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Directed Force Putter Review

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The science behind this putter is spot on! Only after studying the facts presented by its inventor, William Presse, one can see that one of the biggest issues facing putting manufacturers, is torque. Players have been battling their putter’s natural head rotation for years — the majority of which never realize they’re doing it at all.

In the field testing, our group of 15 players were simply overwhelmed with the feel and performance of the putter. Many smiles permeated our group!

The actual design is different, but if it lowers your score, adaptability is the key word. Caveat – the aesthetics of the putter, the overall feel and forced-forward-press grip, will likely take getting used to, but well worth the extra effort. Directed Force putters can immediately add consistency to a golfer’s stroke, albeit with some practice.

Most golfers have learned to correct for it by adding uneven hand pressure to the club — introducing yet another variable into their putting stroke. Even today’s largest club manufacturers have acknowledged the issue, marketing putters with a variety of balance types — face balanced and counterbalanced, for example. Yet, none of these products solve the problem.

This putter has a very high moment of inertia (MOI) coming from the displacement of so much weight well behind the face. That means it hardly matters whether you hit it off the toe, heel or center of the face. The putter allows you — and I have confirmed this — to hit 30+ foot putts dead off the heel or toe without much, or any, noticeable effect on distance or direction.

Most putters on the market today are either face-balanced or what have  what’s called “toe hang and  “flop open” as soon as the backswing is initiated — creating accuracy issues and the need to apply uneven wrist and hand pressure to keep the face square. Directed Force putters are designed specifically to achieve a smooth, effortless, lie-angle balanced stroke. Every putter built by Directed Force has their proprietary lie-angle balancing formula built-in, ensuring you achieve the pure putting stroke you desire — and sink more putts!

Directed Force’s integrated forward press is a key ingredient to this putter.

Every putter ships fully assembled with one Directed Force’s revolutionary PressGrips — which features integrated forward press technology. The putter shaft travels through the grip’s elliptical shape off-axis by 3 degrees, not through the center of the grip, as found on most putters.

Directed Force’s putter technologies are not dependent on the PressGrip, however, so the putters can be made with the aftermarket grip of your choice. Presse says the grip size and weight affect weighting in the head, so make sure to factor that in during your purchase.

This unique shaft alignment creates the forward lean players are looking for, to hit up through impact without increasing the loft of the putter. With every stroke, the ball rolls top over more easily and the player is rewarded with a consistent feel.

According to William Presse, lie angle balance is the solution and to that end, he has developed an entirely new formula and approach to club balance that eliminates unwanted head rotation and torque, once and for all.

Lie-angle balance is best defined as the putter head’s ability to stay square through the ball during the putting stroke without any adjustments from your hands. The result — the body’s smaller and less reliable muscle groups relax, allowing a player’s stronger muscles to maintain control over swing speed and path. Lie-angle balancing creates a “pendulum-like” stroke with unmatched stability, ball direction and distance control.

Through Directed Force’s advanced engineering, their proprietary formula and head design ensures consistent center of gravity for every putter produced — regardless of a player’s unique specifications.

The putters are mechanically forged from 6061 aircraft aluminum and heat treated to eliminate any natural inconsistencies in the metal. Using precision HAAS CNC machines, the head is then CNC-milled to the proper shape and finished with a type-3 anodized coating.  Directed Force’s engineers interpolate the shaft hole to create a snug fit and clean look where the shaft connects to the head.

If you decide to purchase a putter, it is preferable to be custom fitted, so Directed Force has set up a network of qualified fitters. Remember, it’s designed to work with your specific lie angle, and isn’t going to be as effective as it could be if it’s more than a few degrees off. Their locations can be found online.

More Information:
MSRP: $399.95
www.directedforce.com

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Barry Lotz,J.D.,Ph.D.

Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers”, “How to Build Business Relationships through Golf” which is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s bestseller list. His latest book,” The Right Mind for Golf” is now in its 9th printing. He currently works with 14 Tour Players on mental coaching, putting and scoring techniques.

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