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The GEOM Sam putter is made for the artists. Easily manipulated during the swing. Superb feedback but limited forgiveness. Unique aesthetics.
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In golf, there’s a constant push and pull between art and science. There are examples of both artists and scientists at every level of the game, but, on the equipment side, it certainly feels like the scientists are winning. GEOM seeks to score one for the artists with their soulful, minimalist equipment like the Sam putter.
The GEOM Sam putter is instantly recognizable as a GEOM club for its angular aesthetic. In the bag, it’s all straight lines and triangles, which separates it from almost every other putter available. The “Trigonometric Plumbers Neck” demanded the majority of my attention every time I picked up this club.
What’s interesting is that, at address, those sharp lines don’t look so sharp. Your focus falls to the “Prismetric Sightline,” but it gets there gently. Even the aggressive angles of the neck are hidden, allowing you to focus solely on the ball.
Just as with their Moe irons [review HERE], GEOM left a lot of space for creativity and personal expression. With the exception of a small, square GEOM logo, the sole is blank. You can use this as a canvas for stamping, or just enjoy the minimalism.
GEOM has also created one of the most smile-inducing shaft bands that I’ve ever seen. The bold, primary colors make me think of a box of crayons and the endless possibilities it contains. It makes me think of play. And the alternate GEOM logo is very sharp.
Finally, GEOM went outside the box one more time with the headcover. This cover is made by Western Gales using recycled sails. It has an unusual, durable feel and a very slim profile – ideal for the minimalist’s Sunday bag. They also camouflaged their logo in black-on-black, a natural move for one of the most understated companies in the game.
Sound & Feel
Forged and milled from 303 stainless steel, the GEOM Sam putter produces the premium feel you would expect from a high end blade. Pure strikes feel very soft in the hands with a pleasant touch of bounciness. As you move toward the heel or toe, the feel firms up slightly. Feedback through the hands is clear and precise.
The soft feel is complemented by a quiet “tock” at impact. Mishits sound slightly less harmonious, enhancing the feedback you receive through your hands.
In my interview with GEOM founder Garrett Krynski [listen HERE], he talked about his goals for creating his first putter. He felt that the greens were awash in massive, high MOI putters, but he wanted something akin to a muscle back iron. While no one is shaping shots with a putter like they do with an iron, he wanted something that felt more artistic, something that rewards a perfect strike, and something that would provide clear feedback when the effort was lacking. Those traits were all present in that original 8802-style, and they carry forward with the Sam.
The first thing I noticed when I was swinging the Sam putter was how agile it felt. Swinging some modern mallets feels like steering an ocean-liner. The GEOM Sam putter is like driving a speed boat. I was constantly aware of the club face. More importantly, I felt like I was in control of it the entire time. Whether or not this is a positive trait is up to each golfer, but it’s something I think the artists and shotmakers will appreciate.
The GEOM Sam putter has no cavity, no multi-material construction, and thus very limited forgiveness. This putter is probably closer to the aforementioned 8802-style in that regard than even a traditional Anser. You need to hit the sweet spot to get the best results from this putter. Small mishits will be fine, especially at short range, but mishitting a longer putt will have you staring down a three jack.
One element that I really enjoyed was the “Prismetric Sightline.” I found it be a very pleasant balance of freedom and guidance. If you’re someone who wants to aim a line on the ball, you can align that with the “sightline.” Personally, I focused on the leading edge with an occasional glance at the sightline for confirmation.
Finally, it’s worth noting that GEOM sells the Sam putter as a head only. The stock specs are a very traditional 4 degrees of loft and 70 degree lie angle with a modern head weight of 355 grams. At the time of this writing, the GEOM Sam putter is offered only in right handed.
The GEOM Sam putter is a club that you either get or you don’t. The scientist golfers will read this review and think, “Why would I ever give up forgiveness?” However, the artists will read this and think, “Finally, someone gets me.” And there is the beauty of golf (and golf equipment): no matter your style of play, someone is making something that’s perfect for you.