Written By: Chris Conley
You can go to any putter manufacturer website out there, and they all boast about some incredible technology of their putter that will make you putt better; however rarely can you actually see the technology they are boasting about. With Radius Roll putters, you can physically see that technology, but a round faced putter? We have all been up late at night, and seen horrendous infomercials on the Golf Channel with some new gimmick, like Tru Roll putters a cylinder based putter, that looks more like some sort of hammer than a putter; I can tell you Radius Roll is far from a Gimmick and while they share the rounded face idea of putting that’s all they share, Radius Roll knocked their putter line out of the park and might change the face (pun intended) of the putter industry.
About the Technology
As you can see from the video below, taken from Radius Rolls website, all flat faced putters have an inherent flaw; the ball is actually lifted off the ground for the first 9 inches or so of the putt. Now over time putter manufacturers have tried everything from grooves to face inserts, but they all result in the same outcome, the ball starting in the air slightly for the first 7-10 inches of the putt. Radius Roll set out to change this inefficient method of putting, and came up with a line of precision milled putters with a 0.8400″ Radius face. The result? A putt that starts rolling from the moment of contact, allowing for straighter more accurate putts. Radius Roll did some internal testing and found that a putt that hops or skids offline just 1/4″ will result in a possible 2 1/2″ difference in putts of 10 feet. Imagine that, a 10 foot putt, probably the putt you face most in your round can be off 2 1/2″s with a flat faced putter. If you start knocking down 10 foot putts your score will significantly get better quickly.
The F/P Tour Milled
The putter I had the pleasure of testing was the Radius Roll F/P Tour Milled Putter, a beautiful putter that is CNC milled from soft Carbon and finished with a great looking black chrome. The putter is completely milled and built in the USA, and features a Offset Hosel, which really helps with the weighting of the putter. The putter came with a very high quality Lamkin black grip, however I switched it out for a great looking Camo grip from Camo Golf, which matches my Camo Ping golf bag perfectly. A Camo grip and built in the USA, you can’t get any more American than that. I like a heavier putter and at 355 Grams, this blade style putter is a little lighter than I am used to but after a few putts I found that I liked the slightly lighter weight as I could “feel” the golf ball on the club face at impact. The putter is available in 32-36″ length models and comes with a nice looking plush head cover. Once over the ball, Radius Roll provided a simple one white and two red line alignment system, that doesn’t make you think to much and can simply and quickly line the ball up on your targeted line.
So now you know all about the putter, but I know everyone wants to know how it works. The first time I tested the putter it was 9 holes after work, which means I get to the course jump in a cart and go. I physically unwrapped the putter, changed the grip and hit the course with out every hitting a putt on the practice green, first hole I had about a 16 foot birdie putt and lipped it out for a tap in par. The biggest thing I noticed on my first putt, was the putter makes a pinging sound at contact unlike I have ever heard before with a putter. It almost sounds like a sound you would hear off a driver, just at a much softer decibel. Through out the initial 9 holes, I found I was hitting the ball on my intended line much more often but struggled with my speed/distance of putts. After 9 holes I could tell the ball rolled truer, and knew after playing a few rounds with the club I would get the feel, I believe this wasn’t because of the putter just getting used to the lighter weight. I am now 5 rounds into the F/P Tour Milled putter, and I am loving the putter; my speed has gotten much better and I no longer fear 4-5 foot putts. Yesterday we played a team game foursome vs. foursome in a best ball tourney, and my putting saved our team a number of times. Through out my rounds with the putter, when my playing partners hear the sound after my first putt, everyone of them instantly starts looking at the putter and asking questions, as well as asking if they can try it out.
While there are a million gimmicks in the golf industry, I can tell you Radius Roll is the farthest thing from this, and their technology and science behind the initial roll of the golf ball is something that could change the face (again pun intended) of the putter industry. I like this putter so much I am going to do a head to head review vs the Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 and think everyone will be very surprised at the outcome, look for this head to head to be posted in the next week or so.
You can find and purchase Radius Rolls putters on their 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.