How does it look behind the ball?
The Yes Eleanor-12 has an interesting hollowed-out design - almost like a
Ping Anser putter with a curved back
bolted onto it and nothing in between. My feeling is that this is going to be a
"love-it" or "hate-it" design. Not being a fan of hollow putters put it in the
latter category for me.
That having been said, the shape does offer one advantage that I liked. When you
address the ball, you get a feeling that you're lining the putt up from two
points. Firstly from the center of the curved back of the putter and then the T
shape lines on the top of the putter.
on a Yes Eleanor-12...
Because you're lining these two points up at the target, it almost feels like
you're lining up a bow and arrow or a shot at pool. You get a real sense of
where the putter is lined up from this.
I also liked the fact that so much weight of the putter is high up off the green
- right behind the center of the ball. This gives you the feeling that you'll
get a great roll before you even take the putter back.
How does it feel?
This was a big surprise for me - normally hollow putters have a dreadful feel
and make a high pitched tinny sound, but the Yes Eleanor-12 is different. The
strike feels good and you don't get this with too many
designs such as this.
The putter is much lighter than its size suggested it would be, however, and
with such a big head, I would have expected a more meaty feel to the clubhead.
How does it roll the ball?
The hugely impressive Yes C-Groove face design takes care of the roll well from
this putter and the ball comes off it with a beautiful end-over-end roll.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the dispersal of balls from the face of the
Yes Eleanor-12 during my test was far greater than I would have expected and
this would make me wary of buying one.
The looks are likely to be your biggest sticking point with
this putter. If you like them, great, if not, then don't bother buying.
Others to consider:
Cleveland T Frame
Surprisingly well finished futuristic putter. If you like see through frame designs this is a good value-for-money option
on a Cleveland putter...
Never Compromise Voodoo Daddy Belly Putter
Super-long aimline and futuristic design. Solid, affordable belly putter.
Never Compromise NCX Ray
Nice face balanced belly putter with a big, but light head.
on a Never Compromise putter...
Odyssey 2 Ball
The iconic putter of the 2000s - easy to aim, great feel
One of the most revolutionary designs in putting. Love it or hate the look, the results are good
Odyssey 2 Ball Blade
Padraig Harrington used this combination of blade and 2 ball design to win majors, but what's it like?
Odyssey White Hot 7l
Great looking long putter with slightly dead feel - excellent for fast greens
Odyssey White Ice Progressive Terron Mid
Sharp edged star ship of a putter - you need to like futuristic shapes to use this one!
on an Odyssey putter...
Ping Crazy E
One of the easiest putters to line up we've ever tested, but feel is hollow
Ping Scottsdale Pickemup
This cross between the Batman sign & a Star Wars fighter has surprisingly good feel
Ping iN Wack-E
A radical spin off from the successful (but hollow-sounding) G5i Craz-E
Technology has led the Ping designers to create a holy mess of a putter. If you love the weird and the wacky, you might (just) like this
on a Ping putter...
Rife Hybrid Tour Mallet
Despite the Tour element to this putter's name, we haven't seen any of them actually on the pro tours. One of the least impressive of Rife's range
on a Rife putter...
Scotty Cameron Futura
Phil Mickelson toyed with the Futura, before heading back to a blade. The first of the truly futuristic putters, and probably about as attractive as they're ever going to be
on a Scotty Cameron putter...
TaylorMade Rossa Spider
Lots of hype when this putter launched, but pros who rely on their putters have not stuck with the Spider
TaylorMade Ghost Corza
Beautiful square-designed Anser with great aimlines - well worth a look!
on a Taylormade putter...
Yes Natalie (C-Groove)
Futuristic design with amazing roll and super long aimline.
The least attractive of the Yes belly putters - although that's just our opinion
on a Yes putter...
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