There is a new putter in town that is all the rage – it is commonly referred to as the “Boutique Putter”. Somehow, I have drawn the short stick for every such putter review but this time I struck gold when I drew the assignment to review the new Kenny Giannini G6 putter.
I know I know, product review guys claims “THIS” putter is the best ever after just claiming that “THAT” putter was outstanding and a game changer. I’ve been pretty fortunate to review some outstanding putters here at Three Guys Golf and with no intent on discrediting any of those fine companies, I have to say not one of them has impressed me to the level that the new Giannini G6 has.
My first encounter ever with Mr. Giannini was back in 2013 at the Las Vegas PGA Show when I had the opportunity to chat with him at his booth. During our conversation he asked me what I was currently putting with and when I told him an Odyssey Versa he just smiled and chuckled. “You guys and your inserts.” He then went on to educate me about why using a putter with an insert isn’t the most practical solution if you’re looking to gain any form of consistency with your putting. It was a rather humbling moment to say the least.
Prior to attending the PGA Show in Orlando I knew there was a new line of putters coming from Giannini, so I made it a point to make their booth one of my first stops and when I arrived. Gusten, one of their reps, placed the G6 in my hands and I instantly fell in love. The “Flow Neck” design of the G6 is simply gorgeous with its classic look and beautiful finish; it stood out over the others new putters in the 2014 lineup. I loved the look and feel of a blade putter and from the first time I was able to hold the G6 in my hands, I literally couldn’t wait for the day it arrived on my doorstep.
As a certified geek when it comes to the techy/nerdy side of golf and equipment, I really enjoyed learning about Mr. Giannini and his history as a club designer and craftsman. The putters he creates are the real story though, so let’s get into it.
For starters, all Giannini Putters are all billet milled using a solid one-piece of carbon steel and they all incorporate the Trademarked and Patented milled Soft Slotted Face Technology (SSFT®) slotted sole. You read that correctly, you simply will not find this technology on any other putter, period! This “slot” that is present on the sole of the club is milled into the body of the putter just behind the face. The placement of the slot provides for the inertia of the ball striking the face to be distributed across the face, thereby allowing the putter to square up to the intended line on “slightly” off center hits, be it the heel or the toe. The “gear effect” where the heel of the putter will pass the toe on a toe strike or vice versa on a heel hit just isn’t there, which makes it an unbelievably well balanced putter.
Where other companies may have incorporated a slot similar to this one, none of them are performance-based. For most putters, the slot is just is an audible enhancement, creating a different sound. The SSFT on the Giannini putters is 100% performance-based and when you hit a putt for the first time you’ll be utterly amazed at how well the putter head travels through the impact zone. Dropping putts will become a mere formality and not the rare occasion.
Here are the specs on the Giannini G6 we received for review:
Giannini G6: 35” with PureGrips “Big Dog” putter grip, ¼ inch offset with a ¾ toe hang in the “003” non-glare finish. The ¾ toe hang is ideal for the inside-square to inside putting stroke which is another reason I enjoy putting with it some much. It fits my stroke path perfectly.
If you recall our last product review from Giannini, the G5 Mallet, you will see there have been some dramatic changes to the appearance of the new line. A new branding of the putters featuring a scripted Giannini logo on the back of the club that has replaced the square enclosed G logo. You’ll also notice Giannini has a new finish that is very appealing; it’s called “003” and this new finish has a non-glare attribute which is great on the course but also helps in accentuating the new white scripted logo. You also have the choice of the platinum finish.
In speaking with Gusten and Tim from Giannini I found it remarkable how much they take into consideration the suggestions from people who have played or are currently playing their putters. Several of the changes they have made, all of which I believe have made the new line outstanding, came from suggestions from existing players and reviewers. According to Gusten and Tim, this is all in the pursuit of creating a putter that doesn’t compromise their basic premise of the company’s tag line “The Look, The Feel, The Balance of Winning”
The “Big Dog” is a new grip from PureGrips that I was a little hesitant to try. The Fat grip craze is all over the place (even juniors as young as 7 years old are using them) but I’ve been a traditionalist for a long time in regards to the size of my putter grips. Not that I haven’t tried them, it just hasn’t been a good fit for me. Luckily Gusten talked me into the grip because even though I was leery of an oversized grip, I’ve been putting lights out with it and couldn’t been happier. The “Big Dog” is a very heavy grip and because of its weight it acts similar to how a counterbalanced putter is used. The putter practically putts by itself, I just have to be there to hold on! With PureGrips being the grip of choice for Giannini LLC, it’s pretty sweet how they have incorporated the scripted Giannini logo into the grip.
No worries if you’re not a fan of the larger grips. The PureGrips pistol grip is the standard for all Giannini putters and they are both available in a wide variety of colors.
Much like Adam’s assessment of the putter cover he received with the G5, I’m a huge fan of the G6 cover as well. Giannini matched my red grip to a red cover and it looks fantastic not only protecting the club but also when it’s safely tucked into my bag. The stitching is outstanding, it’s obviously not going to fall apart on you any time soon, and the lining reminds me more of an exotic fur coat than a putter sleeve. The best part . . . magnets! Most putter companies have gone away from using magnets in their putter covers due to cost, but when you’re dropping close to $400 on a flatstick it’s nice to see Giannini didn’t choose to trim the budget on an important piece of the package. Once the cover is placed over the putter head, it isn’t going anywhere!
The first couple of days with the G6 I mainly stayed at home and used it on my backyard green to get a feel for it. I’m not the type of player that likes to show up for a round with a foreign entity in my bag, so having the putting green out back really assisted me in getting the feel for it and how the ball was reacting to the milled face. In a single word it was flawless. The ball rolls off the face in such an elegant manner that it was pure pleasure rolling the ball. The sound coming off the face is pure and in no way has that distracting high ting you’ll find in some boutique putters.
My first on course outing took place several days later at one of my favorite tracks in town, Rio Secco Golf Club. I chose Rio because they have some of the best greens in town and I didn’t want to deal with a crappy putting surface the first time I put the G6 into play. Even with a 3-putt on the first hole (completely my fault, not the putter’s) I managed to record 28 putts with 9 1-putts. Both personal best!
I have played a total of 5 rounds with the G6 and have been averaging 1.7 putts per round. Along with that statistic my 3-putts have significantly decreased, a number that I NEED to be lower for sure.
As chaotic as my golfing life has been over the past three years, it is a newfound blessing knowing that every time I walk up to a green the last thing I’m worried about is how I’m going to putt.
The craftsmanship and advancement in the club design is remarkable, the appearance is extraordinary, and when you take into account the spectacular performance what you have on your hands is one SEXY putter.
You can purchase the G6 for $355 on the Giannini website. But be sure to check out all the putters in the new Giannini line and find the right one for your game.