The low position of the weight also puts the vast majority of the putter's bulk below the equator of the ball, greatly reducing skidding upon impact. Finally, there is a white, ball-width stripe perpendicular to the face along the top of the putter head, which is supposed to help with alignment.
During several visits to the putting green at Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst, Mass., (hickoryridgecc.com), we passed the Equator E1 (mallet) around to golfers of varying skill levels to get their impressions. Despite Tour Edge's proclamations of technological advances, most players took the putter to be a fairly standard mallet.
Some at first mistook the white alignment aid, which extends down onto the face of the club, as an insert, and they felt misled a bit when they discovered it was not. With softer golf balls, every golfer noticed a pronounced lack of skid at impact. The ball appeared, as far as we or they could determine, to begin rolling immediately off the face. Harder balls came off significantly "hotter," but also with very little skid.
Traditionalists liked both the center shaft and the lack of an insert. An assistant pro noted that the clean, conservative lines would appeal to traditionalists. The face looked a bit stubby to some, possibly because of the width of the mallet head front-to-back.
The tungsten plug appeared to have passed one test with flying colors: No one ever seemed to push a putt with the Equator. In other words, the face seemed to close nicely, as billed. On the other hand, a few golfers pulled a number of putts, indicating a closed face at impact. So golfers who tend to pull putts regularly might want to be wary of the severe heel-weighting.
Everyone gave the Equator an A+ for appearance. The bold blue coloring (including the soft grip), clean lines, and helpful alignment aid - all the cosmetics come together nicely. The blue, zippered head cover is even sharp!
Although we have yet to carefully research the claim that the Equator is the first putter incorporating all of the features listed earlier, we do find it to be a solid putter at a reasonable price (MSRP $119). The tungsten weight works to impart exceptional roll off the face, but it can also have the effect of over-rotating the clubhead and promoting pulls. Overall, though, the feel and quality make it an excellent option for discerning golfers looking for a novel combination of tried and true design features.
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