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.
(by James Miles) As much as I absolutely love all different designs and brands of putters, we as consumers have seen so many re-hashes that very few new releases get me truly eager to get them in hand after a first glance. For me, when THP got a chance to capture images of something completely new from SeeMore at the 2013 PGA Show in Orlando, that eagerness hit in full force. Although SeeMore has a plethora of different head-shapes, some unique and some classic, the zSeries marks what could be a giant step for the company from both an aesthetic and performance standpoint.
SeeMore on the zSeries:
zSeries Tour Limited
The zSeries Tour Limited is a new exclusive series designed to offer the SeeMore loyalist and new fans alike a completely new look while still remaining true to the core benefits of RifleScope Technology. The zSeries comes in several exciting options in both a blade and mallet design. Each zSeries Tour Limited head is 100% milled in the USA from 303 stainless steel with milling patterns designed for the ultimate feel and roll.
The zSeries Tour Limited heads offer the golfer a variety of sole weight options including 2 milled aluminum and 2 milled stainless custom heel and toe weights with each putter, which will allow the golfer to fine tune and customize swing weight, feel, and toe release patterns. Each owner of a zSeries Tour Limited putter will also be informed of new options to be created in the future for additional customization options.
SeeMore Si5 Nickel Putter Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters Price: $165 WE TESTED: 35", 36" shaft lengths KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A thermoplastic urethane face insert delivers soft feel and a slightly lower rebound. "RifleScope Technology" helps you consistently align the putter square to the target.
PROS DISTANCE CONTROL: It's very easy to align and stroke, which makes for good distance control; best on short putts, as the heavier head gets the ball moving without a lot of effort; effective on fast greens
because of its heft and soft insert. FEEL: Pleasant, feathery feel on center contact; balls come off the face in a controlled manner; heavy weight allows for a free-flowing pendulum stroke. LOOK: Multiple alignment aids make a good setup automatic; the red dot helps place your hands in position relative to the head and gets your eyes directly over the ball; handsome, metallic gray finish.
SeeMore Big FGP Putter Category: Midsize Mallet Putters Price: $150 WE TESTED: 33", 34", 35", 36" shaft lengths KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The cast stainless steel, 360-gram head has a milled face and a 45-degree toe hang. SeeMore's signature "RifleScope" alignment aid guides you to square the face at address.
PROS DISTANCE CONTROL: Nimble, lightweight head makes lag putts easy to manage; steady, center-shaft design does a good job covering misses and getting the ball to the hole; easy to use, especially on short
putts. FEEL: Crisp "click" on center impact, with harsher feedback on heel or toe strikes; handsy testers like the oversize grip with the center shaft; lighter than most expect. LOOK: Vast majority of testers believe in the distinct alignment system -- hide the dot and short putts are a breeze; dark nickel finish cuts glare and frames the ball; angular shape has some fans.
SeeMore FGP Black Putter Category: Blade Putters Price: $150 WE TESTED: 35" shaft length KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The majority of head weight is behind the middle of the face to improve release through impact. "RifleScope" alignment aid helps to ensure that proper loft is maintained at impact.
PROS DISTANCE CONTROL: Testers consistently roll putts from all distances to within easy two-putt range;
controlling the roll is a breeze once you embrace the pendulum stroke. FEEL: Center hits are soft yet crisp and send lots of feedback to the hands; a big difference between center contact and misses, in a good way; substantial weight makes it easy to swing through the hitting zone. LOOK: Simple and fairly basic but still attractive; alignment system is helpful and easy to use without being distracting; dark matte finish blocks glare and looks great at address.