Putter Science + Ball Flight Comparison

When analyzing a golf ball set into motion from a putter, it is useful to examine both the horizontal and vertical components of the ball’s movement.   We can consider the horizontal component being directed along the path towards the hole, and vertical being any loft imparted on the ball. When the ball is struck with a putter, energy is directed along both of these axes to varying degrees.

By design, a traditional putter imparts a significant amount of loft at impact, in large part due to the historic nature of a putting green. Over the years putting greens have become much smoother, and faster with shorter grass thanks to technological advances in both the turf and the machinery used to cut and maintain the greens. See article – “How Much Have Green Speeds Increased in Golf”. Greens have improved significantly. The Tour Roll putter is the first putter that has been engineered to match the technology improvements of the greens. Drivers and irons have adapted to courses over the years, but until now, the putter has been left behind.

With today’s shorter, smoother and faster greens it is not necessary to “launch” the ball in the vertical direction in order to get up onto the surface of the grass and out of a depression. Further, this vertical launch component can have negative effects. First, the energy to lift the ball in the air is not transferred to the horizontal path of the ball, so the putter does not work as efficiently as it could – you have to hit the ball harder to travel to the hole. Second, and more notable, are the effects of the ball having to bounce and skid before beginning the proper rolling motion towards the hole. This bouncing and skidding is a direct obstruction to both the direction and distance intended by the golfer. Inevitably, trying to factor in these variables and adjust for them causes many putts that miss the mark on both direction and distance.

Two of the primary functions of the Tour Roll putter are to A) minimize the vertical launch of the ball – rolling it immediately off the face of the club and B) maximize the energy transfer from the putter stroke in the horizontal direction – towards the hole.  Again, the Tour Roll putter has been engineered to match the technology improvements of the greens. This directly translates to a more efficient putter stroke with a predictable roll and equally predictable direction.

The Tour Roll putter gets the center of gravity and impact point directly in line with the equator of the golf ball in order to get it rolling immediately in the horizontal direction, and with minimal vertical directed force. It is engineered to transfer the maximum energy to the ball in the direction you want it to go – towards the target.

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