Double Duty Putter Review
By mustang6560 on 4/30/10
Reviewed by Nathan Trifone, oobgolf contributor
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
If the “the fatigue associated with bending over to repair ball marks” has got you down (no pun intended), you’re in luck! WH Golf has the piece of golf equipment for you – the Double Duty divot repair putter.
The Double Duty combines one of the most important clubs in your bag – the putter – with one of the most under-utilized tools in your accessory bag – the divot repair tool. Designed for older golfers and golfers with bad knees or a bad back, it is supposed to help relieve the physical strain of bending over to repair your ball mark. It also has an attachment you can use to pick up your ball.
From WH Golf:
Every once in a great while a new golf product comes along that has the potential to improve a golfer’s game significantly. The Double Duty™ divot repair putter, invented by Walter Graves, is such a product. Proper golf etiquette dictates that every golfer has the responsibility to repair their own ball marks on the green. Most people find that bending over to repair ball marks in the traditional manner cumbersome at best. And for those with knee and/or back problems, ball mark repair is much more difficult.To learn more about the Double Duty - visit www.DivotRepairPutter.com.
There’s no way around it – the Double Duty putter looks weird. When I first saw it, I thought it looked more like a weapon than a putter. But in reality, how could a putter with a divot repair tool attached NOT look weird?
The design is as aesthetically pleasing as a putter with a divot repair tool attached could possibly be. At a distance, the Double Duty could pass as a mallet. Heck, who am I kidding? You can’t miss the divot repair tool sticking out the back!
Surprisingly, the Double Duty actually has a nice feel. It has a 35 ½” shaft, weighs 360 grams and has a center shaft placement to provide a well balanced feel, similar to a mallet. It is a very nice putter and you could honestly use it and receive positive results. However, because it has a divot repair tool attached to it, it will never get the respect it deserves and will be seen as a putter for your grandpa.
I actually only have two real beefs with the Double Duty. First, the Double Duty claims to “improve a golfer’s game significantly”. I disagree – it is innovative, but not game-changing. How many putters do you see with a divot repair tool attached to it? The divot repair tool is supposed to make it easier for golfers with limited mobility fix their divots. Is that game-changing? No.
My other issue with the Double Duty is the design. I think the functionality of the divot repair tool is limited. WH Golf claims the Double Duty helps people repair their ball marks in the “proper way” (the proper way according to their website is “to pick around the indention and then pat the grass down”). In my opinion, the Double Duty does not accomplish this very well.
It’s hard to explain this without a visual, so I want you to try an experiment. Put a quarter on the ground to imitate the outline of a divot. Now, use the back of your putter and without switching between hands, try to “pick” around the coin from all angles. How did that work for you? Most of the people I had try this experiment found it difficult. It’s the same experience on the course. There was no way to get around the entire divot using one hand without having to do a 360 degree rotate around the divot (or coin), or having to bend over to approach the divot tool from a good angle to get around the entire ball mark (which defeats the purpose of putter).
On top of this, I found it hard to accurately use the divot tool to repair the ball mark. How accurate can you be from three feet away? Luckily my course was soft at the time I tested the Double Duty. Otherwise, if the surface of the green was hard, I’d really have to put some force into my motion trying to repair it. Can you imagine how many holes you could put in the green just trying to fix a divot?
You can get the Double Duty for $149.95, with free shipping!
Overall - 4.0
If you really do struggle to bend over and you want to still be able to repair your divots, I think you should consider the Double Duty. It’s a good quality putter with the added benefit of the divot repair tool attached. And with the ball grabber attachment, you will never have to fully bend over on the course.
I like the idea behind the Double Duty divot repair putter – it tries to promote proper etiquette. It basically says “Now golfers have no excuse for not repairing their divots, no matter their age or range of motion”. However, there are some limitations to the functionality of it. All in all, the Double Duty serves a purpose and it caters to a specific group of golfers. How big is that niche? Not sure. If you don’t need extra help to bend over, don’t buy this product.
Learn More And Buy At www.DivotRepairPutter.com
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I want to chime in with my $.02. I played around (and a round) with this putter before handing it off to Nathan for review. I think his assessment is fair- though some of the criticism comes as a younger guy. Specifically the line about being surprised that it felt good but that it will always look like a putter for your grandpa. Well- if you are the grandpa- it could make sense- I think that is the target audience.
I give Walt from WH Golf a lot of credit. He said he wanted to send a putter and have it reviewed. We don't take money for reviews and we don't write puff pieces where we just list specs. That takes guts. I wish him and his endeavors all the success in the world and hope he finds an audience for his equipment!
Would probably be much easier to use if the repair tool was retractable and came out of the bottom of the putter. Would probably be a pretty weird angle to try to repair a ballmark with that thing set up as it is. Just make sure Walt sends me royalties when he fixes it.
One thing I see wrong is that the putter is definatly not technilogically advanced. I switch to a Taylormade Rossa Spider because he had a sorta anti-bounce face technology from a putter that would bounce the ball really bad. I think what they could do is make an assessory that attaches to any putter. Instead of paying for a $150 putter that is no good at all, why not buy a $15-30 clip on that goes on your favorite putter?
Torleif Sorenson says:
I suspect this is just the first design / incarnation of this putter; the idea of a retractable, "Fold-able" or even a removable / "reattachable" divot tool has some promise for people with back and/or knee problems. The question is whether or not a *putter* with a removable appendage is legal under USGA rules, even if it does not alter the functionality of the putter.
If I'm not mistaken, USGA rules prohibit players from switching the removable weights in drivers and clubs that have them during a round. It would be nice to know what the USGA thinks about a putter with a detachable divot tool.
After all, they already let us play with long-shafted putters and putters with crazy-weighted designs that resemble a Slinky (TM) that got sat on by Al Gore -- or Rashad Moore of the Atlanta Falcons.
Why not just put a divot repair tool on a stick and carry it in your bag with your clubs?
Torleif Sorenson says:
I thought about that, too, but it would be like "stealing the thunder" from Mr. Graves' idea. I didn't want to stick a fork in the conversation just yet. :)
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