Assume most guys in here have or have owned a custom made putter. What is the most important thing you look for in a builder or in a putter?
CG. When you ask for specific offset - neck style and head weight, the CG will slightly move from center from original design, make sure that you'll get CG perfectly allign with the sight line. good custom maker will take care of this. But you have to make sure they'll do it.
I know it sounds overly simple but the most important thing to me is the way the putter sets-up to me.
That he actually hand makes the putter from a billet and not just softens a blank which he buys.
They build you what you want - not what they think you need.
I love builders who deliver on their promises. Had a fabulous experience with Bradley putters recently. Service was exceptional from start to finish. Communication was beyond anything I have experienced, the product arrived ahead of schedule, and every request was met. Beyond impressed with all aspects of the company.
I read that you're a huge indie custom collector. You reckon while they are up and coming, timely delivery and comms is good but when they have the happy problem of healthy orders and largely being a one man show, that is when the issues arise? It seems like a few custom guys have suffered this predicament when they hit this tipping point.
It's important that the instagram page looks like a michelob ultra commercial.
See, thats the kinda insight i'm looking for.
Obviously I say this with tongue firmly planted in cheek, but really what is it that gets YOU excited about a custom putter? Seems like to a lot of folks it's how "instagrammable" is the putter. Much of the old school online putter community like putter talk seems to be limping along or maybe gone altogether. I don't dislike all of those brands but wish there was more exposure for so many great makes and collectors that aren't on the gram.
These days with so many custom options in the OTR world such as pingWRX, toulon garage, etc. you should be able to get a style and spec putter that you want. So you are unlikely to get much of a performance boost from a boutique putter unless you were looking for a very specific outside-the-box thing, at which point you would already know exactly what you are looking for. So what is it that gets you excited about a custom putter? Is it heritage, expertise, narrative, hand-craftsmanship, aesthetics, an active community, collectibility, tour presence, prestige, etc. etc.
Also, answering emails is nice.
It's hard for me to comment on the daily operations of a 'one man' shop as I truly don't know what goes on behind the scenes. To spend a week with Lumpy, Lamont, Josey or any number of makers would certainly be enlightening.
It may be that the shop owner takes on too much and can't deliver on promises. The makers I've supported are exceptional craftsman and genuine human beings, but I think you can only do so much when you are flying solo. The struggles seem to be common in the bespoke market and not reserved for the putter maker.
I have never been disappointed with the end product, but the experience from start to finish has often been frustrating.
As an aside (and to stay on topic),
Josey . .
Really impressed by the products being brought to market by the MackMade shop. I have followed the work closely on IG. Really fond of a few designs. There's a particular wide body Hudson head shape that gets the heart going. Always been fond of inserts, knurling, clean weld beads, unique face mill patterns, long necks, patina, and clean stamping.
Seems like all the new comers are CNC guys. While I can appreciate the appeal of precision, it makes me appreciate more those that design, hand mill, hand soften, hand stamp etc. ie just hand work the heck out of their work.... despite the lack of CNC precision. I think the likes of Lump, Lamont and Nead will be (or should be?) greatly missed in time to come.
Always been partial to the 'garage' look as well. I don't mind the clean lines associated with CNC work, but the hand mill customs are something special.
As simple as do they make exactly what I’m looking for?
Couldnt care less if it’s 100% hand made, CNC’d by his own machine, or a softened blank he bought.
Byron would be right up your alley I suspect.
Having options that are well executed at a fair price. I prefer flow necks and I’m not a fan of big welding marks that are very noticeable. Some builders are very sloppy with their welding. But other than that, I’m looking for options such as milling, steel type, finishes and head types. That’s the one thing that bums me out about Byron Morgan…he used to have a vast selection of heads, now he’s pretty limited.
It's pretty simple for me. I want full control over design, lie, loft, milling etc.
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