YAR GX1 Putter Review January / 2009

GolfTest USA was retained by the YAR Putter Company to develop the testing protocol and methodology and then conduct a test in two parts comparing the YAR GX1 Putter against four top rated putters from our recent 2008 Special Putter test. In that special test 30 putter companies submitted 47 putters and golfers rated ten criteria to determine the levels of performance achieved by each putter.Shown below is a copy of the evaluation form used to test the performance of the YAR GX1 Putter directly against four of the other top putters in our recent 2008 Special Putter Test. In Part One of the test the participants were golf professionals, golf instructors and single digit handicap skilled putters. All 12 testers evaluated each of the 5 putters. The actual model names of the other putters in the test have been given letter designations.YAR GX1 Putter Test Part One

Test Methodology: You will be making putts from 3 putting stations. You will be asked to compare the YAR GX1 Putter to several other top putters. During the test you should be focusing on how each putter performs in each of the criteria based on your unbiased opinion. Do your best to not let any preconceived perceptions influence your ratings. After you have putted with each putter you will rate several criteria and then you will go on to the next putter. At the end of the test you will be asked to stack rank the putters in each of the criteria. Following are the criteria you will be rating on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best.

Distance Control: rate how much distance control you had with each putter.

Alignment: rate the alignment characteristics of the putter.

Accuracy: rate how accurate each putter was.

Forgiveness: rate how forgiving the putter was.

Sound: rate how you liked the sound of each putter.

Appearance: rate the appearance of the putter.

Feel: rate the feel of the putter during the putting stroke.

Design: rate the design features of the putter.

Recommend to others: rate how strongly would recommend each putter to other golfers.

Overall Rating: rate each putter taking into consideration what is important to you in a putter.

Questionnaire:

Please rate the following criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best:

Questionnaire:

Please rate the following criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best:

1: Distance Control: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

2: Alignment: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

3: Accuracy: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

4: Forgiveness: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

5: Sound: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

6: Appearance: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

7: Feel: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

8: Design: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

9: Recommend: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

10: Overall Rating: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

Please stack the putters with 5 being best down to 1 for the lowest rating.

1: Distance Control: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

2: Alignment: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

3: Accuracy: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

4: Forgiveness: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

5: Sound: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

6: Appearance: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

7: Feel: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

8: Design: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

9: Recommend: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

10: Overall Rating: Putter A____ Putter B_____Putter C____Putter D____ YAR GX1:____

What did you like best about the YAR GX1 Putter?

Is there anything you didn’t like about the YAR GX1 Putter?

Is there anything you would change about the YAR GX1 Putter?

Please rate how easy it was to use the ball pickup feature of the YAR GX1 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best

Comments:

Results of YAR GX1 Putter Test Part One:

Participants were PGA members, golf instructors, single digit handicap golfers and skilled putters.

Questionnaire:

Please rate the following criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best:

1: Distance Control: Putter A_6.3_Putter B_6.9_Putter C_6.7_Putter D_7.2_YAR GX1:_7.8_

The YAR GX1 was clearly the best in Distance Control.

2: Alignment: Putter A_7.8_Putter B_7.4_Putter C_6.1_Putter D_6.9_YAR GX1:_7.4_

Putter A rated best in Alignment with the YAR GX1 placing 2nd.

3: Accuracy: Putter A_6.5_Putter B_6.5_Putter C_6.3_Putter D_6.9_YAR GX1:_7.4_

The YAR GX1 was easily the best in the Accuracy criterion.

4: Forgiveness: Putter A_5.8_Putter B_5.9_Putter C_6.3_Putter D_6.7_YAR GX1:_7.6_

The YAR GX1 rated the best in Forgiveness by a wide margin clearly dispelling any concerns about its narrow face.

5: Sound: Putter A_6.9_Putter B_6.8_Putter C_6.7_Putter D_6.5_YAR GX1:_7.8_

The YAR GX1 rated tops in Sound which in part is attributable to the solid feel the ball has coming off the face.

6: Appearance: Putter A_6.3_Putter B_5.3_Putter C_5.1_Putter D_7.3_YAR GX1:_5.3_

As anticipated because of the different design the Appearance rating was on the low side.

