This huge wedge of aluminum was made famous by Nick Price’s exceptional play in the early 90′s. He won two majors in one year with the unknown stepped mallet with the peculiar appearance. Response from the public was immediate and The Fat Lady became a celebrity.
Thought by all of our testers ugly and ungainly at first glance, most were surprised by the pleasant feel and ease of alignment. No one putted badly with the club and all found it to be a sound and reliable design. Few, however, had any interest in taking it out on playing rounds. The unusual appearance remains a huge stumbling block for many in spite of its more than adequate results in target testing.
The feel of the soft, all-aluminum head is a quiet one that suits the tempo and temperament of some and not of others. The ball comes off this face balanced putter with a lively, good, true roll. The wide, deep shape of the sole of the head compels the golfer to stay low and flat with his stroke. The multiple steps down the back of the head function as good perpendicular alignment guides.
Nick Price went on to switch putters after a bit and the huge surge of the Fat Lady’s early success has died down with many new putters passing it by. This remains, however, a competent and user-friendly putter well worth a test by any mallet enthusiast.
Note – Aluminum is a soft metal that is susceptible to “dings”. A long, knitted headcover comes with the putter, but if you are the type who does not use such coverings then be prepared for a clubhead which ages quickly.