Indi Golf Putters Review

It takes brass tacks to jump into the putter ring, and Indi Golf clearly already has those as illustrated by the fact that they founded their company around the release of a non-conforming wedge design that drew a lot of reactions across the industry. One thing is certain about Indi, they will never cut corners or sacrifice quality, so when they bring something new to the table, I’m always eager to take a closer look.

Fortunately, I was able to do just that by spending time with the new Indi putter designs, the Ramone and Allison.

Quick Take

Honest to goodness unique shapes in a market flooded with carbon copies. Not only unique, but good, very good. Putters that somehow manage to eschew the typical feel and feedback that come with using aluminum as a base material, they will blow minds in terms of sound/feel. At times though, the line between classy and clumsy is crossed when it comes to branding and engraving, clouding up what would otherwise be uniquely stunning putters.

The Indi Golf Way

Indi Golf is all about making products that help golfers better enjoy the game, and yes, they are the ones who brought non-conforming wedges into the market. What is often lost because of that last part is that everything they have produced has been insanely high quality, and I say that not simply based on THP reviewing the products before (here and here) but because I actually went out and bought one of the wedges and was blown away.

The thing about them wasn’t the grooves, it was everything that went into the design in terms of weighting, balance, feel, and forgiveness. Frankly, those very same things are what make the company’s foray into putters so interesting. Utilizing high grade aircraft aluminum for the putter heads, the shapes themselves combined with the face milling and utilization of high-density tungsten at the perimeters of the putters create a high MOI design which they refer to as “Colossal Sweet Spot”.

While I am going to be talking about each putter a bit individually, I want to also address the roll and sound/feel here first. I want to yell this for the people in the back, these putters do not feel anything like any aluminum putter I have ever rolled. What I mean there is aluminum usually has a springy and almost hollow/tinny feel that makes it seem like the ball is practically bouncing off of the face, that doesn’t exist with either of these. Instead, these offer a dense yet plush feedback to the ears and hands that I’d bet a significant sum of money would shock even the most hardcore of putter fiends.

Where the roll is concerned, as much as I think the “Colossal Sweet Spot” branding is a little campy, I used a putting gate to create strikes all across the face of both putters and the distance and direction retention was stellar, rivalling the biggest and most obnoxious spaceship style putters out there, but in an aesthetic package that most are going to have no problem looking down at. What I’m saying is, think the performance of high MOI in a more palatable package, something a lot of companies try, and fail, to do.

Indi Golf Allison Putter

The Allison is the full mallet putter in Indi’s duo of flatsticks featuring a half moon shape that comes in a duo of neck options. First, there is the double-bend and face-balanced model aimed at putters with minimal arc. Second, the model I worked with for this review, is a slant neck design with about a 35° toe hang that plays well with a slight arc stroke.

Indi is offering two finishes and the Allison I got in hand features a satin-chrome that is on the brighter and more vibrant side of the spectrum. What I mean by that is that it is definitely satin, but in truly direct sunlight there was a little more feedback to the eyes than some may like, and part of that could very well be the size of the putter.

This one is definitely a full mallet, but it balances taking the half-moon shape design we have seen done a thousand times and keeping it fresh. It is a little deeper in its curvature than I have seen and the way that the cavity and flange lines are milled make it frame the golf ball quite well. In fact, the dual alignment lines in the flange combined with the way the bumpers set up almost precisely the same width as a golf ball is pretty comforting when taking aim.

At 350g, it’s also a lot lighter than the visual had me expecting it to be, but that again comes back to the use of aluminum as the base material. As mentioned previously, the sound/feel and the roll on this one left me with no negatives to report. I think the way they applied the tungsten and also the crosshatch face milling created the perfect storm of feel that is going to surprise anyone who rolls it.

The only thing I might mention on the Allison in a somewhat critical light, is the sole is extremely busy with a lot of branding, logos, and fonts going on making it almost a polar opposite to all business message it sends at address.

Indi Golf Ramone Putter

This one was the rockstar of the two putters. I don’t mean that as a detraction from the Allison, but rather a commendation on just how well Indi did on the Ramone. This is the blade option that isn’t just a rehash of an Anser shape, instead it’s something unique which is hard to do.

