I was first introduced to the Axis1 Putter at the National Golf Expo in Boston earlier this year. I’ll be the first to admit it, I was skeptical. When I looked at the putter I wondered what made it so great. I even gave it a couple of putts on the mat they had at their booth. There’s no way this could help my putting, if the technology was so great, why wasn’t anyone else using it?
Fortunately I’m mature enough (or I was in desperate need of putting help) to give Axis1 another look. My goal of getting down to a 10 Handicap Index needed a boost and averaging over 34 putts per round wasn’t doing it for me. I needed help on the greens. When the opportunity presented itself to try the newest putter in the Axis1 family, the Umbra, I quickly jumped at it. I couldn’t be happier I did.
The Axis1 Umbra Putter
In sticking with the theme of honesty, the Axis1 Umbra took me about 9 holes to adjust to. It didn’t look like the Ping Ti3 I had been using for the previous four years. Then again, it didn’t look much like any putter I had seen or used in my entire golf career. Fortunately, I’m an open minded person and stuck with it, bringing it from the practice green to the course. The result, 29 putts in my first round, 5 putts less than my 2011 average!
Obviously impressed by the first round, the Axis1 Umbra Putter stayed in my bag for another round. I played a different course this time so I could use it on another set of greens. It was more of the same as I recorded 31 putts, 3 less than my average number of putts per round in 2011. While I was again impressed by the number of putts, I was more impressed with my consistency.
When it comes to the technical aspects of putting (or anything for that matter) I'm not an expert. I understand some of the logistics and in speaking with several professionals, I knew I opened my putter face at impact. What initially drew my interest to Axis1 was the putters ability to stay square at impact. I'm not big on technical jargon but I think this quote from the Axis1 website sums it up:
"Axis1 offers the first 100% perfectly balanced putters in the game. Because Axis1 putters are perfectly balanced, they don't naturally open-up, resulting in more on-line putts and lower scores. We accomplished this special feat by pushing the weight forward with a patented heel counterweight that, for the very first time, places the center of gravity right on the center of the striking face and perfectly aligned with the axis of the shaft. Considering how often you pull out your putter, shouldn't you use the one uniquely engineered to give you the best chance to make each and every putt?"
As I mentioned above, the look too me a little while to get over but I'm sure at first most great inventions were looked at in an odd way. If you try it, you will adjust.
The Axis1 Umbra Putter follows through on its word. The balance and weight has allowed me to be more consistent in my putting and reduced my putts per round. I find my "mishits" are even more accurate than before which has contributed to me three putting less. If you're looking for a solution on the green, I recommend trying the Axis1 Umbra Putter.
Who: Axis1 Golf
What: The Axis1 Umbra Putter
Where: HQ in Massachusetts
Why: To improve your putting
Website: Axis1 Golf