Musty putters are all distinguished by extreme good looks and very high levels of fit and finish. The Tiffany is no exception. The combination of ebony, rosewood and maple is radiant. As we said in an earlier Musty review, there is no golfer who would not be pleased to get one of these engraved, Musty beauties as a gift. They are almost too pretty to use.
While all of our crew found the looks of the Tiffany to be on a par with other Musty putters we have used, it did not win hearts the way its predecessors did. The Musty Modern Classic and Musty Sonia are still rated by the staff as two of the finest putters they have ever used. They have an intuitive ease and grace that are not inherent in the Tiffany. The Sonia has remained a permanent fixture in the bag of one of our senior testers.
There are two reasons why the the Tiffany has not been received quite as well as the other Musty’s. First of all, it is offered by Musty for those players who prefer a heavier feel and higher swingweight. It is designed to be more of a banger than its lighter, more sensitive siblings. Its target audience are those players who regularly leave the ball short, and/or those players who normally play very slow greens.
It does its job efficiently. Balls leave the face forcibly and roll well even across the slowest municipal greens. Thanks to a high center of gravity, an aggressive roll is imparted to the ball. This dynamic quality, of course, was a turn-off to those testers who like, slower, more sensitive putters. Some testers had trouble adjusting to the lively pace, especially when using harder, distance balls. Others adjusted easily, however. All found that it worked well on overly slow greens and for long putts from the fringe.
The second reason why the Tiffany did not generate the same enthusiasm as the other Musty’s was the shape of the head. As with the Sonia and the Modern Classic, this putter has a center band of hard maple that functions as a strong alignment aid. Unlike the others, The Tiffany has a heel and toe that slant back away from the face in a pronounced fashion. This curvature disoriented a couple of testers. One repeatedly pushed his putts and ended disliking the Tiffany intensely.
On the scoring grid the Tiffany failed to impress most of our crew when used against other popular mallet-style putters. Some had no problems registering good scores, but none felt that it inspired the same confidence as the amazingly easy to use Sonia and Modern Classic. Their pace and accuracy was consistently first rate for almost all testers.
The Tiffany is a very well-made putter. It will suit numerous players, but it does suffer in comparison to its stable mates. For those who like to drive their putts, the Tiffany may prove advantageous.