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The Fourth Tee recently attended a golf trade show and happened upon the most handsome putters it had ever seen. We had just discovered the Musty Putter. So taken by the beauty of this putter, The Fourth Tee felt it a blog-worthy item and snagged the following Q&A interview with David Musty, creator of the Musty Putter, to learn more about his beautiful creation.
THE FOURTH TEE: First, thank you for accommodating our questions. According to your company’s website, you have a background in “custom homebuilding, circle staircase design, and fine furniture construction.” What was the precipitating event that led you to design and create putters? In short, why Musty Putters?
DAVID MUSTY: The putter company was an accident. After injures ended my baseball career, I started playing golf with my buddies who are so funny to play golf with … always cracking jokes while you’re hitting, “look out for this lake and that tree.” Real comedians. Being a baseball player, hitting the ball was easy. Putting the ball was hard. So, I asked a local pro about why my putts could go left on one putt and right on the next, and then straight on the next. He explained that putters have a “sweet spot” where you’re supposed to hit the ball and then it goes straight. However, after he tapped the face of my putter for two minutes he said the putter was terrible and that I should invest some $$$ and buy a good one. Well, $600.00 dollars later, it was worse, not better, and that was when I started working on a putter which would have a larger more forgiving sweet spot. I raised the weighting system to the center or equator of the ball to make it easier to control distances. See patent, below. Wood was the only material I could cut in half and drill holes in and add weight.
As to the name, at our final board meeting I had offered several cute wood putter names and was told, “No, it’s always the creator’s name, aka Scottie Cameron Putters, Bobbie Grace putters,” and so on. So, Musty Putters is my name.
TFT: How long has Musty Putters been around?
DM: 17 years.
TFT: Are your putters only created to order via your website? Or can they be found in retail stores?
DM: We are the #1 retail item at Pebble Beach. We are now at Augusta, with the Masters putter. We also can be found at Kolina and Tommy Bahama.
TFT: Why wooden putters? Is this simply a function of your background? Or, is there a real performance value that these wooden putters offer?
DM: It’s performance! When I started working on the internal weighting system, I tried metal, but it only moved 2% of the weight up to the equator of the ball. With wood, we were able to move it 98% up.
TFT: Currently, you make putters in six distinctive head designs: Classic Mallet, Modern Classic, Sonoma, Wingtip, Tiffany and ATS. Are these simply aesthetic options? Or are there performance distinctions amongst them?
DM: It is what people wanted. Some like the Wingtip. We were inspired by outside influences. The movie Batman inspired the wingtip.
TFT: In addition to the variety in head design, you offer six options in exotic wood grain: Bloodwood, Cocobolo, Leopardwood, Maple, Purpleheart, Tigerwood. Are there significant differences in the performance associated with each wood type, or are these purely for the aesthetic preference of the consumer?
DM: No, we chose these woods because they have the same density.
TFT: Would you say the Musty Putter technology is better than the technology associated with metal-based putters? If so, why?
DM: Way better, steel putters have sole plates and face plates so all the weight is transferred to the bottom of the ball causing back spin and face hop. We raised the weight to the equator of the ball which causes a forward roll, allowing users better distance control and off center hits go straight.
TFT: Musty Putters is based in California, but will you be at any upcoming trade shows where our readers can see and touch the Musty Putter? If so, please tell us where and when!
DM: We do winter shows around the country, we do tournaments in summer so call or email to find out where we will be next. Call 1-800-815-4454, or email: email@example.com.
TFT: Thank you for this very informative Q&A.
To learn more about the Musty Putter, visit: http://www.mustyputters.net/
ROLLING YOUR WAY TO GOLF FITNESS WITH THE GOLFROLLER – An Interview with Larry Sheman, President, GolfRoller
April 28, 2013 Leave a comment
THE FOURTH TEE: What exactly is the GolfRoller? And why did you feel the need to bring such a product to market?
LARRY SHEMAN: The GolfRoller is a foam roller which we consider to be an essential training aid, designed to increase back and core strength, and improve flexibility. Most golfers realize how demanding the golf game can be on their body, but they’re unaware of the benefits of using a foam roller. Our goal is to build awareness about these benefits.
TFT: Why is using the GolfRoller before and after a round of golf beneficial to golfers?
LS: The GolfRoller allows users to leverage their own body weight as a massage. The technical term for this process is ‘myofascial release,’ a type of soft tissue therapy used to relieve pain and restriction of motion. It’s a great way to loosen up before the round and to provide your body with some relief from all the twisting you’ve done during your round.
