Behind the Putter


The Magic Switch Putter has been designed by Tim Holman with help from James Love. 

The putter heads are manufactured and the faces milled by Kevin Peterson at Origin Golf. Known as one of the finest machine shops in the country for manufacturing putter heads. Each Magic Putter is CNC milled from a solid billet of carbon or stainless steel. Then they are sent to GSI Golf Services and master putter finisher Mario Gomez. Mario and his team bead blast the top of each putter to remove any glare. He also blends and buffs out any slight imperfections.

SILVER STAINLESS STEEL: The beauty of stainless steel is that it never rusts.

The stainless models don't need any coating. I recommend one of the stainless steel models if you are not good about using a head cover. The silver stainless models are basically bulletproof.

THE BLACK MAGIC HEADS: Some of the heads are then sent to be finished with a coating of black PVD. After the black PVD is applied, the Magic Putter heads are sent back to Mario at GSI Golf Services for the final procedure, the beautiful paint fill. Then they are sent to James Love, Golf Master. He checks every head and spines every shaft to make sure they meet the strict specifications of Mr. Holman.

Every shaft is hand-spined to ensure that it flexes perfectly every time.

Every Magic putter is custom built to order. They are built to fit you. Chose the lie angle that fits you... standard [72], upright [74], or flat [70].

Tim Holman putter design Experience: 1990 Co-designer Stack-Holman Switch putter: Used by Roger Maltbie to make 8 cuts out of 9 PGA tournaments.

2002: Chief designer of the Holman Kreske switch putter a nickel plated model. This model was the starting point for the current Magic putter. We have added a number of improvements which make the Magic one of the finest switch putters ever.

Every Magic putter is truly made by hand in America.


Tim Holman  Bio

Career athlete, teacher, and humorist.

Tim Holman dunking oakland high

Glenview Elementary School, McChesney Junior High: From 4th thru the 9th grades  Quarterback and free safety-football, point guard-basketball, shortstop-baseball team

Oakland High School:  Co-captain Basketball  All City Ambidextrous Point guard. Led OHS to it's best record in 20 years [20-4] and a top 10 ranking in the State of California.  Named to the All-Tournament Team in leading Oakland High to its first-ever postseason tournament win. [Gridley Invitational] Led OHS to one of its greatest wins by defeating defending and eventual 2 time Northern California Tournament of Champions [1968-1969] winner Fremont of Oakland at Fremont's home gym.

SJS Captain 1967 1969San Jose State: Captain 1967-1969 Basketball   1968 1st Team All Santa Clara Valley College all-star team  1969  1st team All-West Coast Athletic Conference guard; Southern California Sportswriters. The 1969 Spartan basketball team is generally regarded as the San Jose States best ever basketball team. The 1969 team averaged 81 points a game which is still the SJS record for most points per game.

Silicon Valley's greatest basketball game ever: Tim's leadership, defense, floor game, and 16 points led SJS to a double-overtime upset of previously undefeated [22-0] #2 ranked Santa Clara Broncos. San Jose Mercury News poll in 1999 voted SJS's 1969 victory over Santa Clara as Silicon valley's greatest basketball game ever. The Feb. 1969 San Jose State victory was once again voted the greatest game after 40 years in 2009. That night still brings out a smile after almost 50 years. 

Life in Beautiful Lake Tahoe   Athletic: All around athlete

Summers:  One of Lake Tahoe's top softball players, My job was to roam the outfield and stroke pure line drives all over the ballpark. My Sugarhouse and Nickel Snatcher teams won multiple tournaments and league championships. In my 20's I was also an avid hiker, biker, and backpacker, who occasionally dabbled in golf.

Winters:  I fell in love with skiing. 
I skied an average of a hundred days a year during the 1970s. I was an avid power skier. My ski technique could be described as classic Sun Valley. I spent two winters [71-72 & 73-74] in Sun Valley, learning from the best. I was fortunate to be able to ski with some of the worlds greatest skiers, including Jon Claude Killy, Bob Burns, John Clendenin, and Chris Thorne. 

Freestyle Skiing:
4 Top 5 finishes in Freestyle contests at Squaw Valley and Kirkwood Meadows. My best finish was in my final contest. 1980 Kirkwood's King of the Hill Championship finals. I was fortunate to stand on the podium by finishing 3rd behind world mogul champion Chris Thorne and former elite racer Mark Kennedy. 


Golf: Right-handed putter: I was an 8 handicap golfer when I retired at age 35 from softball and Freestyle skiing. Once I caught the golf bug, I became a voracious reader of anything golf related. In the following 3 years, I had improved to a 5 handicap. I had hit a wall and my problem was an inability to make the dreaded slice putt. I was a hook putter in the Bobby Locke tradition. I loved hook putts [right to left] but I really struggled with slice putts.

Golf: Playing career Switch putting: In 1985 at the age of 38 playing in my second tournament as a switch putter, I qualified to play in the 1985 United States Amateur Public Links Championship in Kauai, Hawaii. In the following months, my handicap dropped to a 1. I was runner up in the Northern Nevada amateur championship and a semi-finalist in the Nevada State Matchplay Championship. I also won the King of the Hill and Greenskeeper Tournaments at Lake Tahoe. I was named as one of the 3 member Morse Cup squad representing Nevada at the 1985 Pacific Coast Amateur Championship. I went on to win back to back club championships at Lake Tahoe Country Club [1984 & 1985] before turning pro and becoming a golf teacher.

Personnel Highlights: 3 Eagles in a row on 3 consecutive par fours [222] Lake Tahoe CC:

Hole 14. I holed out a 75-yard sand wedge for an eagle 2. I drove the short par 4 15th. Sunk a 30 ft. putt for an eagle 2. 16th hole Holed a 125-yard pitching wedge for 3rd eagle in a row.  I lipped out for a 1 on the par 3 17th, just missing out on 4 eagles in a row. Career round: Plantation Golf Club Tournament course record of 5 under 67 at the age of 56.

Holman Begay

Teaching Pro: Lake Tahoe Country Club 1986-1993  Stanford Golf team volunteer assistant coach 1993-1995 Tahoe Donner 1999-2005

Teaching mentors: I want to thank some of those who have chosen to help mentor me along the way. I want to thank Dave Mancour especially for his patience in his work with such an inquisitive person as me. He helped me reach my potential I hadn't even imagined. I also want to thank Brian "The Hog" Haugen for his help with pre-tournament prep and long game. Also Bill Young for sharing some of his Magic short game tricks with me.

I want to also thank Roger Maltbie for not only taking the time to listen to our Theory of Switch putting but to be willing to try it. He was shocked when he tested better left-handed after 1 lesson than his life long right-handed stroke.

We really appreciate his courage to switch putt with all the peer pressure involved in and around the PGA Tour. Watching Roger roll the ball beautifully and make the cut in 8 of the 9 events he switch putted, gave me the confidence that switch putting was a viable option even on the PGA Tour.

Notah Begay III  Very few people ever get to see their dreams come true. 


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