Great RockBottom Transaction, most poorly designed 8802 EVER.
August 31, 2012
I have owned 8802 variations all my life and jumped on this deal when I saw it. The putter is very beautiful don't get me wrong, although I think the face is a disaster in the looks and form departments. Like most OEMs (exception is PING), YES does not care or design things for left handed people. This putter was designed for a right-handed, right-eye dominant person who wants to own a beautiful "retro-cool" blade without having to perfect the stroke one need's to use 8802 consistently well.
Like 2/3rds of the population I am right-eye dominant, yet I am left handed (and most lefties are, making them cross-eye dominant). A reason myself and other cross-eye dominant people love low or no offset putters is because we have the ability to line up the face of the putter to the target using just our peripheral vision and w/o head turn (or see the target while looking at the putter face/ball). To sum that up- because the face of a real 8802 is closer to my right/dominant eye, I can "see/visualize the entire putt" as I remain in my putting stance. Crenshaw/Phil: two of the best putters/short-gamers in history-- cross eye dominant--use heel shafted putters w/ low offset (8802 for Ben, 8883 for Phil). It's also why lefties have historically had better short games and an easier time shaping shots (Phil and Bubba come to mind more recently).
This Yes Sophia is NOT low offset. Yes it is heel shafted and promotes an arched path. however, I first got it and was convinced it was fully offset (1 shaft width). Closer inspection reveals that this is just barely less than that (3/4 to full shaft offset leaning towards full shaft). This would be OKAY if the putter had more than 2.5 degrees of loft at its current 72 degrees (very upright)!!! It would be okay if this came standard @ 70 degrees allowing my eye to see the face (I'm 6' tall btw).
Sophia darling- you have an identity crisis. You have the specs of an Anser in a poorly shaped 8802's body. --high offset --a "milled" pattern that does not encompass the whole face -- and the stupidest: a sole design that bulges in the middle instead of remaining mostly flat. You ask me to put at 72 degrees yet when I do so the sole digs into the green on the tiniest of miscues. I can not make my natural stroke without driving the ball into the green and taking it offline. With the c(razy)-grooves, I can no longer make a short toe tap in because I'm worried half the ball will be affected the grooves and half won't (sidespin).
I also contacted Yes about proper way to flatten lie angle, never got back to me and it's been two weeks.
YES... you've effectively destroyed what makes the 8802 such a versatile and nuanced classic for better putters. I now get why you've stopped making lefty Sophias and why Jim Furyk
Pros:QUICK SHIPPING FROM RBG!!!
345 gram headweight
Cons:345 g headweight cannot be felt thanks to heavy/awful stock shaft
Grip is ricky fowler ugly and peels graphic as you take off plastic
Nothing like the 8802 it emulates
horrible sole design
not enough loft
too upright for so little loft
face grooves limit versatility
urethane face backing dampens feel in a "feel" putter
almost full shaft offset
non-existent OEM support
promotes bad putts and increased alcohol consumption