All putters have a straight leading edge by necessity. But of all putters that have a rear topline, we can’t think of a single one that isn’t straight and parallel to the leading edge. In fact, all of the other models in the Round 4 lineup have a straight rear topline. While most putter designers probably take it for granted that all putters should have this shape, we actually focused on it as a key design element. There’s no reason why the rear topline must be straight, so what shape might be better?
Different players focus on different elements of a putter head when setting up to putt. To aim, one might look the leading edge or the sightline. For ball position, one might refer to the sightline but also the general spacing of the ball between the toe and the heel. Could a rear topline be shaped in a non-traditional way to improve either aim or ball positioning (or both)?
The shape we came up with was a curve that was tangent to the leading edge right at the center of the face. The curve draws the player’s eye away from the toe and heel and towards the sweet spot of the club, making ball positioning simple and consistent. For some players, the curve also draws the eye toward the sightline and helps them focus in on the leading edge and alignment of the putter.
The name of this putter derives from this curve. In looking at prototypes, the curve of the rear topline and the sightline reminded us of an archer’s bow and arrow, aimed directly at the hole.
We designed the face of this putter relatively thin, and the back flange of the cavity is particularly thin, giving this putter a different sound and feel to other models in the Round 4 lineup. Impact yields a slight resonance, giving a higher pitched sound and a very soft feel. The sound and feel is very similar to a putter with a sound slot. The effect is one of the softest feeling 100% milled steel putters we’ve ever seen.
The Archer was originally conceived as a center-shafted model with the curved rear topline pulling the eye to the ball-shaft sweet spot, but in prototyping we found the effect of the curved rear topline was equally effective in a plumber’s neck configuration, so we added it to our lineup.
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