Pinemeadow Fantom Putter
as alternative to the TaylorMade® Rossa Corza Ghost Putter
Manufacturer: Pinemeadow Golf
Pinemeadow Fantom Putter
Compares to: TaylorMade® Rossa Corza Ghost Putter
The Pinemeadow Fantom Putter is one of three members of the new line of white putters from Pinemeadow Golf. It shows some similarities to the TaylorMade Rossa Corza Ghost ('Ghost' for short) putter but has a couple of attributes that, in my opinion, makes it superior to the Ghost.
How it works...
White has become the in colour this year, particularly with drivers and putters. The main ideas behind this are quite simple:
First: The white clubhead reduces bright, shining spots (also referred to as hotspots) caused by reflections from the sunlight. Without the distractions from such hotspots you can focus better on proper alignment.
Second: Particularly for white putters, the heads' white body provides a greater contrast against green grass, meaning both the leading edge and topline stand out from the darker background. This is to again help in alignment.
Third: The usually black alignment lines provide greater contrast on the white putter head as compared to the more common white lines on a black or silver putter head. Again, this feature helps to improve alignment.
Let's go and play...
The Pinemeadow Fantom Putter makes full use of these improved visual aids. The white topline makes is a lot easier to align the putter face square to the ball, but it is the alignment aid that makes a real difference. The long black line together with the three smaller ones, combined with the topline, make it a breeze to properly align this putter squarely to the ball. They also help to bring back the putter along the pendulum line during backstroke, thereby enabling a correct forward pendulum swing for accurate impact.
The putter is balanced for a pure pendulum swing rather than a circular 'around-the-body' motion which suits my putting style. Another thing I personally like is the heavier weight of the putter head. I am aware that a putter is more subjective to personal taste and comfort than any other golf club, so some people may like lighter putters. To me the heavier head allows me to be straighter in my back and forward swing as it takes more momentum to push or pull it off the line.
In the beginning I stated that there are a couple of advantages of the Pinemeadow Fantom Putter vs. the TaylorMade Rossa Corza Ghost. One is the fact that the ghost is made of aluminium, while the Fantom is made of steel. Aluminium does not give the feedback that steel gives, so I see this as an advantage for the Fantom putter.
The other advantage is the price: the Ghost retails for $159, while the Fantom is sold at $39.95 including a beautiful head cover (see insert above).
Taken all together I'd rather spend 40 bucks on a top quality putter that suits me perfectly rather than spending four times as much on a better known brand to only get close to the same feel. You can get more details here: Pinemeadow Fantom Putter
Here is a Video Review on the Fantom Putter. To play the video click the start button in the middle of the video screen:
Dislikes: Doesn't come for Lefties
Link to Product Details: Pinemeadow Fantom Putter
Reader's feedback and comments
Nothing yet, be the first!