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Yes Donna

How does it look behind the ball?

The Yes Donna

The Yes Donna looks primarily like a Ping Anser with an extra half inch of back on it. At first sight, I must confess this put me off, but the squarish shape of the putter grew on me. The extra back to front width is not as off-putting as you might imagine - you'd certainly get used to it easily enough.

The Black and silver colour scheme on the head seems to work well, too. Because it's two-toned, you get a good impression of a T shape formed by the sight line and the top of the leading edge. My feeling is that you'd be able to aim this putter pretty instinctively, especially because the white sight line stands out so well against the black background.

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How does it feel?

Unfortunately when you strike your putts with a Yes Donna you get a pingey sound, which is on completely the other end of the spectrum than the soft feel of, say, a soft-inserted Odyssey putter. It's a major problem... the ball seems to jump off the face at a far faster speed than you want. It would certainly take some getting used to.

How does it roll the ball?

The C-Groove roll is the stuff of legend and really does seem to make a difference - your putts roll on and on and hold their line beautifully. Harold Swash's design is a masterpiece.



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The very hard feel and pingey sound when striking the ball makes it hard to recommend this putter - the design is fine and we're big fans of the C-Groove roll, but as soon as you get a fast downhiller with the Donna in your hands it would have you worried - not a good thought to have in your mind as you start a round.


Others to consider:

Ping Anser - The classic design is hard to beat.
Odyssey White Ice #5 - Great feel in a good sized face-balanced head.
Odyssey 2 Ball - A firm favourite in futuristic design with terrific visual aiming aid.

Read the background behind the Yes Putters C-Groove




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