In the game of golf, a good putter will always be a worthy opponent. What makes a good putter? Is it the ability to read greens perfectly? Is it the ability to put the ball on their line in any circumstance? Is it the player that can judge the speed of a putt down within a foot? These are all excellent and necessary qualities to be a good putter, but in my mind there must be another attribute. To me, a good putter has the ability to feel the putt, to move their putter as if it is an extension of themselves.
There are quite a few manufacturers in the golf industry that make very high quality putters. What stands out really varies from golfer to golfer. Today I am going to tell you about the Seemore PTM3 (Counter-balance edition).
The PTM3 is a precision tour milled mid-mallet that combines the soft feel of milled 303 steel, the Seemore alignment system (RifleScope Technology), and the stability of counter-balancing.
The PTM3 is simple, industrial, yet surprisingly elegant. The putter head has a unique look to it at address as it is formed to look almost as a tool than a putter. Behind the putter face you will find a short overhang with the only mass behind the face being the small area where the shaft is centered on the club. Stretching out the back is a flat surface at the bottom of the club providing a bit of weight to increase stability.
I will be honest. I didn’t think I was going to like the looks of the PTM3. I am a fan of symmetry but something about this putter really inspires a good feeling when standing over it. I have really grown to love it.
When you look at the face of the PTM3, you wouldn’t really think it was a milled face. When comparing it with the likes of a Scotty Cameron (which has a much deeper milled face) you would expect a much firmer feel by comparison. I was VERY pleasantly surprised to find out that this putter is just the right amount of soft and buttery.
When striking a ball with the PTM3 you immediately know where on the face you have hit it. It is really a great experience and makes putting quite fun.
Here is where I am a little weary with the PTM3. I really love the way the putter performs in the aspect of how it feels off the face as well as some pretty amazing distance control (albeit a subjective attribute). However, I was not a big fan of the RST (RifleScope Technology) system.
Seemore has made a name for themselves more so for the RST system since it promotes a really great concept of consistency through setup. I really want to love this system but my weariness comes from an awkward setup with the lead wrist bent inward (concave)at address. To me, this has created quite a few mishits simply from being more susceptible to slight flipping of the wrists in the stroke. Keep in mind, this is just my experience and putting performance/technique is subjective to the golfer. There may be some that love this system and the only way to find out is to try it yourself.
The counter-balance of the PTM3 has also been another point of contention for me. While there was an increase of stability, there just wasn’t enough to make up for the clunky feeling of having 3-4 inches of grip above your hands.
I really like this putter. It is the kind of putter that when practicing you get really frustrated with but when on the course you just sink everything. I have the feeling that a bit more time spent with it is all that is needed to really find a groove and relationship with this putter.