Acushnet Bulls Eye John Reuter Jr Putter

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By Roger K

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  1. Going through grandpa’s clubs today, which he gave me back in the 80s, I rediscovered this Acushnet Bulls Eye putter, stamped with “John Reuter Jr, Made in the U.S.A.”.

    Any idea where I can learn more about the putter?

    Thanks, Roger

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  2. David ARK

    David ARK
    Sayville, NY

    Great find!
  3. Travis W

    Travis W
    Jacksonville, FL

    Great putter. I used a Bullseye in high school and college (1985-1995). I can't seem to find it, but every couple of years I go digging through the garage thinking it must be here somewhere.
  4. Joseph M

    Joseph M
    Saint John, New Brunswick

    If you google "Bullseye Putter History" you will get good information on this putter introduced in the mid 1940's and acquired by Acushnet (Titleist) in 1962.
    Here is some model information:

    STD - Standard
    OS - Old Standard
    O-Set - Offset
    OR - Original
    LB - Light Blade
    HB - Heavy Blade
    LAF - LaFemme
    JR - Junior
    FL - Flange
    LHFL - Left Handed Flange
    LFL - Heel Shafted Flange
    WFL - Wide Flange
    WFL-O - Wide Flange Offset
    HSF - Heel Shafted Flange
    HSF-II - Heel Shafted Flange II
    ML - Mallet
    MLO - Mallet Offset
    MLI - Mallet I


    4 - 34"
    5 - 35"
    6 - 36"
    "LaFemme" - 34"


    M - Medium
    U - Upright
    F - Flat


    P - Paddle
    S - Standard
    C - Cord
    #4 curryj
    Here is a listing of the original designs.
    Original: Medium weight, rounded toe, flat top. For right or left handers.
    Old Standard: Medium weight with square toe and top blade. Sight line
    Standard: Medium weight with rounded toe and top.
    Light Blade: Like Old Standard but lighter, narrower.
    Heavy Blade: Like Old Standard but with heavier, wider blade.
    Bulls Eye Junior: Standard blade. 30" shaft. Scaled-down grip dimensions.
    Heel Shafted Flange: Medium-heavy weight. Offset hosel. Sweet spot slot for improved feel and alignment.
    Heel Shaft Flange II: Like the Heel Shafted Flange but without the Offset.
    Wide Flange: Heavy, wide flange for low concentration of weight. Sweet spot slot. Idea. for large or slower greens.
    Wide Flange Offset: Same as Wide Flange but offset.
    Flange: Medium weight, slightly offset. Single sweet spot sight line.
    LaFemme: Light weight for the woman golfer. Rounded toe, top and flange.
    Left Handed Flange: Like the Flange but for the one out of every dozen golfers who plays left-handed.
  5. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    Bulls Eye putters with the John Reuter stamping are the most valuable of all the Bulls Eye putters. Hang on to it. I have a Bulls Eye that I bought in the late 80's and they no longer carried the John Reuter stamping. The John Reuter Bulls Eye is from the original run.
  6. Thanks for all the info and data. Glad to know grandpa had a good eye for putters.
  7. Just got my hands on a a few Titleist SC Bulls Eye putters from an old golf shop. The owner died, and his kids were getting rid of everything. These putters still have the heads and grips wrapped in plastic, just like when they were shipped from Titleist. Absolutely beautiful! I believe these are from the early 90's, but not positive. Anyone here know anymore about them?

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  8. harry h

    harry h
    Lasvegas, NV

    Are you going to keep these or sell them
  9. Joseph M

    Joseph M
    Saint John, New Brunswick

    The Scotty Cameron Putter Brand has been part of Titleist since 1994 so I would think these were produced after that time. I am not sure what improvements/tweaks Scotty Cameron made over the old John Rueters Jr. designs but no doubt these are fine putters as were the originals. Acushnet/Titleist acquired the John Rueters company in 1952.
  10. Deno

    Hawthorne, NJ

    Still have mine from the 60s with original grip. Great putter. Since yours was Grandpa's...greater yet!
  11. I have not been able to play for quite a few years due to a bad back, but in the 60's through the 90's I used only my Bulls Eye putter. I bought it used for $15 in 1962 at the pro shop at the superb Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course. It is a light blade model (with the J.R. Jr stamped on the bottom) that I added a lead strip to the back with epoxy glue. I was always a fair putter but the heavier head helped immensely (a tip from Billy Casper?). If I ever get as lucky as Tiger to get a good back surgeon and play again I will absolutely use my Bulls Eye.

    By the way going through my "stuff" I found a couple of gems:
    A Cherokee putter from early 1900's (worth a few bucks), Wilson Ralph Guldahl and Helen Hicks full sets of clubs from the 1930's in good shape. Ben Hogan irons from 1963. Also I have about 15 drivers and a few hickory shafted irons and putter. Brings back many memories for sure.
  12. Norm H

    Norm H
    Hollidaysburg, PA

    I still have the first club I bought when I started playing golf in the fall of 1956. It is a John Reuter Bulls eye. The stamping on the bottom says PAT. PENDING JOHN REUTER JR. STD M 6 P.
  13. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    I have one. Great to hang on the wall. Guess the only value would be a lot of memories. If you go to PGA value guide, which is the blue book for clubs, it shows "no value" for the old Bulls Eye Putters.

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