FIRST LOOK: PXG’s new center-shafted Blackjack Battle Ready putter
How a putter shaft connects to the head of a putter isn’t just for show. It actually matters.
The hosel section, sometimes referred to as the “neck” of a putter, can influence the way a putter feels and performs throughout the stroke. That’s why putter manufacturers often develop different hosel styles, and also why a putter fitting is so crucial to finding the right putter for you.
To expand on its popular Battle Ready putter lineup, PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf) has added a Blackjack putter that has a center-shafted construction. That means the putter doesn’t have a traditional hosel, but rather, the shaft connects into the center of the head.
PXG’s Blackjack mallet putters were previously made available with three main hosel configuration options: heel-shafted, plumber’s neck and double-bend. Each of those hosels are made for a certain style stroke.
The new center-shafted model, in particular, is made especially for golfers who have a straight-back and straight-through putting stroke. This style of putting is characterized by having a square backstroke and square through stroke, without much rotation or arc. PXG’s Blackjack center-shafted putter suits this style because it has a face-balanced toe hang.
According to PXG, the Blackjack mallet was already one of its most popular head designs, but consumer feedback showed interest in a center-shafted model.
“We are in the business of giving people what they want so they can play better and have more fun on the course,” said PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons, in a press release. “Because our customers asked for a center shafted option, we made it happen.”
As for the Blackjack head model itself, it’s made with a bi-material construction that uses both aluminum and tungsten to move center of gravity (CG) rearward to boost forgiveness in the head. For golfers, that means the face won’t twist as much at impact on off-center hits, and will stay more stable throughout the stroke itself.
The Blackjack head also comes with interchangeable head weights (5, 10, 15 and 20-gram options), a Pyramid Face pattern, and a skull with the number 26 (this is an ode to Parsons’ service with the 26th Marine Corps Regiment during the Vietnam War).
PXG’s new Blackjack center-shafted putter is currently available for $249 on the company’s website.
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