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The world of golf has been getting used to seeing some unique shaped putters in the recent years. These days it does not matter what the flat stick looks like, all that matters is how fast it can get the ball in the hole. But what if more than just your putting is suffering on the greens? As we all get older we know it can be increasingly difficult for some to simply bend down to fix those divots and ball marks we leave behind on our approach shots. So what should we do then, stop fixing them? I certainly hope that’s not your answer! A company called WH Golf believes they have a solution for this problem, it’s a putter called ‘Double Duty” The Divot Repair Putter.

Looks:

I’m going to be 100% honest here; this thing will not win any beauty contests anytime soon. The divot tool protrudes off the back end of the putter making it seem like you’re wielding a deadly weapon more so than a putter. But you know something, I don’t think sleek looks and beauty are really the primary focus of this putter either.

Once you get past the shape of it and what you get is a pretty nice looking finish on this putter that is made of 431 stainless steel. It has a satin chrome finish on it so you don’t get a terrible glare on nice sunny days on the course. Looking down at the putter from the address position you have an easily visible white site line so again if you’re able to focus on the finish and the site line rather than the site of the divot tool on the back you’ll likely be quite pleased with the look.

Technical Specs from the company:

The Double Duty™ divot repair putter is made of 431 stainless steel with a 72° shaft angle, a 36″ shaft, 360 gram head weight, swing weight of F2 and 3° face loft. Also available in belly putter shaft lengths of 40″ to 43″ with a 72° shaft angle and long putter shaft lengths of 48″ to 53″ with a 78° shaft angle.

“The club professionals in particular like the material used in making the club as well as the club weight. They are very impressed with the balance of the club and how true the putt is when using the Double Duty™. The fact that the club is manufactured with a 72° shaft angle and standard 36″ shaft length conforms to the majority of putters offered.

The Double Duty™ divot repair putter was submitted to the USGA and after review, the determination was made that the putter conforms to The Rules of Golf. This ruling will allow the putter to be used in any golf event. Due to the fine craftsmanship of this club, it should last a lifetime.”

Testing

Testing was performed over the course of a few weeks on both the functionality of the Double Duty as a putter and just how well it worked as a replacement to all those divot tools you have in your bag. First of all staring out I was afraid of the distraction of the looks but after just a few putts I was over this and found that I really liked the feel of the ball coming off this putter. The 431 stainless steel gives the putter a feel that is not too harsh but still felt a little on the firm side to me. The sound coming from the putter supported the feeling of firm but not hard as well. I personally didn’t like the 36” length as my normal everyday putter comes in a 34” so if I were to game this full time I’d definitely be looking into shortening the shaft a bit.

On the company’s website they go into great detail on how to use the Double Duty to repair ball marks on the greens. This could be a daylong clinic around most golf courses as it seems that nearly everyone has a different technique and nobody really seems to know which method is truly the best. The Double Duty should be used to “pick at” the divot rather than to attempt to get under it and pry it up. In my testing the only way that really worked for me was to pick at the divot anyway so this completely supports their method. I had a lot of trouble early on with my coordination on getting the divots repaired properly. At first I found myself pulling the divot tool out still just to touch up the areas that I ended up butchering until I had a little more practice. By the time my testing was wrapping up I was able to get a better handle on it but it never really ended up being overly simple.

Conclusion

I was impressed with the functionality of the Double Duty as a putter, after adjusting to the look and the length I found that I liked the roll and had no problems getting putts on my intended line and holing my share as well. As a divot repair tool however I wasn’t sold on it, I felt like I did more damage in attempting to repair the divot than anything. Sure after some practice I did become more efficient at this but I still believe that it’s just easier and quicker to use the divot tool I’ve used for so many years in the past.

Personally I’m not at the stage of my life where it is too difficult to bend over and repair a divot or ball mark on the greens. I find the tried and true method of using a handheld divot repair tool or even a tee something I’ve mastered by now and can do without paying any attention to my technique. It takes all of about 3 seconds to get a pretty nasty divot back together to allow it to properly heal. That being said, I’m sure there are folks out there who do struggle with this seemingly quick and simple process and if the option is to not fix these blemishes or invest in a Double Duty I’m all for the later.

The Double Duty Putter is available directly from the website at www.divotrepairputter.com and the cost is $79.95 for the standard, $99.95 for the belly and $119.95 for the long putter model.

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Jason is a busy husband and father of 2 daughters who are both just starting to take up the game that he has loved for years. Golf is his passion, when Jason is not playing golf and testing equipment he's hanging out with all his friends on the THP forum discussing every aspect of this great game.

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  1. Cookie says:

    Nice review on this product Jake. It was good to hear that as a putter it actually rolled well since if it does not do that, it is basically worthless. I can see how it was not overly simple to use the divot repair portion as you are trying to be very precise with the tool portion from 3 feet away when we are so accustomed to doing it with a 3 inch long tool.

