When I started playing this crazy game, approximately 35 years ago, our choices for putters was much more limited. The municipal course I called home had a very small pro shop and when an 8802-style putter came in with a shipment of new goods, I fell in love, instantly. Unfortunately, I was working for $1.25/hour and eleven years old. That combination made purchasing the new blade before someone else did, out of the question. But, when I close my eyes, I can still see that gorgeous blade.
That vision is what drives me, every time I start to hand mill a new 6266 Blade for a customer. It is my thought that perhaps they had a similar experience at some point in their game. This burning desire has smoldered until they learned that they could come to MannKrafted and turn that desire into a gorgeous blade that would be the star of their game. The real bonus? Their new putter will have "Tour Victory" credentials to prove its ability to perform like a champion.
I start with the metal of the customer's choosing, whether it is 1018 CR Steel, USA-made 303 SS, or something more exotic. From the first day that I am milling on that putter, the customer receives update photographs of the putter emerging from a block of metal and the neck showing itself inside of a rod of appropriate size and length to create the putter they have been seeing in their mind's eye for a long, long time.
The heel-shafted blade is probably the most difficult putter style that I make, due to the effect that the smallest amount of extra sanding or one pass too many on the mill can have. It is with great pride that I can say that the feedback on my 6266's has been incredibly positive and I look forward to crafting the next one, very much.