Bloodline Putter Review

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Bloodline putters have the eye-catching ability to stand up on their own.  Exceptionally heavy swing weights.  Mediocre feel.

Introduction

In the world of retail, standing out is key.  Bloodline putters stand out more than any others because of their unique ability to stand on their own.

This is more than a parlor trick designed for retail.  The main benefit of Bloodline putters is that you can line up your putt from behind the ball then step in to putt it.  Will this help you shave strokes off your game?  We tested one to find out.

Looks

A couple years ago, the red finish on Bloodline’s putters would have been a shock.  Now, with TaylorMade and Odyssey making red the new standard, it barely registers.  Nonetheless, the finish has a premium look and appears quite durable.

There are two models in the initial Bloodline release, the RG-1 mallet and the R1-J blade (seen here).  Both are fairly traditional head shapes – a widebody Anser and a half-circle mallet – with white alignment lines.  The heads are CNC milled from aluminum and have stainless steel sole plates.  Kudos to Bloodline for keeping the branding very minimal.

Sound & Feel

With its ultralight shaft and grip, I expected the Bloodline putter to have an unusual feel to it.  I was right.  Unfortunately, in this case unusual does not mean good.

The combination of the aluminum head and graphite shaft create a feel that is both firm and dull.  The ball simply feels dead when it’s struck well.  There is reasonable feedback through the hands, but striking the ball feels better when you miss the center.

Performance

The main performance benefit of the Bloodline putter is that it stands on its own.  This allows you to address the ball, aim conventionally, then step away to check and adjust your aim before hitting the putt.  It’s a unique feature, and it could be brutal for pace of play.

When I first used the Bloodline putter, I saw that I was aimed right of the hole.  I adjusted the putter, stepped back in, and felt like I was aimed left despite knowing that my aim was correct.  The result?  Missed putts.  Over time, I’m sure that I could adjust to the “correct” aim and make strokes that matched that alignment.  The question I can’t answer is whether that would translate to putting better than I do right now.

A byproduct of the putter’s ability to stand on its own is an unbelievably high swing weight.  The Bloodline I tested came in at G-0 with a head weight of 395 grams.  Those are both numbers that are much higher than I typically use, so it took a while to figure out distance control.  I did find the head to be fairly forgiving which helped ease the transition.

Finally, to make the putter stand up, Bloodline uses a built-in grip.  This grip is slightly oversized, though it felt average compared to most modern putter grips.  If you want to play the Bloodline putter, you need to be committed to this grip because it’s the only one you can use.

Conclusion

If you’ve ever stood behind another golfer who is putting, you know that people aim all over the map.  Is it worth $500 to find out that you do, too?  That’s what it will cost to add a Bloodline putter to your bag.  While I’m undecided on the virtues of this alignment system, I will caution you against thinking that it’s a quick fix.  You may be able to use this to “fix” your aim, but it won’t happen overnight.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

7 Comments

  1. Thanks, Matt. As putters have gotten heavier – see the “Tank” of a few years ago – I noticed their “deadful” feel. I think if a golfer is worried about aim, he gets an Edel fitting to either purchase an Edel or gain the knowledge of the type of shape, hosel, offset, sightlines that he needs to aim correctly without compensations.

  2. Being aimed at the hole isn’t the most critical part of putting…. I doubt all the negatives would out weight the one potential positive. Too bad, because it looks pretty cool.

  3. I used the putter and one thing i found is that your set up improves and is much more consistent because the putter lie is the same every time. No wiggling it around and therefore changing lie and aim. The feel thing mentioned isn’t bad and mostly its because the sound is a little soft because of milled aluminum. Although i bet a lot of players wouldn’t use the ability to stand behind the putter to aim its nice to have it available.Because of the graphite shaft and steel sole plate the tempo of the club seems to improve its release without making it feel that heavy and therefore more traditional. I spent 40 yrs in the golf business 30 with major equipment and putter company.This is a tough catagory to be in but this seems to be a great idea and well thought out and manufactured product,

  4. Tyron Harris

    I have tested and purchased this putter and I like it a lot. I have made over 13,000,000 playing golf in my life of 39 years. This article makes no sense at all to anyone with a high enough iq to understand the a caddie cannot line up your put and stay on line during the putt. With this feature the weekend golfer can line up his own putts. Is there a learning curve of breaking bad habbits with what you think is lined up? Yes… About an hour. The feel is a nice solid thonk that I love. I like the heavy to lite balance… Especially on my long lag putts. I’m lagging so much better, I’m sinking putts and when I miss I know why.. Wrist or miss read the speed break.

  5. I used this putter on a buddies golf trip in Dominican Republic, initially my group thought the ability to stand was gimmicky until I started holing putts left and right I can’t tell you how many times the stand up feature corrected my alignment I shot a 73 and I’m sold even made 3 birdies out of 5 holes and my playing partners were stunned. They didn’t like the $500.00 price tag but since this is a lifetime purchase for me it was worth it , as a high handicapper this putter was a miracle worker on my game. It sounded a bit dull on impact but so what when I’m holing putts especially within 15-12 feet ? In a word I’m sold try one for yourself and see I’ll wager this club will find itself to your bag much to your playing partners chagrin :-)
    RC in DC

  6. I own the bloodline, the set up is what helps me the most with the alignment being second. I needed a “radical” sort of putter to help me break some bad habits along with alignment and set up issues. Im sure some lessons and a traditional putter would have helped also, but the bloodline has helped me become a better putter overall. I’m sure its not for everybody, but if you have “issues” on the greens, its a great way to reset your mechanics.

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