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On 3/25/2020 at 8:16 AM, Mr. 82 said:

I probably made a thread out of this some time ago, but frankly, I post too much here, so I wouldn't even know where to begin looking for it, but I have a 20+ year old Tour Edge mallet putter that I paid like $25 for back in the day that I put back in the back last year for awhile and was putting really good with it.  I had a new Winn Grip put on it, and gamed it for awhile and I went around telling everyone what I paid for it, especially when they were all buying $400+ putters and putting worse than I was.

Disclosure, I went out and bought a $200 brand new PING Sigma2 Tyne putter that I currently game, and I absolutely love it.  But it looks as nice as anything, and I putt really well with it.

What am I trying to say to you?  Looks will play a part in the equation, but it ain't everything to me, that is for sure.  It's the feel the putter gives you that inspires confidence that will make you feel like a better putter.  For me the results always speak for themselves.  if I putt good with a 20 year old putter that has chipped paint and scratches and dents all over the place, well, I will wear that sucker out.  But a new putter had a better feel and look to it, and I love the fact that I can adjust the shaft up and down between 32 and 36 inches.  I seem to putt a lot better with my new one, so it is what it is.

Ultimately, if you are asking these questions, you will probably end up getting something else.  But will you putt better with it?  Test them out a lot and go with what helps you hole the most putts.  Because at the end of the day, the scorecard does not have any pictures.

What are the main performance-based factors you would consider when looking for a putter, then?  Specifically, on the high end of the price spectrum?

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Late to the party, but thought I would throw my $.02 in.

Obviously, a putter doesn't have to look good to perform. But then it doesn't perform by itself! It works along with the golfer and the things important to the golfer make a difference in the performance of the equipment. Some of us want something that looks good when we look down at it. I am one of those people. These are my putters. Milled face, face balanced and properly weighted for my stroke. I designed them, built them and have used them since '99. All will need refinishing in the next year or two, but they still turn heads. They are heel/toe weighted mid-mallets with the main body made from various exotic woods. The wood part was actually hollowed out and filled with basswood which is extremely light, but rigid enough to play the part of the core of a putter. I built these back when Carbite was coming out with their high MOI putters. I never had these heads tested, but would like to.

BTW, just in case anyone is wondering, I submitted one to the USGA and have paperwork stating that they conform to the rules of golf.

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16 minutes ago, RI_Redneck said:

Late to the party, but thought I would throw my $.02 in.

Obviously, a putter doesn't have to look good to perform. But then it doesn't perform by itself! It works along with the golfer and the things important to the golfer make a difference in the performance of the equipment. Some of us want something that looks good when we look down at it. I am one of those people. These are my putters. Milled face, face balanced and properly weighted for my stroke. I designed them, built them and have used them since '99.

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Obviously, a putter doesn't have to look good to perform. But then it doesn't perform by itself! It works along with the golfer and the things important to the golfer make a difference in the performance of the equipment. Some of us want something that looks good when we look down at it. I am one of those people. These are my putters. Milled face, face balanced and properly weighted for my stroke. I designed them, built them and have used them since '99. All will need refinishing in the next year or two, but they still turn heads. They are heel/toe weighted mid-mallets with the main body made from various exotic woods. The wood part was actually hollowed out and filled with basswood which is extremely light, but rigid enough to play the part of the core of a putter. I built these back when Carbite was coming out with their high MOI putters. I never had these heads tested, but would like to.
BTW, just in case anyone is wondering, I submitted one to the USGA and have paperwork stating that they conform to the rules of golf.
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On 3/24/2020 at 8:43 PM, dlow206 said:

Somehow I only buy putters that cost $300 and up (at least MSRP)

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Curious - have you felt that all of those have been worth the investment?  Any specific models that you have been really happy with?

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8 minutes ago, wesmith4 said:

Curious - have you felt that all of those have been worth the investment?  Any specific models that you have been really happy with?

I would say its more about the type of putter that fits me best (at least I think fits me best). I prefer wide blades that are close to face balanced (some Squareback models, Queen B6, etc.). 

