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On 4/1/2021 at 9:44 AM, Jmikecpa said:

Okay, I guess I finally will pipe up.  As someone that had to build an 8 foot tall rack over the summer to hold all the putters I own I guess some can say I am a collector.  I have all different manufacturers, models and anything from OTR putters to tour stuff, to customs....name a type of putter and I probably own it or have at one time in my life.  I would guess I could play golf every day for at least 8 months of the year and never use the same putter for more than one round before I had to use one a second time.  I could go about double that if I wanted to use a different putter cover for each round I played.  So the question is why?  Well, I have a golf room in my basement with a putting green and that is my relaxation room and I enjoy relaxing down there and rolling putts with a bunch of different putters, my way to relieve some stress after a long day of work.  I also enjoy the hunt for new putters or if I find something that fits my eye it will go home with me.  I have a putter that Rocco Mediate used at the 2004 Master's (https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2004/10/12/2004-newsmakers-mediates-putter-spurs-11th-hour-ad/) and to me that is cool.  I also have putters made for Gil Morgan and Chip Beck that I was able to acquire as well as stuff from smaller makers that I was fitted for and made for me.  It is how I choose to spend my disposable income and well it is fun for me.  I don't want anyone to understand it or really couldn't care less if you do or don't.  It is something that I enjoy (along with trap shooting and fast cars) that I will continue to do; well at least until my wife makes me start going to a support group or something.  

 

Love this! Just curious which putter is your favorite and which putter do you game the most!?

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I've got a few putters but not a huge collection.

I'm still playing the Ram Zebra that as a golf newbie I purchased for the 1978 season.

[Seventy-five bucks, manufacturer's list price, no discount available.]

 

The Zebra was the first "face balanced" putter I had ever seen or touched, and it immediately felt like something altogether different.  But unlike toe hang putters, all face-balanced putters of comparable weight feel pretty much the same.  Never a need to change, but I have tried others.

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, nkandra said:

Love this! Just curious which putter is your favorite and which putter do you game the most!?

Favorite short putter is either the TP Mills my wife got me or the T Squared that I had made for me. Also fond of the Betti putter that was done for the Eagles win in the Super Bowl. Favorite long putter I own is a Rocco Mediate Betti that he used in 2004 at the Master’s. 

Gamer is a Ping B90 broomstick from the 90’s that has been in the bag for the last several months and not going anywhere anytime soon. 

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Sometimes a putter misbehaves and must go on restriction.  I've got a whole family of putters serving timeouts in my garage.  Not pricey Cameron's but a bit of a collection.  I have to face facts: if there was a putter of the month club, I'd probably join.  

 

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It’s an interesting question, I am using an ER2Evnroll and I love it, but I also have 3 other putters. Two of them Scotties, one of which I have just customized. Yet I am not sure when they will see daylight 

on a course. Could another of my putters really be as good as the ER2? Maybe but I am a little scared to try it. Before the ER2 I was absolutely up for trailing new putters, but not now. So maybe these others are the start of my collection? 
 

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It is easy to use several at a time on the practice green, or swap every few rounds, with less risk and effort than running thru a bunch of drivers.  And since few of us actually get fitted, study the geometry, or apply any discipline, we go hot and cold, assume it is the club, buy another one.

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And, I have 2, both face balanced, and I am trying to zero in on a heavy face balanced, with lie and length fit to my long arm length.  I have a Dave Musty Classic mallet wood, a design he has made the same for maybe 20 years, and a Scotty Cameron Futura X that is about 5 years old.  I am thinking of getting a Musty made for me, with some internal weights to mimic the winged or 2 tyne style.  If you don't know what a tyne is, study up.  a.k.a. tine.

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You buy an expensive putter, play with it a couple of years then it loses its luster (ability to make a putt for you).  You can't get anything near what your paid for it, why just give it away?  Put it in a bag in the garage with the rest of stuff that has no value.

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About 10 years ago I got an idea that putters should have round faces, so I started making aluminum face plates with a rounded surface.  All of my putters got a nice new round face plate, and my putting improved dramatically. Then one day I discovered that there have been round putters for a long time, so I started searching Google & EBay. Today I have a couple dozen round & round faced putters, as well as my own creations. I am a hopeless collector of curiosities.      

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Like everything else in life.  It it something that makes them happy and it is their choice.  If they can afford it, I say go for it.  Not hurting anyone.  I do not collect golf clubs.  Only art, better investment than the stock market.  Really nice to look at and it gains in value every day.  Makes me smile as I walk thru my house.  If you are going to collect, collect in something that increases in value.  With respect to all.  CZ  

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I suspect that people collect putters because there isn't much market for used ones.

If you can't sell them, the choice becomes give them away, throw them away, or collect them.

That's just my guess, but I could be completely wrong.

I pretty much keep all of my old stuff, and I've never bought a used putter,

so I have no direct experience in this matter.

 

Also, I've played the same Ram Zebra since 1978,

but I have been noodling around with a new Cleveland #14.

It feels very similar, and it doesn't look like it's been through a war.

 

 

 

 

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I always wondered why some woman collect some many handbags.  Doesn’t one do the job?  
I should ask myself that question more often 
I don’t really know what I collect. I did get rid of half my collection and still have one dozen putters.   I have to do some cleaning in the next two weeks and settled on 4 more 5 that I will keep.  ( until I buy a new one)

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Cleaning my storage and have some vintage putters.  The bullseye is in a collection  bin with old persimmon woods.  I don’t like to even practice with a bullseye.  
Have a 8802 that I still like to practice with though I cannot game with this putter 

I have moved on to ones that have plumbers neck or free flow swan neck design with modern heads 

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1 hour ago, Haro said:

Cleaning my storage and have some vintage putters.  The bullseye is in a collection  bin with old persimmon woods.  I don’t like to even practice with a bullseye.  
Have a 8802 that I still like to practice with though I cannot game with this putter 

I have moved on to ones that have plumbers neck or free flow swan neck design with modern heads 

Bullseyes are shaft aligned. If there's significant arc to your putting stroke, you're never going to like the Bullseye.

You're hitting the ball a split second too soon.

I can play with a Bullseye no problem, but I've found shaft-aligned putter that I like more.

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, BostonSal said:

Bullseyes are shaft aligned. If there's significant arc to your putting stroke, you're never going to like the Bullseye.

You're hitting the ball a split second too soon.

I can play with a Bullseye no problem, but I've found shaft-aligned putter that I like more.

 

what do you mean by shaft aligned?  center with no offset? 

Yes I have  much arc and face rotation, 

I prefer the putters with  shafts  inserted closer to the heel of the putter head 

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15 hours ago, Haro said:

what do you mean by shaft aligned?  center with no offset? 

Yes I have  much arc and face rotation, 

I prefer the putters with  shafts  inserted closer to the heel of the putter head 

No offset whether heel or center shafted is what I need most.

My Dandy Tour Blade is ONSET with the face ahead of the shaft.  That's another one that I go to from time to time.

 

 

 

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Unfortunately most putters have very little value and not worth it to trade or sell. There are exceptions, but for $50 or less I'd just keep it and buy another when I find one I like...sometimes new or used. Just found an Odyssey Rossie White Hot, 9.5 condition for $25! Don't need it but couldn't pass it up.

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For me is started as a way to test different styles (blade vs mallet) Then I'd just find deals here and there or was allowed to keep them after testing and writing up reviews. Finally, when I found my favorite gamer, I took the same philosophy as I run my business. I needed a backup and then a backup of the backup. 

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On 4/1/2021 at 7:49 AM, Kanoito said:

I have a box full of cables. Does that count?

Not until you mount them in your man cave. 

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