“ Brand: Titleist / Type: Golfclub - Putter „
Titleist Bullseye Putters have been around for years. If you ask any golfer if they have ever had one, chances are that they will answer yes, or at the very least they will know of them and know someone that has one. I became interested in golf quite late (when I was 27) and have been golfing for nearly three years now. Every older golfer that I spoke to regarded the Titleist Bullseye as the best putter an amateur could buy for a low cost.
I purchased my Titleist online from a specialist golf auction site for £30 including post and packing which I think is a very fair price. The putter is very attractive - very old fashioned looking in fact, with a head fashioned entirely out of brass. I assume a new putter may be shiny but after repeated use it does dull, I personally think this adds to the charm. There is no plastic on the putter at all and no potential for rust or element damage through use (after all, the putter is one which whilst only gentle in terms of swing will be effectively rubbed along the floor).
Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and can see why the Titleist is held in such high regard even after all these years, when new innovations in club and putter have been developed. Sometimes something as simple as a brass head is all you need, and as the saying goes, if it ain't broke - don't fix it. Whilst other clubs with more modern styles have worked for me (wedges, irons) this traditional putter delivers and I will be sticking with it for the time being and recommending it where I can.
You can't do better than this for the money, and it's nice to have a bit of golfing history in my bag.
When it comes to buying golf clubs, one of the most difficult decisions is what type of putter to invest in - there are just so many choose from. Some are simple in design, whilst others have been over-engineered, with heads that are more reminiscent of small space stations than traditional golf clubs. One of my all time favourite putters is Titleist's 'Bullseye' - a truly elegant beast which was designed by John Reuter Jnr in the 1940s.
Design & Appearance
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The Bullseye is a golfing classic - slender with rounded edges and no unsightly plastic anywhere to be seen. Forged from soft yellow brass, the head of the Bullseye is shiny and gold when new, but gradually fades over the years to a duller (but arguably just as attractive) shade of gold. Similarly, with extended use you'll notice a number of marks and indentations appear on the metal's surface - these won't affect the Bullseye's performance as a whole, but they will add a great deal of character to the club. The putter has what's known as a 'fluted shaft' made by True Temper (not to be confused with the rapper Tinie Tempah!), which is designed to eliminate any twisting of the putter's head at impact with the ball. The putter's grip is made from wrapped leather with a pattered series of holes to help stop slippage - and overall it's very comfortable to hold.
Price & Availability
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You can buy a Bullseye putter in good used condition for around £25 online, although the price you pay will also depend on the year that the putter was made - as the original design dates back to the first half of last century, it's understandable that there have been some slight changes to the Bullseye over the years. The most recent design modification comes in the form of the Scotty Cameron version (sometimes the rare ones in pristine condition can sell for over £100) - and there are versions to be found with carbon steel heads instead of brass.
The Putter in Use + Final Word
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The softness of the putter's brass head provides excellent feel, and when used in combination with a soft ball, the putter is a pleasure to putt with on and around the greens. The Bullseye sits nicely on the ground, and the ball springs from the club face with a great deal of roll and not too much (unwanted) bounce. The balance feels great, with the weight dispersed evenly throughout the head, resulting in a large sweet spot. I've experimented with a number of putters in my time - many of which have made claims about increased accuracy - but to be honest, the Bullyseye is a good as any that i've used. Overall then, the Titleist Bullyseye putter is an exceptional piece of design which gives me confidence when standing over the ball. It's great for any player at any experience level, and has been a popular choice with the pros at a number of points during the last fifty years. Where there have been advances in golfing technology, the Titleist Bullseye putter holds its own in terms of solid performance and style - highly recommended.