FIRST LOOK: Axis1 adds traditional Tour-HM mallet profile to lineup
Axis1’s new Tour-HM putter doesn’t look like the Rose model that was designed (and popularized) by former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose. The carbon-fiber wings have been replaced by a more robust back piece that gives the Tour-HM a more traditional mallet silhouette at address.
But that’s where the differences end with the two putters.
For Axis1, the goal wasn’t to reinvent the wheel with the Tour-HM but offer a mallet shape to the lineup based on Tour feedback. The putter starts with the same Rose chassis that utilizes a heel counterweight to position the center of gravity directly on the center of the face — and aligned with the axis of the shaft — to keep the face square at impact, improving directional consistency.
“It’s a perfect fit in between our Tour-S/B and Rose models,” said Phil Long, Axis1 Golf’s vice president. “It gives the consumer the combo of alignment features of a mallet with the flow of a blade, utilizing our perfectly balanced, torque-free tech platform which takes the timing out of toe-hang and keeps the heel and toe parallel to your path through the stroke. We’re getting a bunch of requests for this product on Tour and have already seen usage with the product.”
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The recessed design on the carbon-fiber back piece assists in framing the ball at address, and is paired with a single white line for those who prefer an alignment aid. The alignment system differs from the Rose, which offers a small notch on the topline and two white lines positioned on the interior of the wings.
Each 355-gram, individually-balanced head is CNC milled from 303 stainless steel with a ceramic bead blasted finish. The putter is outfitted with a stainless steel shaft and Lamkin Deep-Etched grip. The Tour-HM retails for $449.99.