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Guerin Rife to release “Guerin” line of putters

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Guerin Rife is best known for the line of putters that carry his last name. But he’s releasing a new line of putters called “Guerin” that he hopes will familiarize golfers with his first name.

Rife’s original putter company, Rife, was sold to Innovex, a company known for its multi-piece golf balls, in late 2011. But despite the fact that the putters still carry his last name, Rife has no association with Innovex’s Rife putter line.

Rife is back in the putter game with Guerin Design Putter Co., a line of premium forged-milled putters that will be available this summer in two different models, an Anser-style blade called the GR1 and a mallet called the GR3.

Both models will come in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, but the different lengths will maintain the same swing weight of D-7.

“I chose D-7 because it is a standard preference of PGA Tour players,” Rife said. “This swing weight is slightly heavier than 10 years ago, because greens are faster in general. D-7 provides for a stable weight in the hands but not so heavy that it would diminish distance control.”

In order to achieve the same swing weight with different lengths, Rife varied the head weight of his putters, making them heavier in the shorter lengths and lighter in the longer lengths. But he was careful to add and subtract weight in areas that are not visable at address, which means the differently weighted heads will look the same to golfers over a putt.

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The putters also feature “wavy grooves” in the putter face, which the company calls variable surface engineering. According to the Rife, this provides two advantages over straight grooves — the wavy grooves not only touch more surface of a golf ball at impact, but they also are better able to conform to the uneven surface of a golf ball.

The third, and most intriguing feature of Guerin putters is their “Rocker Sole,” which is shaped in a way that the company says removes alignment problems caused by eye dominance. According to Rife, the Rocker Sole also accommodates different hand positions, squaring up the putter face regardless of how the putter is soled.

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Each putter will be available in two different finishes:

  • Silver, which is made from 303 stainless steel and has a natural finish.
  • Black, which is made 11L17 carbon steel that gets a three-coating finish to prevent rusting — nickel (first), chrome (second) and black PVD (third).

Rife also plans to release his gold-finished “Master Milled” putters, which he said are “so completely milled that no grinding or polishing is required in the finishing process.”

Guerin putters will hit retail outlets this summer, but prices are yet to be set. Expect them to cost about the same amount as other premium putters on the market.

Click here to see more more photos and read the discussion the the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum.

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  1. Romano

    Aug 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I just received GR1 Black blade putter and it is by far the best putter I have ever used.
    I have putted with Ping, Odyssey, Scotty Cameron, Bettinardi etc… (yes I am a putter fanatic). This putter feels so smooth and soft. The balls comes off so nice. The weighting is perfect.

  2. Mateo

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Guerin manages to do what no other putter maker has ever done……………….. make a putter that is classic in looks and feel but also gives you the “game improving” technology that will help you make more putts.
    Scotty’s are pretty but less forgiving than a 1922 blade.
    All the company’s GIs have great MOI but no feel.

    I think Guerin Putters feel great, are solid, and help you still make the putt if you misshit it a bit.

    Great stuff.

  3. rickey

    Mar 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I agree that Anser model is quite nice. What I’d really like is for some company to put put out a copy of Scotty’s 009. Why can’t anyone copy the #1 copier? Yeah, that DH-89 ain’t too cheap either. Dalehead/009, por favor!

  4. Deaus7

    Mar 28, 2013 at 5:19 am

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Rife putters in the past, Since I have always preffered Anser style blade models, but I do have to Admit that the Anser style model is just beautiful. If the Gold Finish was a reasonable price wise I would consider giving it a try. I also have to take my Hat off to them for making the different head weights to accomadate shaft length and personal preferance. Very interesting!!

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Justin Rose WITB 2021 (October)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max (9 degrees @7)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 6.5

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (4), TaylorMade P7MC (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (52-12F), SM7 (56-08M), SM8 (60-06M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Axis1 Rose Prototype
Grip: Lamkin PistolClaw

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (2021)

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Titleist launches Pro V1 RCT (Radar Capture Technology) golf balls

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If you’ve hit golf balls indoors on a TrackMan, you’re familiar with the annoyance of orientating a ball’s reflective marker for tracking.

Beyond the inconvenience of tinkering with every ball before hitting, the current “position the sticker” system is far from perfect — if you don’t orientate the ball the right way, the sticker is damaged or has fallen off, spin numbers will be estimated, and thus, less accurate.

And while this phenomenon is bothersome to the golfer beating balls on a TrackMan indoors, it’s even more problematic for indoor fitters who rely heavily on spin numbers and accuracy in peak height, roll out, carry distance, and more to make their club and shaft recommendations.

Fortunately, Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls with Radar Capture Technology (RCT), launched today, offer a solution and provide the most accurate ball flight information possible (more on the 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x here).

“Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x RCT golf balls combine the game’s greatest combination of speed, spin, and feel with new technology that more consistently captures precision performance and golf ball data from TrackMan units used in an indoor setting,” said Jeremy Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. “We have worked closely with TrackMan for more than two years to optimize this embedded radar reflective, patent pending technology. The result is a reliably strong ‘signal’ that enables spin capture on all shots.”

Years in the making, these golf balls have the same performance characteristics of Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. According to Titleist, golfers can play them outside, if they’re so inclined, and they won’t notice a difference in performance, and RCT balls conform with R&A and USGA rules.

It took Titleist and TrackMan engineers years of collaboration to develop a technology that would both stand up to the wear and tear of a golf ball in an indoor environment and return 99-plus percent signal capture.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x RCT golf balls will be available through authorized Titleist trade partners in North America and EMEA, as well as Titleist.com beginning Nov. 3, Global distribution will follow in April 2022. $64.99/dozen.

Team Titleist produced this Q&A to answer additional questions regarding the RCT balls. 

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‘It’s the perfect club’ – GolfWRXers discuss Callaway’s new Apex UW utility wood

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Callaway’s new Apex UW utility wood. WRXer ‘CopeGolfer’ is interested in hearing from members who have hit the club, and plenty of WRXers have been sharing their very positive early experiences with the UW in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • XanderSingh: “I took mine out for the first time yesterday! I have it shafted with an Atmos Blue 8x. I have a 21 degree to go up against my 7 wood. I really like it so far; it’s much easier to work and flight the ball than my 7 wood. Also should mention that I’ve never gotten along with hybrids. I would equate it to fairway woods that I played as a junior (early 2000’s). Also, I think it’s for everyone really; my friend who is an 18 handicap hit it a few times and really loved it. So much that he picked up a 17 degree on his way home to replace his 4 wood.”
  • PowerCobra98: “I’ve had mine for about a week now. It’s the perfect club. Really the best of both worlds between fairway and hybrid.”
  • mootrail: “Got Mine! Looks fantastic! Easy to hit, centered every one and feels hot and solid (off the mat). I settled for the Project X as I didn’t want to wait but seemed decent at the shop. From address, it reminds me a lot of my Nickent 3DX Utility DC which was exactly this; a cross between their fairway and hybrid. Beyond that, it’s miles different. Mats and launch monitors are meaningless to me; I can’t wait to get it out on the course! I will say it sets up open, launches low and definitely seems anti-left; exactly what I’m looking for.”
  • QuigleyDU: “This club is awesome. I am completely smitten.”

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