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Heavy Putter: Mid-Weight H-1
By Kickntrue on 4/2/09
Reviewed by Korry Franke, oobgolf contributor





Ratings Key
10.0 - 9.5   Would Help Tiger
9.4 - 8.5     Awesome
8.4 - 7.5     Very good
7.4 - 6.5     Above Average
6.4 - 4.5     Solid
4.4 - 3.5     Below Average
3.4 - 2.5     Save Your Money
2.4 - 0.0     Pay NOT to own




Introduction

When I opened the box containing my copy of the Heavy Putter H-1, I thought to myself, GÇ£Whoa! This thing is really heavy! I guess thatGÇÖs why they call the brand Heavy Putter (the actual name of the company is Boccieri Golf, after founder Stephen Boccieri)!GÇ¥ At a total weight of 750 grams, itGÇÖs about 50% as heavy as the putter most likely in your bag today. Believe it or not, this is only the MID-WEIGHT version that was created after customers complained that the original 850-gram models were simply too heavy. Too heavy?? TOO HEAVY?? After seeing the immediate improvement this club made on my putting, IGÇÖm sold on the concept, IGÇÖm sold on the club, and I suspect the two guys I met on the putting green who had the same results will be ordering their Heavy Putter soon, too!

What makes the Heavy Putter so great? ItGÇÖs science, really... or at least great engineering. A lot of golfers (myself included) lack consistency in their putting stroke. Maybe that inconsistency is due to a wrist twitch, a rushed follow through, or any number of things. Heavy Putter found that by significantly increasing the weight of the club head and then counterbalancing it with an additional weight at the top of the shaft, golfers would immediately be forced to use the large, stabilizing muscles in their chest and shoulders to move the club instead of the smaller muscles more prone to inconsistency. With this club, itGÇÖs virtually impossible to putt with anything but a nice pendulum motion that seems perfectly natural and not forced. The results are impressive and immediate, giving me little reason to doubt Heavy PutterGÇÖs claim that it is scientifically proven to improve your game.

To learn more about the the specs and company line of the Heavy Putter: Mid-Weight H-1 visit HeavyPutter.com.
Look

The model I have, the Mid-Weight H-1, has a very standard mallet look. The black matte finish provided excellent contrast to the white aiming line. One thing you donGÇÖt notice when standing over the club, however, is that the bottom of the head is actually curved to help promote a pendulum-like swing. The clubGÇÖs face is filled with ridges to provide good roll, but unlike others weGÇÖve tested (see TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider), youGÇÖre not too likely to cut yourself with this one!

I personally love the fact that basically all of the Heavy Putters are great putters without the gimmicky designs of some new models. Maybe IGÇÖm just a classic guy, but I want my puttingGÇönot the putterGÇöto be the focus of attention. That classic finish is topped off with a simple grey/black Winn grip, maker of quite possibly my favorite grips in golf.
Experience

I tested the H-1 on literally my first outing of the season. There was a lot of rust to break off thanks to a bitterly cold northeast winter this year. I almost felt bad for giving the H-1 such a formidable challenge. Apparently, it didnGÇÖt care. In fact, the H-1 immediately stepped up to the plate and swung for the fences!

After using my day-to-day putter for a warm up, I grabbed the H-1 and proceeded to drain several 10-15 footers. GÇ£Surely that was a fluke, right?GÇ¥ While I didnGÇÖt make every putt, I made a lot of them. The most impressive part to me was how consistent my putting stroke felt and how consistent the results of my putts were. The extra weight really seemed to help keep my hands flowing through contact thus preventing me from pushing the ball as I often do. My putts were nice and straight, and the ones I missed were in a much tighter formation around the hole than when using my day-to-day putter.

A few minutes later, two guys started using the practice green as well. I asked them both if theyGÇÖd like to test out the H-1. Both of them were surprised at just how heavy it was. And then both of them proceeded to drain two downhill 15-footers. After jokingly saying to them, GÇ£I guess youGÇÖre both a lot better at putting than me,GÇ¥ one of them replied, GÇ£Those were the first two putts I made today!GÇ¥ Case closed!

The bottom line with the Heavy Putter H-1 is that this concept is no joke. It works. And unless youGÇÖre in love with your current putter, itGÇÖs more than worth your time to take a look and see if the Heavy Putter is right for you.
Value

Listed on www.heavyputters.com for $169, this is definitely not a cheap club. That said, there are tons of putters out there that take way more cash from your wallet without providing any substantial return on the green. I believe consistent use of the Heavy Putter could easily shave several strokes off my game (and I suspect yours as well). And since I know itGÇÖs my short game that tends to run up my score, $169 is very reasonable for the high quality of this club. In the end, youGÇÖll have to decide whatGÇÖs worth it and whatGÇÖs not.
Overall - 9.0

IGÇÖm an average golferGÇödefinitely no Tiger Woods. Still, IGÇÖm confident this club will help my game. Based on the comments that other average golfers have made on Heavy Putters website, I donGÇÖt think IGÇÖm alone. This club is different than normal, but itGÇÖs different for a reasonGÇönot just different to be different. ItGÇÖs function over form. ItGÇÖs science over sizzle. And itGÇÖs proven to provide golfers of any skill level results they are proud to share at the 19th hole.

