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January 09, 2010

Should I buy a RIFE Putter?

Putter designer Guerin Rife makes great putters. His lines of RIFE putters are: the Two Bar Putters (available in a Mallet or Blade), the Island Series and the IBF Tour Series.

The series I'm most interested in is a Two Bar Putter blade, not the mallet. Rife uses an unusual RollGroove Technology that gets the ball rolling faster with a true forward roll. This lowers the friction with grass. Here's a look at the RIFE Hybrid Tour Blade:

In short, your ball will roll more consistently and truer because the effects of the grain of the grass is reduced dramatically. Let me explain...

A "regular" putter has 3 to 6 degrees of loft on the face. So when you hit the ball it jumps off the ground a little and has a very slight back roll. When the ball 'lands' it causes it to skid on the putting green before the back roll becomes a forward roll. During this "skid period" the grass grain can cause the ball's dimpled surface to slightly change its direction and speed. I think this illustration show it best:

Rife putters are made with the patented RollGroove Technology. This cause the ball to move forward slight at impact. With only 1 degree of loft, the ball starts its forward rotation while in the air which allows it to continue rolling with out skidding. And this eliminates skid, reduces the effects of grass grain, and provides a more consistent roll.

I may actually go up to the RIFE putting lab in Sanford, Florida to get a custom fitting for a putter. I haven't decided yet. But I definitely know I love the technology RIFE uses and his innovative design.

For more info on Guerin RIFE putter or to buy one, simply go to the Edwin Watts and type in RIFE in the search box and hit GO... or go to The Golf Warehouse and select Guerin Rife in the manufacturer drop down.

1 comment:

w8nduck said...

I have to confess: I love my Rife, two bar mallet putter; however, I have had it break in the same place two times in the last couple of years. The first time, they replaced it. Same break, same place.. this time it cost $30 to repair. I was told they could replace it with a one-piece shaft to avoid the break (I never bend it, but then a rep calls and says if it is a one piece shat, it'll be about 2" shorter because they use the shaft into the head. I guess next time it breaks, go to a different brand. But then again, I have used it for three happy (except for the grief) years. Drake R

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