Putting is can be one of the most rewarding part of the game and can be the most disappointing part of the game. Players are realizing that one of the most important investments is in a putter because they will get the biggest return for the dollar. Why you ask? Because approximately 2/3 ‘s of your score is on the flat plush surface we call the green.
So the old saying, “Drive for Show and Putt for Dough” really means something. We can smash it down the middle of the fairway, hit all the greens in regulation, but if we can’t sink even a three footer, there is no chance we will see our index drop at all. They don’t give you a great handicap because you have split every fairway. You get handicaps based upon the score you post and the last, and arguably the most important, is the putt that drops in the hole. The Putter is your means to an end.
There are so many putters to choose from when you step into a golf shop. Offset this, two-ball that, long, short, grooved, smooth….but in the end what really matters is how it feels in your hands and most importantly is that it sets up squarely to your intended target. This is a marriage and you want something you can live with and be kind to.
This is where the SeeMore Putter comes in. We had the chance at Bunkers Paradise to give the SeeMore FGP USA Special Tour Putter a real run for the money. The testing was grueling on the course, in a tournament and at the practice putting green and it kicked the ‘putter butt’ of all others. Let’s take a closer look at what makes the SeeMore Putter stand out and give you a true internal smile.
Regular visitors to LondonOntarioGolf.com know what big fans we are of the SeeMore Putter Company’s outstanding line of flat sticks. Think of SeeMore, and you think of Zach Johnson putting for dough on the PGA Tour. The Franklin, Tennessee-based company makes putters so sweet, even Vince Gill can’t croon in nearby Nashville as smoothly as these putters perform on the greens. Vince is a big-time golfer, so maybe he has sung a few tunes while putting with a SeeMore club.
I’m not much of a singer, but I do practice my putting more than any other part of the game. So when SeeMore sent along its FGP Nickel mallet putter, I put it right to the test. Here are the results.
Our most recent SeeMore review focused on the SB1 Platinum full-size mallet putter – you can read that review here. Make way for the Big FGP Nickel mallet putter – in my books, the best putter I’ve tested from SeeMore. Right away, this club felt at home in my hands, and rolled the rock with ease.
The Big FGP with nickel finish is made with a cast 303 stainless steel head, and precision milled face. It features SeeMore’s patented RifleScope Technology (RST) alignment system, for a true reference point for perfect alignment and set up on every putt. The largest mallet in the FGP series, but still a mid-sized mallet, it has a single line on top and two lines on the back flange. The Big FGP also features a straight shaft, 45% toe hang and 360 gram head with a geometric rear flange.
Since April my putter of choice has been Seemore's X3 putter. I've had the chance to test out this beautifully designed mallet putter with a distinct nickel finish both at my regular golf course, Rideau View and at a few golf courses I frequented this season for various golf course reviews including Deerhurst Resort, Muskoka Bay Club and Lora Bay Golf Course to name a few.
The X3 putter is part of SeeMore's xSeries, which features a few new options from SeeMore. They've combined the proven RifleScope Technology (RST) in a series that also combines both cast and milled materials, along with stainless steel and a lightweight TPU insert for feel and control.
The Look I've always loved the look of a mallet putter and the X3 is no different. The mid-sized X3 definitely instills confidence when you address the golf ball. The nickel finish like that of the Si Series is both esthetically appealing and durable. The size/weight of the X3 I liked a lot and for me was similar to the SeeMore M3 that I purchased off eBay a few years back and still game on occasion.
The x3 has one single perpendicular line on the top for simple alignment with the ball and target and two perpendicular lines on the back flange for additional alignment benefits. RifleScope technology, the patented and proven alignment system featuring 2 additional parallel white lines and a signature red dot on the top heel of the putter, helps the golfer establish a set up and stance that is then perfectly squared up with the putter and the target line for consistently greater performance on the greens and benefits during practice.
Visually I really liked the look of the SeeMore on the face of the putter and on the cavity.
It is always fascinating to see when ideas and philosophies, new or old, begin to gain traction. Specifically in golf it seems that all it takes is some PGA spotlight to let loose the domino effect. To me, this is the exact situation going on with counterbalancing in putters. We have seen a wave of counterbalanced releases from multiple companies in the last year and frankly, I love it. From the smallest company to the largest, you name them and they have at least been tinkering in offering some sort of counterbalanced putter to their customers. That being said, I was extremely excited when SeeMore announced that they would be making their way into this.
SeeMore on Counterbalanced Putters
SeeMore Counter Balanced Putters are the next evolution in longer than standard length putters, offering the golfer the game improvement benefits of a belly putter in a non-anchored design. The counter balanced feature actually allows the golfer to realize the advanced stabilization benefits of a longer and heavier putter without feeling like the putter is too long or too heavy. This is achieved when the golfer, by design, chokes down on the longer and heavier grip, effectively using the added weights at both ends of the putter for added balance to ensure a smooth, repeatable, effective stroke.
