Scoring With My Vintage Otey Crisman Putter Updated

Classic Otey putter still used by golfers

*Reprinted from HubPages - Sports & Recreation - Feb. 3, 2015 

The Vintage Otey Crisman Mallet Style Putter I used seemed to eliminate pulls, pushes, and any thought of the yips. I did not realize how comfortable and easy it was to stroke a hickory shafted putter. It was like butta' ...

The first I had ever heard of Otey Crisman was while visiting a friend in Florida for a few days. Mid February "2013" and an opportunity to thaw out, you bet I was going. The plan was to borrow a set of clubs while I visited and that is exactly what I did. The thing I wasn't aware of though, is that I would also be introduced to the name of Otey Crisman and a No.18 Super Deluxe Hickory Shafted Putter manufactured some 50-60 years ago.

No, no one was trying to play a joke on me. I had other putter choices, but for kicks, I thought I would try out this vintage mallet style putter and then the magic began. I'm not going to pretend I was putting as well as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus or Ben Crenshaw, statistically, the three greatest putters to ever play the game, but I had a personal putting streak that was as good as I can ever remember.

After three days of multiple six to fifteen footers for one putt, (*Note - I hadn't played in two months) I even managed my first (and only) birdie of the trip - sinking an ominous, right to left, twenty foot, side hill downhill putt to win the hole. The rest of my game was more or less typical, but the Otey Crisman was so much fun to putt with that my bogey handicap felt like scratch.

We get a winter season where I live and it will be another month before I get to hit my clubs again and I'll be ready. As soon as I got back from the trip, I went online to eBay and found a Vintage Otey Crisman putter I could call my own.

 

Question:

Where do I find an Otey Crisman Putter?

Answer: The handmade Otey Crisman Putters are still manufactured in limited quantities at their factory in Selma, Alabama. The company which is still in the Crisman family is currently managed by Otey's son; Otey Crisman III. 

 

Who Is Otey Crisman

Answer: Otey Crisman was a golfer and a golf club maker, specializing in putters and wedges, who saw his heyday as a golfer in the 1940s.

In the summer of 1946 when Otey Crisman, Jr., a touring professional golfer from Selma, Alabama, was preparing for the US Open qualifier which was to be held that year in Birmingham, Alabama. He was scoring poorly with a blade putter commonly used at the time but had an idea for a mallet style putter...

The story goes on tell us how Otey handcrafted a model of his own putter design from wood and had a local forge cast one for him. He qualified fourth for the U.S. open that year. The twist was that his mallet style putter was soon to be one of the most popular putters on the tour, eventually winning 5 Masters.

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3 comments

  • I have an Otey Crisman mallet putter stamped on the bottom with “SELMA, ALA 70 HB”. Can you tell me the age? Iv’e seen 70 HB putters, but none with “SELMA, ALA” stamped on the bottom. Thank you

    TERRY WELLS
  • Do you post to Australia

    What price is the putter ?

    Philip Baird
  • Can you still make the Ol goosey?

    Jim Harrison

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