There is probably no other blade putter on the US market today that is causing such a stir as the S7K Standing Putter. Golfers are consistently reaching out to golf experts and review websites wanting to know more information and if this club is worth all the hype that it’s currently receiving online. You can pretty much search any golfing forum or blog and a discussion on the S7K stand alone putter will be eagerly and passionately debated. We have decided to take a closer look at this club; analyzing all the features, performance stats, design and legal arguments that any serious golfer should take into consideration before thinking about using this club on the golfing greens.
Overall, it is our opinion that this club is one of the most innovative and best designed golf putters currently available today. If blade putters suit your style over their mallet or belly cousins and you are looking at various ways of improving your putting and making more birdies or saving par then the S7K is a serious contender for putter of the year in 2020. This club has been designed for both beginners and low handicappers alike – its simple blade alignment marker at the back of the clubhead is divided into three lines and is a good indication of what direction the ball will travel on impact.
But don’t take our word for it that this is a good putter. With over 150 independent reviews from S7K users confirm that this club has all the necessary features to make it one of the best, including innovative design, balanced weight distribution and the fact that you can legally stand this club up behind the ball so you can read the green in a more methodical way. The concept is simple and the execution is brilliant.
How is the S7K Putter Different?
The main advantage this club has over other putters is that it’s perfectly balanced and features a clever way of ensuring your putt line from the ball to hole is dead center. How does it work? Well, after you have lined up your putt you stand up the putter behind the ball, take a few steps back and reevaluate the line.
But is this allowed in golf?
Yes, the club has been passed by the PGA and is perfectly acceptable to use on the golf course. It creates extra confidence on the green because the S7K gives you have a “putting insurance policy” by allowing you to pause a few seconds and look through the line of the putter and the golf hole. Even on greens with steep slopes, this club stands up perfectly behind the ball.
Check out the video below, where USGolfTV’s Troy Klongerbo gives the product a thorough review and testing. In the video, he demonstrates how the putter works and what advantage it can give you on the green over other blade or mallet putters.
Apart from the stand-up feature – what else makes this putter so highly rated? Firstly, we noticed how light the club is. Weighing around 330 grams, the S7K is light to pick up and feels very good on the grip. We were concerned that in strong winds the club might fall over but apparently, this is not an issue. With so many different types of putters available on the US market, let’s begin by splitting the SK7 into 4 sections: The grip, shaft, hosel and clubhead.
The SK7 Stand Up Putter has a very simple looking design and it starts at the top with the grip which weighs just 10 grams. Made from EVA foam and not rubber (the same material is used as gym mats) the grip is very responsive to your hands, if you use the reverse overlap grip technique you will notice there is a lot of flexibility when you move your wrists with the club in hand – for “touch” golfers this EVA foam grip will prove to be a big hit but for straight, back and forward golf putters there might be too much lateral movement or “tolerance” on the putt.
Grip Performance: This grip will take some getting used to because it’s made from foam which is more “squeezy” than standard textured rubber. Having said that, it fits perfectly around the shaft and there is no vibration or slip when you strike the ball. Some golfers prefer to get the club regripped but this could affect weight balance and stop the club from standing up under its own weight.
The combined weight of the shaft and grip is just 50 grams. This is probably one of lightest ever grip+shaft combos we have tested/reviewed and the graphite shaft is so light you can easily balance the club with your fingers on one hand. With no flex ratings on putters, it’s all about how the shaft connects with the hosel and grip – the shaft on the SK7 stand up putter is well balanced and fits well into the overall design on the club.
Shaft performance: We found the shaft to be both well designed and tough considering how light it is. If you wanted to replace the shaft then please contact the manufacturer as we are pretty sure the graphite shaft plays an integral role in keeping the club balanced enough so it can stand up.
The slant neck hosel is a simple design and connects the clubhead to the shaft. On the SK7 putter, the hosel is designed like this in order for the club to stand up on its own and we found it to be well made, secure and displayed minimal lateral movement under testing on both the left-handed and right-handed version.
Where all the magic happens. The main blade design feature on the S7K putter clubhead is the “dot” marker on the top. To sink more putts from 5ft away or more try lining up your putt as normal and use the three-line guides at the back of the putter to check line of sight from clubhead and ball to hole. After this, stand up the club directly behind the ball and check again. This is the best way to check alignment when putting and even on greens that slope, the SK7 stands up straight giving you the best chance to sink the putt.
Looking behind the ball at a lower stance is a much better way than standing and looking over the top of the ball.
