David Musty isn’t a pro golfer – he’s not even a scratch golfer – but the man can putt. David also isn’t someone who found a gimmick to turn a quick profit in the golf industry. David is, first and foremost, a craftsman.
Bill Sendell is a pro golfer. A pro at Pebble Beach for 18 years and a tournament director at Spyglass Hill for four, it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two. So when you talk to Bill and he tells you that he’s never had a wooden putter that strikes the ball smoother than a Musty Putter, the least you can do is hear the man out.
When you, like Dave, have been selling wooden putters for fifteen years, just having a nice looking product doesn’t keep you in business. As Bill (who also is now David Musty Putters’ Worldwide Sales Director) will tell you, there is a very technical production method and legitimate science behind what makes a Musty the putter you should have in your bag. But the fact is this: in a game that’s all about feel, a Musty Putter strokes just the right roll.
The putters David Musty makes in Signal Hill, California, have perfect balance and the most forgiving of sweet spots. They’re all made by hand, but this isn’t some 15th century Scottish block of wood on the end of a stick. Depending on style, between five and eleven pieces of wood are hollowed and shaped by a CNC machine, weighted with particularly placed tungsten, then hand carved, painted, and tested by David and his team. The striking surface is ebony, maple, or cocobolo, and the massive sweet spot is the result of the carefully engineered hollow space on the club’s interior. If you want it hand painted, laser engraved, or if you want your putter made with wood from the Oak you lost on 13 during the storm this fall, well, that’s what Bill and Dave want, too.
You might see Bill next year at the Masters or you might see an Old Tom Morris-engraved Musty at the clubhouse at St. Andrew’s. Musty’s are in the hands of pros on the four major tours, but these aren’t Titleist’s latest fad; not everyone is going to be putting with a Musty by this time next year. Not everyone can pull off a Musty Putter and that’s the way Bill and Dave like it.
This club is special. With room for engraving on the top and bottom, it has the ability to be that personal touch that corporate gifts embossed with the company logo sometimes lack (or have out of place!). But this isn’t just another crystal vase and it’s not the kind of club tournament trophy that will gather dust in the corner of the credenza. Musty’s are out there, on the green. Not only will everyone notice when the Musty comes out to play- they’ll covet it. Musty Putters occupy dreams, and when it comes to golf, obsession is everything.
Scroll right to check out some of my favorite Musty Putters. Which one’s yours? Leave a comment and let us know!