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Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« on: January 07, 2011, 02:53:28 AM »
Let's see what everyone has (photos) or knows about this iconic putter.

I believe the first models date back to the late 40's.

Last year, Corey Pavin was the best putter on the PGA Tour and second-best on the Champion's Tour with a Titleist/Acushnet version of Router's earlist design, the "Standard".





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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2011, 01:05:06 PM »
I have one in my basement, it needs to be refinished though!!

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011, 01:12:19 PM »
I have one in my basement, it needs to be refinished though!!

Photos ??

Why would want to refinish it and remove all that history ?

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 01:38:57 PM »
Here it is.   Anyone want to buy the putter for a refinish project??

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011, 04:41:42 PM »
Thanks for going to the trouble of posting photos of your Bullseye... however, I'm mainly interested in photos of pre-Acushnet/Titleist Bullseye putters and information relating to them.

Cheers,
Jack

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2011, 06:15:34 PM »
During the 1940's in Phoenix, Arizona, John Reuter, an accomplished golfer and teaching professional, talked about designing a putter that would "swing as evenly as the pendulum of a clock". Reuter believed that an even swing was the key to sound putting. His efforts produced the first Bulls eye putter and led to a dramatic change in the way golfers defined touch and feel.

The age of the Bulls Eye was quick to come bout. Just four years after Reuter's "sweet strokers", (the original Bulls Eye) were introduced, Lou Worsham captured the 1951 Phoenix Open using a Bulls Eye. Touring professionals the world over became keen to try one of Reuter's breakthrough putters.


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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2011, 06:57:51 PM »
Sir Bob Charles was one elite professional who used a brass bullseye his entire career. His stroke was a perfect match for this putter and vice versa.
Thinking the way you have always thought will almost certainly assure you putt the way you always have. - Dr Bob Rotella

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2011, 09:22:14 PM »
Sir Bob Charles was one elite professional who used a brass bullseye his entire career. His stroke was a perfect match for this putter and vice versa.

I couldn't agree more...

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2011, 10:35:14 PM »
Here's one... http://www.clubsofdistinction.com/cod3/cucput0660.txt

They're asking $175 for this beauty.

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2011, 12:08:40 AM »
Most guys who have played this great game for 20 years or more, have had a Bullseye in the bag, at one time.
I know that I have gone back to it, a few times.  Never had the pre-Titleist model..........well, not that I can remember, LOL.
Love pics and links,
LaMont in AZ

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2011, 08:21:55 AM »
Here's one... http://www.clubsofdistinction.com/cod3/cucput0660.txt

They're asking $175 for this beauty.

I would game that putter right now.

Thanks for the pictures. How about that stroke? Look at the relationship of the arms to the shoulders from precontact to follow through. Notice how the putter has rotated closed to the target on the follow through. A little arc to the stroke and square to the path the putter swings all the way.

This gets my vote for the best stroke ever.
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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2011, 02:35:37 PM »
Here's one... http://www.clubsofdistinction.com/cod3/cucput0660.txt

They're asking $175 for this beauty.

I would game that putter right now.

Thanks for the pictures. How about that stroke? Look at the relationship of the arms to the shoulders from precontact to follow through. Notice how the putter has rotated closed to the target on the follow through. A little arc to the stroke and square to the path the putter swings all the way.

This gets my vote for the best stroke ever.

Bruce, I believe you own and often game a Bullseye... how about giving us the story?

Cheers,
Jack

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2011, 02:40:05 PM »
Here a few pics of another...

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2011, 04:14:52 PM »
Some of the classiest grips on any putters made came on Bullseye putters.  Their older models had anything from burgundy/black to brown/tan to a classy black leather.
Love this thread and should go see what I have on the wall in the line of Bullseyes.  May have one of the pat pend models and don't realize it.
LaMont in AZ

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2011, 11:21:05 AM »
Jack - Thanks for asking, one of my favorite memories.

Greg Norman was a member at Bay Hill when I was there. He started with an 8802 when I first met him. Switched to an Anser 2 and then went back and forth. Used a Bullseye at Winged Foot in 1984 ( Fuzzy beats him in the playoff ) He thought that would help him control the ball on the fast greens. I have one of the rejected Bullseyes from a practice session the Sunday night before the tournament. It has a small knick in the face, which he thought would cause a miss at some critical time in the tournament. He liked it so he gave it to me so he wouldn't be tempted to use it. It has seen alot of bag time over the years. My daughter used it for a short time this past golf season. Here is the putter that didn't make the Open.

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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2011, 03:11:12 PM »
Nice post Bruce, thanks... I love stories like that.

Bruce, what's stamped on the sole and what are the specs?


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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2011, 03:18:07 PM »
Some of the classiest grips on any putters made came on Bullseye putters.  Their older models had anything from burgundy/black to brown/tan to a classy black leather.
Love this thread and should go see what I have on the wall in the line of Bullseyes.  May have one of the pat pend models and don't realize it.
LaMont in AZ

Here's an example of an early paddle-style grip.


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Re: Bulls Eye Putter - Early Pre-Acushnet Only (John Reuter Jr)
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2011, 05:52:28 PM »
Nice post Bruce, thanks... I love stories like that.

Bruce, what's stamped on the sole and what are the specs?


The original shaft was fluted. I have reshafted it a number of times. It was the same stampings of the one you show. Exactly the same.
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