A man named Edwardo Galeano once said, "History really never says goodbye, it just says see you later." Truer words were never spoken. Win a drink at the 19th hole with this Golf History Trivia Question: Which golf putter was banned for being TOO GOOD?
Engdahl's Perfected Quantum Golf Putter
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Back at the turn of last century, Mr. Knight of Schenectady New York, designed a revolutionary new golf putter he named after his hometown. It was used by Walter Travis, the Golfer who in 1904 was the first American to win the British Open. Back then it was unthinkable that any American could win the British game of golf in Britain. So the Royal & Ancients of Golf decided that his win was not so much as a result of player skill, but instead caused by the odd putter he was using. They promptly banned the putter he used as non-conforming to the Rules of Golf, a ban that wasn't lifted until 1951. That ban was the death the Schenectady Putter and the premature end of golf putter technology advancement for the next century. Sadly this also relegated a great golf equipment innovator to oblivion.
Knight's Putter was killed by the R&A ban and it lay dead and buried until 1951. After the ban was lifted, it made a small resurgence but never again amounted to much in the golf market. About the time the ban was lifted, another putter designer picked up on Knight's putter technology; his name was John Reuter, and his putter was the named the BullsEye.
Reuter's BullEye dominated the putter market until the early 1960's. It revived the concept of center shafted putters, it introduced the benefit of an ambidextrous putter, and it was made of a heavier metal (brass) which improved stroke momentum. In 1962, Reuter sold his fledgling putter company to Acushnet, a golf ball maker who would later be better known as Titleist. About that time Karston Solheim designed the Ping Anser Putter which took the golf market by storm, and ended the reign of the BullsEye/
The Anser looked "high-tech" and it made its debut in the early '60s, at the beginning of the high-tech era. It was beautiful with its sharp and shiny stainless steel design, especially when compared to the dowdy little BullEye which looked its best only when new, but soon became tarnished, marred, and downright ugly a short time later. The time was right for the Ping Anser, and it soon buried the BullsEye. It didn't matter that the Ping Putter was a giant step in the wrong putter technology direction. It violated almost every principle of physics applicable to the making of a golf putter. Nevertheless, soon everyone who was making putters was cloning it to ride the wave of its popularity, and every golfer wanted to have one in the bag.
Then in 2000 the most ridiculous trend in golf putter design was begun by Odyssey. The Odyssey design violated even more principles of physics than the Ping, yet it became wildly popular because it was promoted as being forgiving. Forgiveness it would seem was what golfers were looking for. Soon unbridled creativity rather than sound physics resulted in mallets that looked like the patrons of the Star Wars Tavern. Every putter maker jumped into the mallet craze even Ping, who actually named there mallet offering "Craz-e". Nowadays, almost every golfer has either a Ping (or Ping knockoff), or a mallet in the bag.
Finally in 2005 common sense and principles of physics returned to golf putter design. This when Duane Engdahl presented his Quantum Golf Putter at the Fifth World Scientific Congress of Golf, where it was well received by fellow scientists in the field of golf. Engdahl's quantum improvement in golf putter technology corrected all the design defects in Solheim's putter and it improved upon the design technology of both Knight and Reuter. It is now the most perfected golf putter technology available by any well reasoned standard, and its performance is universally acclaimed by its users.
Duane Engdahl is Master Golf Putter Designer for Quantum Golf Putter Company. He can be reached for comment or reprint permission HERE.
Solheim's Ping Anser
Knight and his Schenectady Putter
Putter used by First American to Win British Open