SeeMore’s Counter Balanced putters are designed to be optimal at around 38 inches for most golfers, typically 3-4 inches longer than a standard length putter would be. Counter balanced putters are custom built at SeeMore’s Tennessee factory with a minimum of 25 grams of extra weight added to the putter head, in the form of a pure milled internal hosel. This also allows for any time customization of lie or loft as needed. The extra head weight and the extra weight of the longer and heavier shaft is all balanced out by the fact that the special 18 inch grip weighs 125 grams. SeeMore Counter Balanced putters can be customized as desired to whatever length the golfer wishes.
My feelings about SeeMore putters should come as no surprise to my readers. After years of fooling around with this putter and that, seemingly ad infinitum, a humble FGP from a local used putter bin showed me the way to the hole. Since then, there's been no holding me back. Quite simply, with the FGP I make putts that I used to miss. After a while, a sense of confidence sets in and, since it's a confidence that's based on success, that confidence itself leads to more putts holed. My original FGP is a brass model from back in the day. It's a modest looking putter but its lines are clean and purposeful. The lack of adornment makes it easy to keep your eye off the putter itself and on the line of the putt.
The PTM1 shares the shape of the old FGP, and also starts as a casting, but its face, sole, bore and RST lines are CNC milled. It's relevant to note that the PTM1 is made from stainless steel rather than brass. This leads to different sound at impact anywhere on the head. The brass FGP is especially resonant on putts hit on the sweet spot while the PTM1 sounds slightly more muted.
You can see the results of the face milling are pretty slick looking. While everyone pretty much ignores the original FGP the PTM1 gets plenty of compliments. The face doesn't matter much to me, but I appreciate the new battleship gray powder coating on the top line and cavity of the putter. It keeps the PTM1 even more neutral looking than the original's black finish especially when the sun is very bright. SeeMore lets you custom order putters down to the half inch so I ordered my new PTM1 at 33.5" (my old FGP is 34") and it's perfect. You also have your choice of covers. Me? I'm a basic black with an American flag kind of guy!
How many golf gadgets on the market have you tried? How many worked? If you are honest with yourself your answer is probably at least a few, like myself, I’ve tried every gimmick claiming to do something better than the gadget that came before. What gadgets have you used to try and putt better? What if I were to tell you the answer were as simple as two white lines and a red dot? You would probably laugh but I am here to tell you it is a fact, two white lines and a red dot will help you putt better, and SeeMore Putters are the magicians behind this great trick.
SeeMore Putters operates out of a little town in East Tennessee and have been in business since 1998, and have seen a great deal of success on the PGA tour. In your mind you are probably thinking to yourself, I have heard of SeeMore putters before but you just don’t know from where. Well what if I were to tell you, one of the most memorable putts in U.S. Open history was made using a SeeMore Putter? The year was 1999 and the putt was made by the, late great Payne Stewart, we all remember the fist pump at Pinehurst that day after such a great putt. In the years following Payne’s putt and unfortunate passing, SeeMore Putters Struggled but in 2006 two former odyssey executives joined up with SeeMore and they haven’t looked back. SeeMore now has two majors under their belt as a company, as Zach Johnson won the 2007 Masters and still uses his SeeMore today; he is also known as one of the better putters on tour.
Two White Lines and a Red Dot
You probably thought I was joking when I said two white lines and a red dot would change your putting but it is true. On the heal of all of their putters is two white lines and a red dot, when you address the ball if your putter is completely square to the ball the red dot will be covered by the shaft, and you will only see two white lines when you look down at the shaft of the putter. This alignment aide is completely legal with the USGA rules, and will let you know instantly if the toe of your putter is open or closed, slightly or dramatically at address.
The club I had the pleasure of testing was the SeeMore X4 Nickel, which is a hosel shafted putter which I am more comfortable with. SeeMore took the RST2 (Rifle Scope Technology – White Lines and Red Dot) and placed it on the heal side of the hosel. This allowed me to have a putter I was more comfortable with than a center shafted putter but still use the RST2 feature of the SeeMore. SeeMore allows for full customization on all their putters, with Custom Length and Custom Lie options to the make the putter signature for your game. The X4 is made with 303 Stainless steel that is both Cast and Milled, it also has a TPU Poured and Milled Face Insert to allow for feel off the putter face. The bottom 6 inches or so of the steel shaft is black, this gives the club a cool look but really makes the white lines on the side of the shaft stand out, so you can tell easily if you are aligned correctly or not.