New Testing Methodology for Putters
At the end of 2005 GolfTest USA partnered with Golf Illustrated, one of the top national golf publications, to provide them with the results of our standard golf equipment testing that we conduct on an ongoing basis. Golf Illustrated has agreed to publish a feature article in each issue highlighting many of the new clubs that have been introduced. In the process of explaining our testing process to GI they asked if we could expand the criteria we have the testers evaluate. We agreed and there are now 10 criteria that the testers evaluate. There is also an additional rating we list in the last column which is the combined “AVERAGE” of the first 10 criteria. We feel this “AVERAGE” gives golfers a good indication of which clubs performed the best across all the criteria.
We pick test golfers with varying skill levels based on what the manufacturer recommends that each club is best suited to. Some clubs are designed for low handicap golfers and some clubs are referred to as game improvement clubs and are designed for mid to high handicap golfers
When testing putters we use two testing formats. The first evaluation format is done by GolfTest USA Test Administrators in which we rate how many putts are made and on average how close are the putts that are not holed. In the second evaluation format GolfTest USA has each tester rate 10 criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best. Each tester made three putts each from three stations on the practice green: 7 foot straight putt, 14 foot, left to right breaking putt and 20 feet, right to left breaking putt.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being best) they rated each of these criteria.
Distance Control: Each tester rated how much distance control they felt they had.
Alignment: Testers was asked to rate the alignment characteristics of the putter.
Accuracy: Testers rated how accurate each putter was.
Forgiveness: Testers rated how forgiving the putter was.
Sound: Each tester rated how they liked the sound of each putter.
Appearance: Testers rated the appearance of the putter.
Feel: Testers rated the feel of the putter during the putting stroke.
Design: Testers rated the design features of the putter.
Recommend to others: How strongly would they recommend each putter to friends or other golfers.
Overall Rating: The testers took into consideration what is important to them in a putter and gave it an overall rating. (This is not an average of the other criteria).
Overall Average: A final category was added at the request of Golf Illustrated which is the average of the 10 criteria rated by the testers. We feel this average helps to give golfers an indication of how each putter performed taking into account all of the criteria in the test.
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Let us know if there are other putters you would like us to test and we will contact the manufacturers and see if they will participate in our next testing cycle. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on the testing completed to date we have determined that any club that has an “AVERAGE” score 7.7 or better based on our scoring system is awarded the GolfTest USA “Seal of Excellence” award. Being awarded the GolfTest USA “Seal of Excellence” indicates a golf product has been tested and reviewed by our staff of golf testers and has been judged to be of superior quality, value and performance. Golfers who purchase any of these clubs can feel confident they will be obtaining a quality golf product.
Click on each column head to sort ratings by that criteria.