Re: Changing Putters: Good Idea or Bad?
PS- If you buy a new putter,make sure you leave the price tag on(putter thinks you are just trying it out and will make putts from everywere)
I have been practicing a good deal lately and good things are happening, however, I had been neglecting my putting practice. Recently I acquired two different longer putters (1 41 inch and 1 43 inch). The one I had been using was the Odyssey Metal-x #7 Belly. The other had never been used and was up for sale on ebay with no offers. It is a Cleveland Classic Platinum Belly. So today, I decided to give it a try and much to my surprise I made a lot more putts including six 1 putt greens for a total of 32 in eighteen holes. I guess will stick with it for awhile. More than likely the "honey moon" effect somebody mentioned earlier. Heck, if I could use only the best 9 hole scores and combining them, I would be shooting in the low to mid 80's, but I don't think that would be consistent with my actual play which is mid 90's for eighteen. Maybe scores will improve now that my putting seems to be coming back. We shall see.
I am seriously considering changing to a broomstick putter, I have tried them in the pro shop and shorter putts are just so much easier. I don't anchor it, so that won't be a problem in the future. So just give it a go and see , you might also like it. The control is just so much better it's unbelievable, I can understand why guys on tour want them banned, it might look silly and seriously uncool, but if the putts are dropping then who cares really!
I have been using a Ram Zebra putter since about mid 80's ...... I've tried many others like Bettinardi's and Camerons, but I keep coming back to that Zebra ...... they are on eBay now and then ...... at $40 or less ..... they are great (I even bought a few spare ones over the last few years).
Changing putters might help for a while, but putting as much time in your putting (+ lessons) as most of us do in your driving will pay off !
I've been putting with a blade putter for a while....with mixed results. The biggest problem was consistent speed where some putts would be "hot" and roll well past the hole. I found alignment difficult too.
Through trial and error, I found that center shafted mallets with wide alignment aids seemed to work best. I'm somewhat "thrifty" so spending big bucks was out out of the question.
Through the magic of Ebay, I picked up a Never Compromise center-shafted Voodoo Daddy putter for $26 with headcover. I replaced the grip with a Tiger Shark Jumbo paddle grip which feels fantastic. All I can say is WOW! It's been a huge benefit for me. I went to a par 3 course near my house to practice today and shot 1 over. I missed many of the greens like usual, but my chipping was OK leaving putts in the 3-8' range. I made them all except one...even a 20' from the fringe to save par.
In my case, the change to a new putter appears to have helped my game considerably but that's because I went from a putter that did not match my putting style to one that does. It did take me a couple of days to get used to the feel and sound which were very different from my previous putter. I need a lot more putting practice but the switch was definitely in the right direction.
I'm the last guy to give advice on putting, but one thing I believe (through experience) is that there's merit to sticking with & really getting familiar/comfy with your putter. There's a temptation of trying many different putters ... the way I see it is this ---> if you never have good days with a particular putter, I could see changing it. On the other hand, if you have good and bad days with a particular putter - stick with it & try to have all good days. It almost always comes down to being the indian and not the arrow ...