    I think the concept is decent and hopefully it remains available to help the golfers that struggle with back pain as it was designed.

  2. Ryan H. says:

    Nice job on a tough review, Jake. The price isn’t bad.

  3. damaikis says:

    Great review! This seems to be just fine as a putter, but just not practical as a divot repair tool. For now I think I’ll stick with my tool. Thanks for the great review!

  4. DawgDaddy says:

    Nice job, glad to hear that the putter does what a putter should, roll putts smoothly giving the user a good chance at holing the putt.
    It sounds that the repair tool might be OK with lots of practice and could be a help to someone having trouble bending to repair divots on greens.

  5. Paulo says:

    Nice review Jake.

    I don’t really see the great use of this, although I get the gimmick. Looks like the divot tool could potentially jab through the head cover in time too.

    Sounds like it rolls pretty solid though, at a decent price.

  6. Sharkwrestler says:

    Good review Jake. I can think of a lot of people I play behind that could use this Putter. the putter seems to be priced right.

  7. Kmac™ says:

    lol @ tough review.

    hmmm

  8. Yoccos says:

    Nice review Jake. I wish I could see the video because I cannot for the life of me see how this would be more simple than bending over and fixing my divot. haha.

  9. War Eagle says:

    Nice writeup Jake. Glad to hear it rolled the putts well for you, but can see that it might be a bit difficult to repair a divot that is 3+ feet away, especially trying to hold the tool at an odd angle to get the ball mark fixed. Like you said, Im not at the stage in my life where I can bend over to fix a divot, but could appeal to a crowd that cant get to those ball marks.

  10. hanks says:

    good review Jake. like the concept, don’t like the design so much though.

  11. yorkem says:

    Nice job on the review Jake. While I am not there yet, speaking as someone with a bad back, I am always looking for things to help.

  12. Smallville says:

    The thing is, the video didn’t really show a good repair of a healthy pitch mark. It just looked like it was finishing up the job, not really repairing it. Almost sounds like removing the repair tool could make this a decent putter with a good alignment aid. I’d love to see a better video of this thing in real action.

  13. Coolbreeze says:

    Good review Jake, I’m glad its a great putter, but I’m still young enough were I can bend over to fix a ball mark. I do think this is a good product though for Ol Gray and the like.

  14. Drew says:

    Nice review, I was curious about this putter when I saw it.

  15. 9-Iron Man says:

    Since when is 36″ “standard” for a putter? I’ve got to give the company props for thinking outside the box, but to me this is just not appealing at all. You did a great job on this review Jake.

  16. TheDue says:

    Nice job Jake. I’m a lot closer to “That Age” than you, lol, but still not ready for this one. The design just isn’t appealing to me, but hope they keep at it.

  17. ChrissyMay says:

    If I’m trying to gain legitimacy for what can be considered a silly looking product, I check my spelling on my promo video.

    Totally agree with Smallville regarding the divot it repaired. Although I would still never buy this.

  18. barryjmunro says:

    In Scotland that would be used as a weapon haha

  19. bear4ever says:

    Wow!!! That is a good review of the product however there is no way I can see it making a dent in the market. I also agree with barryjmunro that it is a weapon, and also somewhat dangerous. I guess you can’t be too picky about the products that you evaluate and review. It’s the job.

  20. TripleBogieTim says:

    Good Job Jake, I still say this thing looks more like a pick axe and I agree with some others, I never did see a good repair done.,..just some touch up.

    Glad to hear it’s a least a decent putter.

  21. Dirtydawg67 says:

    Nice review Jake. Personally, I would never game this and prefer using a divot tool, but I’m sure there is a market out there for it.

  22. Tim says:

    I think this putter is for seniors who do not want to bend over to repair ball marks. I can see this putter with one of those suction cups on the handle.

  23. TheIcemann says:

    How about something that attaches to the end of the grip, like a pick-up?

  24. clam fist says:

    imteresting concept. i would have to try it before i pass judgement.

  25. Update on the Double Duty, the divot repair putter. Prices on the standard and belly putters are being reduced to $39.95 (standard) and $59.95 (belly-length assembled on order) . As for looks, just check out the putter market, their are some really stranger looking putters – 0ne called the saber tooth– one called the white spider– one with wing tips to help in the wind and then their is the brick, really,. So dont judge a book by its cover. As for putting ability, check 2011 GolftestUSA results on the putting ability of the Double Duty– 8.3 on a 1 to 10 scale which rates a 3Star and a Seal of Excellence. Not bat for a little company going up against the BIG ONES. Walter Graves owner of W.H. Golf, LLC and inventor of the Double Duty, the divotrepairputter.

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