Although it doesn't have conventional looks, the Ping Scottsdale Grayhawk is
-to my eye at least - an attractive putter which has the major advantage of a hollow head.
That advantage is a larger sweetspot, caused by the fact that more weight is
distributed at the edges of the head
design. This larger sweetspot gives greater stability through impact, especially
on off-center contacts and - the only thing we're really interested in - more
putts on the intended line.
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This putter compares favorably in the looks department when put alongside other hollowed-out heads such as the
Yes Eleanor-12 or
Yes Natalie because the plate of metal
which sits underneath the aimline gives the putter a feeling of solidity.
It's hollow, but it doesn't look it, if that makes sense!
Another thing that appealed to me was the super-long aimline. It stands out
beautifully and the club sits consistently square too. Both of these factors are
likely to give you great confidence when you're standing over the ball.
How does it feel?
Ping also appear to have worked hard on getting the sound and feel of this
putter just right, too. Whereas hollow putters generally have a very tinny feel
and produce an extremely loud ringing sound, the Ping Scottsdale Grayhawk makes
only the very slightest hollow sound and I'm sure you could get used to it
The weight of the head and the fact that all the weight is positioned in the
edge of the putter gives you a very solid feel through the ball, there is no
feeling of deviation on an off-center strike, so I'm a fan of the feel too!
How does the Ping Scottsdale Grayhawk roll the ball?
The roll from the Grayhawk is another strength, as indeed it is from all
futuristic putter which
has great feel and roll and looks that would not offend even the traditionalists
Others to consider:
Lots of hype when this putter launched, but initially the pros who rely on their putters didn't stick with the Spider. Since then it's evolved into a great 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 7
Super popular shape available in many different models with a winning alignment system and amazing feel
Odyssey White Ice Progressive Terron Mid
Sharp-edged spaceship of a putter - you need to like futuristic shapes to use this one!
Ping Crazy E
One of the easiest putters to line up we've ever tested, but feel is hollow
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
TaylorMade Ghost Corza
Odd-looking putter to start with, but a great putter in terms of roll and feel with a look you can get used to. Justin Rose used this putter for his first PGA tour win.
The Anser is the putter that has been copied a thousand times - now available from Ping at a variety of prices.
The lesser known Ping classic. Favored by putting great Nick Faldo in his later career. Slightly firmer feel, but excellent touch on fast greens and available in numerous styles over the years
Curvy and pretty putter shape popularized in the 1980s and 1990s, used by Curtis Strange for two US Open wins and Jose Maria Olazabal for two Masters titles
The first putter Ping ever made. A collectors' piece now. Not great to use, and very loud!
Ping Redwood Anser
The design which has won more pro events than any other, made with top quality materials. This Ping is a winner!
Ping Zing 2More up-to-date and better version of the legendary Ping Zing. Great roll and feel
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