Top Putters of All Time – Ram Zebra Putter


Ram Golf was started in Chicago by a tool and die maker who bought a club making business from one of his customers in 1947.  Ram sponsored several PGA touring professionals, but after several buy outs and changes the company lost most of its visibility on the PGA Tour and eventually settled into its current role of nice equipment for mid to high handicappers.

So how did a putter from Ram Golf become one of my favorite putters of all time?  Well I am from Chicago, so there was more representation at the local golf courses than the rest of the nation, and my dad was a huge fan.  He has over a 100 Ram Zebra Putters, of all different colors, lengths and models.  Literally, he has more Zebras than all the zoo’s combined in the Midwest.

However, being from Chicago and the huge influence from my dad, the Ram Zebra putter became one of my all time favorites one summer day in 2010.  I was goofing around with different putters, hiding from my work and my miserable putting round the previous day.  I came across a beat up old white Zebra putter, that had a very flat lie, and a hooked grip.  While on my putting green (made of indoor out door carpet 2×4’s pvc pipe and some plywood) I made every putt I looked at.  Long story short I took it out onto the golf course and proceeded to make every putt I looked at.  After several 30+ footers went in, and never missing anything outside of 10 feet, I had a new putter.

My magic Zebra Putter eventually lost its magic, but for one great week or so it was unstoppable.  Some of my best golf that summer was played with that White Zebra, and my playing partners did not want to press up very many bets while on my hot streak.  The magic Zebra still resides in my office reminiscing with the other retired putters about its famous week in 2010, and a famous week it was.

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  2. “cgg”. Great story! I’m sure that putter enjoyed that magical time, too. I am not a good putter, never have been. But I too, showed flashes of brilliance with my black Zebra putter, mostly when playing against my best friend (who played with a Pelz 3-ball), and we both shed about 10 strokes off our normal handicaps, we were so determined not to let the other guy win. For the past decade or so I’ve putted with an Odyssey Rossi2, but never really trusted or at least myself with it. Just yesterday, I came across my old Zebra in the garage and am going to give it a whirl. Hopefully, there’s still a bit of magic left. Tom in NC.

  3. In the mid nineties I was the poor schmuck die caster who made the heads of the face balanced and later the camber sole. Being a golfer, at first I was thrilled to get the contract. Nothing but grief, no prints, build to model. The designer didn’t like the fit of the face plate to the casting, the casting must be wrong, and so the die welded and recut.
    Next years model, the camber sole, was not heavy enough so a special aluminum- zinc alloy needed constant stirring during casting. Not trouble enough, the zebra grooves weren’t deep and nor was the Zebra logo on the face (no prints, the designer said they looked .01″ shallow) And once again welding and recutting.
    At this point it was so late in the season that to get the putter to market I was casting, trimming, weighing, packing, and delivering them twice a day to Ram’s factory near 1st and North still hot.
    When I tried to raise the $3.11 price for the next year they pulled the contract. My competitor who got it threw them out after one year, Ram then sold the line. I still have one, as do most of my friends, but even those I had to buy.
    I also did some work for Bob Molitor at Spaulding Golf and, in contrast, he was a real class act

  4. looking for a L.H.Zebra putter in white.he will probably settle on a gray one if need be.thanks for your help.

      1. i found one a few weeks ago.any original geo.low bristol wizard 600 melrose park,il.out there?how much?

  5. I started using a Zebra in 1975. The next year Ray Floyd had a magical week, too! I would put it in the top 5 of the most famous putter designs ever. Your dad has me beat by 80 putters!

  6. Shortly after Raymond Floyd won a major with a Zebra putter I went out and bought one. There was a driving range in Darien Connecticut owned by a local pro who prided himself on carrying the latest and greatest golf equipment. I went to him and purchased a Zebra which was so new as to have a “patent Pending” stamped on the bottom face plate. While currently using a different putter I occasionally revert back to Floyd’s Zebra. I wonder if this club has any real value to a collector.

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