Pearl Putter: Emphasis on adjustability
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Adjustability is one of golf’s favorite buzzwords these days, and nobody does it quite like the Pearl Putter. It features an adjustable lie angle that can be set anywhere between 60 and 80 degrees.
Most standard putters have a lie angle around 70 degrees. This means the Pearl Putter can be set as much as 10 degrees upright or 10 degrees flat.
Adjusting the lie is simple enough: Just insert a small tool into a receptacle at the base of the hosel and loosen the shaft. Then reset the shaft to the desired angle and retighten.
True, the lie angle of most fixed-lie putters can be changed by sticking the putter in a bending machine. But this is quicker and easier.
The Pearl Putter was designed and engineered by Earl Pottorff. Hundreds of homemade putters are invented every year by mom-and-pop putter teams, and this would be just another one if it weren’t for one small detail: Pottorff has a 41,000-square-foot plant in Savannah, N.Y., where he is a major player in the plastics industry.
Under the banner of Pearl Technologies, he possesses more than two dozen patents and produces more than 3,000 products and 13,000 parts made of plastic.
Which brings us to the Pearl Putter. Pottorff, a golf nut, was puttering around and came up with his concept. The mallet-style head weighs 360 grams and is made of 6061 aluminum. It has a milled face with grooves. It features a center-shafted, face-balanced design.
Available in both right-handed and left-handed models, it comes in lengths from 32 to 46 inches. Standard loft is 5 degrees. A lower loft involves an upcharge. The putter can be purchased in more than 20 finishes or colors, and many of those come with an upcharge as well.
The Pearl Putter is pricey: $250 for the standard edition and $350 for a customized version. But one thing is certain: Every golfer can find the proper lie.