Very nice putter indeed. I have always prefered the classic anser/newport look of putters, but this is one of the most attractive mallets I have rolled.
The straight edge with the low-profile, high MOI shape really suited my eye and sat great behind the ball. The RollGroove technology, that is Rife's trademark feature, does make a difference. Although it did have a slightly softer feel than I expected from the Barbados' mallet shape.
One small detail I liked was the small alignment slot on the top of the putter. When lined up properly, it aligns with the middle line on the back of the putter and adds a nice mental check when addressing a putt.
Now, the Tropical finish. I know Rife have really pushed this finish and believe in it. I am not a believer though. I really just don't get it. It looks like it has been dipped in oil and borders on being distracting at address. I prefer a matt black finish or their original satin finish.
Overall, it says how good and attractive a putter the Barbados is that I enjoyed it and used it several times despite not being a fan of it's Tropical finish. The finish will be a love-or-hate feature for most people. But if you haven't tried a Rife putter yet, you should, they are quality tools for holing putts and the RollGroove technology is better than the Yes! Grooves, which were all the rage at one point.
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