Gear Head will be taking to the fairways this afternoon armed with a new toy to test: a GEL Golf Sedo II blade putter, one of a series of new GEL models that bear the name of U.K. putting expert Dr. Paul Hurrion.
Hurrion, the personal putting coach of European Ryder Cup team members Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington, has lent both his name and his expertise to a unique line of putting tools that pay homage to classic styles while at the same time shaking up flat-stick traditions.
The Sedo II, one of a dozen GEL Golf models (four of which comprise the new Hurrion line), is striking from the start.
Despite the smaller size, the head _ like all GEL putters _ weighs 370 grams, which is slightly heavier than standard.
This particular model, which measures 34 inches, is also dramatically upright _ a feature that, when combined with the head weight, would seem to foster a more pendulum-style stroke.
The marquee design feature of all GEL putters is the grooved aluminum face insert, which appears to take its inspiration from the popular Guerin Rife line _ grooves that are both angled and flat to better foster a forward roll and to ensure the ball keeps its initial line, rather than skidding and squirting away at impact.
The Sedo IIs sharp lines and pronounced right angles at address make it easy to set up square, but only todays test run will determine whether its equally easy to keep the face square at impact.
In the meantime, check out the full line of GEL putters at www.gelgolf.com.