Taking a test ride with the newest equipment

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:38 PM ET

1. Aserta Sports "The Monster by Rich Parente" I've always been a bit partial to mallet-headed putters, so the look of "The Monster" had instant appeal. The club does what they say it will: It delivers a solid feel and the ball rolled off the face wonderfully. I liked the look of "The Monster" better than "The Eclipse," which is more of a 2-Ball type design. "The Monster" was my favourite of the new putters I tried. (asertasports.com).

2. Heavy Putter

Because of the overall weight, you cannot yank it away on the backswing, encouraging more of a pendulum stroke with your shoulders than your wrists. It was deadly on putts from 10 feet and in, but I wonder how it would perform on longer putts where you need a bigger stroke. An interesting idea that comes in blade and mallet designs. (heavyputter.com).

3. Q-Roll

They launched their "Celebration" line of putters at the PGA Merchandise show. They are milled from aluminum, but the appearance didn't do it for me. Being a bit of a traditionalist, I had trouble getting by the "blocky" shape of the head. The green, blue or gold colouring on the top side, part of the alignment scheme didn't help. (qroll.com).

4. Hammy

I tried this radical approach to putting because it reminded me more of a hockey wrist shot. The club has a split-handed grip and a triple-bend shaft. You putt with your hands apart and your body aligned 45o from the line. The thinking is you can see the line better with that open stance, but the only way to comfortably hold the club is to split your hands. It wasn't for me. (hammyputter.com).

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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