The genesis of the Heavy Putter dates back to 1994. It was then that Stephen Boccieri started the wheels turning on the engineering concepts and product development processes that led to the birth of the Heavy Putter in 2005. After exhaustive studies evaluating equipment from all the major manufacturers, he was puzzled and surprised at the inconsistencies that existed across the board. Admittedly, the task was somewhat self-serving as Stephen , a one handicap, was looking for answers to improve his own game.
Stephens’s design background led him to focus on solid engineering principles, and apply them to the construction of a golf club. Having the eye of a good player, he also understood the importance of maintaining a pleasing but efficient design. His early attention was focused on the dynamic effects of shafts; realizing that various bending characteristics could alter the consistency of a players swing. This study led to a complete database of all the shaft profiles in the market place. With this data, Stephen was able to apply the analytical analysis of the performance of each shaft to determine the most consistent club for the player.
Establishing consistency in the swing got Boccieri to start focusing on putting. He realized the shaft performance was not going to be a critical factor in a good putter design. It was easy to design a putter head with a high moment of inertia; the trick was how the design was going to make the player more consistent. Once he found the right profile of a shaft for a player’s driver, he improved consistency… now he was on a mission to figure out how to engage the larger, more stable upper body muscles to improve the putting stroke.
Boccieri’s experimentation with the putter started by adding mass to the head. This was successful up to a point, but too much weight started to exacerbate the amount of wrist release throughout the stroke. He found that the only way he could increase the head mass enough to engage the large muscles was to add a counter weight to the grip end of the shaft. In doing so, he raised the balance point 75% higher than conventional putters. This counter weight became known as the Back Weighting System. What the Back Weighting System did was manage the increased weight in the head by using balance… a simple but necessary innovation. A by-product of the higher balance point was it brought much of the weight of the putter closer to the player’s core center of gravity promoting more stability during the stroke. The combination of the increased head mass and the Back Weighting System gave the putter enough total weight to engage the larger muscle groups and disengage the small wrist and hand muscles. This led to a consistent, repetitive, pendulum stroke.
In 2003, work began on the production prototype. Various weight combinations, styles, shaft configurations, and head designs were tested, re-tested and tested again. In late 2004, Boccieri had finished the development of the first Heavy Putters ready for tour use. These putters were made by hand in Steve’s “lab”, and he personally brought them out on tour to get direct feedback from the players. The reaction was better and bigger than anything Steve could have hoped for. Steve went immediately to work on putting a supply chain solution in place to service the anticipated demand. He also went about building his team. Boccieri Golf LLC “the company” was starting to take shape.
What is so unique about the Heavy Putter is that it is the only club in the history of the game that can claim that it improves the player’s stroke by making it more consistent. We have scientific data to back that statement up. With the use of the Science and Motion ultra sound machine we have demonstrated by testing hundreds of players and each player showed a dramatic improvement in the overall consistency.
After selling over 100 thousand Heavy Putters worldwide in 30 countries Stephen was ready to work on the Heavy Wedge which was driven by great consumer demand for a more consistent short game.
In 2010 Stephen introduced the Control Series Heavy Driver and swing clubs at the PGA Show. The Control Series golf club line-up delivers results of greater consistency, control and distance. Stephen believes passionately that his innovative products will make better golfers! Isn’t that what we are looking to achieve when we play the golf?
The Secret Grip was invented in 2012 when Stephen discovered that many of his customers did not purchase a full bag of Boccieri clubs. They purchased individual clubs instead. With that said the golf clubs that weren’t Boccieri counter balanced clubs felt different. The Secret Grips were born out of a need to be able to counter balance all OEM golf clubs. The Secret Grip was tested by over 3000 golfers and 97% of the golfers tested where more accurate and more consistent. A highlight for Stephen was when his idol Jack Nicklaus endorsed the Secret Grip. The Secret Grip is used by PGA Tour Professionals and high handicappers all who have benefited from the latest counter balanced technology.
Stephen and Sandra Boccieri have moved Boccieri Golf from Ridgefield, CT to Scottsdale, AZ where Stephen has created the Boccieri Golf Research and Performance Center, where he can be seen working in his shop creating better product and ultimately better golfers. You are all invited to come and work with Stephen on your game and chat about the game, and why it is so special.