The Rife Two Bar putter is very much like other mallet designs such as the Odyssey 2-ball and Taylormade Spider from above, with a large alignment aid and "hybrid mallet" shape. The things is that the Rife is really the daddy of these other designs.
Visually the Rife Two Bar is easy on the eye in every way, and in addition sits squarely when flat on the ground without much manipulation. There's nothing garish about the paintwork either - a common stainless steel finish with the two bars justifying the name of the putter and pointing you in the right direction.
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How does it feel?
You get the feeling that the purpose of the Rife Two Bar's design was to make setting up to
make easier for all types of player. Having said that, though, you may benefit more from its intricate adjustable weighting system
if you're a lower handicapper. The idea of the weighting system is that you can
alter the weight configuration in order to accommodate varying speeds of
It is also one of the best putters I've tried for making a stroke without involving the
wrists. After hitting a few putts, you will soon notice that the natural centre of
gravity makes it very easy to develop a even pendulum motion.
This gives it a very reassuring feel indeed.
How does it roll the ball?
The Two-bar range comes with 'roll
groove technology', essentially meaning milled grooves designed to increase the
grip on the golf ball and consequently reducing skidding. You will notice the
sound off the face is a deliberate one too despite the putter having an insert.
An advantage of this is of course knowing when you've hit a well-struck putt!
I found the effect of the Rife face technology similar to the Yes C-Groove face (perhaps not quite as good). Although the delivery of the ball did seem to be true and more forgiving than a regular milled face.
The Rife Two Bar Putter is great value for money in comparison to its mallet rivals. A new one at retail will set you back about $200, and you can get a pick up a used model for less than half that.