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Is Rife Going out of Buisness?

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It was said in another post that Rife is having financial problems. Does anyone have info about this..Are they going out of buisness or just not going to make as many putters?
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It was said in another post that Rife is having financial problems. Does anyone have info about this..Are they going out of buisness or just not going to make as many putters?

I'm not sure, but Golf Town (Canadian chain) had a bunch of putters from Yes and Rife on sale the other day and they looked and felt like garbage. Sort of like the huge batches of junky Ben Hogan putters they used to bring in from who knows where.

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They are also on sale at Golfdom in NOVA, but they're having the end of summer sale, so I don't think that has anything to do with whether or not Rife is going out of business. Might pick one up for $90 though!
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I hope not. They are nice putters.
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Smaller makers like Rife will most likely be gobbled up like Never Compromise was by Cleveland. I have no evidence to back up that Rife will fall aside, just sayin. It's a shame as it is the little guys that usually push the big guys to keep up.
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I doubt they're going under, especially given so many top pros choose to play them (including some pga, who I assume must turn down the offer of being paid to play different putters such as Odyysey etc?).

There are plenty of reasons for a sale, such as a new product line etc?
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Maybe time to buy a spare Abaco .....
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I have thought the same thing. But for me, another Antigua or perhaps a plumber's neck Aruba..
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Is the Antigua really that good then? I'm temted to pick up a second hand one to see how they play... Also, is there a lot of difference between that and the Aussie model?
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Seems the Aussie and the Aruba are more similar as both have plumber's necks. Other than that, I am not sure what the difference is. Check the Rife site and compare materials. Could be a different steel. The Antigua I have is the best putter I own. I have 2 Scotty Newport 2 terylliums, Bettinardi, Ody, etc.. and the Rife is the one that puts the ball in the hole. Great putters. Read on the Rife site under "Technology" and read the top part about roll face technology. That is the meat of what is special about these putters.


-Dan
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Probably going to pick up the Aruba and Trinidad in the next couple weeks.
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tried one today, good price on a milled face, couldn't feel the difference between that and a Scotty Cameron almost at all.
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tried one today, good price on a milled face, couldn't feel the difference between that and a Scotty Cameron almost at all.

It's not a "milled face" putter at all. The whole putter head is milled. The neck is welded on.

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Contrary to the bad rumors on the internet, Rife Putters is doing very good and is profitable since it strategically streamlined its management.

This must be coming from the same rumor mill, that 8 months ago reported that Rife was being acquired and never happened.

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Originally Posted by FloridaGolfer1

Rife Putters is doing very good and is profitable since it strategically streamlined its management.


Did they tactically leverage their core competency to maximize the enhancement of their synergies? That's also good.

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I tried the Rife Barbados and loved the feel of it when I demo'd it.  It was a bit more money that I had to spend.  When I went back a few days later to buy it anyway, it was gone and I haven't seen one in local stores since.  Heck... I haven't seen many on Ebay either.

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