Iconic Putter Brand Zebra Is Back! Return Of AIT 1 Design Headlines New Range
The much-loved putter brand Zebra is back, with the famous AIT 1 fully reinvented for the 21st century along with three other models
Iconic putter brand Zebra Golf is well and truly back, with the unmistakable AIT 1 mallet head headlining the return of the much-loved and Major-winning putter range.
Revitalised following Majors success in the hands of Ray Floyd (1976) and Nick Price (1994) Zebra is recognised as one of the putter designs that changed the game and is one of the most iconic mallet putters ever made.
Design and technology combine with expertise from some of the game's most experienced putter designers in a new Zebra range solely geared to helping the golfer be more successful on the putting greens.
THE ZEBRA AIT 1
Created to be the ideal balance between alignment, forgiveness, weighting, feel, and roll the classic mallet head remains faithful to the original distinctive classic Zebra putter look with the familiar striped alignment system.
A new oversized mallet head is face balanced to boost MOI and forgiveness on the greens and a horseshoe-shaped soleplate lowers the centre of gravity and allows the addition of removable weights in the sole and heel to create a highly stable head at impact.
Every element of a new AIT 1 Zebra putter, from the head shape to the face insert, has been rigorously tested using computer-generated Artificial Intelligence Technology to find the perfect MOI and centre of gravity to ensure maximum performance.
In addition to the striped alignment system, the AIT 1 also features a grooved face insert that precisely controls the friction at impact needed to deliver the correct amount of topspin to the golf ball to ensure consistent distance control across a wide portion of the face.
The grooves not only work with the stroke to impart topspin, but they also serve to lower the launch angle, therefore, minimizing skidding and getting the ball into the ‘roll phase’ more quickly - vital when controlling a putt’s overall distance.
The AIT 1 also features adjustable weighting technology, with weight ports located in the sole of the putter where weights of 10g, 15g and 20g can sit. Changing the weights increases or decreases the weight of the head to suit an individual’s putting stroke.
ZEBRA MODELS TO SUIT ALL STROKES
Leveraging all of Zebra’s impressive design heritage, including the Major-winning striped alignment system, the new range features an additional three modern head shapes including: a fang (AIT 2), high-MOI flange (AIT 3), and a wide-bodied blade (AIT 4), to suit every putting stroke and every type of golfer.
KBS stable stepped shafts are fitted as standard on the AIT range. Stiffer than traditional putter shafts, they provide increased stability when used with heavier head weights. A Winn VSN midsized pistol grip is offered as standard.
The Zebra AIT 1, 2 and 3 models retail at £199.99, with the #4 at £189.99.
Visit the Zebra Golf website for more information
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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