Written By: Chris Conley
At AGG we are always looking for feedback from our readers, and recently a few of you have asked if we have ever used the Mantis putter, so we decided to investigate the product and reach out to Mantis Golf. The first thing we found in our research, was this putter doesn’t look like your everyday putter, for starters its GREEN; has an interesting design and well looks like a bugs head.
After reading up on the putter, we reached out to Mantis Golf and Sally Sportsman, the director of media & Public relations, contacted us. After speaking with her, she is sending us a Mantis mallet putter to review, and that review will becoming within the next two weeks. Sally graciously also put us in contact with Chris Maher, the CEO of Mantis Golf, and we had the opportunity to ask him a few questions. You will find his answers below, we cannot wait to test this product and get the review in your readers hands.
AGG: Where did the idea of the Mantis come from?
CM: In the summer of 2012, Michael Dill, founder of Mantis, realized that his eyes were moving when he putted. He wondered if a color and finish that blended with the putting surface would allow him to focus less on the putter and more on the ball. Experimentation and eye-tracking studies confirmed that color and finish can significantly reduce the amount of eye movement during the putting stroke. And thus, Mantis was born.
AGG: What sets Mantis apart from other boutique putter makers on the market?
CM: Mantis changes the way golfers evaluate their putter options. It’s a given that a putter must have great feel and performance characteristics, and Mantis is a great performing putter. But it’s our distinctive color and finish that are the ticket to more consistent putting for many golfers.
AGG: Who designed the Mantis?
CM: Highly-regarded club designer Jeff sheets, of Austin, Texas, has designed the Mantis putters.
AGG: Does Mantis hold any patents?
CM: The Mantis distinctive color and finish is patented. This benefit can only be obtained through Mantis.
AGG: Can you purchase a Mantis putter from anywhere other than your website?
CM: Mantis has limited retail distribution at some high-visibility retail outlets, such as Haggin Oaks golf complex in Sacramento, California. Additionally, Mantis is available through several online e-tailers such as Amazon.
AGG: Do you have a specialized fitting process? How do you help a consumer purchase the right putter for them?
CM: Fitting a golfer for a putter is a highly technical and personal. So on the Mantis website we offer some thoughts to help guide the purchase decision. For example, we are often asked what length putter should be ordered. Accepted industry observations are that the average golfer’s putter is too long. So we provide some helpful perspective, such as that the length of the average putter on the PGA Tour is less than 33 inches. If golfers aren’t sure which length is right for them, generally choosing a shorter option will yield the best result.
AGG: Being such a great mind in the putter industry, what is one tip you follow when putting that our readers would benefit from?
CM: Choosing the putter that maximizes your putting consistency is Job 1. Find a putter that not only feels great but also allows every part of you to work in harmony. You’ll make more putts and have more fun doing it.
AGG: Does Mantis have any presence on the PGA, LPGA or any of the mini tours?
CM: Mantis is currently working with Tour reps on the PGA and web.com Tours. We have a couple of tour players currently testing Mantis putters, and we expect to have a presence on both tours in 2014.
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.