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.