Brand: Harold Swash by Lynx
Loft: 3-degree Lie: 70-degree
Head Weight: 350g
Available lengths: 35"
Summary: Swash by Lynx comprises a collection of four models, all featuring brand new alignment designs and ball roll technology developed by the short-game guru, Harold Swash, known affectionately around the world as ‘The Putting Doctor’. All the putters feature the new Pyramid Groove Design (PGD) – a unique trapezoid shape milled into the gold coloured aluminium face insert where a central section of horizontal grooves is met by two sets of side grooves running at 60-degree angles. With three years in design and testing, the revolutionary pattern combats the ‘gear effect’ on off-centre strikes – where impact towards the toe of the putter causes putts to finish short right and impact towards the heel causes putts to finish short left.
Looks: Testers didn't like the look of this one much, giving it the worst score overall out of all the blades in the test, including mallets. Ten testers didn't like the gold and black colour scheme and felt it looked too chunky when sat behind the ball. The gold line running down the top of the putter also put those testers off and the grip also wasn't to everyone's taste. 1.6 (out of 5)
Feel: The majority of testers felt it was a little too hot off the face. Testers thought they lost control of the ball and found it hard to judge distance from 15-feet. Sound off the face was relatively muted and not much feedback. 5.3 (out of 10)
Performance: While three testers said they enjoyed a nice, consistent roll off the face, the majority weren't blown over by its performance. Most testers struggled to line this putter up from close in and struggled to obtain the correct pace and line from 15-feet. 6.1 (out of 10)
Verdict: Although it only scored little more than half marks, the stats perhaps suggest it's a better putter than the testers have given it credit for. One tester put it down as his favourite putter, while another had it down as his worst which shows it split opinion. Overall, however, this flatstick did not enamor itself to our testers. 13 (out of 25)
Results: 82 putts holed (out of 180)