Introducing – Gene Nead Putters!
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Introducing – Gene Nead Putters!

Introducing – Gene Nead Putters!

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An Introduction to Gene Nead Putter Designs

At MyGolfSpy I show you guys a lot of products that are prototypes before they hit the market…and while I enjoy getting to see them as much as you do…I am often disappointed with their lack of creativity.  And most of them are from the major OEM’s which doesn’t excite me as much as a smaller guy trying to make it in the industry.  I have always liked the underdog and David vs. Goliath story.  I love to see the ingenious technology that the smaller guys come up with in their garages…you can just feel the passion oozing out of them.

Well about a year ago I ran across some putters that really made me stop and say WOW…I felt whoever this guy was that made this putter really had tremendous creativity and an eye for design…and not the crazy kind where a company just makes a huge mallet and throws some wild graphics on it.  But one that had all the major components needed to become a success…creativity, style, a classic feel and yet still had an artistic value and functionality.  Which there is lack of in today’s designs.  But these putters were different.  They had all of those characteristics in my opinion.

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A Little Background About The Man Behind The Designs

I spent the next few months following his designs and checking back from time to time to see how they were developing.  And the hits just kept coming…every time I saw a new design I was even more impressed.  So I decided to give the guy a call a few months ago and just have a chat with the man behind the designs.  And it wasn’t long before I realized this guy was different…he didn’t come from the golf industry so he didn’t have all the typical cockiness that some designers have about their designs…he was a down-to-earth super nice guy that had some great ideas and concepts floating around in his head about how he thought a putter should look and feel.

The mans name is Gene Nead (www.neadcustomputters.com) and he has a great story about how he got started in the business.  I think you guys will enjoy this.  He actually has been a major player in the Nascar industry for the last 18 years where he was the Head Crew Chief for guys like Micheal Waltrip, Bill Elliott, Bobby Labonte and that just names a few. All you have to do is Google the man and you can see all he has achieved.  So it is safe to say that fabricating parts was something he became quite the expert at…he had actually been doing it since he was a young kid. Which really came in handy when he decided to start making putters.  A lot of work goes into to keeping the metal straight in those cars during an entire season.

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Began Making Putters At Age 12!

He actually began making his own putters back in the 70’s at the young age of 12!  He saw what was out there and he thought he had his own ideas for what a putter should look like…even at the age of 12.  Well Gene took some time off from golf…actually about 20 years while he was in the Nascar industry and wouldn’t begin making putters again until around 1995.  Most of the putters he made were just for friends at the time…his designs did not start to catch own until he started posting a couple pictures of them on a popular putter forum www.puttertalk.com. After some of the members of the forum caught a glimpse of some of these classy flatsticks he almost immediately started getting inquiries from golfers asking them to make them one.

And since this time Gene Nead (www.neadcustomputters.com) hasn’t stopped making putters and also has not stopped coming up with unique designs.  We recently had a “Putter Quiz” where we wanted to talk about how most of the putter designers out there copy other popular designs…it has become part of the business…don’t ask me why it caught on but it did.  Well up to this point Gene is just the opposite…the man comes up with one unique design after another…every time adding his own touch to every piece he cuts.  You can instantly tell when you see a Gene Nead putter.  Below are some pictures of some of his works including one he recently sent to me.  We also sat down and had a talk with us and answered some questions for the MGS readers.  ENJOY!

QUESTIONS:

Q. How long have you been designing putters?
For myself since I was about 12 yrs old, I learned how to weld and do machine work at a very early age in my fathers race car shop and started
Playing golf at about age 11, I think I built my fist putter at about age 12, but I never really built any for anyone outside my family until about
10 years ago, and they were just for friends. It has only really been a year or so that I started building and selling putters to the public.

Q. How long does it take for you to make a handmade putter from scratch?
Depends on what style, The SAP09 that I make I can build faster on a rotary table by hand than I can do on a CNC machine, so those only take
A few hours, but I have built handmade putters that I have spent 8 or 10 hours on.

Q. How long does it take if I order a putter to receive it generally?
Generally we work on a 3 week build time, but there are some designs that we keep heads in stock and hand stamp and put necks on and
are ready to go pretty quick. I like to build the heads in minimum runs of about 10, so we continually build some styles every day.

Q. Can a reader send you a design they have for you to make…basically if they can dream it up can you make it for them?
Yes, we have built many one off designs that people have sent us a design and we go from there. So yes if the can dream it we can build it.

Q. How did you learn about putter design?  Did you have any mentors that taught you the ropes or helped along the way?
A lot of it was trial and error, but threw my racing career I have met a lot of people from the golfing world who have helped with our putters and made improvements.

Q. In your opinion who are some of your favorite putter designers out there right now?
I am for the most part sort of into old school type putter makers, I think there are quite a few really good small guys who build really nice stuff, I really like
Mills, Tad Moore, Lamont Mann (MannKrafted) Tom Slighter I think these guys all do a great job of designing and building original putters. There are really
just not a lot of people out there that can actually design and build their putters with their own hands let alone come up with original designs.

