A few weeks ago I was asked if I’d like to test out a new putter, one that I, quite frankly, had never heard of before. The brand is called RadiusRoll and they’ve put a unique twist on putter technology — more on that in minute. It seemed intriguing enough, but after spending all winter working on my putting, because that’s about all you can do in New York City apartment, I was reluctant. My current TaylorMade Corza Ghost putter and I were finally gelling. I didn’t want to break up a happy marriage by bringing another putter home. And yet, I said yes to do it anyway. I’m silly like that.
What sets RadiusRoll putters apart from the conventional flat stick is they have a 0.8400″ radius face with PureStrike Instant Roll Technology. In layman’s terms, the face of a RadiusRoll putter boasts the exact radius of a golf ball, which promotes less skipping at contact. Here, let RadiusRoll CEO Rick Monroe explain it.
Once I received the putter (I choose the “Money” model, which is pictured above and their version of a mallet) early last week, I put a Super Stroke SLIM 3.0 grip on it and I began rolling putts on the 13 ft putting green I have in my apartment – my wife absolutely loves my green, by the way; she just adores seeing it sprawled out across our tiny living room. Then, on Sunday, I used it in a full round of golf. I only golf three or four times a month. These rounds are PRECIOUS to me, so swapping out a major piece of equipment felt painful at the time. The outcome, however, was much more pleasant.
When I got to the course I hit a few balls and then tested the RadiusRoll on an actual green. My initial experience was putts 20ft and in rolled true. No skipping and my miss hits stayed mostly on line. However, I noticed my putts from considerable distance (40ft-plus) tended to skip at impact. THIS WASN’T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN!
I use a slight forward press in my stroke, which I assumed could be the culprit behind the result. The RadiusRoll CEO Rick Monroe had this to say when I relayed my findings:
“Our putters work perfectly with or without a forward press. The only way to make the ball skid with a RadiusRoll putter is to HIT down on it. Try to keep the putter lower through the backstroke. By taking the putter back high with a forward press, this creates a downward force and drives the ball into the ground. The ball has to react and it does so by jumping. Keeping the putter lower to the ground in the backswing will allow a smoother forward transition and produce a more consistent roll. In fact, the RadiusRoll putters have been proven to have impeccable roll for the longer putts – GolfTest USA has declared that 20 foot putts and longer is exactly where RadiusRoll putters are at their best.”
Fair enough. I’m not a professional and like most non-professionals, my putts outside of 40ft are anything but a strength in my game. That said, I’ve never had that happen with my TaylorMade putter.
To get a sense of how RadiusRoll putters perform, here’s a side-by-side comparison of a RadiusRoll putter and a conventional putter.
So how did the Radius Roll hold up on the course? Well, it was part of my best round of the year thus far. The round included four birdies, and several par saves made from outside 10ft. I had one three-putt in the round but that was more of the mechanic’s fault than the tool’s.
Anyone who has ever had to rent clubs on vacation or decided to put a new putter in their bag knows that putting with a new flat stick for the first time is always somewhat of a foreign experience. Radius Roll wasn’t. On the very first hole I had a 10ft putt to save bogey (because I hit a hellaciously bad tee shot) and I sank it. Did I make every 10-footer I saw? Of course not, prosperity like that refuses to latch itself on to me. But I made enough to definitely keep the putter in the bag for my next round.
Here’s my final assessment
Much heavier than either of my two TaylorMade putters. I preferred it. Felt easier to control the path.
What RadiusRoll may lack in visual beauty it more than makes up for in performance. The roll is really true. However, I can’t just overlook my personal experience with longer putts. This grade may increase eventually, but right now it’s a firm B+.
I would grade this higher, and others might, but I tend to like a bigger head on a mallet. RadiusRoll currently doesn’t offer anything bigger than the “Money” model I chose. Another reason for this grade is these aren’t the sexiest looking putters I’ve ever seen. Their not the ugliest by any means either. That crown and sash go to the Scotty Cameron Futura X model Adam Scott is currently using.
Head Cover: C-
The look of it is fine, but its design made it a pain in the ass to put back on after each green. The good news is, I’ve been told they’re rolling out a much more user-friendly cover. I’ve since made my own modifications. With scissors.
The cost is $289 + tax, which is slightly lower than the Scotty Cameron’s and Bettinardi’s of the world but significantly more expensive than most other putters on the market. Not that the price is unjustified, but with all the decent, more reasonably priced putters amateur golfers can buy — from Odyssey, TaylorMade, Ping, etc. — it’s difficult to imagine they will be willing to spring for a product they’ve barely heard of. No matter how custom it is.
Then again, A LOT of people bought Carbite putters in the 90s, so what do I know?
The issues I have with this putter are minor. It performs and I’d rather have substance in my bag than flash. And that’s exactly what RadiusRoll putters deliver.
Radius Roll Specs:
• All RadiusRoll™ Putters are USGA Conforming
• Precision Milled from 303 stainless steel for a soft, solid feel.
• 0.8400″ Radius Face with PureStrike Instant Roll Technology™.
• 375 gram (13.2 oz) head weight.
• Available lie angles, 68° – 72°.
• Available lengths, 32″ – 36″.
• Manufactured and Assembled in the USA.
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