Yes! introduced 17 new putter models at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, and a couple of them have attracted a fair amount of attention this year. One is the Sandy 12, a mallet-style stick with a new TPU65D insert placed in a precision milled slot behind the face, for better feel and forgiveness. It is also available with a high-contrast black and white finish on the face, to help aiming.
Ryan Moore shot 61 in the second round of the Humana Challenge in late January the first time he ever picked up a Sandy 12. He seemed to make everything he looked at that day and needed only nine putts on his final nine holes. A few months later, Fred Funk used a Sandy 12 to birdie four of the last five holes of the Insperity Championship at the Woodlands in Houston, and beat Tom Lehman by a stroke in that Champions Tour event.
As is the case with all Yes! models, the Sandy 12 employs the C-Groove design that has been a hallmark of that brand for years. According to Blair Philip, director of product development for putters at Adams Golf, which owns Yes!, the edges of those grooves are lathed into the putter face at specific angles in the shape of a C. Those grooves grip the ball at impact, he adds, and help it start rolling sooner and truer toward the hole, end over end and on one axis. The overspin helps the ball track better.
The other new Yes! putter of note this year is the Callie 12. Though it hasn’t enjoyed similar success as the Sandy 12 on Tour, it has been well received at retail and boasts comparable performance attributes, utilizing the same C-Groove design and also the TPU65D insert. The big difference is that the Callie is a perimeter-weighted blade.