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



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I'm headed over to the PGA Superstore this morning in Atlanta to go through a fitting for the Bettinardi I will be reviewing. 

 

I am sure you will,  but make sure you post what you learned.

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I am sure you will, but make sure you post what you learned.

The fitter said standard lie & loft looked great for me. He used a mirror on the floor and then a board that showed how the ball skipped when rolling. The length needs to be in the 35.5 range and he did mention I would be better off with a non toe hang putter. A face balance would suit my stroke better although I rolled a ton of putts from eight feet into the hole so I'm not convinced about that.

 

More info when I get home as I was called by The Georgia Club to swing by there when heading back. Two fittings in one day!

 

 

 

 

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I had a great time today looking at and rolling a few Bettinardi putters!

 

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The Queen B 9 is a toe hang putter which the fitter said might be an issue.

 

He suggested this putter :

 

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It's a face balanced putter which better fits my stroke.

 

I rolled this one too:

 

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Center shaft model which felt really good!

 

Anyways I came away with knowing that standard loft and lie works for me. The best length for me was 35 inches and face balanced is the ticket for more consistency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Callaway Big Bertha 2019  4 & 5 hybrid 
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I had a great time today looking at and rolling a few Bettinardi putters!

 

 

The Queen B 9 is a toe hang putter which the fitter said might be an issue.

 

He suggested this putter:

 

It's a face balanced putter which better fits my stroke.

 

I rolled this one too:

 

Center shaft model which felt really good!

 

Anyways I came away with knowing that standard loft and lie works for me. The best length for me was 35 inches and face balanced is the ticket for more consistency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'll jump on the sword and do the B9 for you to avoid any stroke conflict [emoji6]

 

 

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I want to get fit as much for a lesson as well as learning from the SAM Putt Lab. I want a little data even if it does change me from my beloved #9

 

 

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Yesterday at the PGA Superstore prior to my fitting :

 

 

https://youtu.be/S6IHMEH5bgc

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I'll jump on the sword and do the B9 for you to avoid any stroke conflict [emoji6]

 

 

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That's what friends are for [emoji106][emoji3]

 

 

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I want to get fit as much for a lesson as well as learning from the SAM Putt Lab. I want a little data even if it does change me from my beloved #9

 

 

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There are two approaches you can take with a putter fitting.  The first is to fit the putter based on what you learn from SAM.  The other is make adjustments to your stroke to fit the putter you love.   I think the second is harder,  but people do that that approach.  A famous example of a player that changes his stroke to match what he wants to do is Rory.

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Yes. For one most important reason: to determine where you naturally aim, and if the loft is high/low. A simple laser fitting would be the minimum I would recommend. With each head you try, you WILL aim differently based on your natural view of what seems to be square. Add loft either high or low, and you could be aiming WAY off-line. So, at minimum, I would have to be fitted using a laser on each head I like, or feels good to me, to make sure that when I was over a putt, I am actually aimed where I think I am.

 

 

 

 

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After my round yesterday with my fitted ping putter I am 100000% for putter fittings. I had more 1 putt holes yesterday than I've had in a long time.

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There are two approaches you can take with a putter fitting.  The first is to fit the putter based on what you learn from SAM.  The other is make adjustments to your stroke to fit the putter you love.   I think the second is harder,  but people do that that approach.  A famous example of a player that changes his stroke to match what he wants to do is Rory.

 

I'm not sure how qualified my fitter was but during the fitting I asked him if someone can go from a toe-hang blade putter to a face-balanced mallet and change things up... he said probably not.  I suppose the "probably" part was more along the lines of ... "if you had a chance to practice hundreds of putts you could do it"...  I agree that it is possible but I think his point was just go with what your body wants to do and don't fight it.  

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Not sure if anyone caught the Century Link championship in Tahoe on the telly last weekend (I only switched during commercials of the JDeere...)

 

Anyhow - caught a part where Jeremy Roenick was putting and they showed his putter standing up all by itself.

 

He left it, went behind the hole, made a couple of adjustments and putt.

He still missed it, but this almost seems like cheating!

 

Here's a sample pic:

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After watching the instant difference it made for Theoo this weekend I'd say without a doubt it can be worth it with a good fitting.

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After my round yesterday with my fitted ping putter I am 100000% for putter fittings. I had more 1 putt holes yesterday than I've had in a long time.

Watched this first hand yesterday. Never seen such an immediate difference equipment can make.

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Driver - Tour Edge Exotics XCG 7 Beta w/ Paderson shaft 44"

Fairway Metal - :nike-small: Vapor Fly 15* w/ Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 65F 43"

Irons - :taylormade-small: SLDR 4i-pw w/ KBS Tour C-Taper 90S

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I'm not sure how qualified my fitter was but during the fitting I asked him if someone can go from a toe-hang blade putter to a face-balanced mallet and change things up... he said probably not.

People do it all the time; think about people that choose putters based on looks. There are basically changing how they putt to accommodate the putter. Seemore advocates changing your setup to fit the putter. If you move from theories proposed by Dave Stockton to Dave Pelz you move from toe hang to face balance. Given the same stroke going from a toe hang to a fade balanced putter will impact the direction the ball goes at impact. For me a face balanced putter tends to go right.

 

In the end it is about the choices you make about how you putt. These choices drive what you need in a putter. I personally would rather fit my tendencies than try to change how I putt to fit a putter.

 

Granted my approach to putting is fairly analytical. A player that doesn't want to delve into the details and just go by looks and feel will have a different opinion. What I discuss on the forum is information I have learned from my putting instructor

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I think a putter fitting is a good idea for everyone but would not take the fitting as gospel, meaning if something suggested at the fitting doesn't feel comfortable, I'm not sure I'd commit to the change. To me, putting is about being comfortable and confident. I had a pseudo fitting once where the guy told me I needed a 33' putter so my head would be closer to the ground to read putts. Instead, it killed my posture and did not work well at all.

 

I had another fitting though where the guy was thorough and saw that my stance was open while I putted. He said not to change that. After looking at the numbers I had, he had a few suggestions which I use to this day when looking for a putter.

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I've been fit for my driver and irons - I've wanted to get a putter fitting because that's the worst part of my game but I'm a bit hesitant ..

 

Recently bought a Huntington Beach putter and have been putting lights out... Luck of the draw maybe?

 

 

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I've been fit for my driver and irons - I've wanted to get a putter fitting because that's the worst part of my game but I'm a bit hesitant ..

 

Recently bought a Huntington Beach putter and have been putting lights out... Luck of the draw maybe?

 

Why are you hesitant to try a fitting? You don't have to change anything or maybe get a few tweaks. If you are putting lights out with that putter it might be the right fit for you

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Why are you hesitant to try a fitting? You don't have to change anything or maybe get a few tweaks. If you are putting lights out with that putter it might be the right fit for you

Hesitant because the putter fitting is around 100-125 plus the cost of the putter! I bought the Huntington as a last effort before getting fit, and it's worked !

 

 

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Hesitant because the putter fitting is around 100-125 plus the cost of the putter! I bought the Huntington as a last effort before getting fit, and it's worked !

 

 

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Ping iPhone putter app is free and the cradle is $10. This is what they used at GG when I got fitted. FYI the recommendation from the app is generic vs Ping centric.

 

 

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