Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I have played golf for many decades. The vast majority of which I have used John Reuter's classic Bulls Eye putter. In the days when I could play (much better than I do know) the ever reliable blade putter holed more putts than any other putter I ever tried. Sure, I got funny looks, especially as everyone shifted to heel and toe weighted putters like the Ping Anser. But for me the Bulls Eye always came up trumps.
The best putter I have ever seen (and played with) is Mark McNulty from Zimbabwe. Mark's stroke using the Bullseye is incredible and the old adage about "beware he who putts with the Bulls Eye" has never been more apt than when Mark putts. Johnny Miller's unbelievable round of 63 at Oakmont in the final round of the 1973 U.S Open was also achieved with the aid of the Bullseye. (he mentions it on almost every telecast!)
The original Bulls Eye design was by John Reuters Jr. Made from soft yellow brass it was introduced in the 1940s and has been hugely successful ever since. In 1962, Reuter joined forces with the Acushnet Company and several subtle design modifications were made to the Bulls Eye's head shape, shaft and grip style. Each Bulls Eye continued to be shaped from brass heads for a soft, solid feel at impact. A unique flare tip and fluted shaft stood the test of time for enhanced touch and control.
Here is a listing of the original designs.
The picture shows my 3 Bulls Eyes that get used in rotation. Two originals and one Scotty version.