The PXG Operator, the company’s eighth putter model, will help dial in your short game.
By Tony Dear
[easyazon_infoblock align=”right” identifier=”B078TKFGDK” locale=”US” tag=”coloradoavidg-20″]It would be wrong to suggest PXG is all about irons, but to some degree the rest of the company’s clubs don’t get an awful lot of attention.
Its drivers fly under the radar. As do its wedges, hybrids, and fairway metals.
And while PXG putters certainly aren’t secret or shrouded in mystery, they likewise receive a fraction of the coverage the original 0311 iron did or the new four-model 0311 GEN2 series has.
The new Operator putter has attracted a fair bit of interest though, not for some ground-breaking feature or other, but mainly because it bears more than a passing resemblance to TaylorMade’s hugely successful Spider putter, which a handful of the world’s best players have in their bags.
PXG and TaylorMade, you’ll remember, had a spat in the fall of last year when PXG accused TaylorMade of eight patent infringements in its P790 irons. The Operator is unlikely to cause a similar rumpus as it is sufficiently different, but you can’t help wondering if PXG was being a little cheeky when designing the Spider’s doppelgänger. It’s not too much of a stretch picturing Bob Parsons, PXG’s founder, being a little mischievous, right?
Maybe I’m reading far too much into the Operator. It could just be that a mallet with a large Moment of Inertia (the highest in a PXG putter to date) is simply a development of the company’s Gunboat putter with two new weight ports attached to the heel and toe at the rear of the head.
The multi-material Operator has a 6061 aluminum body and a soft 304 Stainless Steel face—a PXG favorite—that provides excellent feel at impact. Behind the steel face is a TPE (PXG’s famous Thermoplastic Elastomer) insert which helps create a more satisfying sound and enhanced feel.
Five sole weights—2.5g, 5g, 10g, 15g and 20g—can be used to adjust the overall head mass from 330 to 400 grams.
Three models are available: The original Operator which has a double-bend hosel that creates a full shaft of offset with a face-balanced hang angle suitable for a straight-back-straight-through stroke; the heel-shafted Operator H, which has a half shaft of offset and mid toe-down hang angle that is designed for players whose stroke has more face rotation; and the Operator P whose plumber’s neck shaft creates a full shaft of offset with a slightly toe-down hang angle that’s suited for players whose putting strokes have a moderate amount of face rotation.