7: Feel: Putter A_6.2_ Putter B_5.8_Putter C_5.8_Putter D_6.8_YAR GX1:_7.4_

The YAR GX1 rated very high in the important Feel criterion.

8: Design: Putter A_6.1_Putter B_5.8_Putter C_5.3_Putter D_6.9_YAR GX1:_6.4_

The YAR GX1 got solid ratings for Design.

9: Recommend: Putter A_5.4_Putter B_5.5_Putter C_5.0_Putter D_6.9_YAR GX1:_7.2_

The participants felt strongly that they would recommend the YAR GX1 to other golfers.

10: Overall Rating: Putter A_5.6_Putter B_5.8_Putter C_5.7_Putter D_6.9_YAR GX1:_7.3_

Clearly the YAR GX1 was the top rated putter in this test group.

Please stack rank the putters with 5 being best down to 1 for the lowest rating.

When the participants were forced to stack rank each putter the YAR GX1 was chosen the best in each criterion except for Appearance. The YAR GX1 putter was the clear winner in this part of the test.

1: Distance Control: Putter A_3.0_Putter B_2.6_Putter C_1.9_Putter D_3.1_YAR GX1:_4.4_

2: Alignment: Putter A_3.3_Putter B_3.0_Putter C_2.3_Putter D_3.0_YAR GX1:_3.3_

3: Accuracy: Putter A_3.0_Putter B_2.7_Putter C_2.3_Putter D_3.0_YAR GX1:_4.1_

4: Forgiveness: Putter A_2.3_Putter B_2.8_Putter C_2.4_Putter D_3.1_YAR GX1:_4.4_

5: Sound: Putter A_3.0_Putter B_2.4_Putter C_2.6_Putter D_3.0_YAR GX1:_4.1_

6: Appearance: Putter A_4.0_Putter B_2.7_Putter C_2.2_Putter D_3.4_YAR GX1:_3.0_

7: Feel: Putter A_3.0_Putter B_2.4_Putter C_2.4_Putter D_3.0_YAR GX1:_4.1_

8: Design: Putter A_3.1_Putter B_2.6_Putter C_2.2_Putter D_3.6_YAR GX1:_3.6_

9: Recommend: Putter A_3.0_Putter B_2.8_Putter C_2.1_Putter D_2.9_YAR GX1:_3.9_

10: Overall Rating: Putter A_3.0_Putter B_2.8_Putter C_1.9_Putter D_3.0_YAR GX1:_4.3_

What did you like best about the YAR GX1 Putter?

The accuracy- even though I didn’t make any-all 9 putts were extremely close!

The feel and alignment. (4)

The YAR GX1 was the best overall for me!

Ball pick up.

Great distance control

Accuracy and distance

All the extras-ball pickup/marker-very good for golfers with special needs.

Good overall putter, I would definitely consider buying.

Forgiveness(2)

I felt the distance control was excellent.

Great feel.

Is there anything you didn’t like about the YAR GX1 Putter?

The grip, I like a bigger grip like Putter A

It is kinda ugly.

Appearance would take some getting used too!

Appearance,

Head too small(2)

Is there anything you would change about the YAR GX1 Putter?

I would like to see a forward offset shaft.

A little more upright for cross handed putting.

Increase head size. (2)

All the testers really liked the ability to pick the ball out of the hole and how easy it was to perform that function.

Summary of YAR GX 1 Putter Test Part One.

This portion of the test produced some interesting results. The YAR GX1 putter rated the highest in all criteria except for “Appearance”, “Alignment” and “Design”.

We asked everyone to be fair and unbiased in their evaluations so we have to conclude that the testers felt that the YAR GX1 performed at a higher level than the other putters.

A concern that most golfers have when they look at the YAR GX1 is the narrowness of the head from heel to toe which they initially feel will not be forgiving and that concern is dispelled completely by the rating in the “Forgiveness” criterion. Other important criteria that showed superior performance were “Accuracy”, “Feel”, “Distance Control” and “Overall Rating”.

When the testers were asked to stack rank the putters, the YAR GX1 was rated the highest in all criteria except for “Appearance” which is understandable because of its different design.

