There is just something about a raw block of metal that gets the inner juices flowing. Make that metal copper, and it’s almost impossible not to ooh and ahh. Geom Putters is bringing a very different look to their flat sticks. We’re excited to bring you their story. And, maybe talk about the putter a little bit too.
The journey from billet copper to a usable putter started North of the Border in Canada. Vancouver Island to be exact. Launched in 2018 by Garret Krynski, Geom is very new to the putter industry. However, with a new brand comes unique experiences and that’s why I’m excited about this review.
My introduction to Geom Putters required a Re-Introduction.
In this era of “InstaGratification,” it’s easy to get lost in the photos and miss the story. I almost let that happened to me with this Geom Putter review. I’m grateful Garret encouraged us to get on the phone and chat because he wanted to make sure the right story was going to get told.
There’s a quote I have written on my whiteboard that I walk by and ignore too often.
People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.
I was so taken up by the “what” with Geom; I completely missed the “why.” Thankfully, with the little help from Instagram Video Chat (did you know you could “facetime” on Instagram?) Garret and I sat down, literally countries apart, and participated in one of the most enjoyable conversations I’ve had in a long time.
The “what” is coming shortly, but here is the “why.”
Typically I’d start with the what version of the story and toss in a little why here and there. But, for this story, the reason Garret created Geom putters is significantly more important than what he is doing. Allow me to explain.
The first question everyone will ask, who is Geom Putters?
The following comes from the Geom website:
Geom was founded by Garret Krynski in 2018. The goal from the beginning was to create putters that look, feel, and play differently than anything else. We’re not out to create another Anser clone. We want to create putters that are completely “one-off”, so every player has a putter that no one else on the planet can get.
I thought this was an interesting perspective, and I was ready to begin my experience with Geom based on this statement. However, it’s so drastically misleading I almost want to delete it and not even allow those words into your memory banks. After chatting with Garret, It doesn’t explain who Geom is and why they are jumping into one of the most challenging segments in the industry.
It wasn’t until my conversation with Garret when I started to get an understanding of what was going on with Geom. From there my interest levels soared, and I couldn’t wait to get back to the keyboard. I remind you, this has taken place after I’ve had the putter for a few weeks and was already pounding out over 1,000 words about it.
It’s incredible how being told NO, can inspire.
The genesis of Geom started with a design idea from Garret. It wasn’t something new, but most putter manufacturers have abandoned it. Garret knew he was on the right path for a unique build and reached out to several putter craftsman. He wanted to see if any of them would be willing to take his concept and create a putter.
The responses were almost verbatim from everyone; “We don’t do that.” So, after being told countless times, No, Garret decided he was going to find a way to get it done. And, the only way that was going to happen was to do it himself.
What was causing the builders to say no?
There was an idea in Garret mind to have a putter built to what the customer wanted. Not just what the builders offer. You look any putter builder, aside from maybe Mann Krafted, and they have their designs. Now, if you want to add some flare, either stamping or a paint scheme, that’s plausible. But, tell them you want the heel shaved down or remove some weight from an area of the putter and add it elsewhere, and you’ll understand why Garret was being turned down.
While disappointing to Garret, it wasn’t a surprise. Those builders have created a brand and companies based on what they are doing. Why would they venture away from a concept that is working?
Geom is trying to differentiate themselves from other builders.
The concept from Garret is to have the buyer influence the design. While you may like the look of an 8802 blade style putter, what if you want the mass a little bit more on the toe side? What if you like looking down a putter with more “meat” in the heel, this ideology where Geom differs from the other craftsman in the boutique putter world.
Garret encourages his customers to get crafty with their ideas. He’ll even send a blank sheet with the initial block layout to the client and ask them to get creative. There hasn’t been one design yet where he hasn’t been willing to undertake.
It is a guarantee that with every order the customer will be getting a unique, one-of-a-kind putter.
There is no button to push to get the program started. What starts as a rough block of steel, or in my case copper, turn into, well, a rough looking putter! Rough is not a bad thing in the second sense. It has sharp lines, bold shaping and is indeed nothing you’ll see on the rack at the golf stores.
Because each order created comes from the mind of the client, you’re not going to be seeing a mass-produced putter come from the Geom Lab. It’s this uniqueness that has Garret making a name for himself, much like how National Customs has done the same thing with Irons and Wedges.
I’m sure all you Golf Heads out there probably spit up your Frescas. Calm down. I’m not saying Geom is on the same level as National Customs; they are legends. However, what Geom is doing is very different, much like what National Customs is doing. That is my point.
OK, enough of the “why,” I think you understand. Let’s get to the “what”!