Though it does feature the traditional multi-tiered bumpers of most blade putters, the overall shape including the topline has some curvature to it with the middle of the putter being the tallest/deepest. Additionally, the slight curvature of the rear flange creates a nice visual flow at address with the cavity itself maintaining the width of a golf ball as was the case with the Allison.

The Ramone is a full shaft offset plumbers neck design with 45° of toe-hang making it the friendliest to stroke with some arc to it. More interesting is that it is only 340g, something we just don’t see much in the putter segment as the trend keeps heading heavier. Frankly, I think that was a large part of what made it so fun to roll. The aluminum helped to keep things light, but the tungsten regained what light putters traditionally lack, stability.

Indi sent in the Ramone in its matte black finish and real being real, this is one of the best applied black finishes I have seen on a putter, and it made me honestly wish the Allison I worked with had the same finish. More than that, the use of blue as the accent color in the alignment lines let the whole thing pop a little more at address.

As was the case with the Allison, the roll and sound/feel here is pretty killer. There is literally nothing about this one that would have led me to believe it was milled out of aluminum if I hadn’t known it entering the review, I would have just assumed it was stainless steel. I cannot emphasize enough what a compliment that is to Indi for doing their due diligence on these designs and getting it right. Again, the only thing I can nitpick is the business of the sole, but at least on the Ramone it flows a little more than it does on the Allison.

A Unique Battle

Obviously, the name recognition will be the biggest battle for Indi to tackle, in two ways. First, the connotation of producing non-conforming gear is one that will linger for some. Let me say this, I think that this part of it is flat out silly and it’s something I frankly wish more companies would do, but there are some stuck in their “tradition” that just cannot accept something outside the box.

The other is going to be the price and accessibility issue. At $449.99, these are in premium putter price range and that is absolutely going to create some shock and hesitation. However, it’s a double-edged sword all companies must face, price too high and people scoff, too low and people glance over the product as cheap. The only way to combat this is to get the putters into the hands of the people, and though Indi themselves will have to address that on their own long term, I was surprised enough by these that I’m going to do my part and get both putters reviewed here into the hands of THP’ers for long term feedback. Keep a keen eye on the new THP Forum for more on this, and jump in the discussion with your own thoughts, questions, and feedback.

The Details

Price: $449.99

Options: Allison (Slant, Double Bend), Ramone (Plumbers Neck)

Finishes: Satin Chrome, Matte Black

Availability: Now

More Info: www.indigolfclubs.com

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43 Comments

  • Great write up @Jman, thanks as always. I wonder if the weight is the reason the aluminum feels better than other aluminum’s or if it is something else they did with it? I know feel is often sound so maybe they did something there. Anyway that black and blue is dope and I kind of like the busy branding on these for some reason. It reminds me of the back of a car with bumper stickers in a good way.
  • Nice review, @Jman – I really like the Allison putter and it sounds like Indi got more right than wrong with these. That price is going to hold them back, maybe, but like you said they can’t win on price
  • Really like the Allison! Looks like a lot of forgiveness in a mid-mallet shape. The $449 price…?!
  • Man, I thought more would read, and read all the way to the end….;)
  • Solid write up, thanks. The face on that Ramone is sharp ?
  • Man, I thought more would read, and read all the way to the end….;)

    Oh I am fully ready to review and provide some long term feedback on the Ramone ?

  • The look just doesn’t suit my eye, but that price would honestly turn me off even if I could see them in stores near me
  • Oh I am fully ready to review and provide some long term feedback on the Ramone ?

    Well there is one that read it all the way. :cool::p

    Some fun things coming with these as far as two lucky THP’ers will go. Really believe that in hand these will break a lot of preconceptions all the way down.

    I’ve rolled a lot of putters, a lot that use aluminum, none have ever sounded/felt like these.

  • Very nice review @Jman !! I am even more excited to get my Allison in that I was before. And the fact that you are going to share the love with a couple forum members is awesome!!
  • Excellent review James! I really like the looks of the Allison and am very pleased that the head weight is only 350 grams. Love the fact that they do not feel like other aluminum putters. I have tried a few in my time and did not really care for them. Sounds like these check all the boxes, except the affordability one.
  • Oh, and I would certainly volunteer my services to review the Allison!
  • I really like the looks of this line. For a first foray into the market, it is a strong showing that I really enjoyed rolling.
  • Excellent review James! I really like the looks of the Allison and am very pleased that the head weight is only 350 grams. Love the fact that they do not feel like other aluminum putters. I have tried a few in my time and did not really care for them. Sounds like these check all the boxes, except the affordability one.

