Club Test 2011: Yes! Putters

yes! jennifer putter
Courtesy of Yes! Golf
The club testers praised the Yes! Jennifer putter for its reliable control and consistent roll for most and appreciated that it gets the ball rolling quickly with minimal skidding.
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Golf Magazine / Golf.com

Series: Product Spotlight

From Golf Magazine (June 2011)
Yes! Jennifer
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Key Technologies: This center-shaft, face-balanced mallet is designed to be a mini version of its Natalie model. The 355-gram clubhead is made of 304 stainless steel and has 2.5° loft. Comes standard with Winn AVS grip.

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CLUB TEST

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OUR TESTERS SAY: Simple-looking package delivers a smooth, true roll and repeatable performance.

PROS
DISTANCE CONTROL:
Reliable control and consistent roll for most; putter gets ball rolling quickly with minimal skidding.

FEEL: Putts come off the face at a good, controlled speed, not too hard or fast; wellbalanced head provides effortless feel.

LOOK: Uncluttered -- a nice contrast to many of the putters in this category; the non-glare, bead-blast finish and extended sightline give it a straightforward look.

CONS
Some testers find that off-center twist is greater than normal; others prefer a heavier head, especially for longer putts; center-shaft look isn’t for everyone.

$160

Yes! Courtney
Category: Blade Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Key Technologies: The stainless steel, 355-gram head has a "toe down" design. It's a heel-shafted cavity back with 2.5° loft, a "tri-level" sole, single sightline and Winn AVS grip.

OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the top-rated putters; simple precision from long or short range.

PROS
DISTANCE CONTROL:
A top performer -- lags are a snap and cash-in putts just go in; tight, controlled roll time after time -- good strokes are richly rewarded; most find that this putter screams consistency.

FEEL: Balanced, instantaneous, delightful feel; soft grip feels right.

LOOK: Compact head with simple sightline; slant neck hosel provides an unobstructed view of the ball.

CONS
A few testers find that the shape, styling and color doesn't set it apart; others seek a little more help on mis-hits.

$160

From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, April 2010)
Yes! Ashley
Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Company line: "The Ashley has our patented 'C-Groove Technology' to produce a true roll, plus pronounced heel-toe weighting, an ideal head shape and size, and simple alignment lines. The double-bend shaft and face-balanced design make it a solid fit for all player types."

OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS:
Heavy head helps on longer putts and smoothes out your stroke; grooved face seems to produce a pure roll most every time; solid and stable feel; a few guys witness immediate improvement in their putting game; you can tell when you miss the sweet spot, but the ball still rolls well; sets up easily.

CONS: Clubface feels a little hard to some testers; head weight is too much for a few guys, which affects distance control; odd head shape.

Yes! Dawn
Category: Blade Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Company line: "The Dawn is a CNC-milled, cavity-back blade with full offset hosel. It's made from 303-forged stainless steel. The head weighs 345 grams and provides incredible feel and responsiveness with proven 'C-Groove' technology."

OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS:
Dawn produces a consistent roll, putts hold the line nicely; sharp, firm feel on center hits; pretty good distance control on longer putts; helps you to distinguish mis-hits; single white alignment line works fine; swings easily on the path you choose.

CONS: Other models seem to have more heft; curved grooves aside, testers find the overall package to be too plain looking; nothing sets it apart performance-wise.

Yes! Madison
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Company line: "The 431 stainless steel head has pronounced perimeter weighting with discretionary mass placed in the rear, toe and heel. A long parallel alignment strip makes it simple to aim. Our 'C-Groove' technology gets the ball traveling end-over-end sooner for a more stable roll."

OUR TESTERS SAY:
PROS:
No-frills putter is a cinch to align, easy to hit and produces pleasing results; the full weight of the head directly behind the ball translates to a smooth roll; guys with straight-back, straight-through strokes appreciate it; helpful visual aid eliminates guesswork; forgiving on slight mis-hits.

CONS: The putter makes a distracting tinny sound at contact; a few testers experience limited feedback (lack of precise feel), which can affect distance control; longish, tongue-like head shape has its dissenters.

$150-$290

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