My first putters growing up were Ansers and mallets. The first time I picked up a heel shafted blade and swung it and felt the way the blade could rotate freely through the stroke I knew it was for me. Its look was simple and elegant. It had no distractions. I could stand over it and focus on the ball and my line, not my putter. But which was the right blade for me? I started to collect them. There are a few blades in the current market, and I bought many of them, but what really captured my eye were the old school blades from the past. I started trolling online auctions hunting for old Spalding blades and classic Wilsons. For years my favorite was the Wilson 8802. It took a little lead tape to get the weight just right, but the shape of the blade was the best I had seen. Still, it wasn’t quite perfect. It was just the best of the breed; there were other putters with individual aspects that were perhaps improvements, but they weren’t better on the whole.
When I decided to design the Saber, I sat down with my collection of blades and made note of all the design elements of each that I liked and disliked. I tried to incorporate the best pieces and dimensions from all of them. The length of the blade, the depth of the topline, the shape of the curve of the rear flange, etc. In plotting it out on in CAD, the blade came together quite easily like this. What did not come easily was the hosel.
In looking at every other blade on the market and from the past, none of them got the hosel quite right. They all had essentially just cylindrical posts that were stuck on to the blade as an afterthought. Some had a little bit of curve to create an offset and some had a little bit of rounding off on the corners where the hosel meets the blade, but all have a discontinuity of shape where the hosel meets the blade. Other designers look at this head shape as 2 pieces – the blade and the hosel – and while some had managed to design a good blade, none had managed to match that with a hosel that blended properly with the blade.
So that was my challenge. The hosel needed to be an extension of the blade itself and connect the shaft to the blade in a harmonious design. My first thought was that looking down at the putter at address, the curve of the rear flange of the putter needs to match the shape of the hosel. Nothing should interrupt the flow of the curve – it’s what gives this putter its elegance. Secondly, there needs to be a graceful transformation of the square topline to the roundness of the shaft. Thirdly, the offset of the hosel needs to be incorporated in a way that blends with the flowing look of the putter and does not distract the eye in any way.
Through many design concepts and revisions, I eventually got it just right. The resulting geometry is incredibly complex, but the lines of the Saber turned out perfectly. It is one piece – a blade and hosel in perfect harmony. It is original and unlike any other blade on the market or from the past. Yet it incorporates the essence and style of the classic blade.
The 3D surface milling on the back flange was added by the machinists. It's a Round 4 design theme and the machinists made a great choice on this one. The vertical cuts were completely unexpected since it would be so much cheaper to cut the steel lengthwise with fewer passes, but the vertical cuts make the curve of the back flange really pop and give it a beautiful and unique surface texture.
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