Is Flowback 5 face balanced?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

The Flowback 5 putter is designed with a mid-bend shaft configuration and a full shaft of offset. This means that the shaft is bent slightly towards the middle of the clubhead, creating a more balanced feel during the stroke. The full shaft of offset refers to the distance between the front edge of the hosel and the leading edge of the clubface. In the case of the Flowback 5, this offset is maximized to promote a straighter, more mechanical stroke.

To further enhance the balance and stability of the putter, the Flowback 5 features stainless steel weights. These weights are strategically placed in the sole of the clubhead to optimize weight distribution. By positioning the weights in specific locations, the putter’s overall balance is improved, reducing any tendency for the toe of the clubhead to rotate during the stroke.

In addition to the stainless steel weights, the Flowback 5 also incorporates an integrated 6061 aluminum sole plate. This sole plate adds extra weight to the bottom of the putter, further enhancing the overall balance and stability. The use of aluminum in the sole plate also helps to dampen any unwanted vibrations at impact, resulting in a more solid and consistent feel.

With its mid-bend shaft configuration, full shaft of offset, stainless steel weights, and aluminum sole plate, the Flowback 5 putter is designed to have a near-face balanced setup. This means that the putter has minimal toe flow, resulting in a straighter and more mechanical stroke. Face balanced putters are typically preferred by golfers who have a straight-back, straight-through putting stroke.

However, it’s important to note that the term “face balanced” can be subjective and can vary depending on the individual golfer’s stroke. While the Flowback 5 is designed to limit toe flow and promote a straighter stroke, it’s always best to try out the putter and see how it feels and performs for your own putting stroke.

In my personal experience, I have found that putters with a near-face balanced setup, like the Flowback 5, can be beneficial for golfers with a more straight-back, straight-through stroke. The reduced toe flow helps to keep the putter on a more consistent path, resulting in improved accuracy and distance control. However, every golfer is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s always worth trying out different putters and seeking professional advice to find the right fit for your individual stroke and preferences.