We all agree you have to watch the ball, but most putters steal the spotlight. They often have elaborate shapes, bold design elements or stark white finishes. All of these fight the ball for attention. The putter is part of the show, but the ball is the hero.
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The Story of Mantis Golf™
What is the measure of success? To golfers, it may vary with each round played. A smoother swing, another fairway found, fewer putts…we treasure our small victories. While every aspect of the game proves elusive, often it is putting – that pure and perfect roll to the hole – that confounds us most. What to do?
Longtime business associates, friends and golf partners Michael Dill and Chris Maher, fine players both, found themselves with plenty of company in bemoaning their putting woes. Surely it was a matter of mental focus…tuning out extraneous thoughts…visualizing…seeing the hole. It wasn’t for lack of practice or concentration. And they had tried using a variety of putters through the years, with inconsistent results. Could it be that the putters themselves were the distracting factor?
Dill, a marketing professional with an entrepreneurial spirit, began to formulate an idea. Could something be done to draw a golfer’s eye away from the putter and to the golf ball instead? Could a new putter be developed to enable that subtle yet significant shift in attention? The putter would have to be simple and sleek in design, but with something special to help golfers make that imperceptible yet important adjustment.
This dilemma was the catalyst for Dill to form Mantis Golf™ Company, in 2012. Retro in its simplicity yet revolutionary in its concept, the Mantis putter, with its patented green finish, is designed to minimize the visual attention a golfer gives to the putter and maximize attention to the golf ball.
“Golf instructors tell you to keep your eye on the ball,” says Dill, “yet most putter designs compete with the ball for attention. Mantis lets the ball be the hero.
“The green finish is not a design element, but rather a functional benefit helping the putter head blend into the putting turf beneath.”
Today Dill, founder of Mantis Golf™ Company, and Maher, CEO, are seeing results, not only in their own putting improvement, but in the appreciation they receive from players coast to coast who have discovered the logical allure of playing with a Mantis putter. Mantis Golf was launched with one initial mallet design, but expansion plans include additional putter-head designs as well as the possibility of other clubs where the patent-pending green utility may provide the same benefit.
Success is always just a stroke away.
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