I was setting up to take portraits of the 2018 World Long Drive competitors in Oklahoma and needed to test my lighting. A friend said “you should take a few photos of Mike’s putters that he made. They’re in that case over there.” I responded “what do you mean he makes his own putters?” Military veterans Mike Adcock and business partner Phil Holt design and produce their line of MP Putters with the help of a CNC milling machine, right in Texas.
I was fascinated by the process. This led me down a rabbit hole of discovering hand made putters. I read up about guys like TP Mills, Karsten Solheim, Tad Moore, Robert Bettinardi and Scotty Cameron. I could imagine them in their garages, basements or shops working with steel experimenting with angles, lofts, weight and material. I then found some new guys on the block and wrote to them on Instagram. They’re following in the footsteps of the greats and carving their own path. My original photography idea involved flowers, but I think the pythons work better. Thank you to all these wonderful putter makers. Give them a follow!
Many thanks to Rose Reptiles in Orlando, Florida!
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