Caledonia Putters, based in Hirschberg (Baden-Württemberg), is a developer and manufacturer of precision putters “made in Germany”.
On the green too, every golfer has a different swing when he or she makes the decisive putt. The right slope supports the different swing types. A slope is defined as the balance of the putter’s hitting surface – in other words, whether it is horizontal or points downwards. “The slope can be easily determined by placing the putter crosswise on the table so that the putter head hovers freely over the edge of the table,” explains Robbie Sowden, Director Marketing & Sales of Caledonia and a golf professional himself. “If the club face is horizontal, the head is even or face balanced, which suits golfers with a straight putter swing. If the tip of the putter – the toe protruding like a toe – hangs down, the head is ‘toe balanced’ and is more suitable for players with a round swing. With “toe balanced” putters, the striking surface opens and closes like an iron. “For putters with a high moment of inertia (MOI), the effects of the slope are somewhat less,” adds Sowden. “This is because high MOI putters have a higher overall weight on the outsides, which helps the golfer especially if he has not hit the ball perfectly in the middle”.
Swing curve, rhythm and rotation
The swing curve is therefore important to determine the slope. But is your own swing curve straight or round? While many golfers can immediately tell whether they are more inclined to fade or draw, this question is often met with baffled looks. From “square to square” to “inside-square-inside” – in addition to important vocabulary such as rhythm and rotation, all four variations of the swing curve, the so-called arc, are shown in the Putter ABC of Caledonia. “The terms describe the golfer’s swing curve. For example, with the ‘Inside-square-inside’ Arc, the putter is first inside, then at the moment of impact it is guided straight – ‘square’ – and then swings out again towards the golfer. With square to square, the putter remains in a line in front of the player from the beginning to the end of the swing,” adds Sowden. “If you’re unsure, it’s best to let a professional take a look at your swing, for example in our Putting Performance Center. The analysis is available regardless of whether you play with Caledonia Putter or not”. By the way: Golfers know terms like Hosel, Lie and Loft from their longer clubs – but of course, meaning and function are not exactly the same when playing on the green.
There is a simple reason why the Baden-Württemberg specialist for premium putters is so familiar with the subject: Caledonia models such as “Viper” and “Vidi Vici” are not only design highlights and precision sputtering on the green. If you want to get everything you need for your game out of the putters, you can have variables such as center of gravity and moment of inertia precisely adjusted to your individual putting style – the end result will then fit better than any golf glove. If you no longer want to neglect the most important part of the game, you can get advice from Caledonia dealers or get your putter fit at the Caledonia Putting Performance Center in Hirschberg.
True to the motto “Quality redefined”, the company has been producing high-performance putters from the raw materials in precision work since 2012. Thanks to the unique “Hosel Insert Technology”, these putters can be perfectly adapted to the individual needs and swing of their players – and thus become playing equipment in a class of its own. In the development of its putters, Caledonia benefits from decades of know-how gained by the parent company CPM Precision GmbH in the manufacture of medical technology products for dental implantology. With Viper, Vidi Vici, Lineo, Big Eye and Full Mallet, Caledonia currently has five models on the market, which are based on the shapes of classic putters – blade or mallet – but combine forward-looking technology, maximum fitting potential and unmistakable design. Tour players such as Marcel Schneider, Bernd Ritthammer or Philipp Mejow rely on putters from Hirschberg not least for this reason.
Since 2018, Caledonia has also had a prefitted putter model in its range that combines the findings of years of development and the latest technology – the Darling. At its headquarters in Hirschberg, Caledonia also operates a unique test and experience world around the playing equipment for the green – with test greens, high-speed cameras and the latest analysis software from Quintic. Managing Director of Caledonia (CPM Precision GmbH) is Claus-Peter Maier, responsible Director Marketing & Sales of Caledonia is Robbie Sowden.