Just in time for the holiday season, the folks at TaylorMade Golf are rolling out some fine putters that fall into the premium category (more $$$), the Rossa TP by Kia Ma putters. Prior to this, you had to be on the TaylorMade Tour Staff like Justin Rose, Andres Romero, and Mike Weir who all use Kia Ma putters. No more as now the rest of us can get one of these beauties.
Join me as we take a look at some pretty sweet looking putters.
Quick show of hands, prior to reading this article, how many people have heard of Kia Ma? Didn't think so (neither had I for that matter). Here's a bit of his background: native of Vietnam who immigration to the United States in 1980 and started in the golf industry assembling clubs for a small southern California equipment manufacturer called Shamrock Golf.
He then joined Ray Cook Golf in 1987 and took up putter design. He then started his own company, K & M Golf, which "quietly serviced some of the most powerful brands in the game." Kia Ma started with TaylorMade six years ago and has been working with developing premium putters for TaylorMade's Tour Staff professionals, (including the custom-made putter used by Sergio Garcia to win the Castello Masters and the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai - Sergio found a putter that works!).
Great for their tour staff but how about the rest of us? Well, now you too can have a Kia Ma putter with the release of the Rossa TP by Kia Ma putters, consisting of five models for you to choose from (golfers love choices!).
With five models to choose from, it should be easy to find one that suits your fancy, unless you have a hard time making decisions. All are constructed from soft 1020 carbon steel and are 100% CNC milled. Toss in what TaylorMade calls a "rich, midnight finish" you have some extremely nice-looking putters.
For the blade aficionados, there are three styles to choose from: the Daytona (anser-style with a plumbing neck), Imola (curved neck and no back pocket) , and Monaco (back pocket and a plumbing neck). I think the Monaco looks the best but I could roll the others as well.
For the mallet folks, you have two choices: the Monte Carlo (pictured below left) and Maranello (pictured below right). I'm not a mallet guy but they both look pretty sharp. All in all, a very impressive looking putter lineup.
Availability and Pricing
Premium putters carry a premium price and these are no different as they have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $360 (which I am guessing to be a street price of about $300, but that's only a guess. You can add one of these to your putter collection in about mid-December.
It's pretty easy to say that 2008 was the year of the premium putter as just about every golf equipment company now has a few (or an entire line) that crawls above that $250 price point and beyond. Considering how often one uses their putter though, it still ends up being a much better investment then getting the latest $400 driver only to have it replaced next year but some "newer" technology.
If your looking to save some dough when buying golf equipment, now is the time to pounce. A quick perusing of some major online golf retailers shows some nice markdowns, rebates and sales going on right now. I would imagine the same is going on right now in the brick-and-mortar stores as well. Of course, the longer you wait, the bigger the discount could be. Happy shopping!