Drive for show, putt for dough. It’s a saying that every golfer has heard, and every golfer claims to understand it and care about the finer points of the game. But do they? A quick trip to a nearby driving range will answer that question. No. The hitting bays are the cool kids’ table while the chipping and putting area — with one or two seniors on it — wonders to itself why it’s not as popular.
Sure, it’s not glamorous or cool — the saying “chicks dig the long ball” is around for a reason — but it’s a common misconception that putting is easy. The approach that a good read and knowing the line is all that matters does such a disservice to the all-time great putters of the game.
It is one thing to have a giant release from a company, yet another thing entirely for that release to be, well, GIANT! SeeMore has recently introduced their Giant FGP, an incredible take on the ever popular FGP putter and they are incorporating greater MOI, an easier to square face, and a larger sweet spot for golfers who may struggle with the perfect stroke. Between the hype surrounding the release around the PGA Show and the interest from tour players, intrigue lead the way as this putter review began.
Increased MOI and Sweet Spot
Because of the increase in size, SeeMore was also able to increase some of the elements that are enormously valuable for people who struggle to make perfect contact with the putter. Thanks to the 28% increase in face size, this also expands the size of the sweet spot, along with the moment of inertia (MOI). For those unfamiliar with moment of inertia, it relates to the amount of solid contact (and lack of twisting) made at impact. Putters with overly low MOI require extremely accurate contact in the center of the putter head for results that meet expectations. Expanding the MOI on the Giant FGP, along with the sweet spot, allows golfers to be less than perfect on their strikes without as large of a reduction on their overall results potential. It is fascinating, and in testing with the Giant FGP, the putter remains remarkably balanced through contact zone even on subpar strokes.
To improve on a classic, SeeMore went bigger. Much bigger.
Its new Giant FGP putter is 28 percent larger than the original FGP putter, which has been used to win two major championships and more than 20 PGA Tour events.
Like the original, the Giant FGP uses SeeMore’s RifleScope Alignment Technology (RST), which has a golfer “cover” the red dot on the putter head with the shaft at address to ensure proper alignment and hand position.
“When putting with the Giant FGP, you are able to feel and see the putter work on the correct path with ease,” says SPi Director of Instruction and PGA Professional, Ted Gallina.
The Giant FGP ($250) has a head weight of 365 grams and will be in stores in March 2015.
En putter som definitivt kommer att stå ut i butikerna i år är SeeMores nya Giant FGP. Enorm är verkligen rätt namn, den är rejält uppbiffad jämfört med den klassiska FGP-puttern.
– Vi återkommer hela tiden till designen på vår ursprungliga FGP-putter. För att jämföra med något så är det vår ”Big Bertha”, vår genombrottsprodukt. 15 år senare vinner den fortfarande tävlingar på PGA Tour och det gör det svårt att vidareutveckla, säger Jim Grundberg, vd och grundare av SeeMore, och fortsätter.
– Men det pratas mycket i branschen om förlåtande egenskaper. Vi älskade idén att skapa en putter med högre MOI, om det applicerades på rätt sätt och i så fall behövde det bygga på vår klassiska FGP-design. Så vi testade att behålla allt skalenligt, men gjorde den större.
Välkommen in, Giant FGP.
A putter that will definitely stand out in stores this year is SeeMores new Giant FGP. Huge is really the right name, it is considerably compared with the classical FGP putter.
- We will get back all the time to the design of our original FGP putter. To compare with anything, it is our "Big Bertha", our breakthrough product. 15 years later it still wins competitions on the PGA Tour and it makes it difficult to develop further, says Jim Grundberg, CEO and founder of SeeMore, and continues.
- But there is much talk in the industry about forgiveness. We loved the idea to create a putter with a higher MOI, if applied correctly, and if so, did it based on our classic FGP design. So we tried to keep everything to scale, but made it bigger.
I can list the reasons why I think I have never been a strong putter. There is my odd eyesight, -7.5 in my left eye and -1 in my right. I am convinced this imbalance is why I struggle to read greens, why when I crouch down I see right to left, but when I stand up I see left to right. There is also the fact that while I have spent time practicing my putting, it was always practice in getting the ball in the hole, when I should have been practicing to improve my stroke, both my plane and to make it more repeatable. As a poor putter desperate for results the putter has been the piece of equipment I change most often, sometimes switching three times in a single season. That was until March 2013, when my SeeMore FGP Original arrived in the post. My putts rolled truer and on target from that day.
If you happen to have read the T.T.D Exclusive about putter technology, you will know that we are no fans of marketing gimmicks or terminology, and putting companies are trying every trick in the book. My first reaction to reading about SeeMore’s Rifle Scope ‘Technology’ was to roll my eyes. But as I read further there was definitely some logic to their Rifle Scope Technology, even if it the word technology maid me wince a little. Put simply, the rifle scope is on the putter head, behind the shaft and is made up of a red dot framed by two parallel while lines. Hiding the red dot behind the shaft at set up ensures that you are set up square to the putter.