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Trident Golf adds a putter to their product line with the aptly named Putter 1. Good performance. Stealthy look. Attractive price for a milled putter.
If you thought, “Who?” seeing this post, you shared my initial reaction. I subsequently learned that Trident Golf is a direct to consumer company that aims to “offer high end golf equipment at the best possible price to our golf enthusiast customers.” The Trident Golf Putter 1 is their entry into putters. Can this CNC-milled Anser style putter compete with the more established brands on performance? Or is price the compelling aspect? I conducted a closer examination to help answer those questions.
The Trident Golf Putter 1 exudes many of the qualities I love about a milled putter – crisp edges, precise corners and intricate face patterns. At address, the head has a pleasing symmetry front to back with the topline width matched by the stepdown midsection and trailing third. Heel to toe, the putter head is slightly shorter than most similar models.
The single white alignment line pops against the black finish on the Putter 1 head. Not wanting to distract from that focal point, Trident Golf went with a black shaft and black grip – both logo free. The all black putter has a sleek, stealthy look.
Sound & Feel
Milled from 431 stainless steel, the Trident Golf Putter 1 had a pleasant, solid feel. The shallow face milling allowed me to feel the difference between softer and firmer golf ball covers as I putted with a mix of brands and models. Feedback in my hands was decent, but lacked a rewarding sensation for hitting dead center.
Although the sound varied slightly among the golf balls, it was generally a mid-tone ‘tock’. The sound shifted to more of a ‘tick’ as I moved away from centered contact.
The only choice you can make in selecting a Putter 1 is in length: 34” or 35”. The remainder of the putter specs are set and fairly typical at 72° lie and 3° loft. Toe-hang is nearly a full 90°, which Trident refers to as “significant.” The head, weighing in at 340 grams, felt somewhat light in my hands, but appropriate for the more compact size. Add in a slim, stock grip and you end up with a putter that’s well suited to an arcing putting stroke.
I found it easy to align my stance to the Putter 1, and the distinct white sight line was great for aim. I prefer some toe flow, and it didn’t take long to get comfortable with the putter. At the same time, the combination of the smaller grip and lighter weight did require me to stay mindful of my putting stroke. A little waver in path or touch extra wrist action had me missing my target in a magnified way.
Near-centered contact produced fairly consistent distance, but roll-out came up short on mishits as can be expected from most Anser style putters. The firmer feel off the face served me well for speed control on the fast greens I faced during testing.
Some of the design elements of the Putter 1 forced me to think about my putting stroke – which I actually enjoyed. It also served as a reminder that, without the opportunity to try the club before buying, golfers need to understand their own putting preferences when considering the Trident Golf Putter 1. Circling back to the intro questions, the Putter 1 is a good putter, but nothing about its look, feel, or performance elevated it to a great putter. At $189, the Putter 1 is by no means inexpensive, but a decent value for a new milled putter.