In the land of putters, you’ve got some giants with big names and bigger price tags. And you’ve got your boutique putters with their loyal following. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, and if you’ve overlooked SeeMore in favor of the brands with scores of samples and models at the box stores, don’t feel bad, you’re not the only one. But as I’ve learned since being introduced to the brand at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show, by skipping over (or not seeking out) SeeMore, you’re doing yourself and your game a disservice.
SeeMore has been around for decades, played most famously by the late U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart. More recently, Zach Johnson has captured a major and is a Ryder Cup mainstay with a a SeeMore in the bag.
For the past two months I have put the SeeMore mFGP through an extensive playing test, with several hours on the practice green and more than a dozen rounds of golf. How does it compare to the 10 putters I’ve fallen in and out of love with and which are now decorating my golf room? In a word: Admirably.
SeeMore mFGP Putter Review At a Glance
- Milled putter is remarkably soft
- Exceptional feedback on off-center hits helps hone a stroke
- The trademark sight line on SeeMore putters lets you know you’re locked in
- More than a dozen models offer a style that suits your eye and putting stroke
- A design that improves upon the concept of face-balanced
- SeeMore has made its name with center-shafted models, which take some getting used to
- Questionable quality on accessories – grip and head cover have shown early wear and tear
- The mFGP is not forgiving for off-center strikes, so an inconsistent stroke will suffer
The SeeMore mFGP is a top-of-the-line milled putter, with a rich, soft feel at impact and phenomenal feedback. The center shaft style and SeeMore’s suggested putting method work wonders in training a golfer to develop a big-muscle stroke. Particularly when paired with the popular oversized SuperStroke grip, this putter will encourage swinging with the shoulders, rather than the hands, and lead to more made putts, particularly from short and mid-range.
SeeMore mFGP Putter Playing Review: The Details
If this was a beauty contest, the mFGP would win knock your socks off. It doesn’t have the sweet, sexy, swooping lines of an Anser-style, or the elegant simplicity of an 8802 blade. But the mFGP has an industrial cool to it, a tool designed to get the ball in the hole. The striking gunmetal black finish is very attractive, and while some of the lines make the head look a tad harsh, the simplicity of the design starts to make sense as you realize it’s primary mission is function over form.
It is worth noting that while the stock oversized grip feels great, its soft material wound up bubbling up and ripping (think of a blister that pops) within a few weeks in my bag. Also, the headcover, while very soft and attractive looking, has developed a tear where the magnet sits inside the fleece opening.
For a bit of context, I’ve long been a heel-shafted blade player, and even though I’ve strayed the past two seasons to experiment with a few Anser styles and an super-high MOI putter (hated it), I tend to wind up back with the Arnold Palmer Original I’ve had since I started playing the game 20 years ago.
But my primary problem on the greens is that my hands get too involved in the stroke, so when I’m feeling good and I’m on, I’m really on. But the minute that stress sets in, or some evil thoughts get into my head, it can make for a very bad stretch. Because the heel-shafted blade promotes a significant forward press, the slightest change in either ball or hand position can throw me off mercilessly. Trying face-balanced mallets has only proven to throw me off even more.
Enter the folks at SeeMore, who listened to my concerns and suggested that a center-shafted blade just might be the answer.
Thanks to their trademark alignment system called Riflescope Technology, errors at address at recognizable instantly, and easily fixed. By hiding the red line and centering the shaft between the two white lines, the player can be sure that his hands are in the right spot, his alignment is spot on, and his ball position is perfect. Try doing that with a heel-shafted blade and you’ll drive yourself a bit crazy.
SeeMore also addresses the idea of toe hang and its importance with the concept of stroke type. Although the mFGP would be considered full toe hang (the putter faces straight down when balanced on your finger), in the course of a putting stroke, the putter actually sits absolutely square.
This video from SeeMore explains it better than I can:
If there’s one drawback I’ve found, it’s that many of my short misses are tugged. Whether this is a remnant of putting a certain way for years and needing to retrain myself, or if it’s an alignment issue, it is the primary culprit.
Also, even after several months, I find that my speed control has yet to match my old style. This might be a byproduct of the oversized grip I have installed, although it’s hard to pin that on the putter.
Another major advantage to the SeeMore mFGP is how responsive the head is. Catch it off the toe and you’ll know. Fail to stay down and through the stroke, and you’ll feel (and hear) a tinny ding, a clear indication you caught it thin. But when you hit the ball on the sweet spot, it’s got this very lively pop that I can best describe as soft yet springy. I find that I don’t need to take a big swing to generate a nice roll, which is particularly helpful on fast greens.
SeeMore, in my opinion, has found a way to build a training aid and putter into one club. Through practice and play, the SeeMore mFGP has taught me how to develop a proper shoulder putting stroke. How that stroke holds up under pressure remains to be seen, but so far I’m seeing far more putts fall into the cup. Just this month I posted my lowest score ever at my home course, a 73 that was most remarkable in the fact I only hit eight greens in regulation and was making clutch putts throughout the round.
With the SeeMore, my confidence on the greens is high throughout the round, because I know that my ball position, hand position and alignment are on the money. I can stop thinking about those mechanical details and focus on pace and line. This is particularly beneficial on the crucial short and mid-range putts that so often critical to saving pars.
While I can’t say for sure if I’ll ever give up my never-ending quest for the putter of my dreams (or more likely the tried and true blade I can’t seem to quit), this SeeMore has helped train my stroke to be big-muscle, and will hopefully hold up under pressure even if I do return to my putter wandering ways.