Finally the wait is over and I now get to spill the beans. One of the products I have been so anxious to see released in such a long, long time may very well be the one I am going to introduce to you today. Meet our newest innovation called the Dynacraft Hindsight putter.
If you have read through my blogs from the past four years, you might have heard me say that putting has never been one of my strong suits. The sad part is most of the time it is just darn ugly. But this past golf season things changed. I had a chance to use several variations of the Hindsight putter and it made a huge impact. How huge? I keep stats of my rounds for such things as fairways hit, greens in regulations and of course, putts per round. The Hindsight putter yielded roughly 1.6 fewer putts per nine holes. Yes, that is more than 3 strokes a round for someone that shoots in the 80’s.
We had all heard the phrase “hindsight is 20/20” and this is partially how this putter got its name. The Dynacraft Hindsight putter was scientifically designed to get the ball rolling forward sooner by using two key features in unison; a forward press and roll face technology. I guarantee when you first pick up the center-shafted Hindsight putter, the first thing you will notice is the shaft leans forward. This is created by design and the other reason for the name.
Some of the best putters in the world possess what is called a forward hand press with one of the best examples being Phil Mickelson. The forward hand press is said to create a fluid, rhythmic stroke, but more importantly to keep the hands moving through the stroke. It becomes harder for the wrists to break down and have the wrists cup or flip forward causing excessive loft at impact and poor impact. The Hindsight putter incorporates a 3 degree forward press or just enough to position the hands even with the leading edge of the face.
Normally golfers will set up neutral with the axis of the shaft along this same line. But in the case of a forward hand press, the hands are pressed forward as if the shaft is leaning forward. Rather than relying on the golfer to recreate the same amount of forward hand press each and every time, we built in the forward press so you can use the flat portion of the sole to guide you as you normally do. We will see why shortly.
Putting in motion
One of the downsides of a forward press is that it de-lofts the clubhead. However, it is vital that some loft exists to extract the ball out of the depression it sits in order to get the ball rolling. To show why, there are three diagrams showing the possible situations that can occur at impact. The first is the level impact. As most putters have 3º of loft as an average, the ball does not start rolling forward immediately.
The loft will launch the ball up in the air and out of the depression on the green with a little back spin, land, it might hop just slightly before it hits the ground again and then the ball proceeds to start rolling forward.
In the last scenario, this shows why certain golfers prefer to press the hands forward in order to minimize loft at impact so the ball starts rolling forward much sooner.
Roll Face Technology
Another feature of the Hindsight putter is the roll face technology. This is what helps normalizes the effective loft at impact. Not everyone will have the ball in the exact same location relative to their stance from one putt to the next. For instance, if the ball is positions slightly back in your stance, you will strike the ball in a slightly de-lofted state and typically higher on the clubface.
Conversely, if the ball is slightly forward in the stance, the putter will be on the upswing with greater loft and a propensity to hit low on the face. By normalizing the loft with a vertical face radius, this maintains the proper amount of loft to extract the ball from any indentation and to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible for better distance control. The roll face also has horizontal grooves to better ensure positive roll.
One of the problems with a forward hand press for most golfers is making sure the face is square at alignment rather than slightly open. There are a number of subtle alignment features built into the Hindsight putter to ensure the putter is square to the golfer’s intended target line. Plus, the shaft is attached to the body to make it a center-shafted, face balanced putter.
Assembly tips (for clubmakers)
Lay the face flat on a table or your workbench and check to see if the flat edge of the putter grip is perpendicular to the table. You can also use any engraving on the end cap for alignment too. This way it will assure the grip is properly aligned before the solvent has had a chance to dry. The Hindsight putter requires a 0.370” putter shaft that fits over a post.
Due to the unique shaft position, the Hindsight requires a specific headcover.
If your game on the green is suffering and looking for some immediate help (as it did for me), check out the Dynacraft Hindsight. The forward hand press, roll face, face grooves and alignment features make this truly one unique putter producing extraordinary results – head’s down!
View Technical Director Jeff Summitt’s Video Blog On The Dynacraft Hindsight Putter
|Dynacraft Hindsight Putter – Clubhead||$24.95 ea.|
|Dynacraft Hindsight Putter – Custom Assembled||$45.95 ea.|
|Dynacraft Hindsight Putter Headcover||$2.95 ea.|