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The TimberTouch Putterworks Woodford putter is more than just a work of art, it’s solid on the performance front. Ample forgiveness and a wonderful roll. Very satisfying sound and feel.
As is obvious from the first photo, let alone the company name, TimberTouch Putterworks putters are made from wood. Why wood? A suggestion from his son started Dean Larsen on a journey of combining his engineering skills with his artistic aspirations to craft putters made from wood. And just like designers of metal putters, Dean utilizes CAD (Computer Aided Design) and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) for initial concepts, then moves on to trials using various woods and finishes. Are the putters more than just a beautiful conversation piece? Keep reading to find out.
The TimberTouch Putterworks Woodford putter I tested is simply beautiful. The exotic zebrawood used in the top, face, and base has wonderful dark striations that pair nicely with the mahogany and maple layers of the body. Olivewood inlays on the top provide appealing alignment aids.
Deep and rounded, the head shape of the Woodford is unique in its solid simplicity. The silhouette brings to mind some sort of marriage between an old Odyssey Two-Ball and a PXG Battle Ready Gunboat [review HERE].
Discussing a wood putter, I think it’s worth noting that it is finished with eight layers of weather grade polyurethane. The finish looks deep and elegant without being glossy. After multiple test sessions, I haven’t noticed any dents or scratches. Here’s what TimberTouch has to say about durability on their website: “Do baseball bats dent when hit with a 100 mph fastball? No. Quality wood will give and return to the original shape.”
Sound & Feel
I fully expected the TimberTouch Putterworks Woodford putter to sound woodsy, yet interestingly, its sound was very similar to most metal, milled putters. There’s a hint of organic resonance, but nothing that would cause a casual listener to turn their head. Well-struck putts inside 20 feet produced a quiet ‘tick.’ The sound was a bit louder on longer putts. Towards the toe, putts sounded a tad hollow – maybe leaning towards that woodsy expectation I had. Towards the heel the sound became muddled.
Contact felt firm with the Woodford. Intuitively I knew the face was softer than a steel milled one, but at putter speed that wasn’t discernible to my hands. Regardless, that solid feel, along with the sound element, made centered contact very satisfying. Out towards the toe there was notable vibration through the shaft.
Using precisely positioned internal weighting, the TimberTouch Putterworks Woodford putter is face balanced, and with its size, best suited for straight back, straight through putting strokes. TimberTouch states the “Face-balanced design ensures maximum control and precision, allowing you to feel every stroke with confidence and grace.”
At 390 grams, the Woodford putter head felt somewhat heavier than my gamer, but I liked the steady path it produced, making execution of my intended stroke seem effortless. I was also impressed with the forgiveness.
TimberTouch putters utilize 2 degrees of loft on their laser etched faces. From their testing, the combination of wood face hardness (technical term) and loft reduces skid by about 33% when compared to “a variety of standard putters.” I can’t validate these findings, but I can say the Woodford put a very nice roll on the ball.
To answer my opening question, yes, the TimberTouch Putterworks Woodford putter is solid in the performance department as well. I’m also confident most every golfer would enjoy the sound and feel. And for those that really want to stand out in a crowd (or at least their foursome), I can’t think of a better way to garner attention. But being different is a tough transactional hurdle at $350 when compared to other similarly priced boutique brands. That said, TimberTouch Putters are distinctively different, and worthy of consideration beyond their aesthetic beauty.