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The Handsome Too putter is the SWAG Golf version of the classic Anser 2 style. Wonderful feel. Beautiful design and unmatched consistency.
For about a decade, I had a serious putter problem. I lived on putter forums and debated every intricacy of flat sticks. Then, for no particular reason, my enthusiasm for putters started to fade. I still loved golf, but I no longer had the desire to put another putter in the collection.
SWAG Golf has changed that. For the first time in a long while, I’m back to staring out the front window waiting for the delivery truck. In this review of their latest model, the Handsome Too, I’ll explain why.
One of the things I love about SWAG’s putters is that they work on two levels, aesthetically speaking. If you’re a regular golfer (as opposed to the gear-obsessed kind), you can look at the Handsome Too and think, “Wow, that looks nice.” You don’t need technical knowledge to appreciate that it just looks right. The proportions make sense, the lines are smooth. Even a non-golfer could pick it up and appreciate the quality.
If, like me, you obsess about details, you can appreciate the Handsome Too on a different level. You’ll notice that there’s no line across the flange because the putter is almost 100% CNC milled. You can see that the alignment aid (dot or line) is perfectly centered and perfectly aligned with the sweet spot. The curves around the neck are smooth and consistent. It’s a putter you can stare at indefinitely, admiring all the little decisions that were thoughtfully made.
Just as with the Handsome One putter, SWAG has spared no expense in giving the Handsome Too fine finishing details. The shaft is stepless with a matte black finish. The grip is cabretta leather. And SWAG’s headcover game puts every other maker to shame.
Sound & Feel
When I finally got the chance to roll the Handsome Too, I was expecting a sound and feel very similar to the Handsome One. And while both putters have a premium feel, putting with the Handsome Too is a different experience.
Close inspection reveals that the top line and face of the Handsome Too is thinner than the Handsome One by 1/10″. This produces a sound and feel that is crisper and more lively than the Handsome One. The difference is not huge, and it can vary with the ball you use, but it is noticeable.
What is most unusual – in a good way – about the Handsome Too is the feedback. Most clubs feel great when you hit them pure, and they feel less good when you miss the center. The Handsome Too produces an almost identical sound across the face, but I was still able to feel exactly where the ball met the club.
SWAG Golf isn’t shy about their style. If you don’t like their name or their bold designs, they’ll point to their tag line: “Don’t give a putt.”
When it comes to performance claims, however, they are uncharacteristically quiet. The Handsome Too is a traditional Anser Two putter. The heel-toe weighting provides forgiveness on mishits but not as much as a mega-mallet. It won’t make putts for you, won’t magically put a “pure roll” on your putts, and it won’t fix your alignment issues.
However, for me, what this 354 grams of American Stainless Steel does is fill me with confidence. The sole makes it sit square (something many putters don’t do). The alignment aid is correctly marked. The 45 degree toe hang fits my stroke. And when you add all those things up, it’s a recipe for making putts.
I don’t know that I’ve ever taken a putter out of my bag while I was still in love with it…until now. SWAG’s Handsome One has been great for me, but the Handsome Too is the exact shape I’ve always loved, so it’s in the bag. SWAG has made it easy for me to choose a putter, but the head cover decision has become much more difficult.
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