Clubhead performance: Some customers have mentioned that the clubhead is prone to rust damage whilst others have said it doesn’t rust at all even after years of use. It’s probably still best to keep the putter well maintained and inside the supplied head cover when not in use.
We liked the 3 lines at the back of the head and the clubface itself makes good contact on the ball with a notable “ping” sound on the connection and the high MOI rating makes the SK7 one of the best forging putters on the market in 2020. The “scope” dot on the top of the head is clear to see which senior golfers or those with poor eyesight will appreciate.
Overall, the design and functionality of the 4 major parts of the SK7 work incredibly well together. If you can spend a few hours practicing on your indoor putting matt then we definitely feel the features of the club have a lot going for it and worth the time investment needed because of the lightweight shaft and foam grip which is very different from premium putters from manufacturers like TaylorMade, Callaway, Cobra, PING and Mizuno.
Tech Specs: SK7 Stand Up Putter
Want to see how the dimensions of the SK7 putter stand up against your current putter? Check out the tech spec below:
- Official Name: SK7 Stand Up Putter for Men & Women.
- LH/RH: Available for both left handed and right handed golfers.
- MOI Rating: Approx 7,000 g/cm2 moment of inertia.
- Clubhead: 431 stainless steel.
- Clubhead Cover: Included with putter.
- Club Length: 34.5 inches.
- Shaft: Manufacturers own graphite shaft.
- Loft: 3.0˚.
- Lie: 72˚.
- Grip: EVA foam grip weighing approx 10 grams.
Would You Benefit from this Putter?
This club is highly rated by both ourselves and the many golfers that use it on the greens but would it suite your golf game and is it a viable golf putting option for 2020? There is no doubt that it takes some getting use to – afterall, its not natural to stand up a putter behind a ball to check the line. For the first few times, you think it’s going to fall over but it doesn’t and it works very well in helping read greens better. If you are self-doubting yourself when reading the lie of the ball on the green then this club is for you and you can also use this club to eliminate other nagging parts of your putting game that you think might be letting you down.
For instance, you think you read greens poorly OK sorted – this club helps. But about ball alignment? The S7K Standing Putter has good alignment technology so if you know the club is lined up properly with the ball then there’s a high chance that there is a problem with your grip, eye-to-hand coordination or a technical issue with your putting backswing. In short, this club is like having a second opinion on the putting green or you’re very own putting advisor!
Ladies will like the club because of the lightweight grip and shaft, whilst seniors will appreciate the three-line trajectory markings on the back of the clubhead and the easy to see dot marker on the top. It’s a simple club to look at but sometimes this is what you exactly need – none of that over the top mallet counterweights and awkward double-bend hosels with this club.
Finally, if your putting is costing you birdies then what do you have to lose? – there seems little point driving off the tee well and having a solid iron game if you cant even make par on the green? Get the SK& putter out of your bag, line the ball up, double-check by standing the putter up and look back through the line of the ball and swing!
The user feedback is well worth a read. The sweet spot of the clubhead is exactly in the middle, so by using the dot marker against the middle of the golf ball, you 100% know for sure that the strike is true and in the center.
Question: Is the SK7 stand up putter legal to use?
Answer: Yes – this golf club has been checked and verified with relevant golf authorities such as the USGA and is 100% legal to use in tournament play.
Question: Can I replace the foam grip?
Answer: We do not recommend the grip be replaced because the design and material are integral to the balance of the putter. If the grip tears then ask the manufacturer about replacements.
Question: Is this type of a putter also called a bloodline?
Answer: Yes, previously famously used by pro golfer and PGA tour winner Ernie Els, the stand up putter is gaining in popularity among professionals and amateurs alike.
Question: I have read the reviews and I’m concerned about clubhead rusting – is this true?
Answer: The clubhead is made from 431 high-grade steel – but if you leave it out, then over time yes it will probably rust just like any other club. To avoid this, clean the clubhead down after every putt with your golf towel and ensure your clubs are stored at room temperature when not in use.
So you have read our SK7 Stand up putter review and at this point, will have a general idea on whether you think this club would help your putting game. There are hundreds of different putters around to buy – all in different styles, shapes and sizes. It can be overwhelming to pick, even harder when you know you have a problem with putting.
We like the simplicity of the logic behind the SK7. A lightweight club supported by a clever alignment system then gives you a better chance of sinking more putts on the green. It is going to permanently cure you of the “yips” or make you hole every single putt from 10 yards or more – of course not, no club can. But if you have tried a few alternative clubs and your putting is still inconsistent and causing frustration on the golf course then we think the SK7 could help in a positive way and that’s why we think it’s one of the best and innovative blade putters around in 2020.
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