The Rife Riddler putter is an impressive anser-style blade that offers superb value for money. It takes the look that many golfers love and piles on the performance with a beautiful solid feel at impact and a roll off the face that has the ball hugging the ground early. The oversize grip and slightly heavier head also really promotes a smooth stroke and a squarer clubface at impact.
Has a premium finish and is easy to align at address. Rolls the ball noticeably well and the solid feel far surpasses what we expected given the price.
Seemed to offer slightly less forgiveness on significantly off-centre hits than other models of a similar style.
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In this Rife Riddler putter review, we put this entry-level option to the test out on the course to see if there is value to be had in the performance
Rife Riddler Putter Review
Rife is a specialist putter brand that made its first club in 2004 and has firmly established itself as a big player in flatstick production. The Riddler is a classic Anser-style blade that most golfers will immediately feel familiar and comfortable with when you put it behind the ball.
The first thing you notice is that there’s a decent amount of weight to it for a blade (360g), which is going to help a lot of golfers keep their strokes smooth and consistent.
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There’s just a little bit of toe hang and it felt like the head really wanted to naturally square up through the impact zone.
The PVD black finish looks really smart and prevents any glare you might get on sunny days. The single white alignment line really stands out and the plumbers neck design help it sit really nicely behind the ball. In short, it’s incredibly easy to line up square to your target, especially for a blade.
The whole head is made of one piece of 304 stainless steel and it delivers a really solid feel at impact. One of Rife’s big selling points is its Roll Groove Technology, which is designed to eliminate skipping and skidding as the ball comes off the face and get it rolling purely as quickly as possible – and it certainly delivers.
The consistency of the roll was extremely impressive as the ball hugged the green on different lengths of putt and that consistency really helped to control the distance on longer putts.
The only this putter lacks is significant off-centre forgiveness but given it's a blade, we weren't expecting stability to be one of its leading features.
As with many putters these days, the grip is pretty chunky and flat at the front and has a tacky, almost spongy texture to it that gave us a solid hold. It’s extremely comfortable to grip and works well with a number of different grip styles to help quieten the hands and keep the clubface square.
Kit Alexander is a golf broadcaster and journalist who commentates and presents for the DP World Tour, PGA EuroPro Tour and Rose Ladies Series. He has over 15 years’ experience of magazine and television work in the golf industry and is a regular contributor to Golf Monthly.
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