I was setting up to take portraits of the 2018 World Long Drive competitors in Oklahoma and needed to test my lighting. A friend said “you should take a few photos of Mike’s putters that he made. They’re in that case over there.” I responded “what do you mean he makes his own putters?” Military veterans Mike Adcock and business partner Phil Holt design and produce their line of MP Putters with the help of a CNC milling machine, right in Texas.
I was fascinated by the process. This led me down a rabbit hole of discovering hand made putters. I read up about guys like TP Mills, Karsten Solheim, Tad Moore, Robert Bettinardi and Scotty Cameron. I could imagine them in their garages, basements or shops working with steel experimenting with angles, lofts, weight and material.
I then found some new guys on the block and wrote to them on Instagram. They’re following in the footsteps of the greats and carving their own path.
My original photography idea involved flowers, but I think the pythons work better.
Thank you to all these wonderful putter makers. Give them a follow!
Many thanks to Rose Reptiles in Orlando, Florida!
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Legacy Goods | Jonathan Tenkely | @legacygoodsltd | Denver, Colorado
Jonathan built his first putter in December 2019 and sent in his most recent head design, the “McClane.” He’s been designing and creating golf accessories on his CNC machine, located in his garage, for years to contribute to local charity organizations and put personalized items into the pockets of playing partners. The McClane takes about 25 hours of machine time and hand finishing to complete. Tenkely says “I have a design and graphic arts background, so crafting a putter that makes an impactful visual statement is how I am currently measuring my success.”
Kraken Golf | Marc Cordeira | @krakengolf | Acushnet, Massachusetts
Marc has been machining since 2014 but built his first putter in 2018. He started with belts, ball markers and divot tools. The 350g Dartmouth Model is of 303 stainless steel featuring a futuristic design with EDC style engraved face, plumbers neck without the cup and clean lines throughout. Marc prefers a minimalistic design and intricate laser details on his putters. His motivation is to attract the younger generation to grow the game with cool designs that promote comfort and calmness when putting.
Goodwood Golf Company | David Frisch | @goodwoodgolfco | Baltimore, Maryland
David Frisch built his first putter from three pieces of welded steel bar stock in 2018. The putter I photographed was his “Senna”, machined from soft 12L14 carbon steel. It features a long flowing ball screw neck, slightly offset so there is some toe hang. It’s finished off with a dark matte torched finish, clean face milling, minimal stamping and no sight aids. Many of Frisch’s designs are inspired by other putter makers and designs of pre-1970 European motorsport automobiles.
Coggin Machine and Design | Jayme Coggin | @cmdgolfco | Westfield, Massachusetts
“My goal is to build you your last putter, a putter that makes you want to practice more!” Coggin, who worked on this putter for five days, sent over his Skyler model made of 303 stainless steel, 3 degrees of loft and weight of 350 grams. “The Skyler” was named after his daughter and inspired by the A10 Warthog jet, which was flown by his brother. Coggin sent it to me in secrecy as it’s a gift for his brother, which has to be the coolest gift a brother could give. (Take lessons @jeffcyr19) “Putters don’t have to look one particular way, a deadly putter can be disguised as a rusty piece of steel or a beautiful piece of art.”
Strokes Gained | Neal Rohrbach | @strokesgainedcustoms |Valdosta, Georgia
Neal didn’t send a show piece, he sent me his personal putter that he’s gamed for 4 years, so the pressure was on. I was honored. The first putter Neal designed was in 2001 for another manufacturer and debuted his own brand of putter in April 2016. This putter took Neal 16 hours to produce. He’s gotten his numbers down to roughly 6-12 hours for new builds now. It is inspired by the original Answer head and made of carbon steel and finished in satin nickel. At 355g, it features a sound slot, flow neck, tour dots and a paint scheme featuring the Peach State.
MP Putters | Mike Adcock & Phillip Holt | MPPutters.com | Haslet, TX
After photographing their putters at the 2018 World Long Drive Championships, I was hooked. As a thank you for photographing the putters, Mike and Phillip made me this putter, which has my sons name on the sole. They don’t know it set off a putter hysteria in me or about this putter photoshoot. My boy turns 3 in September 2020 and I can’t wait for him to use this!
Brandon Matthew | Huntington Beach, California | @brandon_matthew_putters
Brandon has taught himself the art of metal working the last few years. He has experience in art and design as a creative director, graphic artist, photographer and web programmer. Being left handed, he wanted a flow neck Anser style putter, which wasn’t available, so he built one. This lead to refinishing Scotty Cameron putters and other brands, which lead to recently launching his own brand. Emphasis is on the forgotten lefty, Brandon builds for both dexterities.