Absolutely why you should get a custom putter fitting...

 Scooper5 ·  
Scooper5Scooper5 Elko, Minnesota 21WRX Points: 24Handicap: 15.2Members Posts: 21 Bunkers
Joined:  in Putter Mods and Micro Putter Artisans #1

Hey everyone.

I posted a few weeks ago about searching for a new blade putter and was looking for suggestions https://forums.golfwrx.com/discussion/1745480/the-great-blade-putter-search-of-2019/p1.

First, I want to say thanks to all who chimed in. But this is a story about why a putter fitting, without a doubt, should happen when buying a putter.

Prior to my first-ever putter fitting today, I had always played a blade with a plumber's neck (A Ping TR Scottsdale Anser 2, most recently). Going into the fitting, I figured I would probably be looking at a similar model with maybe a different offset type to improve my poor putting scores (usually always 36 putts a round). Boy was I wrong.

After a thorough fitting, my certified fitter concluded that my slight-arc style was actually very slight and that the anser-style blade was actually a detriment to my natural stroke. Instead, I was fitted into a center-shafted blade with only a 1/2 toe hang, which I never anticipated that much of a change. I became comfortable with the Bettinardi Studio Stock 28 Slotback Center Shaft, and as long as I was aligned to my target and the ball was in the center of the blade, my putts started on line nearly every time.

SO, if you haven't been, do a putter fitting before purchasing a putter, especially if you plan on spending a lot of money on it. As for now, I anxiously await a phone call from the retailer about my new investment's arrival, and I'm sure I'll provide some updates about if the tool is making the operator's scores better.

Posted:
Taylormade R11 TP - Mitsubishi Diamana Kai' li
Titleist 910F 15-degree - Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina
Adams Idea A7 19-degree -UST Proforce AXIVCore 85
Srixon Z565 4 & 5, Z765 6-PW
Ben Hogan TK 15 52,56,60
Bettinardi Studio Stock 28 Slotback Center Shaft
1

Comments

  • Jeffyr11Jeffyr11 Denver, CO 671WRX Points: 108Handicap: +1Members Posts: 671 Golden Tee
    Joined:  #2

    Where did you go to get fit?

    Posted:
    TM SIM MAX 10.5* w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X
    PXG 0341X Gen2 15* w/ Tensei CK Pro White 70 TX
    PXG 0317X 19* w/ Matrix Black Tie HM4 95 X
    Titleist U500 (4) w/ Project X HZRDUS Smoke 90 6.5
    Titleist T100 (5-9) w/ DG X100
    Titleist SM7 Chrome (46F / 50F / 54S / 58M) w/ DG S400
    Scotty Cameron Futura 5.5M Welded Neck
  • GolfWRXGolfWRX Warning Points: 0  11 Members Posts: 11 #ad
    Joined:  ...

    Advertisement
  • tatertottatertot  4609WRX Points: 920Members Posts: 4,609 Titanium Tees
    Joined:  #3

    So you don't know if you actually putt better with the new putter or not?

    Posted:
    Driver: TaylorMade M3, 10.5*
    Hybrid: Titleist 816 H1, 19*
    Long Iron: Ping iE1, 26*
    Mid Iron: Ping iE1, 32*
    Short Iron: Ping iE1, 41*
    Wedge: Ping iE1, 45*
    Gap: Ping Glide SS, 52*
    Lob: Ping Glide ES, 60*
    Putter: Yes Callie Mid, 41"
    Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS
    Bag: Ping Mascot
  • Scooper5Scooper5 Elko, Minnesota 21WRX Points: 24Handicap: 15.2Members Posts: 21 Bunkers
    Joined:  #4

    On -, @Jeffyr11 said:

    Where did you go to get fit?

    I'm located in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. I went to 2nd Swing, which is where I have gotten fitted for irons before. I have about a 10-year relationship with the staff there. They have a handful of solid, certified fitters of the brands. I was fitted by one who has been a certified Bettinardi fitter for almost 10 years or more, I believe. And I trust his expertise as my irons he fitted have been excellent for the last two seasons.

