WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?

When introduced to Colin Callahan of Pyramid Putters my first reaction was, “Oh good, another putter company,” and after I had hit a couple of putts my second reaction was. “There’s no question they have something that works.” You could go so far to say that for those of us with less than perfect putting, something that might be of real use.

Let me explain what Callahan told me. The milling of the Pyramid’s face is horizontal in the center and on a diagonal towards the heel and toe so that when a putt is struck in the center it starts on line with top spin and only a small amount of skidding. When impact is near the toe, where the milling slants diagonally upward from the toe, a slight amount of side spin is put on the ball giving it a tendency to curve back onto the proper line. You can think of it as similar to the gear-effect from the bulge and roll on the face of a persimmon head driver.

The opposite happens if impact is towards the heel since the milling runs diagonally from the heel to the putter center and the spin imparted is clockwise.

Here’s a video (less than two minutes) showing the results Pyramid face milling under controlled conditions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kebxukEtc44

Interesting but that’s not all. For those of us you have trouble aiming the putter squarely to our intended line the problem is usually either the putter is not flat on the green or that our eyes are not looking down the line. Both problems cause lots of inconsistency and here’s where the “pyramid” comes in. The topline of the face has a pyramid inscribed on it and there is an alignment line on the flange, so when the line points at the peak of the pyramid the putter face is properly aligned with your eyes.

It took no time to figure this out with Callahan’s prompting and soon I was rolling putts with confidence, not always making them but that could simply have been my read.

Another feature I wasn’t sure I would like was the no-taper oversized grip since even though the grip on my regular putter is oversized it does have some taper. Callahan said the Pyramid’s grip helps to maintain hand pressure throughout the stroke which improves consistency.

Pyramid Putters offer two head shapes, the AZ-1 blade and AZ-2 mallet, and both are $279.95 at PyramidPutters.com You may choose standard lengths from 32 to 36 inches in increments of one inch and from three grip sizes (mid-size is $15 extra and jumbo $20). The Pyramid’s standard loft is 3 degrees but for $10 additional it may be adjusted from minus 2 degrees to plus 4 degrees, the same price to adjust the lie from the stock 71 degrees.

Images courtesy of Pyramid Putters                                                             

In Case Anyone Should Ask:

DeChambeau Wins Memorial with Cobra: The Memorial, one of the small-field invitationals on the schedule, is hosted by Jack Nicklaus and it attracted eight of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking and 32 of the top 50. Bryson DeChambeau was able to overcome this strong lineup and a playoff against Ben An and Kyle Stanley to take home $1.6 million of the $8.9 million purse.

The 25-year old plays is on the Cobra staff and here are the clubs he won with:

Driver: Cobra King LTD Pro (8.5 degrees), Ture Temper HZRDUS T1100 shaft
Fairway woods: Cobra KING LTD 3 / 4 (14.5 degrees) and Cobra F8+ Baffler (17.5 degrees), True Temper HZRDUS Black shafts
Irons: Cobra King One Length Utility (4 & 5) and Cobra King Forged ONE Length (6-PW), True Temper X7 37.5″ shafts
Wedges: Cobra King V Grind (50 degrees) and Cobra King WideLow Grind ( 55 and 60 degrees), True Temper X7 | 37.5″ shafts
Putter: Sik Tour Prototype Midsize
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Equipment Counts: At the Memorial TaylorMade again had the single most played model of putter, their wildly popular Spider Tour. Titleist took the ball count in the 120-man field with 75 followed by Callaway with 18. Vokey Design wedges sat atop that category with 125 in play and Scotty Cameron putters were number one with 45 in play.

At the U.S. Women’s Open Callaway was both number one driver with 47 in play and 40 being used by players not members of their endorsement staff. In a usage two-fer the won out in fairway wood counts also. Counts at last week’s NCAA Division 1 Mens Championship showed the most popular drivers were by TaylorMade and the most played golf balls were Titleist.

Personalize Your Spider: If you are a golf fan and watch tournaments in person or on television you are certainly aware of the most popular single model putter used by professionals, the TaylorMade Spider Tour. TMaG now has a program called MySpider so you can order a custom model Spider Tour made to your own specs for head and wing color plus either a black or chrome shaft and they even are offering eight choices in grip color. Priced at $360 see all the details at TaylorMadeGolf.com.

Rogue Pro Blacks: Callaway has taken their Rogue Pro irons to a new level with an all-black finish, a black medallion and using a limited edition True Temper XP 105 shaft plus a Lamkin Z5 Grip. The Rogue Pro Blacks have all the tech and performance of the regular Rogue Pros: 360 Face Cup plus variable face thickness for more ball speed, Callaway’s Internal Standing Wave configuration and great feel produced with microspheres of urethane on the inside the head. Check them out at CallawayGolf.com in two set offerings: 5-PW for $825 and 4-AW at $1,099.

Custom Fitting Continues to Increase: Golf Datatech tracks all sorts of information on the golf business and its 7th annual report on custom fitting has been published. The trend of the last several years continues with more golfers making use of the service with off course specialty stores are the most popular and when combined with custom fitting specialists, they do more fittings than green grass shops.

End of an Era: When Nike Golf dropped out of the club and ball business in August 2016 it left several big-name players without equipment contracts including Tiger Woods. The 14-time major champion winner signed with TaylorMade Golf in January 2017 and gradually switched all his clubs to TMaG except for adding a Titleist Scotty Cameron and keeping his Nike wedges. But the era of Woods carrying anything Nike ended prior to the Memorial when he added two TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges, a 56 and a 60-degree, to his bag.

PING PLD3 Putter: A flame-torched copper alloy sole plate is a distinctive feature of PING’s latest premium milled putter, the PLD3 priced at $435. “Every sole plate design on the PLD3 is a work of art, made here at PING, which speaks to the exclusivity and one-of-a-kind appeal of the PLD program,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “Using an open-flame torch, we put each sole plate through a multi-stage heating and cooling process that brings out the natural, living patina colors and unique patterns. Customers will cherish their PLD3 for more than its distinctive beauty, though. We collaborated with PING tour pros on the design and several of them have put the PLD3 in their bags. Plus, we precision-mill each putter at PING from T6 6061 aluminum to ensure precise engineering detail. You get a putter that looks unlike any other and it’s going to help you make more putts.”

 

WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?