YAR GX1 Putter Test Part Two

In this part of the test 20 golfers of different skill levels where asked to rate and compare the YAR GX1 putter to one of several other top putters selected from the Special Putter Test conducted by GolfTest USA. The other putters in the test were designated as Putter A, Putter B, Putter C and Putter D. These putters were rotated so that five testers compared each of the putters versus the YAR GX1 putter. For the purpose of showing the overall results we have each model listed in the test form with “XYZ” putter.

Test Methodology: You will be making putts from 3 putting stations. You will be asked to compare the YAR GX1 Putter to another top putter. During the test you should be focusing on how each putter performs in each of the criteria based on your unbiased opinion. Do your best to not let any preconceived perceptions influence your ratings. After you have putted with each putter you will rate several criteria and then you will go on to the next putter. At the end of the test you will be asked pick which putter you liked the best in each of the criteria. Following are the criteria you will be rating on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best.

Distance Control: rate how much distance control you had with each putter.

Alignment: rate the alignment characteristics of the putter.

Accuracy: rate how accurate each putter was.

Forgiveness: rate how forgiving the putter was.

Sound: rate how you liked the sound of each putter.

Appearance: rate the appearance of the putter.

Feel: rate the feel of the putter during the putting stroke.

Design: rate the design features of the putter.

Recommend to others: rate how strongly would recommend each putter to other golfers.

Overall Rating: rate each putter taking into consideration what is important to you in a putter.

Putts Made: “XYZ”____ YAR GX1:____

Questionnaire:

Please rate the following criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best:

1: Distance Control: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____

2: Alignment: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____

3: Accuracy: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____

4: Forgiveness: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____

5: Sound: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____

6: Appearance: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____

7: Feel: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____

8: Design: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____

9: Recommend to other golfers: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____

10: Overall Rating: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____

Please answer the following questions based on which putter you like the best between the YAR GX1 Putter and the “XYZ” Putter by placing an X next to your choice. If you liked them the same please chose “The Same”.

1: Distance Control: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____ The Same_____

2: Alignment: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____ The Same_____

3: Accuracy: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____ The Same_____

4: Forgiveness: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____ The Same_____

5: Sound: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____ The Same_____

6: Appearance: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____ The Same_____

7: Feel: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____ The Same_____

8: Design: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____ The Same_____

9: Recommend to other golfers: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____ The Same_____

10: Overall Rating: YAR GX1 Putter:_____ “XYZ” Putter_____ The Same_____

What did you like best about the YAR GX1 Putter?

Is there anything you didn’t like about the YAR GX1 Putter?

Is there anything you would change about the YAR GX1 Putter?

Comments:

Thank you for taking part in this test.

Results of YAR GX1 Putter Test Part Two

Putts Made: “XYZ”_23___ YAR GX1:_33___

Following are the results compiled from the 20 testers. 

Please rate the following criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best:

1: Distance Control: YAR GX1 Putter:_7.1____ “XYZ” Putter__7.5___

2: Alignment: YAR GX1 Putter:__7.1___ “XYZ” Putter__7.3___

3: Accuracy: YAR GX1 Putter:__7.3___ “XYZ” Putter__7.0___

4: Forgiveness: YAR GX1 Putter:__7.0___ “XYZ” Putter__7.0___

5: Sound: YAR GX1 Putter:_8.0____ “XYZ” Putter__7.6___

6: Appearance: YAR GX1 Putter:__6.7___ “XYZ” Putter__7.6___

7: Feel: YAR GX1 Putter:__6.9___ “XYZ” Putter__7.1___

8: Design: YAR GX1 Putter:__6.9___ “XYZ” Putter__7.3___

9: Recommend to other golfers: YAR GX1 Putter:__7.2___ “XYZ” Putter__6.7___

10: Overall Rating: YAR GX1 Putter:__7.3___ “XYZ” Putter__7.1___

Our evaluation in this part of the test indicates that because there were only 5 testers who tested each of the other 4 putters compared to the YAR GX1 the range of ratings is wider because of the statistical variance of such a small test group per putter. When the testers were forced to make a choice on which putter they felt performed the best the results clearly showed that the YAR GX1 performed higher than the combined ratings of the other putters in the test.

Please answer the following questions based on which putter you like the best between the YAR GX1 Putter and the “XYZ” Putter by placing an X next to your choice. If you liked them the same please chose “The Same”.