Q. What is your favorite putter model you have made so far?
My favorite putter that I have built would be a Left handed one off design that I built for a friend in Canada, I love everything about it, the shape and finish.
It is built out of two pieces and welded together, I am not left handed and the thing felt really good. (Pictures Below…look for the lefty model)

Q. In a couple sentences put into words what you and your putters are all about?
I feel like I am just a guy who enjoys the game of golf, like most people I wish I was a scratch golfer…but I am not, but I love to play and would do so every day
If time would permit. I feel like my putters are about quality, originality and value, I feel that Nead Custom Putters builds extraordinary putters for a very fare price.

Q. What plans do you have for Nead putters in the near future?
We are working hard on a retail putter line; we hope to have 3 retail type putters including a mallet that can be sold in pro shops and golf stores early this year.
We will always build custom and one off putters for anyone that wants them, but feel like we like to really get our name out there we need to build a very high quality
Retail line as well.

Q. What is your ultimate goal for Nead Putters?
For someone to win the Masters with one of our putters ;)

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P.S. – For more info on Gene Nead putters or if you would like him to make you your own design you can check him out here: NEAD PUTTERS

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      Tim Whartenby

      15 years ago

      Really love that weld on the last putter in the pics. i’m a Union plumber by trade and like you i’ve been soldering,welding,brazing,silversoldering since the age of 10. My father Has had several companies but we started as a plumbing company but recently we’ve done all mechanical trades.So bottom line I can appreciate a good weld. Pipe welding is one of the hardest to master, but I can see Gene your a Master! Good luck with your business.

      Tim

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      Alex G

      15 years ago

      His finishes look amazing, probably some of the best in the buesniss, but I really hate the “Peening” and his head shapes I would really like to see a basic newport head, napa style head, and a couple T.P mills style blades with slight Nead modifications not the completely modified heads he has out now..

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      gene

      15 years ago

      Alex, people will always have their opinions and not everyone will like what you do, but if we copy a T.P. Mills or any of the the other putters you mentioned with a couple of changes then we would not have our own identity, we have gone out of our way to have our own designs and plan on keeping it that way. But thank you for you comments and to each their own

      Gene

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      Frank

      15 years ago

      Hi Gene,
      I do wish you the best in your efforts to bring your products to market nationally….However with medium size EOMs bailing out and never being able to gain or maintain market share, the road to success will be full of pitfalls….Even Rife putters(which has a very strong tour presents) is looking for a buy out….Rumor has it 2 to 3 millon is the #….The old saying in golf is to make a million you have to start with 2 million…….KEEP TRYING!!!!!!

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      joe escalante

      15 years ago

      I’m the proud owner of the first putter pictured (copper AS09). The putter is an absolute work of art, from the hand peening to the pill cuts on the sole to the torched titanium plumflo. It doesn’t get any better than this and to boot it feels as good as it looks.

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      Gene

      15 years ago

      Thanks for all the great comments guys and thank you MyGolfSpy.com for doing the intro
      Todd, does your putter have a small T welded in the cavity?

      Thanks again,

      Gene Nead

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      fsu#21

      15 years ago

      HEY GENE,
      let me know if your looking for a struggling driving range pro to endorse your putters because there’s 9 of us at our golf academy right now that all said WOW, when we saw these this morning. seriously though this is a great story and your putters are a work of art and need to be seen “i have’nt used a blade in years but this got me thinking” in any event i really wish you luck and i hope you make in this depressing industry that we all love and cant live without.

      Todd

      15 years ago

      Yes, it does have a “T” in the cavity, Gene.

      Gene

      15 years ago

      Todd, I thought that was you but just wanted to make sure, please email me [email protected]

      joe escalante

      15 years ago

      I’m the proud owner of the first putter pictured (copper AS09). The putter is an absolute work of art, from the hand peening on the shoulders to the pill cuts on the sole to the torched titanium plumflo. It doesn’t get any better than this and to boot, it feels as good as it looks.

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      mygolfspy

      15 years ago

      It is a beauty Joe ;)

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      Eric

      15 years ago

      Wow! All of these really catch the eye don’t they? I use center shaft putters, but the look of every one of these would make me give them a chance, the first on picutured within the post especially! You can see the “art” in every one of these!

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      mygolfspy

      15 years ago

      Every putter is a work of art…you almost don’t want to putt with them.

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      Todd

      15 years ago

      Scratch golf has commissioned Gene to make their putters now. I have one, and it has a very solid feel with clean lines. I hope I can win the masters for him.

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      mygolfspy

      15 years ago

      Actually Todd Gene is no longer making putters for Scratch he has decided to go out on his own.

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      matt

      15 years ago

      the putters all look pretty solid…thats pretty amazing that he began making putters at such a young age…the finishes are neat looking too…

      hope he has a lot of success, nice article MGS

      Reply

      mygolfspy

      15 years ago

      Thanks Matt – hope you enjoyed it. Gene is really one of the good guys in the business in my opinion from what I know about him I think he will go far in the business.

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      Chris

      15 years ago

      I’m all for the little guy. Some of the finishes remind my of fireplace brass ornaments… I can smell Brasso LOL. Did Gene’s machine skills come from Nascar?

      Reply

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