A couple of items across the desk this morning before I dig back into prepping our May print issue of Flagstick.
– After Adams Golf purchased the assets of putter manufacturer Yes! Golf it was very uncertain as to where they would take the brand. They cleared that up today with an announcement of their initial line-up of eight putter models. It is a mix of past designs and some new ones but all look very familiar to those who were fans of the previous Yes! Golf designs. Three of the models (the Ann, Christina, and Laura (Pink) are new to the U.S. market.
A rundown of 2011 Yes! Golf Putters:
Details about the eight models available in 2011:
¨ Abbie (Forged) – A chrome-plated heel-toe classic with the soft, responsive feel of 2025 carbon steel and slant neck hosel. Available in right hand.
¨ Ann – A time-honored heel-toe plumber neck design made of 304 stainless steel with a blast finish and plumber neck hosel. Available in right and left hand. New to the U.S. market.
¨ Callie – A heel-toe plumber neck classic with a Nickel Titanium (NiTi) gun metal finish. Available in right hand.
¨ Christina – A face balanced heel-toe blade style made of 304 stainless steel with a double bend shaft and weighing 350 grams. Available in right hand. New to the U.S. market.
¨ Laura (Pink) – Classic face-balanced mallet shape in 304 stainless steel with a double bend shaft and pink alignment aids on both the top rail and cavity. Available in right hand. New to the U.S. market.
¨ Sandy – A high MOI mallet shape in 304 chrome-plated stainless steel with a double bend shaft. Available in right and left hand. Long and belly lengths available in right hand only.
¨ Tracy II – A face-balanced traditional heel-toe blade putter made of 304 stainless steel with a gun-metal finish and featuring a double bend heel shaft. Available in right and left hand.
¨ Victoria II – A double-bend hosel, mallet style made of 304 stainless steel with a large cavity-back head that is face-balanced and perimeter weighted. Available in right and left hand. Long and belly lengths available in right hand only.
And last word goes to Bair Phillip, Director of Product Development—Putters at Adams Golf. “I am extremely excited about bringing Yes! putters back the U.S. market. Yes! putters have had such a strong following by professional golfers for years. Now the everyday golfer will once again be able to purchase their Yes! putter at golf shops nationwide and be able to customize it to further enhance its performance.”
Paul Greenlees, V.P. of All Square Golf and the distributor of Yes! Golf putters in Canada, also confirmed that they will continue to be the distributors of Yes! Golf even with it under the Adams Golf umbrella. In an email response to me this morning he stated, “We have been very proud to distribute the line in Canada since 2005 and are honored to continue to represent the line in 2011 with Adams as the new owner.”
And while we are taking about equipment…
-A major U.S. Online retailer photoshopped an image of the TaylorMade R11 driver to make the white clubhead look all black and then posted it to a major online golf forum. I can’t imagine the fact they did this and joked that it was a new “Black Widow” R11 was received well at TM headquarters. Most people who saw the picture could see it was badly photoshopped but I’m still not sure what there was to gain for a TaylorMade account to play around like this. Sounds like they might need to review their policies and procedures for employees as far as online activity.