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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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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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Ping app sounds interesting, I'll give it a try when I get a chance.

 

 

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What would you say is the most important club in your bag? You use the putter for about 43% of your strokes (give or take). I see you posted some pics from SAM Putt Lab and that is one of the best monitors to use for putter fittings. The club most amateurs get fit for is driver, and you only hit it 13-14 times per round. The money you will spend on a putter fitting will be the best money you have every spent!

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What would you say is the most important club in your bag? You use the putter for about 43% of your strokes (give or take). I see you posted some pics from SAM Putt Lab and that is one of the best monitors to use for putter fittings. The club most amateurs get fit for is driver, and you only hit it 13-14 times per round. The money you will spend on a putter fitting will be the best money you have every spent!

 

surprisingly many more places do iron/wood fittings than do putter fittings.  It's starting to come around but - as you said - it being the club you use the most it would seem that more places would offer it...

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I think that it is hard for places to sell detailed putter fittings. So many people have the mindset that they just need to find a putter that looks and feels good and that will be the right putter. Most places have a launch monitor or simulator so it is visible for people to see

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Too bad though...seems like it would take less square footage and be a minimal investment.

Maybe chicks aren't the only one who dig the long ball. 😎

 

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Too bad though...seems like it would take less square footage and be a minimal investment.

Maybe chicks aren't the only one who dig the long ball.

 

 

It is about making money and I think they would struggle even with the minimal space required.  I had to drive 3 hours to get my SAM report and Edel would be about 3 hours as well.   I also think that convincing people to spend the money for the fitting would be difficult. 

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It is about making money and I think they would struggle even with the minimal space required.  I had to drive 3 hours to get my SAM report and Edel would be about 3 hours as well.   I also think that convincing people to spend the money for the fitting would be difficult. 

 

 

 

I do agree because most people think they are a certain type of putter and then when they see the stroke on SAM they are amazed. The biggest thing is knowledge, 90% of golfers have no idea that they can get fit for a putter, or have any idea that the loft and lie of their putter is just as or more important than their irons.

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Here's my take: people say, “Get fitted for your driver. Get fitted for your irons. Get fitted for your wedges. BUY YOUR PUTTER OFF THE RACK.”

That doesn't make sense.

A person needs to go through a fitting for their putter just like EVERY other club in the bag.

 

 

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Here's my take: people say, “Get fitted for your driver. Get fitted for your irons. Get fitted for your wedges. BUY YOUR PUTTER OFF THE RACK.”

That doesn't make sense.

A person needs to go through a fitting for their putter just like EVERY other club in the bag.

 

 

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absolutely...if you were to keep track of the one club in your bag that you use more than any other club during a round of golf and then tell me that is the one club you did NOT get fit for I'd wonder what was wrong with you....  :)

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Has anyone kept track of, I mean really kept track of, their putting prior to a putter fitting, then again after a putter fitting using the same metrics for inclusion. There are guys here that have gone to putter fitting and went through the extensive experience only to scrap that putter and go back to something that feel more comfortable playing. If you aren't saving strokes by spending that money on a putter fitting, what is the real need to get one.

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Has anyone kept track of, I mean really kept track of, their putting prior to a putter fitting, then again after a putter fitting using the same metrics for inclusion. There are guys here that have gone to putter fitting and went through the extensive experience only to scrap that putter and go back to something that feel more comfortable playing. If you aren't saving strokes by spending that money on a putter fitting, what is the real need to get one.

 

I never kept track of my stats prior to my putter fitting, but I know I am putting better.  I have swapped out putters for short periods of time,  but always go back.   Prior to my fitting my instructor went through a tutorial about putting theory and how to build a stroke and fit a putter to that stroke.   If I switch a putters,  it will be to basically the same configuration, with the only change being to lower the loft.  

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I think putter fitting is the most underestimated part of golf that almost no one does. Its changing now but i regularly test my putter on the puttlab to make sure its still doing what it should. 

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I did a putter fitting a few years ago on a SAM system.  Had as good or better numbers with my putter so need need to change. They did adjust the shaft angle slightly and regrouped with a round Edel grip I had tried on another putter.  Overall it was good confirmation that when I had issues with putting it was my problem and not the putter.

 

I am waiting for new putters to arrive to do another putter fitting to test new putters and make sure my stroke is still consistent and I have not changed anything for the worse.  The cost is basically a round of golf so I think it os worth it every few years.

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If you were ever curious what a putter fitting is like this is almost exactly what mine was like (I also used a SAM lab).  It's kind of long but it gives a great idea of what to expect if you decide to do it.

 

You'll notice that all you're really doing is putting to a hole that is about 6-8 feet away over and over again.  Obviously they aren't checking how well you "read" putts but more how the face impacts the ball and how you swing the putter.

 

 

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If you were ever curious what a putter fitting is like this is almost exactly what mine was like (I also used a SAM lab). It's kind of long but it gives a great idea of what to expect if you decide to do it.

 

You'll notice that all you're really doing is putting to a hole that is about 6-8 feet away over and over again. Obviously they aren't checking how well you "read" putts but more how the face impacts the ball and how you swing the putter.

 

I need to do this! My putting got so bad one year that even gimmes weren't gimmes.☹️

 

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The SAM lab results are extremely helpful... some guys don't even know if they are a SBST or slight arc or strong arc putter... or they think they are one but the SAM lab clearly shows that they're not what they think.

I need a 1 degree loft adjustment (3-4) so I am able to get any putter that fits my stroke and bring it back and they'll bend it for me for free (Club Champion).

Also very good to know (for a fact) how long of a shaft you need... if you have too short or too long of a shaft that can really mess up your stroke.

 

DO IT MD!

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The SAM lab results are extremely helpful... some guys don't even know if they are a SBST or slight arc or strong arc putter... or they think they are one but the SAM lab clearly shows that they're not what they think.

I need a 1 degree loft adjustment (3-4) so I am able to get any putter that fits my stroke and bring it back and they'll bend it for me for free (Club Champion).

Also very good to know (for a fact) how long of a shaft you need... if you have too short or too long of a shaft that can really mess up your stroke.

 

DO IT MD!

You came up to Club Champion in Rockville? Seem to remember that post. Did they recommend a specific putter for you too?

 

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You came up to Club Champion in Rockville? Seem to remember that post. Did they recommend a specific putter for you too?

 

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Nope... I live in MA and went to the CC in Needham.

 

They did recommend a specific putter.  It was a 389 dollar Scotty.  :o   I emailed the fitter the next day and asked if there were some other - more affordable - options that were like the Scotty and he gave me a few to choose from.

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Nope... I live in MA and went to the CC in Needham.

 

They did recommend a specific putter. It was a 389 dollar Scotty. :o I emailed the fitter the next day and asked if there were some other - more affordable - options that were like the Scotty and he gave me a few to choose from.

Ah gotcha.. Old age.. The memory is going, lol...

 

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