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Putter fitting - worth it, or nah...  

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  1. 1. Is paying to get fit for a putter worth it?



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Hopefully this comes out right... trying to set up a poll.

 

Do you feel like it is worth it to get fit for a putter?  I understand the benefits for irons/woods but putter fitting seems to be relatively new outside of the niche market like Edel and I'm considering going to Club Champion for a fitting but since it is a putter I'm not sure it would be worth the investment since there are a lot fewer moving parts as in a full swing.  (I've played with a number of players who can't get up to the green AT ALL but once on the green they seem to be able to putt...)

 

If you've had one can you provide a quick recap on if you thought it was worth it and what it helped you with?  putting grip?  putter style (blade/mallet/mid-mallet, etc.)? technique? etc...

 

Thanks!

 

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Have not had one, but my buddy is considering going to Club Champion to get a fitting done as well. IMO, it's definitely worth the money. It's the club you use the most and once you get fit, I feel it gives you some confidence in knowing that your putter is fit exactly to your needs and there's no second guessing the style/type of putter.

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I think it's as important as any other club. Especially considering its the club that you use more than any other

 

 

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It is the most important club and the one you'll use on every hole. Golfers will spend so much on a driver every (few) year(s), but tend to go cheap or off the rack flat stick or drop $$$$ on a Circle BS.

I haven't gone to anyone for a full professional fitting, just a length and lie measurement.

I did get a interactive PDF from the guy where Lumpy from Xenon Putters sends his clients. He can break down a SAM lab fitting, but this will give you most of the info you need.

It/he has you film your stroke from directly behind the ball and then based on the video, it goes through step by step process to help make some of the bigger base decisions.

It will recommend:

1- General head weight ( light, moderate or heavy)

2- shaft placement ( center, mid or heel)

3- amount of set ( full, 1/2, or none)

 

After that, it's up to you to decide head shape and alignment aid details.

 

For me, it came out to heavy, mid placement with a 1/2 offset, so that's what's coming on my next putter.

 

 

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I had one with the SAM lab a few weeks ago. For me it was a bit eye opening. It gave me what loft and lie as well as the type of putter I should be playing. With the help of the pro I had a good idea of what to look for in my next putter. Tried a few out for while till I settled on the ping sigma G Tyne.

 

Knowing what fits your stroke I think is worth the time so you aren't wasting money on a putter that will hurt your game

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After yesterday's 3 rounds where I was burning edge after edge and lagging putts either woefully short or so far past you could fit a Clubhouse between the cup and ball, I would definitely do a putter fitting prior to my next putter purchase just to eliminate any doubt in the equipment. I'm generally an an average putter and I'm sure its mostly me, but I don't need that extra thought in my head that my putter isn't helping me at all.

 

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Ok, guess I'm the loner that doesn't believe in putter fitting by pros/club fitters.

A person just needs to fine one that looks & feels good to them. Then PRACTICE.

I don't think the "great putters" like Jack & others got fit. They picked one or 2 and got good with it.

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Absolutely. Single most important (and sadly, overlooked) fitting in golf

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Avoid the big box stores for a 'putter' fitting. It's a matter of a salesman putting every putter in your hand and asking which one you like best...then head to the register. Special shout out to Bob at then GolfSmith who 'fit' me in an Edel E3...which was purchased, received and sold on ebay in record time!! 

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I am the only person so far to cast a No vote. But I do still think a fitted putter can be helpful and important. Here's why I cast a No vote.

Your putter fitting will depend entirely (as will any fitting) on who's doing the fitting.

I've had one putter fitting only and it was at the Edel headquarters in Texas and it was a disappointment as far as the overall experience is concerned. Does the putter perform well? Yes... it does actually. But I will tell you, my $$$ fitted Edel putter preforms equal to my OTR $39 Odyssey.

Would I go through another putter fitting? It all depends. But certainly not at the Edel Headquarters.

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Ok, guess I'm the loner that doesn't believe in putter fitting by pros/club fitters.

A person just needs to fine one that looks & feels good to them. Then PRACTICE.

I don't think the "great putters" like Jack & others got fit. They picked one or 2 and got good with it.

You are not alone.  While I would go to a putter fitting just to gather information, I don't think it would tell me what putter I should use.  I can tell by making several putts, and it doesn't take many. It either feels good and I can make putts or it doesn't feel good, and I won't get close to the hole.  Whenever I go to a golf store, I roll putts.  I can putt well with a blade, or not.  I can putt well with a mallet, or not.  The most important criteria for me is length and weight.  Most putters in stores are too long and too light.  Once I settle on a putter that has the right feel, then I check the lie.  Most putters are too flat.  So, I've learned that I need a short, heavy putter with an upright lie angle.  Hard to find OTR.

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The putter is the most personal club in the bag and the one you use the absolute most in a round. Why would one not get it fitted is my question?

 

A proper fitting ensures many things:

 

Alignment (and which alignment aid or lack of helps you align it properly)

 

Toe hang to fit your stroke

 

Weight to fit your stroke and distance control

 

Return to square (most important combined with alignment)

 

Length/lie/loft

 

Minimize skid (for true roll)

 

Etc, etc, etc

 

The putter is the scoring club. You can get off the tee well, but the object isn't putting it in play, it's putting it in the hole.

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It's more important than the other clubs. IMO - because they are way more ways to successfully swing a putter than the other clubs.

 

 

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It's a club that tends to be forgotten about. Everyone gets fit for every other club but then just buys a putter cause it looks good or cause the pros use it yet it's not for them. No matter what club it is you should always get fit as everyone has different attributes when it comes to their swing, even with putting. Besides your short game around the green your putting is just as important as it's the part of your game that will help you gain strokes if your good at it

 

 

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You'll use it 60% of the time during a round... putter fitting can't have any negative effects

 

 

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I think it is important to be fit, especially for length and lie and loft above all else. 

 

However, I was chatting with a pro fitter at 2nd swing and he said that fitting someone into a driver is easy. With all the hard numbers on swing speed, launch angle, release, etc.. you can dial in a shaft to suit that person's swing in a formulaic way.

 

Putting is different. You can try to fit for swing arc but sometimes players just happen to roll the high arc putter better with a SBST swing. A lot of other things related to liking the look at address. Putters are so varied in terms of style—more so than any other club. So there is no hard formula for success in fitting putters (although Edel might disagree).

 

I think we all understand that if you have confidence with the putter—more putts start going in. You would stick with that Walmart special if you drained 3 10 footers in a row.

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Ok, guess I'm the loner that doesn't believe in putter fitting by pros/club fitters.

A person just needs to fine one that looks & feels good to them. Then PRACTICE.

I don't think the "great putters" like Jack & others got fit. They picked one or 2 and got good with it.

I guess you'll be the odd one out lol!!! I'll let you test out the Huntington Beach one I'll be reviewing when we play together and see how you like it

 

 

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Bombtech blade putter

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I guess you'll be the odd one out lol!!! I'll let you test out the Huntington Beach one I'll be reviewing when we play together and see how you like it

 

 

Ping G20 driver through wedges

Bombtech blade putter

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