This page is dedicated to the SeeMore SB2 putter – one of the siblings of the remarkable SeeMore SB1 putter we review elsewhere on this site. That other review focuses on how the SeeMore SB1 putter can help you “see more putts” by using the company’s patented “RifleScope Technology” (RST) alignment system. Although we’ll mention RST in this SB2 putter review, you might want to take a peek at our SeeMore SB1 putter page for more information on this unique system.
The two putters – the SeeMore SB1 and SB2 putter – are distinctly different, but there’s a definite family resemblance and they share several features, including RifleScope Technology. But before I get into any details about the SB2, let me share a little information about the history of SeeMore itself, because it’s an interesting story.
SeeMore and its putters first gained widespread recognition when Payne Stewart used a SeeMore putter to win the 1999 U.S. Open. In a way, his putter was directly responsible for his win, because coming down the home stretch he needed three straight one-putts to win the tournament. He succeeded, winning by a single stroke. And, the putt he drained on the 18th hole to win the tournament is thought to be the longest winning putt in U.S. Open history. To this day, many believe Stewart’s putting during that tournament is the greatest putting display in the history of U.S. majors. And it was accomplished with a SeeMore putter, made by a company that was relatively unknown.
After enjoying some fame out of Stewart’s dramatic victory, SeeMore putters once again faded into the background. For a while there, when golfers thought of premium putters, names like Bettinardi or Scotty Cameron cropped up, but not SeeMore.
Then, the SeeMore Putter Company introduced a completely new line of milled putters in 2007. Essentially, the company re-created itself, based on its patented RifleScope Technology. In an almost-eerie replication of Stewart’s putting in the 1999 U.S. Open’s final round, Zach Johnson won the 2007 Masters using a SeeMore putter. Like Stewart’s final U.S. Open round, Johnson’s final round in the 2007 Masters is etched into history as one of the greatest final-round tournament putting performances ever. Both golfers used a SeeMore – not Bettinardi, not Scotty Cameron, not PING, not Odyssey ...
When the SeeMore Putter Company launched its new putters in 2007, it did so with the intention of using its RST alignment system to create some of the world’s finest putters. You can learn about the SeeMore RifleScope Technology alignment system in our review of the SeeMore SB1 putter.
Like the company’s SB1 model, the SeeMore SB2 putter is crafted entirely from precision CNC-milled aircraft-grade aluminum. SeeMore uses this particular metal because it believes it provides the best balance, feel and consistency. Also like the SB1, the SB2 uses weight cartridges to allow adjustments to the head’s weight (in this case, the cartridges each weigh 8 grams, and the head’s weight can be fine-tuned between 335 grams and 360 grams). The weight cartridges are installed and removed with a simple Allen wrench. And, the SeeMore SB2 putter has the same sort of internal milled hosel that’s used on the SB1 model, a setup which permits the lie to be customized either before or after purchase. Finally, like every other SeeMore putter, the SeeMore SB2 putter uses the company’s RST alignment system.
The SB2 is a mallet, but it’s slightly smaller and perhaps a bit sleeker than its SB1 sibling. Instead of being a center-shaft, no toe-hang club like the SB1, the SeeMore SB2 putter is a heel-shafted club with 5 percent toe-hang. You can buy a SeeMore SB2 putter with a “Platinum” or black finish. My 33-inch test club arrived in Platinum.
It’s a nice-looking putter, but I can’t help but think that its looks would be even more appealing in black than Platinum. I also think the RST system might be more effective (or at least easier to see on a bright, sunny day) when it contrasts against a black-headed putter.
Sound and feel were fine although a little firm for my tastes – they were solid but not plump or plush. The performance, though, that was what was remarkable. The rolls produced by the SeeMore SB2 putter were as good as I’ve ever seen (think Scotty Cameron, Bettinardi and so on) and the RST must have been working right because my six-to-ten-foot putts felt almost automatic. Lag putts consistently stopped close to the hole.
The Bottom Line: Putters are very personal, and finding the right one can take time, trial and error. But I have to admit I liked the SeeMore SB2 putter – a lot. Yes, I liked the SeeMore SB1 putter even more, but part of that may have been due to the SB1’s beautiful black finish. Who knows, if the SeeMore SB2 putter I tested had been black instead of Platinum, it might have beat out the SB1.