Beyond just a blade style head, Garret had a vision for how he wanted the putters to look. In this day of MOI leading the way for a lot of players, Geom has stepped away from the Big Ass Putters trend. Garret wanted the mass to be behind the ball at impact, and he wanted some weight in the heads.
The putter I received has a head weight of 373g. That’s BEEFY for an 8802 blade style putter. But when you look at the design, you can see the mass is right at the Prismetric Sightline. More on what that is a little later in the article.
With the soft copper and the mass behind the ball, when you hit the sweet spot, it is impressive. The ball propels forward like it was just enlightened by the hand from God. Just don’t miss that spot.
Hopefully, you have a better understanding of what Garret and Geom are trying to accomplish. They want a stylish and unique putter brand that offers a high level of personal touch from the owner. And, a putter that will perform. It’s easy to get performance; all you have to do is copy the Karsten Solheim design and put your name on it. Geom has quite the opposite approach. Garret has taken his concept and is putting it to the test. How many people will bite and take a chance on his creation? Time will tell.
For now, though let’s get into the putter sent to us for this review.
Geom Putters sent us this beautiful block of copper.
I love the aroma of metal in its natural state. The severe copper smell is so potent it reminds me of a bag of pennies. Smell aside, the raw, unfinished look of the Geom adds a new level of complexity that I’m not familiar with seeing. Most putters I see nowadays come finished to a smooth polish. Some go as far as to coat, torch or just high polish the hell out of the putter to make it shine.
At first, I was a little taken back by his choice to keep it raw. But after spending a lot of time going over it, I started to understand why this putter needed to stay in raw form. The lines are sharp, as are the angles you find. The face, and its waffle grooves add to the mystic and the prismetric sightline is reminiscent of ancient times. A clean finished look would counterbalance what makes the Geom putter jump out at you.
I’ve been a blade fan for a long time.
I love the setup of a blade, and visually it suits my eye perfectly. There has been one blade style putter that has caused me some grief, and that is the 8802. At one time in my putter carousel, I was working with a Rife Bimini. As I experimented with it, it became clear there was no way I was ever going to game that putter. It just didn’t work for me. I had some reservations going into the review but, I believe I’m a much better putter now compared to the days with the Rife. I’m glad I didn’t turn down the review because getting to know this company, the putter and Garret have been a lot of fun.
If I had to find something to be critical about, it would come for the hosel and how it connects with the shaft. It’s a little too rough for my liking. It’s too bulky in my opinion and could be rounded off or transitioned better to flow more evenly into the shaft. I’m not sure if it would detour me to the point of not considering the putter for the bag. I’ve gone on record more than once stating I’d putt with a rock tied to a stick if I averaged 27 putts
Immediately the putter is eye-catching.
While it may not be for everyone, there indeed is a market. And, while some tend to believe this is just a chunky putter head, there is some reasoning behind the shape and design.
Garret is doing something we all do, most of the time though the thought isn’t at the forefront of our mind, it’s just an innate action. He calls it “Chasing the Sweet Spot.” You know, that mystical place where the ball coming off the face of the putter feels like (NO, I WILL NOT SAY IT) utter bliss. The concept with the design shape and having all the mass behind the putter stems from Garret wanting that sweet spot to be so pure that you can’t wait to make another putt with the Geom.
So there is some method to the madness. Before our conversation, I probably would have missed Garrets desire to chase that sweet spot and been a little perplexed with my assessment. You see, I stood over the Geom for the first time and had flashbacks to that Bimini putter and cringed. But, like a trooper, I battled on and kept rolling putt after putt trying to get a feel for the putter. But something was off and I couldn’t put my finger on it, even though it was staring me right in the face.
Prismetric Sightline Some more information from the Geom website.
Every Geom blank is designed so that the mass is behind the ball at impact. That “steel muscle pad” is shaped so that it divides the light like a prism, providing a subtle alignment aid that points to the “syrup spot” and fits your eye.
I was setting up to the ball all wrong. I’m sure you’re probably asking yourself “How the hell do you do that with a putter?” It turns out it’s pretty easy. The Prismetric Sightline is more than a fancy way to manipulate the strong materials on the back side of the putter. It’s a visual aid to get you to address the ball in that sweet spot Garret is chasing.
I was taking the width of the putter, splitting it in half and setting up to the ball to what I thought was the center and the sweet spot. In actuality, I was setting up to the center, but that is not where you’ll find the sweet spot. Garret put the sweet spot more out towards the toe. When you set up to the ball using the prismetric sightline, it feels like you’re setting up to make a toe strike. Mainly because it’s not where you typical setup to the ball at address, once I understood the errors of my ways, I rushed outside, set up to the putter and using the sightline I hit that oh so (NO, I WILL NOT SAY IT) glorious sweet spot with precision and grace.
