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Mandala Stainless Steel Putter now available! #kronosgolf #playsolid #golf #putter #mandala

I know this isn't exactly a technical post, but the last post was about the Mandala and it ended with on sale soon. Well... These center shafted beauties are finally ready for play!

We used a 303 stainless steel which gives off a slightly more firm feel than our 11L17 carbon steel model. This putter features incredible feedback through its one-piece milled design. You can see from some of the pictures below that each head is milled from a solid block of stainless steel creating a seamless transition into the head which provides incredible feel. 

For more details on the specifications of this head check out the stainless steel Mandala page.  

Also check out the dealers page and Kronos Shop to find out how to get one in your hands.  

 -PL

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Mandala and Balance. #prototype #golf #milled #balance #madeinUSA

We make sure that all of our putters pass our Balance Blade Test. This is simply a test to make sure the sight line is drawn in the correct spot, along the sweet spot.  

The pictures below of the Mandala model were taken at an early stage of prototyping; however, even then we must make sure that the mass is all in the right places and that the sight line is drawn in the proper place. 

This model is currently in production and will be available for sale soon. 

 

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Center of Gravity and Sightlines

Mike covers how to find the true center of gravity (sweet spot) on the putter head and why it is important that the sightline is positioned correctly. I should mention that the center of gravity referred to here is the balance point between the heel and toe (even though true center of gravity is a point in three dimensional space).

--PL

Below is a quick comparison of the a forged putter head versus our precision milled and delicately hand finished putter head.

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D'Arcy Sweet Spot Location

Many of you have asked where the sweet spot is located on the D'Arcy.  It is actually very close to the heel, right in the middle of the LinkSoul logo (see picture).  On the old hand-forged blades the sweet spot was much closer to the neck.  We were able to move the sweet spot toward the toe by boring deep into the neck for the hosel and adding mass to the toe.  Overall we find this makes it easier and more pleasurable to play.  Most people tend to align the ball too far toward the toe so this modification should help with that as well.

The red line indicates the center of gravity

The red line indicates the center of gravity

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What is lie angle?

Lie angle is angle between the shaft and the sole of the putter.  Under USGA rules it must be less than 80 degrees (USGA Rules Appendix II 1.d.(i)).  A larger angle creates a more "upright" club, and a small angle may create a "flat" lie.  70-72 degrees is very common in modern putters.  Older putters tend to be more upright at 72 or more degrees of lie.

Using a putter with a lie angle not suited to your setup and swing can result in putts not going on your intended line (more on this in an upcoming post).  Fortunately, most putters can be bent to custom fit the lie angle to the golfer.  Ask a clubfitter or the manufacturer for more information.

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Putter Robot Off-center Test Shots

We tested the Touch putter to see if an off center strike with the robot 0.5 inches in either direction from the sweet spot would affect distance and line. Our putter performed very well. It held it's line as expected and did not lose any distance on heel struck putts. The toe struck putts lost a insignificant amounts of distance on some tests but had others that rolled out the same distance, suggesting distance lost is due to other factors such as inconsistencies in the carpet and possible striking on a corner of a dimple. 

We plan to do more testing and release the results in a later blog update. 

--PL

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Sweet Spot Experimentation with Robot

Here are a few clips of early testing we did with our putting robot. Much lip service is given to high MOI and "large sweet spots" and the like, but I was curious to see how that affects a ten foot putt. While not on a true green, you will see that the a 0.5" off-center shot toward the heel or toe is not nearly as significant as other factors such as putting surface imperfections. For a ten-footer it is not very difficult to strike a putter somewhere within that one inch diameter. 

--PL

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Meet our putting robot

We use our putting robot to test  our clubs. It can be adjusted to various lie angles, heights, grip pressure, swing speed, swing acceleration, swing deceleration, off center shots, and much more.

Check out our other videos to see it in action. We will post short clips here and there and hopefully run some test and share the data with you all in the near future. Please stay tuned. 

--PL

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