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[ comments ]
bennyboy12 says:
Whoa! .. My putting was the one element of my game that hindered my performance. I hit the ball a long, long ways, my iron shots have always been consistent, and around the green, I was a marvel with soft hands.. I wouild almost tighten up mentally however when it came to putting. I knew I had to hit it close to the pin in order to score, as my putting at times was....woeful. I always thought it was my eyesight, or that I needed to use different training techniques, or various technical equipment. It has always been a frustrating element of my game. When I picked up the Heavy Putter Mid-weight, there was something about the feel. I could immediately see a difference in how my larger muscle group was working in concert together, and putt after putt after putt was closer, and I was making more too. I think the twisting with this club is reduced so that the off hits are not as dramatic, and the more I kept putting, the better I got
4/3/09
 
mantajim says:
OK I'm interested, but I'd like to hear from someone who has been using a 'Heavy Putter' for a while. Bennyboy12 sounds to much like a shill for 'Heavy Putter' to put any trust in what he says. No scores, no previous comments.
4/6/09
 
Les Page says:
I purchased the Heavy Putter model B2-M in October 2008. Overall I have lowered my per round average from 2.05 to its current 1.8. Probably doesn't sound like much but I don't 3 putt anywhere near as much, have much more confidence standing over the putt and have a much better feel for distance than with the average weight putters. I have not tried the new Mid-Weight series and because of the success with the B2-M probably won't. I do recommend the Heavy Putter whenever possible. With confidence I feel I can two putt any green, take the 3's with a grain and relish with the one putts. It is also a great device when warming up before a round.
4/7/09
 
cph2133 says:
I've been using a heavy putter for the previous two seasons, and have recently switched back to my fathers old Northwestern putter from the 70s.

The HP is great for shorter putts (inside 5 feet), but it's very difficult for me to get the touch down when I'm trying to lag a 30 footer close.

If I had the luxury of carrying two putters I would. Inside 5 feet it's a tap in with the HP. Outside that mark, good luck (for me at least).
8/9/09
 
birdieXris says:
Just purchased a heavy putter for the learning factor and swing weight. Hopefully it'll help my putting out and i'll be able to go back to my odyssey because i love the feel --- though maybe i'll just be making so many putts i'll stay with the heavy putter. Who knows! It was good enough for me. I noticed i was rolling the ball so much better and more consistently with the HP. While i rolled longer putts well, there were sometimes that i bounced them. few and far between but it doesn't help. With the HP i rolled them nicely every time. I can't wait to have one to play with instead of just demo!
4/19/10
 
racurl says:
At age 54, I somehow managed to develop what can only be described as the "Yips". The last round out, I stood over an 18 INCH putt and had the mental thought of "There is NO WAY that I can make this putt". It turns out, I was right! I took a woeful stab at the ball that usually reserved for swatting cockroaches and ran the putt 3 feet past the hole. Then, I managed to miss the comebacker. Has anyone out there EVER 3-putt from 18 inches? I did.

This drove me to the nearest Golf Galaxy for a round of looking at the new putters.

I tried belly putters, long-handled putters (I am left-handed and I just cannot make my right hand do what I tell it to!), Odysseys, Taylormade.....basically all of them.

Well....when I picked up the "Heavy Putter", I fell in love immediately. I have played one round only, but this putter is STAYING in the bag. The extra weight just allows me to keep the head steady. The very-light Ben Crenshaw blade that I WAS using seemed to waiver all over. Putting is FUN again!
12/21/11
 
racurl says:
At age 54, I somehow managed to develop what can only be described as the "Yips". The last round out, I stood over an 18 INCH putt and had the mental thought of "There is NO WAY that I can make this putt". It turns out, I was right! I took a woeful stab at the ball that usually reserved for swatting cockroaches and ran the putt 3 feet past the hole. Then, I managed to miss the comebacker. Has anyone out there EVER 3-putt from 18 inches? I did.

This drove me to the nearest Golf Galaxy for a round of looking at the new putters.

I tried belly putters, long-handled putters (I am left-handed and I just cannot make my right hand do what I tell it to!), Odysseys, Taylormade.....basically all of them.

Well....when I picked up the "Heavy Putter", I fell in love immediately. I have played one round only, but this putter is STAYING in the bag. The extra weight just allows me to keep the head steady. The very-light Ben Crenshaw blade that I WAS using seemed to waiver all over. Putting is FUN again!
12/21/11
 
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