Boccieri to unveil anchoring alternative, EL Series
Monday, May 27, 2013
Since 2003, Steve Boccieri has hung his hat on counterbalanced putters that were heavier than normal. His original products were sold under the name Heavy Putter – the heads were heavier, and the putters contained a heavy counterweight inside the butt end of the shaft.
His designs were all about feel and balance.
Later, when Boccieri introduced a line of belly putters, he was able to offer more than a dozen different models because he already had the heavier heads that were necessary for belly putters.
Now, on June 1, Boccieri will begin showcasing 16 models with different heads that comprise his new EL Series. EL stands for extended length, and these new putters are available in finished lengths of 36, 38 and 40 inches.
The EL Series includes a variety of putters – besides the 16 head styles, there are two head weights (Mid and Heavy) and three finishes (satin, black and bronze). Putters in the EL Series come with a 175-gram counterweight along with a 17-inch grip. Total weight is 865 grams for the Mid-Weight putters and 930 grams for the Heavy-Weight models.
The philosophy behind these clubs is to provide belly-like stability in the grip section of the putter. While the putters are not designed to be anchored against the belly or the body, the weighting is intended to mimic the steadiness and repeatability of belly putters.
The retail cost of a Boccieri EL Series putter will be $169.
Boccieri’s other current project is a putter grip that effectively creates a counterbalance . The grip is made of dense rubber and has a heavy tungsten weight imbedded in the grip cap. Called the Secret Grip Putter Grip – to accompany the Secret Grip for full-swing clubs – it weighs 155 grams. By comparison, most conventional putter grips weigh between 50 and 60 grams. The Secret Grip Putter Grip will sell for $25.