The roll was fantastic, the feeling was epic, and I finally understood what Garret was doing with Geom.
Waffle Face Groove Technology
Everyone loves waffles right? Geom and Garret do as well.
Everybody loves waffles, it’s just science. Waffle Face Groove Technology is baked into every Geom putter. We milled the grooves into the face of your putter at opposing 70º angles. They help get the ball rolling faster and truer. Plus they feel buttery.
The face milling is unique. I do enjoy looking at it though. It’s hard for me to determine if the milled grooves have anything to do with how the ball reacts to the sweet spot. I can tell you this, that sweet spot is small and very defined. If you’re off by just a little bit, you can tell the difference right away. It’s night and day. I say this because I still see a good roll come off the ball on a miss hit. Is it those waffles grooves? Could be. I’d love to see a traditional milling pattern on a Geom putter and compare the difference.
What you’ll expect when ordering a Geom Putter
Here’s a list from the Geom website showing what comes with a putter purchase and your options:
Every GEOM 303 Copper Blade starts as a raw blank with the following specs:
- 70º Lie Angle
- ~450g Head Weight (Before shaping)
- 4º Loft
- Waffle Face Groove Technology
- Prismetric Sightline Technology
You decide the following:
- The shape you want to see at address?
- The head weight you want to achieve?
- What shaft length suits your build?
- What head cover material works in your bag?
Every GEOM Blade is built & shipped with:
- Apollo PVD (Black) Stepless Shaft
- Pure Grips USA (Blacked out) Midsize Grip
- Reinland Golf Co. Head Cover
Ships in 6-8 weeks from purchase.
Now that you have the what and the why let’s take it for a spin
Rolling the Geom Putter out back on the BBGB putting green has been a blast. First off I want to say I was thrilled to see a PURE Grip on the Geom Putter. I’ve been a PURE fan for a long time and LOVE their grips. To sweeten the pot, even more, it was a midsize pistol, which is a grip from them I have yet to try out.
The head cover set is a classic slim cover from Geoms own sewing machine. It’s almost too basic for this putter in my opinion. Yes, a fancy leather cover with a magnet enclosure is the standard nowadays, but I by no means is it a necessity. While there’s very little chance you’ll be hanging this one up on your wall display; there is no doubt it does its intended job. That’s to keep your putter safe from bag chatter. Since we agreed to this article Geom has partnered with Reinland and is now using their covers for all orders.
After my initial learning curve, I’ve become rather fond of the Geom. The weight is surprising. It’s a very heavy putter for a blade. Coming in at 373g there is a ton of mass in the head. That mass makes the impact with that defined sweet spot very pure.
I’ve noticed that if I get lazy at all, finding the sweet spot can be challenging. Locking in on the prismetric sightline is required. At least for me, I’m a certified scatterbrain when it comes to putting. I have seen a ton of putts find their way to the hole though when I put my best effort in the stroke.
The Geom was oh so close to making the bag
I have a local putting competition coming up this weekend. My doctor gave me the clearance to walk on my foot in the boot only so I’ve spent a ton of time out on the putting green. Let’s say I’ve been putting A LOT! One aspect of my putting I started working on after Florida and the week leading up to my surgery was improving my putting stroke. I implemented the prayer grip in an attempt to get some stability to my setup and stroke. The few days I gave it a try before going under the knife were exciting.
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Since last Monday I’ve been going outside and putting pretty much every day. The prayer grip has been a welcomed change, and I’m finally getting that consistent stroke I’ve been chasing. I say all this because I put the Geom up against my gamer (it’s a Ricky Johnson Putter) and it almost kicked my Ricky out of the bag. The difference was comfort and comfort alone. I added a P2 React Grip to the Ricky Johnson Putter, and it has made the prayer grip nearly flawless. The ease of the grip and my history with that putter is what kept the Geom from taking over the top spot. It’s that good of a putter.
With a little bit more time, the Geom could be a dangerous addition to the bag. I need to get to the level of confidence I have with my go-to putter before that happens though.
I’ll be spending more time with the Geom putter after the King of The Green event. I’m intrigued by the feel and the roll. The look of the putter is unique, and it’s fun to look down at when you’re putting.
Be sure to give Geom Putter a look
There are a lot of reasons to consider a Geom Putter. Whether you’re in the market for a reliable flatstick, a collector’s piece or just something nobody else has, there’s a Geom for you. With the customization options and the price point coming in under $500 (the retail price for our putter is $479) theses hand-built putters are a product you’ll fall in love with, and quickly.
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