Within that category, there are a number of different putters available at various price ranges. If there are two putters, one that is $99 and one that is $500, and they have very similar specs, I am guessing they will both perform about the same for me, maybe some slight advantage to the $500 if it has some specific tech. But the $500 putter is more likely to be fully milled, made in the USA, etc., and I am willing to pay the premium for that in the putter.

I think of it like handbags. You can buy a no name purse, a Coach, a Louis Vuitton, etc., all of the same style, mainly just a difference in branding on the outside. They all serve the same purpose and equally function as well. Its ok to buy the more expensive one if you can afford it, but you shouldn't expect it to perform better because its more expensive.

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On 7/1/2020 at 9:09 AM, RI_Redneck said:

Late to the party, but thought I would throw my $.02 in.

Obviously, a putter doesn't have to look good to perform. But then it doesn't perform by itself! It works along with the golfer and the things important to the golfer make a difference in the performance of the equipment. Some of us want something that looks good when we look down at it. I am one of those people. These are my putters. Milled face, face balanced and properly weighted for my stroke. I designed them, built them and have used them since '99. All will need refinishing in the next year or two, but they still turn heads. They are heel/toe weighted mid-mallets with the main body made from various exotic woods. The wood part was actually hollowed out and filled with basswood which is extremely light, but rigid enough to play the part of the core of a putter. I built these back when Carbite was coming out with their high MOI putters. I never had these heads tested, but would like to.

BTW, just in case anyone is wondering, I submitted one to the USGA and have paperwork stating that they conform to the rules of golf.

BT

 

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Very nice! I'm curious about the wood used for the far right one... Bubinga... Padauk? I'm a Cabinetmaker and I've used a lot of exotics over the years.

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Late to the party, but thought I would throw my $.02 in.
Obviously, a putter doesn't have to look good to perform. But then it doesn't perform by itself! It works along with the golfer and the things important to the golfer make a difference in the performance of the equipment. Some of us want something that looks good when we look down at it. I am one of those people. These are my putters. Milled face, face balanced and properly weighted for my stroke. I designed them, built them and have used them since '99. All will need refinishing in the next year or two, but they still turn heads. They are heel/toe weighted mid-mallets with the main body made from various exotic woods. The wood part was actually hollowed out and filled with basswood which is extremely light, but rigid enough to play the part of the core of a putter. I built these back when Carbite was coming out with their high MOI putters. I never had these heads tested, but would like to.
BTW, just in case anyone is wondering, I submitted one to the USGA and have paperwork stating that they conform to the rules of golf.
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I used to say I would never game the L.A.B. Directed Force because it looked so awkward. I didn't even know anything about it, just saw them and laughed. The other day I decided to test one out and the technology in that thing is absolutely undeniable for me. So, I have one on the way. I hit every single intended mark and as long as I read the green correctly I shouldn't be missing many putts.

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1 hour ago, Josh Ross said:

I used to say I would never game the L.A.B. Directed Force because it looked so awkward. I didn't even know anything about it, just saw them and laughed. The other day I decided to test one out and the technology in that thing is absolutely undeniable for me. So, I have one on the way. I hit every single intended mark and as long as I read the green correctly I shouldn't be missing many putts.

That is exactly how I felt regarding the Odyssey TT #10 I game now. A year ago I would have bet a lot that I would never game that putter. Funny what making a lot putts will do to one . 😃

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100% Absolutely. If you have an ugly putter , but performs, in the back of your mind you will always have that  thought  of "damn it wasn't so damn ugly". Eventually you will make that putter perform bad so  you can get rid of it. 
Its like you dating that not as hot girl or guy (for those equal opportunity daters) , nice personality , funny. BUT... you rather go with the hot one. We are all very shallow about putting. 🤣🤣
 

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I wouldn't say a putter needs to be good looking to everyone, but it should probably look to good to the individual using it. If you don't like the look of your putter in some way then it becomes far too easy IMO to fall out of love with the way it performs. You could simply lose your touch for a period and give up on the putter quickly because you have zero reason to hold onto it, but if you like the way it looks then finding a replacement becomes just that little bit more difficult. 

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On 7/12/2020 at 9:51 AM, silver & black said:

Very nice! I'm curious about the wood used for the far right one... Bubinga... Padauk? I'm a Cabinetmaker and I've used a lot of exotics over the years.