    Totally agree, the weights they have hit here are surprising given the profiles, and that’s the beauty of the base material of course. But I’m like you, the feel is a make or break with these types of materials.

    Price is an interesting aspect, I will say the company does seem to run some percent off sales which helps it be more palatable.

  • I really like the looks of this line. For a first foray into the market, it is a strong showing that I really enjoyed rolling.

    Yup, a lot can go wrong in a first leap into putters, the balance between wanting unique and getting people to try it is a fine line, and I’m honest when I say I think Indi did as good of a job as anyone I’ve seen as far as that goes.

  • Yup, a lot can go wrong in a first leap into putters, the balance between wanting unique and getting people to try it is a fine line, and I’m honest when I say I think Indi did as good of a job as anyone I’ve seen as far as that goes.

    That is the biggest thing. Visually different enough to catch eyes. Something that is in place for a differentiator and then a product that works. On the surface it appears as though Indi Golf has hit most of those marks.

  • Nice write up. I can’t say that the shape of either of them suit my eye. And that is a pretty hefty ask at $450. But, I dig the heel and toe weight setup. I am looking forward to seeing THPers thoughts on them when they get a chance to test them out.
  • This is a great write up. It is right on par to the putter I had thoughts would be a great build. Price point is less than a top driver, and the putter gets used twice as often…….Good stuff.
  • Nice write up. I can’t say that the shape of either of them suit my eye. And that is a pretty hefty ask at $450. But, I dig the heel and toe weight setup. I am looking forward to seeing THPers thoughts on them when they get a chance to test them out.

    Its like I said in the article, with price, it’s a tight rope where most times a company just can’t win. Too high and people ball, too low and they call the product cheap. It’s hard on a company for sure.

  • Its like I said in the article, with price, it’s a tight rope where most times a company just can’t win. Too high and people ball, too low and they call the product cheap. It’s hard on a company for sure.

    Right, you don’t want to de-value your product. But, they’re going up against some pretty well established brands. I am no economist and I did not sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night. Time will tell how the market adopts the brand. As you mentioned in your article, accessibility will be a hurdle too. I don’t know what their retail presence will be. But, if golfers can’t try a product of that price out before spending that kind of money, it’ll be tough.

  • Right, you don’t want to de-value your product. But, they’re going up against some pretty well established brands. I am no economist and I did not sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night. Time will tell how the market adopts the brand. As you mentioned in your article, accessibility will be a hurdle too. I don’t know what their retail presence will be. But, if golfers can’t try a product of that price out before spending that kind of money, it’ll be tough.

    The other thing lost in this though is inventory, a company like this is not going to have the inventory of an odyssey or a taylormade, because of that it’s sometimes easier to stay in that more boutique price margin, less to sell therefore less concern about what the price is.

  • The other thing lost in this though is inventory, a company like this is not going to have the inventory of an odyssey or a taylormade, because of that it’s sometimes easier to stay in that more boutique price margin, less to sell therefore less concern about what the price is.

    Very good point.

  • Enjoyed the write-up and I LOVE the unique look of the Allison! Intrigued after the way James described the feel off the face for these vs other aluminum putters. Price is definitely premium, but if these ever show up retail, I’d give it a shot for sure. I think many overlook Indi Wedges and they were great wedges IMO.
  • Nice write up. The Ramone is really got a nice look to it, love how the blue alignment lines draws your eyes into it . Can’t wait to hear what THP’rs think of them.
  • Definitely even more intrigued by these and really liked the end of the article. :cool:
  • My Allison putter came in today. It looks even better in person than I expected. And it feels great. Heavier than I expected which is a good thing. I will get to get it out in course tomorrow.
  • The most expensive putter I’ve ever bought was $100 new. I’ve rolled a couple nicer ones at a PGASS but nothing more than a couple puts. I enjoyed the write up and if you need a place for the Ramone I volunteer as tribute. I’m pretty sure if you say it’s good, it’s gotta be great to me.
  • I am not even going to attempt to put up a review That will compare with what @Jman does. It would fall woefully short, but I am going to give my thoughts after one round with the Allison putter.

