When The Hackers Paradise held its Huge Putter Shoot Out last month, we received equipment in all shapes and sizes. With over 25 different putters tested by an independent panel of equipment testers, one putter stood out and won the honors of Best Looking. Do looks really matter in your putter? I was not entirely sure, so I was on a mission to find out if the “Best Looking” putter could work in my favor on the golf course. When the Shoot Out was complete, I asked the kind folks at Machine if we could hold onto one for a few rounds to do a review.
Machine M2A Converter Putters were created to improve upon a classic, traditional design, with new performance engineering and also add even more options for shape, alignment, weight and never before seen levels of customization and user-adjustment. Do you like traditional blade shape, but a longer sightline? The M2A Converter with Tongue-back flange may be just the ticket. Not sure if you want to putt with a Blade or Mallet? Now you can have either, or both, in the same putter! Mix and match materials, add width with a spacer, or add weight perfect for a Belly or even long putter. The Machine M2A Converter model with the FatBack flange option is what we had participate in our shoot out and what we will be speaking about for this review, however as mentioned, the custom options seem endless.
Back Flange Shape
(Blade, Tongue, FatBack, Nibble Back and more)
Alignment Mark Options
Base Head Material
Hosel Shape, Material and Specification Options
Custom Grind Options
Hand Hammered Peening
From The Company:
MACHINE Putters & Grips are designed to offer advanced performance technologies, and unequaled personalization and customization options. Technologies include a roll- and feel-enhancing Vertical Mill Groove CNC milled face pattern; a convertible flange technology; transforming design technology; modular hosel technology; multiple adjustable weight technologies; multiple alignment technologies and many other advances and refinements designed to increase your performance and enjoyment of the game.
All MACHINE Putters & Grips incorporate classic and traditional design elements to make the putters look and feel comfortable, trustworthy and confidence inspiring. Dave Billings follows his CA2 design philosophy for clubs: no matter how innovative the technologies, the club should be “Clean At Address.”
Ultimate Customization has been a goal for Billings view of the MACHINE Putters & Grips for many years. This was born from the customer satisfaction for all the custom work Billings and his team provided on the HOG series, and work done for TOUR professionals who Billings has worked with, virtually all of whom have used custom versions of Billings’ designs. With the MACHINE Putters & Grips, customization once only available to the Pros is now available to you, and more!
As our readers know, we are less about technology and more about do things work around here, so we could not wait to get this one out on the greens and see what all the fuss was about. And even more than that, I wanted to find out if looks translate into performance. Armed with the Machine M2A Converter model with the FatBack flange option I set out to the putting green to give it some work for about an hour. Here are some things that I have to get out of the way before we go on.
1. The Putter Shoot Out testers were right, this is one of the nicest looking putters I have ever seen. The thought of having this say THP or have it in black are just so intriguing to me.
2. Pulling the headcover off, you see this beauty and get a sense of confidence like never before.
Speaking of the headcover, I do want to mention that we have a small complaint about theirs. Machine Putters are some of the most creative pieces of golf equipment we have ever seen. Obviously we are not alone in our assessment since they won the best looking putter, hands down. However the putter cover leaves a little to be desired. We would have liked to see a magnet or zipper rather than velcro without a doubt so that we do not have to fear scratching these works of art, but we also would like to see something that separates these from the others the same way their putters do. Maybe it is just me, but I would like to see something a little different.
On the putting green I was really enjoying myself. I had three different golfers ask me what kind of putter I was using and found myself being a “pitchman” for the company. While rolling putts I could tell I was actually smiling each time I set up to the ball. Deranged maybe. Even possibly scary. But when a putter makes you grin, you know you are on to something. Results were what is to be expected. The Machine M2A Converter model with the FatBack flange has all the characteristics to make up a great putter. The ball comes off the face rolling extremely well, the feel is incredibly soft, and the cosmetics…Well, you know how we feel about the way the putter stands aesthetically speaking.
Overall, I have played quite a few rounds with this putter now and while it is not a “magic putter” that sinks everything inside of 20 feet, it has all the tools to be one of the best putters on the market today. However what separates this club from everything else is the appearance. The phrase “one look and you are hooked” has never rung so true as it has for me with this club. While playing I found myself telling anybody that would listen that “I do not carry a putter anymore. I carry a piece of artwork.” Machine Putters truly has something special on their hands and we, here at THP, recommend each reader taking a look at the quality that is being put out by this company. For more information on the company and the styles that they make check out their website at Machine Putters. You will be glad that you did.
Till Next Time