009 Wing Back Xperimental

I had an interesting request a few weeks back from a prominent international touring professional. He is a fan of the 009 head style, but he wanted a putter with a longer sight line “like the Detour, but not curved”. Some players key on the vertical axis for alignment, meaning they look at the topline of the putter and how it sits in relation to the ball. Others rely on the horizontal axis. This player definitely relies on the horizontal, or the sightline perpendicular to the putter face. So, I got to work on the design.

His request presented me with quite a challenge. Oftentimes a player will look at a few putters and ask, “Can’t you just weld this part onto that piece and let me try it out?” Almost always, the desired finished putter involves much more work than that.

What was initiated by a conversation and a rough drawing ended up becoming quite a design and manufacturing challenge. As you can see in the pictures, I had to account for the weight I’ve added with the “wing back”. I had to remove it somewhere, which happened to be the pockets I milled out of the sole. I also had to make sure the putter head would feel balanced. The truss-like parts you see welded to the wing back are pretty industrial-looking, but pretty cool, too.

I put a great deal of time into this putter figuring out the combinations of weight, sound, feel and performance, and I sure hope to see it in play on Tour.

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