In Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf, Harvey Penick said the three most important clubs, in order, are putter, driver and wedge.
Penick admitted that hitting the driver is “very important” psychologically. However, he also said “nothing is more important psychologically than knocking putts into the hole.” And, he added, “it devastates your opponent.”
The math alone should validate Penick’s club assessment.
If a par 72 round of golf is achieved with no bogeys or birdies, then you would made 36 of those strokes with your putter. That being said, then why aren’t we all looking for ways to improve our putting? Instead, most amateur golfers spend more time and money on their driver, which by the way normally is not used more than 14 times a round.
If the putter is that important of a club, what can you do to make it the scoring club it is intended to be?
The answer: Get it re-shafted with a shaft built to improve your putting. Bet you didn’t even know that was an option. A few years ago it wasn’t, but today thanks to Breakthrough Golf Technology, it is.
The putter shaft has not changed for over 50 years; it’s nothing more than a simple steel pipe. Head designs have evolved and gotten dramatically heavier. This has resulted in shafts that are not stable or strong enough to keep these heavier, advanced putter heads from oscillating, twisting and turning. In fact, the strongest part of the putter shaft is under the hands, where it does the least good; the weakest part is near the club head.
Founded by Barny Adams, yes the same visionary that created the Adams Tight Lies Fairway woods that were so popular in the late 80’s and 90’s. (Note: They are still just as popular, it’s just that they are now known as Taylor Made Rescue Clubs. Taylor Made was so impressed with the design, that they decided not to imitate, but to buy them out, lock, stock and barrel.)
Adams has always had the unique ability to see what is missing in golf equipment and turned his focus on the putter shafts since there had been no significant innovation for decades. After years of research and development and countless hours of testing and perfecting, the Stability shaft was developed.
The Stability limits unwanted movement by stiffening the shaft by 25% without abolishing feel and reducing torque by almost 50%, to deliver the club face more square at impact. It was exhaustively tested with hundreds of putters using state-of-the-art high-speed cameras, robots, SAM Putt Lab, Quintic Ball Roll software and Trackman4.
The Stability design was extremely challenging; invent a shaft that had the same weight as a traditional steel putter shaft but without being too stiff, heavy or having a deadened feel. It also had to mitigate unwanted flex and twist.
“When developing Stability our objective was to isolate the small face movements that affect ball roll. We specifically zeroed in and analyzed the putter face at impact; thousands of putts were hit with a variety of head designs and weights. The result was a reinvention of the putter shaft from the ground up”, states Barney Adams.
Breakthrough Golf Technology’s newest tour preferred model, the Stability Tour 2 Polar, designed with a crisp, clean look in polar white is another option in the arsenal of Stability putter shafts, which provide tour proven performance with exceptional accuracy and control.
The Stability Tour 2 Polar stands out from all other putter shafts with the following features:
- Streamlined, slim look which tapers to a 13% reduction in the shaft diameter. Stability Tour offers a complete blackout appearance to reduce glare and line of sight distraction.
- Balanced like a steel putter shaft, allowing any putter to be built to exact specifications of even the most demanding golfers.
- Has a tactile, soft touch coating that won’t scratch, corrode or discolor. Using tour player input, Stability Tour 2 Polar is built with 30% more high modulus graphite, which creates a softer, responsive feel that’s perfect for putting.
Barney Adams states “We wanted to give golfers more choices and still offer the same great performance benefits of our tour model. As we all know, golfers have been upgrading their driver shafts for years and now have realized they can do the same with Stability”.
If you’re serious about lowering your score, put down your driver and pick up your putter and get it re-shafted with the Breakthrough Golf Technologies Stability Tour 2 Polar shaft. Remember a 300 yard drive counts the same number of strokes as a 3-foot putt.
You will be amazed at the difference. It just feels right in your hands. The shaft is stiffer, better balanced, and more rigid to reduce torque in the putting stroke. Less torque means the putter is less inclined to twist throughout the putting stroke. That reduced torque will improve your ability to deliver a square putter face at impact and you will make more putts.
Polar, as with all Stability models, has a patented design that fits all modern putters, regardless of bend profile-straight, single or double.
For more information go to: breakthroughgolftech.com