What on earth is Adam Scott's new putter?March 1, 2019 Golf Equipment
Adam Scott's new putter has turned a few heads. But what is it? Alex Perry wraps up the week's gear news
Adam Scott’s putter has been the talk of the town at the Honda Classic.
The Australian is no stranger to controversy when it comes to his flatstick. He won the Masters with a broomhandle putter before they were outlawed in January 2016. Since then he has tried a number of putters and, indeed, methods.
Scott currently ranks 18th on the PGA Tour for Strokes Gained: Putting, but despite this he has headed to PGA National with a brand new wand in his bag.
I experimented with [my putting] the last couple of weeks and it was going well,” Scott said. “It’s one thing hitting putts at home, but it’s another thing to put it to the test on the golf course.
So what is Adam Scott’s putter?
It is called a Directed Force putter by a company called LAB Golf.
And it certainly is as far from conventional as you can think (apologies for the gratuitous shot of Scott’s groin area):
According to LAB Golf’s website, the Directed Force putters are “lie-angle balanced” in a bid to keep the face straight through impact.
Our team of engineers and golfing professionals have partnered to develop an entirely new formula and approach to club balance that eliminates unwanted head rotation and torque once and for all.
Scott, meanwhile, has no issue using something a bit left-field:
I’ve putted with many putters that you might call non-traditional, so the looks of the putter doesn’t bother me at all.
We tweeted the photo last night and it provoked some interesting replies…
Adam Scott is using the mothership of ALL putters this week.. 🛸
— National Club Golfer (@NCGMagazine) February 28, 2019
— Keith Cook (@_KeithCook) March 1, 2019
Is he planning to brand cattle?
— InadequateGolfer (@Inadequategolf) February 28, 2019
Looks like it doubles as a bottle opener.
— Vint Maggs (@ginzugolfer) February 28, 2019
The head cover must be like a sleeping bag.
— Shaun Mc (@Shaunmc40) February 28, 2019
Schwartzel’s at it too
Scott’s not the only player brandishing a new putter in Florida. This is in Charl Schwartzel’s bag at the Honda:
All we know about it is it’s called the PXG Proto putter and he put it in the bag last week en route to a top-10 finish in Puerto Rico.
More as we get it…
So what else is going on in the equipment world this week?
FootJoy have launched their spring/summer 2019 range.
Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer…
I think we can all agree they look lovely.
RRP: From £50
More information:FootJoy website
Now all the excitement of the Under Armour Spieth 3 launch has died down a bit, the American company have launched their HOVR Drive shoes.
UA say that “golfers of all levels know the importance of comfort” as “they spend more consistent time in their shoes than athletes in any other sport”.
However, they add, “plush underfoot cushioning can impede generation of the power needed at impact”.
So, with this insight, UA set out to create a golf shoe that provides full-round comfort without sacrificing the responsive energy return naturally generated by the golf swing.
More information:Under Armour website
First up is PowaKaddy’s Compact C2i GPS model. The company say they have added a compact offering to ensure that there is a product available to meet the needs of every golfer.
The Compact C2i’s GPS system is pre-loaded with 30,000 golf courses around the world, with no annual or subscription fees required, while its trademarked Simple-2-fold mechanism, they say, ensures that the Compact C2i folds to 20% smaller than its nearest competitor.
RRP: £699 (18-hole lithium battery); £749.99 (36-hole lithium XL battery)
More information:PowaKaddy website
More new trolleys!
Motocaddy have also added to their 2019 range. The S1 model has received an upgrade, while the S7 Remote, which is – you guessed it – remote control, joins it in the new-look S-Series range.
Completing the 2019 range is the Z1 push model to add to the existing Cube, Cube Connect and P1.
S1 RRP: £499.99 (standard lithium battery), £549.99 (extended lithium battery)
S7 Remote RRP: £849.99 (lithium battery)
Z1 RRP: £119.99
More information:Motocaddy website
Keep an eye on NCG for reviews of these new trolleys in the not-too-distant future…