Left to right - Macassar Ebony, Bolivian Rosewood and Afzelia Burl (from Laos). I have one in Bubinga (African Rosewood) and a ton of blanks resting in storage. I used blanks 1"x2"x4" to make the heads. I got a great deal on a piece of Bubinga that was a full 2'x8'x48' back in '99 (still wasn't cheap, but very popular). I ended up making a Media PC Case out of some of it as well as some putters. Great wood to work with.

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On 7/14/2020 at 2:31 PM, MrBandit said:

100% Absolutely. If you have an ugly putter , but performs, in the back of your mind you will always have that  thought  of "damn it wasn't so damn ugly". Eventually you will make that putter perform bad so  you can get rid of it. 
Its like you dating that not as hot girl or guy (for those equal opportunity daters) , nice personality , funny. BUT... you rather go with the hot one. We are all very shallow about putting. 🤣🤣
 

Not all of us. I started using a TM Spider Tour S last fall. I have never liked the look of them but whenever I tried a friends, boy did it roll well. So I invested $56 in a Ghost version off ebay to give one a try, sanded it down and painted it black. (it was white and badly chipped up) Still don't like the look of it but it doesn't bother me a bit because it works GREAT for me.

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I just bought a new putter. One I laughed at when I walked in. Odyssey Triple Track. I hate gimmicks and thought very little of the latest one from Callaway (Triple Track balls and putters). I still refuse to use the balls as I don’t use a lineup line. The putter is in my bag for the foreseeable future. 
 

I hate the red and blue stripes.  I hate the micro hinges in the insert. The bottom looks dumb. And STILL, with all that hate, the putter works. Freakishly well. I bought the Triple Track double wide flow with the midsized grip. The looks still have not grown on me, but the putter flat out works well. Great feel, very consistent distance control. I am now much more confident over a put than I ever have been. 

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34 minutes ago, shadow0861 said:

I just bought a new putter. One I laughed at when I walked in. Odyssey Triple Track. I hate gimmicks and thought very little of the latest one from Callaway (Triple Track balls and putters). I still refuse to use the balls as I don’t use a lineup line. The putter is in my bag for the foreseeable future. 
 

I hate the red and blue stripes.  I hate the micro hinges in the insert. The bottom looks dumb. And STILL, with all that hate, the putter works. Freakishly well. I bought the Triple Track double wide flow with the midsized grip. The looks still have not grown on me, but the putter flat out works well. Great feel, very consistent distance control. I am now much more confident over a put than I ever have been. 

It’s funny that it doesn’t fit your eye but works. I had a similar issue....bettinardi BB39 hate mallets just doesn’t look good to me standing over the ball. I lined up probabky 20’putts during a fitting with it....drained them all.

the fitter said it’s funny several people have said similar things and it just worked for some reason. I got over the ball and it was just money every time. Granted straight putts but 10’ straight putts are not “good” by any means

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I've been putting with a Ping G2i Craz-e since 2005.  It looks like a vacuum cleaner attachment.  It's also kept its place in the bag for 15 years now.  It makes putts and upsets other people.  What could be better?  It also has not seen the inside of a putter cover since I got it home.

My older daughter plays a Ghost Monza (the one with the hole).  She touches it up with white refrigerator paint from time to time.  They are smooth looking putters, but they ding up way too easily.

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On 7/14/2020 at 10:39 AM, Josh Ross said:

I used to say I would never game the L.A.B. Directed Force because it looked so awkward. I didn't even know anything about it, just saw them and laughed. The other day I decided to test one out and the technology in that thing is absolutely undeniable for me. So, I have one on the way. I hit every single intended mark and as long as I read the green correctly I shouldn't be missing many putts.

I can now confirm that this thing feels like cheating to me. Every single putt starts on the intended line and I'm holing more mid to long range putts. Anything short is automatic.

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I've had Scottys, Odysseys and recently bought a TM Spider X (Bronze one). I desperately want the Spider to work for me but I have kept reverting back to an old TM Rossa Monza, I just feel that I get so much better pace with it and with the metal face the sound is better for me. IMG_4244.thumb.JPG.43b6fb9e18e3e90815a99727c0ea1eb5.JPG 

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