ABOUT SLIGHTER GOLF
Precision Putters for Passionate Golfers
Precision Putters for Passionate Golfers
I developed Slighter Golf in 2000 as a company refinishing all brands of putters. In 2001, I began designing my own line of putters and introduced a run of 27 putters I named “Seattle”. Following the “Seattle” I designed the Tacoma, Bellevue, Redmond, and so on. While continuing to refinish all makes and models of putters I was also able to offer a full line of my own unique custom designed putters.
As the company grew over the following 18 years, I was able to accommodate almost any request for a custom refinish project and design “one off” putters to a diverse customer base all over the world. My goal has always been to move the company in a direction where I was able to offer a higher level of production while maintaining the high level of customer service. Not wanting to sacrifice customer service for growth I was not able to pursue my goal.
Several years ago I was fortunate to work with my friend and colleague, Jason Smith in designing some of my custom putters. Jason is a very respected and talented machinist with an engineering and physics background. He is accredited with several successful inventions and patents. Over the years, Jason assisted Slighter Golf with the ability to provide a wide variety of products to our customers.
Recently, I met with Jason indicating that I wanted his expertise to be more directly involved with Slighter Golf. We instantly agreed to partner up and begin moving Slighter Golf to the next level. Our new partnership allows us the ability to create, design and manufacture custom putters at an entirely different level. As exciting as this new adventure may be, I personally assure Slighter Golf will continue providing the best customer service in the industry.
I am forever mindful that realizing my dreams are simply due to all of your support.
Thank you so very much.
“Precision Putters for Passionate Golfers”
My name is Tom Slighter. I am the founder of Slighter Golf and the proud designer of this putter collection.
My passion for golf is why I chose to develop a line of putters that could be used by amateurs and professionals at all levels of play.
Our customers are the driving force behind our success. We sincerely appreciate your support and trust in Slighter putters.
It truly has been an honor for me to work with each customer that chose a Slighter putter. I am very excited with all the opportunities that lay ahead for us at Slighter Golf.
We hope you find the information you are looking for and should you need some assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will make every effort to address any questions and/or concerns you may have.
We look forward to working with you and building a custom putter that will exceed your expectations.
The process begins with a solid block of steel. We use mainly 1018 Carbon Steel or 303 surgical grade stainless steel for several reasons:
A) It provides a superior and softer feel.
B) It is extremely durable.
C) It has excellent milling properties that enable us to shape the material to exact tolerances.
During the early process of milling, that two putter heads are created from a single block of steel. The head and hosel are created as a single unit, unless custom hosels are necessary.
This approach allows us to create putters with cleaner, flowing designs. In addition, we believe it creates a more consistent feel in the performance of the putter.
Each stage of the milling process is slow in comparison to putters that are massed produced through the casting process. Like fine wine, our putters take time to develop, and the final results speak for itself.
We shape the putter’s cavity to the desired look and specifications. This process is two fold: A) aesthetics. B) to acquire the desired weight for the putter. This process is done by hand on a vertical mill. Each putter is individually milled to the customer’s specifications.
A “floating face” or “sound slot” is being added to this putter. This process is also done by hand on a vertical mill. The floating face must be precisely measured prior to cutting. Measuring blocks and a height gauge are the tools of the trade for this job. Other custom work like sight lines, sight dots and weight dots are also done on this mill by hand.
The hand-stamping process is an art in itself. You really do not want to miss the “stamp” and “squash” the putter or your hand here. Be sure you have the correct stamp and in the right position. you may laugh, but I can attest to the importance of double checking from experience.
We then smooth out the rough edges of the putter after it has been milled and cut to the customer’s desired specifications. I use numerous grinders and polishing wheels to obtain the proper finish.
We use our TIG welder and attaching a hosel to a putter as a special order for a customer .
The process of finishing involves spraying the putter with “glass beads” similar to sand-blasting. I offer several types of finishes on my putters:
A) High polished (Stainless Only)
B) Semi-high polished/satin (Stainless Only)
C) Total non-glare satin (this is a darker gray color mostly used on tour to eliminate any sun glare) (Stainless Only)
The paint-fill is applied all by hand. This is done to the customer’s specifications.
The final touches involve adjusting the putters loft, lie and angle to your specifications using a top of the line tour Mitchell putter bending machine.
The putter is cleaned with soap, water, and silver polish. This is done many times throughout the entire finishing process.
Each Refinished Putter is a little different, as you can imagine, but the process can look a lot like this: