Written By: Chris Conley
What do you get when a company known for a bold in your face driver, decided to make a putter? Seems like a riddle but it is anything but that BombTech Golf, known for their Grenade Driver jumped into the putter market with their release of the Grenade Putter, which hit the market last week. AGG was sent one of the first putters completed and we are honored to be one of the first to review it, I will get into the full review below but to answer the riddle, you would get a well crafted made in the USA, center shafted Mallet putter that has the feel of the best blades I have ever hit.
Ask anyone in the industry who knows the name, BombTech and they are sure to know the name Sully, the founder/President of BombTech Golf. BombTech Golf was started in 2011, when somehow (still haven’t figured this out yet) Sully broke 7 drivers in a 2 month span! He then set out building golf clubs, and started to focus on building drivers; being a graduate of the University of Vermont, Sully reached out to the engineering department and began working with 4 senior engineering students. Sully went into that relationship knowing a few things, he wanted the product built solely in the USA and he knew what materials he wanted to use, they came up with the dual cavity design Grenade driver that put BombTech Golf on the “map.” After a few years of success with the driver, Sully made the decision to jump into the putter market and headed back to the University of Vermont to come up with the design, and in pure BombTech fashion they jumped in with a product that will exceeds anyone’s expectations.
About the Putter
Ok before AGG’s opinion of the putter let’s get down to technology behind the putter, the Grenade putter is CNC milled out of a solid piece of Carbon Steel. A lot of companies now are using inserts or other flashy tricks to try and sell their putters, not BombTech your putter is made of 100% Carbon Steel. While something can be said about the uniqueness of companies that Forge their own putters, being Milled means you can guarantee the putter is built to the exact design that BombTech Golf came up with in the halls of the University of Vermont. Now let’s get into the math that no one will understand and as I am writing this I am pretty sure I don’t understand, BombTech set out to make a high MOI (Moment of Inertia) putter what they came up with is a 5900 g*cm^2 MOI, what that means your guess is as good as mine but I can tell you from putting with the putter it means the ball starts rolling instantly and stays online, as opposed to lower MOI putter where the ball skips and is actually air born for the first several inches of the putt allowing it to quickly fall offline. Weighing in at 445 grams, combined with the mallet style design, gets the putter swinging on a pendulum very easily making miss hit putts a thing of the past. You can order the putter in various increments from 32″ up to 35″ with 34″ being their standard length, most other companies go with 35″ as their standard length and I like the fact that BombTech made 34″ their standard. A little known fact on the PGA tour, over 88% of the putters on the tour are 34″ or shorter, generally only the amateur putter will use a 35″ putter. BombTech certainly didn’t cut any corners and went with Pure Grips in three different size options for their putter grip, AGG is a big fan of Pure Grips and loved seeing their grips on the Grenade. The grip comes in a bright green that screams BombTech Golf, and the putter is finished off with a Ballistic Nylon putter head cover, yes you heard right ballistic just like the protective fabric you can find in many of the our military’s clothing and equipment.
I have to admit I looked forward to seeing this putter come in the mail, than any of the other putters I have reviewed. Here at AGG, we like quality, affordable products that our readers can both improve their game and afford at the same time; most people think they need to go with the biggest brand name they can find and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The first thing I noticed when unpacking the putter (besides the bright green grip I talked about before) is the weight of the putter, as someone who as never used a mallet putter besides testing them for this site, I was scared of the weight. However after a few rolls, I knew the weight was less of flaw and more of an advantage, because of a 4 day never ending rainstorm I was forced to practice with the Grenade on carpet for a few days and couldn’t get to the course but what I found even on carpet was amazing. The putter is center shafted and a mallet, both are things that you won’t find on any of my other putters, but it works perfectly for the Grenade. The weight along with being center shafted, allows for a natural pendulum swing taking your hands completely out of the putt. The putter almost swings itself with the precise weighting, being center shafted if you start your stroke online you are going to finish your stroke online. Once I finally got to the course I was excited to try the putter on longer putts, as I hit 10 footers in my house for 4 days, I instantly started hitting lag putts. What I found after a few putts, was that you can feel the ball coming off the putter face, I am not sure what makes this happen whether it is the center shaft, the mallet style, the carbon steel or the combination of all three but after a few putts you start to feel the golf ball and distance on putts will no longer scare you. I now have 3 rounds in the books with this putter and while I normally like to get 4 to 5 rounds in before a review, I wanted to get this review out asap, as the putter just hit the market last week. The putter has hand painted, yes I said hand painted, green alignment tools engraved into the back of the putter, making lining up putts simple. Try to find anything hand painted on your over produced “name brand” putters on the market, you won’t find it.
Those little touches are what make the Grenade putter so great, a completely built in the USA high quality putter that will improve anyone’s game, from a 20+ handicap to a scratch golfer. Right now you can purchase the Grenade putter for $199 on their website, BombTech sells factory direct to pass the savings along to you, so while you can’t go to any golf shop and try it before you buy it they do offer a money back guarantee, if you don’t like your putter you can return it and get one with specs that will better fit your game or get your money back, just make sure you keep the original packaging till you know you are comfortable with the putter. Right now the putter is still in the pending process of being approved by the USGA, but I see no reason why it would not conform or be approved.
Overall when using the Grenade putter, I didn’t hit any miraculous 40 foot putts that would make for a great story and a great review, however what I didn’t do was hit any 3 putts in my three rounds. If you know me and know my game, that in itself is a miraculous, as I normally have a boner 3 putt a round that haunts me. The Grenade makes lag putts less scary and the terrifying 4-6 footers seem like 2-3 footers, the ball starts online and stays online. Coming from a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, I was brought up old school and still believe if something is completely manufactured and built in the USA, that means it is quality and that certainly rings true with the Grenade Putter by BombTech Golf. So Pull the Pin and eliminate your three putts like I did, and get your Grenade Putter at the BombTech Golf’s website HERE.
More About the Author - Chris Conley
Chris is the founder of Average Guy Golf, he plays at an 11 handicap and has recently changed from TaylorMade to an all Ping line up, besides his Xenon putter. Chris who is 34 started, playing golf when he was 15 and one Mr. Eldric Tiger Woods hit the scene and made golf popular. He has a daughter who is 4 and loves going to the golf course, and practicing with her new Pink golf clubs that Santa brought her. Chris's goal with the site is to make your next round more enjoyable regardless of your score.