TFT: Why should someone purchase the GolfRoller over similar products?
LS: The GolfRoller is lightweight, durable and portable, offering many design improvements over conventional foam rollers. The cover can easily be removed and cleaned with soap and water. Given its portable design the GolfRoller is a great travel companion for golfers on the move.
TFT: Can the GolfRoller be found in retail golf stores like Golfsmith or in the odd pro shop? Or is it only available through your website?
LS: At this point in time the best option is our website.
TFT: Do you take your product on the road to trade shows? If so, where can the GolfRoller be seen and tested by golfers across the U.S.?
LS: A growing number of TPI professionals are carrying the GolfRoller. Alternatively, a user can purchase one and return it anytime within a one year period if they’re not completely satisfied.
TFT: Thank you for sharing your product with our readers.
LS: Thank you for your interest in the GolfRoller.
To learn more about the GolfRoller visit: www.golfroller.com. View the video below to see a demo of the GolfRoller.
April 18, 2013 Leave a comment
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Located in Shawnee on Delaware in Pennsylvania, just 70 miles from New York City. The Shawnee Inn is an historic property that dates back to 1911.
The historic Shawnee Inn has 80 guest rooms and the Delaware Lodge has 12 guest rooms. To learn more about accommodations at the Resort, click here.
The Golf Experience
The Resort features an A.W. Tillinghast, original design, 27-hole championship golf course of which 24 holes are on a private island. There is also a Tillinghast Chip and Putt course. To learn more about play and stay packages at the Resort, click here.
Spa and other activities
The Resort offers more than just golf. There is Spa Shawnee and outdoor activities which include canoeing and hiking.
To learn more about the dining experience at the Resort, click here, but… in the meantime, wet your appetite with these culinary snapshots!
April 7, 2013 Leave a comment
“If golf is your passion, then this year’s GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is where you want to be.“ That’s the headliner on the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Golf Championship “What is the World Am” page.
The World Am promises that you will be joined by “more than 3,000 golfers from all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries” and is open to golfers 17 years and older who hold a certified USGA handicap or a foreign equivalent.
There are five (5) competitive divisions, including a Women’s division. This permits golfers to be flighted appropriately. There will be 72-holes of stroke play competition among 60 to 70 flights, played on approximately 60 different Myrtle Beach area courses. The championship round will be hosted by TPC of Myrtle Beach.
The 30th Anniversary of the World Am will take place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from August 26 – 29, 2013. Entry is now open and the early entry deadline is May 15th. Visit www.worldamgolf.com to register.
February 11, 2013 Leave a comment
The Fourth Tee made the pilgrimage to Somerset, NJ over the MLK holiday weekend to see what the NJ Golf Show had to offer. Below are a few photos from the visit. The thing that caught The Fourth Tee’s attention the most were two types of putters from two different companies: one, a wooden putter and the other, a ceramic putter. See pix below. Additionally, we got ourselves an awesome new golf bag! Cheers! Or, more appropriately, Fore!
January 4, 2013 Leave a comment
Voyage 1: Auckland – Sydney (Jan 29th – Feb 11th)
Voyage 2: Sydney – Bali (Feb 11th – Feb 23rd)
Voyage 3: Bali – Singapore (Feb 23th – March 7th)
Voyage 4: Singapore – Hong Kong (March 7th – March 23rd)
BLACK JEWELS LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION: Enhancing the representation of women of color in the game of golf
December 10, 2012 Leave a comment
In 2004, founder Rasheena Wilson had an incredible vision when she created the Black Jewels Ladies Golf Association, Inc. (“BJLGA”), a non-profit organization, the purpose of which was to “enhance the representation of women of color to the game of Golf.”
According to its mission statement, BJLGA seeks to:
- encourage African American women and young girls toward healthy personal development and relationships through programs focused around the game of Golf;
- further the participation of African American women and young girls in the game of golf by providing clinics, golf skill instruction and opportunities for athletic development and competition; and
- provide opportunities for mentoring relationships with African American women and young girls, encouraging those being mentored toward personal achievement, goal setting and professional success.
Clearly, there was a need out there for a golf association such as BJLGA, because it has since grown into a total of eight (8) BJLGA Chapters across seven (7) states: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York (which has two chapters), North Carolina, Texas and Washington, DC.
To learn more about BJLGA, visit their website at: www.blackjewelsgolf.com.