How does it look behind the ball?
The Yes Natalie putter certainly has a bold design - there are several things that make this an attractive putter. The long aimline for starters makes it easy to aim.
Then there's the straight shaft which allows you to see the whole of the top of the hitting surface.
Oh yes - it also looks WAY out there!
The thing I liked least about the design were the two triangular shaped holes which mean you see the green below the putter when you address it and when you move the putter away. Somehow this "moving image" put me off my stroke. I'm sure after a while you'd get use to it.
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How does it feel?
A definite plus point of the Natalie is the feel off the face. It's as if you're brushing the ball along the green rather than striking it. Although I get the feeling with all Yes putters that the materials they use don't match the quality of, say a Scotty Cameron, an Odyssey or a Ping Redwood, this Yes putter certainly had a soft feel to it.
The reason I say the materials don't seem as good is because the sound the ball makes as it comes off the face is still a bit pingey.
How does the Yes Natalie roll the ball?
This is where I was super-impressed. The Yes Natalie with the patented C-Groove
rolled the ball like almost nothing I've ever tried before.
In fact it rolled it so well that I can still remember one of the first putts I ever hit with it. The greens that day were soaking wet after a serious downpour and everyone's putts were coming up short. I had a long putt to beat a small time touring professional friend of mine (who, ironically had loaned me the putter after I'd forgotten mind for the day).
When the ball left the putter face I thought it was short, as it rolled from 30 feet towards the hole, it looked like it would end up just on the edge of the cup, but as it got closer it seemed to have new momentum.
Not only did it make it, but it rolled in with just enough speed to hold its line as a last bit of break threatened it.
Awesome roll, long aimline, affordable price
Slightly strange design, pingey sound off putter face.
Others to consider:
The Anser is the putter that has been copied a thousand times - now available from Ping at a variety of prices.
Ping Redwood Anser
The design which has won more pro events than any other, made with top quality materials. This Ping is a winner!
Odyssey White Ice 5
Classic face balanced D shape with silky soft Ice White insert!
Odyssey 2 Ball
The iconic putter of the 2000s - easy to aim, great feel and roll. There's literally nothing not to like here!
Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio Stainless
The "more affordable", but rather unimpressive Scotty Cameron.
Odyssey 2 Ball
Scotty Cameron Newport 2 The original, best Scotty Cameron... and thankfully not the most expensive. This is Tiger Woods' putter and if you can putt half as well as he does...
- A firm favourite in futuristic design with terrific visual aiming aid.
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