1: Distance Control: YAR GX1 Putter:__10___ “XYZ” Putter__6___ The Same__4__

2: Alignment: YAR GX1 Putter:__10___ “XYZ” Putter__7___ The Same__3___

3: Accuracy: YAR GX1 Putter:__13___ “XYZ” Putter__4___ The Same___3__

4: Forgiveness: YAR GX1 Putter:_10____ “XYZ” Putter__4___ The Same__6___

5: Sound: YAR GX1 Putter:__10___ “XYZ” Putter__5___ The Same__5___

6: Appearance: YAR GX1 Putter:__4___ “XYZ” Putter__10___ The Same__6___

7: Feel: YAR GX1 Putter:_15____ “XYZ” Putter__5___ The Same_0____

8: Design: YAR GX1 Putter:_9____ “XYZ” Putter_7____ The Same__4___

9: Recommend to other golfers: YAR GX1 Putter:__10___ “XYZ” Putter__4___ The Same__6___

10: Overall Rating: YAR GX1 Putter:__13___ “XYZ” Putter__3___ The Same__4___

The results in this part of the test showed that the YAR GX1 putter was picked more consistently in each criterion except for Appearance.

Our observations during the test showed that most of the participants made more putts with the YAR GX1 and missed putts were closer on average than the other putters.

Comments made by the testers:

What did you like best about the YAR GX1 Putter?

Sound

Face feel

A good straight line putter

I like its use for a “pop” stroke as opposed to a flowing stroke

Good feel and accuracy (2)

I liked the unusual design

Alignment (2)

Good feel and crisp stroke

Look and feel

The balance, sound of hit, feel of impact

Sound and simplicity

Is there anything you didn’t like about the YAR GX1 Putter?

Unusual Appearance

The shaft and alignment

Too deep

Didn’t feel comfortable at address

Design takes a while to appreciate

Too light

A little trouble with look

Goofy look

Design, too narrow from face to back end

Is there anything you would change about the YAR GX1 Putter?

Straight through shaft

Ability to change the lie angle

Wider Face, less mass behind blade

Please rate how easy it was to use the ball pickup feature of the YAR GX1 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being best: 9.7

All the testers really liked the ability to pick the ball out of the hole and how easy it was to perform that function.

Final Summary

In summary, the YAR GX1 Putter is a high quality putter that the test results clearly shows that it offers superior performance. Skilled golfers got excellent results using the YAR GX1 Putter. Where the YAR GX1 Putter really stood out was with average to higher handicap golfers who had trouble with their putting. The test results showed that these golfers were able to make more putts from inside ten feet using the YAR GX1 versus the other putters in the test. Also putts made from longer range ended up closer to the hole resulting in fewer three putt greens. Based on the results of the test we can confidently report that most golfers will be able to improve their putting and lower their scores by switching to the YAR GX1 putter. GolfTest USA is usually not enamored with the hype offered by company statements regarding the performance of their products. Having said that we especially enjoyed the following statement made by the President of YAR Golf, Gerri Jordan…

Quote: “You are better off playing with it, then against it!”

One aspect of the YAR putter we found interesting was because of its design and balance it was very easy to putt with just one hand. Yar Golf claims the YAR GX1 has the highest MOI of any putter and while we do not have the equipment to test for MOI of putters our observations during the test were that the ball appears to begin its forward roll more quickly than many other putters making the same forward roll claim.

The overall design of the YAR putter can help any golfer who has physical limitations such as bending over or who has lower back pain. The YAR putter can easily mark the ball and pick it up at the same time and pick the ball out of the hole. It can also be used to pick up other clubs off the ground. If it is lying on the ground it can be picked by applying light pressure with the foot on the head and it will right itself. This is the perfect putter for “Adaptive” golf.

In our special putter test last year the YAR GX1 was one of 8 putters out of 47 that was awarded a 5 star rating based on the overall results it achieved in the test. That is quite an accomplishment for a new putter company just entering into a very competitive market.

We are pleased to award the YAR GX1 Putter our coveted GolfTest USA “Seal of Excellence”.

For more information on the YAR GX1 Putter go to www.yargolf.com