Maybe a putter fitting after all?

Oh, what I would give to get back my beautiful bronze Karsten Anser 2 putter.  Unfortunately, it met its end at the intersection of a tantrum and a cart path.

Oh, what I would give to get back my beautiful bronze Karsten Anser 2 putter. Unfortunately, it met its end at the intersection of a tantrum and a cart path more than a decade ago.

I admit it, I was ignorant and arrogant last year when I penned a column ranting and bemoaning the overwhelming number of putter options available for sale and the supposed self-serving overkill of actually going through the process of getting fitted for a putter.

The whole concept of getting fitted for a putter seemed absurd.  Golf marketing has grown long on pomposity, some really cool sounding technical data, and promises that can’t all possibly be true.

So the idea, in my head, of having some computer tech film me putting with some diagnostic video device that would help me optimize this and be more efficient with that put me off before I even had time to think it through.  I may not always know why I hooked, sliced, or shanked a particular shot, but, by God, even I could figure out why a putt didn’t go in.

Or so I thought.

I don't know what I'll ultimately end up purchasing, but Ping putters fit my eye better than about anything on the market (boutique putters, aside).

I don’t know what I’ll ultimately end up purchasing, but Ping putters fit my eye better than about anything on the market (boutique putters, aside).

As my teaching pro and I have transitioned from my full swing to the short game, it has become abundantly clear that my putter, my beloved original model Odyssey White Hot No. 2, doesn’t fit me or my putting stroke very well.

It’s too long for me.  It’s hosel is slightly bent. It’s designed for a different stroke (arc) than I use.  It allows me to stand too far away from the ball.  Basically, I need a putter that fits.

Oh, the cruel irony.  All my wit and curmudgeonly rage wasted and misplaced.

Of course, I realize that a putter is a scoring club.  It is the club that can save me more strokes than a powerful driver, intense focus,  or deep-grooved wedges.  I have been a streaky putter, at best, and randomly lucky more than I deserved.  That it might be possible to develop fundamental techniques to become a consistent putter is an exciting, if remote, possibility.

Actually, it doesn’t come as any surprise that I may need to change my putter.  Almost everything else in my golf game has changed as a result of the professional instruction I’ve received over the last year, as evidenced by the brief exchange that took place during my most recent winter lesson.

Pro:  Is there anything that’s the same now, that you’ve kept since last year when we started this process.”

Me:  “Uh….my flop shot.  I think I’ve still got my same flop shot.”

Pro:  “We haven’t gotten to that yet, have we? I’ll take a look at it.”

Me:  You catch on fast.”

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6 thoughts on “Maybe a putter fitting after all?

    • Thanks Jim. Yeah, it hasn’t been anything mechanized, but after working on my putting at the end of each lesson for the last couple of weeks, my pro has explained and convinced me of why my current putter may not be the best for me in concrete, easy to understand language. Just trying a couple practice sessions with some other, better fitting putters (different lengths, hosels, etc.), I quickly saw and felt the results.

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      • That is great. I know I do not like a mallet putter or an 90 degree off set. Everytime I practice, I get the same results as with the putter I have, so I never thought to switch. Something to look at when I go the golf show this weekend.
        Cheers
        Jim

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