographer Greg Moore will be on location at the PNC, so look out for more WITBs and inside-the-ropes photos soon.

Check out all of our photos from the 2022 Hero World Challenge

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (12/2/22): Ping i59 irons

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of Ping i59 irons.

From the seller (@zacharya): “PING i59 4-PW with KBS 130X and GolfPride MCC +4 standard grips. +1/2” length, standard loft and lie. There is some rock damage on the 7 as pictured but doesn’t affect playability at all.  $800.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Ping i59 irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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