    This putter, in short, is amazing! It is very forgiving, it has great feel and it puts an absolutely beautiful & pure roll on the ball. I will admit that I didn’t think there was any way my Odyssey EXO 7s would get knocked out of the bag, but that is just what happened after one round.

    Now I will qualify by above statement by saying that it was just one round. However, I don’t see how It can’t get anything but better as I adjust to it. My playing partner who I play with a great deal was very impressed with the way I putted today. I’m looking forward to playing it again tomorrow.

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  • I am not even going to attempt to put up a review That will compare with what @Jman does. It would fall woefully short, but I am going to give my thoughts after one round with the Allison putter.

    This putter, in short, is amazing! It is very forgiving, it has great feel and it puts an absolutely beautiful & pure roll on the ball. I will admit that I didn’t think there was any way my Odyssey EXO 7s would get knocked out of the bag, but that is just what happened after one round.

    Now I will qualify by above statement by saying that it was just one round. However, I don’t see how It can’t get anything but better as I adjust to it. My playing partner who I play with a great deal was very impressed with the way I putted today. I’m looking forward to playing it again tomorrow.

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    LOVE It JH. That dark finish is sooooooo much better on the Allison.

    Also, I think it’s time to find a couple testers….

  • Sever several rounds in the books with the Allison putter and it has not disappointed in the least. It truly is one of the best putters I’ve ever used. And to be honest I’m surprised by it. Whoever ends up getting these to test I hope will have the same experience.
  • Sever several rounds in the books with the Allison putter and it has not disappointed in the least. It truly is one of the best putters I’ve ever used. And to be honest I’m surprised by it. Whoever ends up getting these to test I hope will have the same experience.

    #ReviewValidation

    Now, how to pick the two…….

  • #ReviewValidation

    Now, how to pick the two…….

  • That Allison black mallet is really appealing to my eye. Great stuff John!
  • Man, I’m liking that black. It’s pretty.

    And there’s distinction between the two… one’s definitely a blade; the other’s defnintely a mallet… no bladeymallet going on.

    @Just_Hacking can you scoop the ball with the back of the putter?

  • Man, I’m liking that black. It’s pretty.

    And there’s distinction between the two… one’s definitely a blade; the other’s defnintely a mallet… no bladeymallet going on.

    @Just_Hacking can you scoop the ball with the back of the putter?

    yes, you can.

  • Man, I’m liking that black. It’s pretty.

    And there’s distinction between the two… one’s definitely a blade; the other’s defnintely a mallet… no bladeymallet going on.

    @Just_Hacking can you scoop the ball with the back of the putter?

    You sure can. As a matter of fact it’s one of the easiest putters to scoop the ball up with I’ve ever used.

  • I’m going to pick a couple of you readers this evening for some forum testing fun. Appreciate you all!
  • Oh, and I would certainly volunteer my services to review the Allison!

    The most expensive putter I’ve ever bought was $100 new. I’ve rolled a couple nicer ones at a PGASS but nothing more than a couple puts. I enjoyed the write up and if you need a place for the Ramone I volunteer as tribute. I’m pretty sure if you say it’s good, it’s gotta be great to me.

    You two wanna do some work?

  • You two wanna do some work?

    You betcha! May be indoor work for a while but it will be work. Hopefully outdoors in the somewhat near future…

  • @Jman You better believe I’m down for some work. Like I stated in a previous thread, I know it’s a long drive, but the courses here are still open.
  • Great stuff…looking forward to your feedback, fellas.
  • You betcha! May be indoor work for a while but it will be work. Hopefully outdoors in the somewhat near future…

    @Jman You better believe I’m down for some work. Like I stated in a previous thread, I know it’s a long drive, but the courses here are still open.

    And so it shall come to pass. ;)

    Feedback needed in here, and in the Two Thumb putter grip thread. Shoot me your addy’s and I’ll try to get them out Sat or Mon.

  • And so it shall come to pass. ;)

    Feedback needed in here, and in the Two Thumb putter grip thread. Shoot me your addy’s and I’ll try to get them out Sat or Mon.

    Done and done. This is one I’m VERY excited about.

  • And so it shall come to pass. ;)

    Feedback needed in here, and in the Two Thumb putter grip thread. Shoot me your addy’s and I’ll try to get them out Sat or Mon.

    Will do and PM just sent. Thanks!

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