There’s no denying the fact that models like the Ping Anser and Scotty Cameron Newport have set a high bar among the best putters on the market. However this new look PXG Battle Ready II Brandon putter has been designed with the intention of challenging the established leaders of the best blade putters. While on the exterior this Brandon putter looks very traditional, there is an above-average amount of technology that has been implemented here to improve the sound, feel and performance over the previous generation Brandon putter.
From a looks perspective, I think this may be my favourite out of the new nine models offered in the Battle Ready II series from PXG. The platinum body is beautifully balanced out by flashes of the traditional PXG black on the hosel and rear detailing. The iconic skulls with the number 26 can be found on all of the new range, which are a nod to PXG Founder Bob Parsons service with the 26th Marine Corp Regiment during the Vietnam War.
One of the cool things about this putter is the ability to customize it via the PXG website. There are four hosel options, as well as the choice of seven different PXG grips and the ability to upgrade to PXG’s M16 putter shaft. The grip I selected was the PXG Pistol II putter grip, which is an oversized, soft feeling grip that I actually really enjoyed. The M16 shaft is said to play 26 percent stiffer than a standard steel putter, reducing face rotation and therefore holing more putts. I can’t say I noticed this at play – I feel I may need more help than just a stiffer shaft for that to happen!
The pyramid designed face on all of the Battle Ready II putters is extremely thin, this is down to the hollow body construction and S COR technology used in these putters. The weight has been repositioned towards the perimeter of the putter to increase MOI and stability in the head when making a stroke. While I did feel as though the putter rolled the ball particularly well from inside 20 feet, I thought the S COR technology – a…