Blade putters back in vogue

Spherical Blade reveals Blackeye 5 putter

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Thu, 3 Jun 2010

Blade putters back in vogue

Bobby Jones called his ‘Calamity Jane’; Ben Crenshaw made ‘Little Ben’ famous, too. Now the classic blade-style wand, similar to that currently used by World No.2 Phil Mickelson and European Tour ace Rhys Davies have become fashionable again.

This enduring model has been given a technological makeover for 2010 by innovative UK-based company Spherical Blade, with its S-Blade Limited Edition Classic – a stunning new putter that will appeal to golfers who love its traditional shape.
 
With its distinctive all-black shaft and black, milled steel head this Blackeye 5 model features a traditional scooped back and goose neck hosel and incorporates
S-Blade’s patented curved-face technology.

Gentle north-south and east-west curves create a subtle convex putter face, which laboratory tests have proved, imparts increased roll on the golf ball and reduces skidding after impact.

The combination of this cutting edge technology and proven classic design has resulted in a putter which is a celebration of the great Wilson 8802 and Jack Nicklaus George Low Sportsman 600.

Ian Smith, managing director of Spherical Blade, says: “These great traditional shapes have fallen out of favour in recent years because of the move to larger headed putters with a higher forgiveness factor on off-centre strikes, but their track record speaks volumes.

“The feel is exceptional and while a classic blade may not be as forgiving as some modern putters, our curved face technology gives this ageless design more forgiveness than Bobby, Ben or Jack ever
enjoyed.”

The S-Blade Limited  Edition Classic (Blackeye 5) putter is available with a choice of five grips and a leather/neoprene headcover and can be custom fitted for 30-36 inch shafts at £129.