There are plenty of small putter manufacturers out. Few come with the pedigree of Sacks Parente. Golf industry veterans Steve Sacks and Rich Parente have been in the business of making golf clubs since 1974 and 1982, respectively. So they know a thing or two about what makes a putter help you find the cup more often. And their latest line of putters may well convert you into a believer, as well.
Not only do the blades and mallets have a high-end luxe look and feel, they also sport state-of-the-art materials and technology. An ultra low balance point means the weight is distributed to let you feel the head as it travels through the putting arc — much like the way anchored putters let you feel the head, but in a standard length and without pressing the butt end of the grip into your belly for stability. And that helps the putter release through impact with a more-square face. Which eliminates you having to steer the putter — it just happens naturally to help your putts perform with more consistency. Also helping you better feel the head: The grip and carbon shaft weigh next to nothing — the shaft alone is about 29 percent of the weight of a typical steel putter shaft. Then there’s the front-weighted center of gravity that lessens harmful side spin — the natural result of gear effect that rear-weighted putters can cause on putts, especially in competitor mallets where the CG is far away from the face. Sacks insists this helps improve consistency on his brand’s putters.
And in my personal and informal testing, I believe it. I’ve been trying three of the company’s new models and can vow for the distance and feel consistency. The ball seems to want to stay on your target line — seemingly much more so than my regular putter from a very popular brand.
I’m not much of a mallet guy, but I tried the Series 54 putter. It’s large from front to back. The three alignment lines on top were helpful. The weight-forward design really pops to life here, as I could see a great roll right off the face every time. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to sink putts with this model — especially because I’ve not used a mallet on a regular basis in years.
The Series 39 True Blade reminded me of a two-sided miniature golf putter or Titleist Bullseye — but made with a gorgeous finish. Its CG is perfectly located between the front and back — stabilizing the head through impact and virtually eliminating all side spin on off-center hits. To maximize stability, it has plenty of high-density tungsten, 2.5 times denser than steel, in the heel and toe.
My favorite model, however, was the Series 66 — an Anser-style blade with nearly 80 percent of the total head weight at the perimeter, toe and heel. Mis-hits roll off the face as if you hit the sweet spot. This is the same style head as my regular putter. It just feels pure with every strike. It took me no time to adapt to the head, with respect to tempo — from putts of any length. Seems like the head does all of the work for me. All I had to do was aim and figure out the length of my arc. Doesn’t get more simple than that.
If you’re looking for help on the greens, definitely give these new models some serious consideration.