    Posted:
    Taylormade R11 TP - Mitsubishi Diamana Kai' li
    Titleist 910F 15-degree - Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina
    Adams Idea A7 19-degree -UST Proforce AXIVCore 85
    Srixon Z565 4 & 5, Z765 6-PW
    Ben Hogan TK 15 52,56,60
    Bettinardi Studio Stock 28 Slotback Center Shaft
  • Scooper5Scooper5 Elko, Minnesota 21WRX Points: 24Handicap: 15.2Members Posts: 21 Bunkers
    Joined:  #5

    On -, @tatertot said:

    So you don't know if you actually putt better with the new putter or not?

    Well, do you ever really know if your performance is going to be better when you get a club fitting? But when you pay for a fitter's expertise for an hour's time of trying different models and watching the putts on two camera angles, I'd say the proof was in the pudding as I started putt after putt on my intended line with my selected putter and dropping 9 out of every 10. My fitter didn't steer me wrong on irons 2 years ago, so I trust him with the putter as well. Ultimately, it all comes down to the operator, but I feel confident that I have the right putter for my stroke and it will minimize my weaknesses/problems from the previous putter (consistent left misses, struggles on slow greens with lag putting).

    So would it be nice to know if the putter is the answer before purchasing? Yeah, but then no putter company would make a profit because they would have countless putter returns because the operators (good and bad) weren't holing every putt.

    Posted:
    Taylormade R11 TP - Mitsubishi Diamana Kai' li
    Titleist 910F 15-degree - Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina
    Adams Idea A7 19-degree -UST Proforce AXIVCore 85
    Srixon Z565 4 & 5, Z765 6-PW
    Ben Hogan TK 15 52,56,60
    Bettinardi Studio Stock 28 Slotback Center Shaft
  • PhilomathesqPhilomathesq Legal Eagle 637WRX Points: 827Handicap: My tolerance for stupidity.Members Posts: 637 Golden Tee
    Joined:  #6

    I will second the opinion that a putter fitting is invaluable. I had been using an old face-balanced Odyssey mallet. I liked the putter, but I never felt as if I was performing as well as I should have been (don't we all feel that way). So, I decided to get a proper putter fitting before buying my next putter. I went to a place in my local area and was setup on the SAM PuttLab to analyze my stroke and tendencies. Long story short, I have a very consistent stroke, which is good, but I was consistently hitting the ball with a slightly open face. After looking at other data the PuttLab spit out, based on my stroke, it was determined I needed a putter with a moderate toe hang, a 1 degree loft, and 72 degree lie. I hit a bunch of putters and ultimately chose the Odyssey Stroke Lab Seven S, which is an absolute joy to put with. The putter fitting cost $100, but in my humble opinion, it was totally worth it. I have definitely improved my short game because of the new putter (I'm sure some of it is psychological because I love hitting this putter), but it also helps that my ball is going to go where I want it to every time I hit it. Now, if only I could get better at reading greens...

    Posted:

    Driver: Cobra King Speedzone 9* w/ Fujikura Atmos TS Black 7X
    3-Wood: TaylorMade M5 15* w/ Oban Devotion 8 O5
    Hybrid: PXG 0317X Gen 2 19* w/ Oban Kiyoshi Purple Hybrid O5
    4i - 9i: NLG 902 w/ DG TI X100
    Wedges: Jaws MD5 46/10S, 50/10S, 54/8C, 58/8W, all w/ DG TI S400
    Putter: Lajosi Custom DD201WB w/ Stability Shaft

  • WoodridgeWoodridge Earl of Aberdovey Chicagoland 1904WRX Points: 122Handicap: 11Members Posts: 1,904 Platinum Tees
    Joined:  #7

    I agree on the fitting and you don't even necessarily have to buy a new putter. I went through a fitting, had my current putter cut down and bent to fit my stroke. Along with that, the fitter had me move the ball back in my stance based on my stroke data. The result is that I'm having my best putting season in a long time. The biggest difference is that I am missing less short putts. One of my playing partners said that this is the best he's seen me putt.

    Posted:
    Wilson Sam Snead Blue Ridge Driver
    Wilson Sam Snead Blue Ridge 3 wood
    Wilson Sam Snead Blue Ridge 4 wood
    Ram Dave Hill 'Spade Blade' 2-PW
    Pederson SW
    Titleist Bulls Eye 'bullet'

    "Let's take a drive, and run with the dogs tonight in Suburbia"

Leave a Comment

Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key.