- What made you engineer a putter?
I had bought yet another putter and thought to myself that it would be better than the last one because its lie could be adjusted. But I was completely wrong. I was really angry with myself, because I already owned five putters. Then I decided to develop the best putter in the world myself.
- How long did it take you to develop the first model?
I wasn’t on a schedule, and I had no idea about the rules or what I was and wasn’t allowed to do. At first, I only did sporadic development work. I was absolutely ignorant – I had no clue whatsoever about the shaft's position for example. Things became more and more interesting and fun from the fifth prototype onwards. It took two-and-a-half to three years to obtain the first approval from R+A St. Andrews for the HPP 330. Yet, the biggest problem are the players, regardless of them being amateurs or professionals. All around the world, roughly 90% of golfers are trained and learn wrongly. Thus, it took me a couple of years to figure out and thoroughly analyze the details. I questioned everything. Grooves, grip strength, swing level – and I tested everything myself. The biggest issue: the power of habits!
- Why are your putters so expensive?
We are really focused on the highest quality. It is no coincidence that the ‘HPP’ in the names of our putters stands for ‘High Precision Putter.’ They are manufactured with the utmost precision and are very forgiving. Ninety-nine of all KRAMSKI putters are also sold fitted – thus, they are truly tailor-made!
- Who uses your putters?
Since we’re a small company, we don’t have the funds to sponsor a huge number of tour players. In 2011, we began to support Florian Fritsch as the first tourplayer. Ever since, numerous international players have joined the ranks of KRAMSKI brand ambassadors, such as Paul Waring or Richard Sterne. We’re proud of the successes scored with our putters: the best two round of golf ever played in Germany – both 59 rounds - in Habsberg in 2006 and at the Sparkassen Open in 2017 were both played with a HPP 325 and a HPP 326, respectively. And it was also with a KRAMSKI HPP 325 putter that the record at St. Andrews Old Course was set: 10 below par.
KRAMSKI also has numerous fans among VIPs such as Boris Becker, Franz Beckenbauer, Fritz and Elmar Wepper, Michael Lesch, Anna Maria Kaufmann, Heiner Lauterbach, Christian Kohlund, Lars Riedel, Jürgen Hingsen, Dieter Thoma, and others.
- How many models do you currently have on the market?
We officially have 17 KRAMSKI Putter models on the market. In fact, however, we offer many more models on account of the differences in shafts, sight systems and soft inserts in the striking face. They are also available in a variety of optional colors. Plus, all our putters ship in left and right hand variants. And the same holds true for our training equipment.
- What is so special about KRAMSKI putters?
Basically, it’s the fact that they’re very forgiving. As for our mallets, it’s the sight system, which improves aiming significantly. With regard to our blades and half mallets, it’s the unusually high forgiveness.
- You are the only putter manufacturer that produces its own grips from scratch. Why?
After some 5 years of fitting experience, I found that modern grips may look nice, but that their function is impaired – especially when re-gripping. So I spent a year developing the KRAMSKI grip, for which I obtained a certification of conformity with international golf play rules. What makes our grips special: there is a different grip for every shaft length. That is absolutely unique. Functionality is the most important principal, design is just an afterthought. There are five sizes: S / M / L / XL / XXL.
- Can one really learn how to putt properly in just one day at your Putting Academy?
What good is the world’s best putter if you don’t know your ball position? This is why the KRAMSKI PUTTER Academy was established. You definitely learn what’s right and wrong in theory and practice in a day. You are also given a lot of time to practice and are instructed perfectly by our experts.