1st Review Edel Golf Putter Fitting
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Here's comes the voice of opposition. Personally, I think the whole process of fitting and the purchase is just too much. I understand where the cost comes from, a nice personal fitting session and a hand-made custom putter. But when it boils down to it, you can't buy good putting. No more than you can buy a toned, athletic body, a healthy state of mind, or as The Beatles would say, love.
To me, making putts comes from confidence in your ability and confidence comes from practice, with any putter, I suppose a $300+ would qualify as well. My recommendation for someone that wants to be a better putter, spend some time on the practice green. A lot of time. There have been great putters throughout the ages of golf and for the most part, they've risen to the surface without having to drop a large chunk of cash.
I have a friend who is addicted to changing putters. In all honesty I know he has gone through at least ten putters in two years. His most recent purchase is one of these Edel putters. He got fit and has had it in the bag for about a month now. He told me the whole theory of why it is supposed to work and he seems to like his. I remember when he was putting with a TM Spider and draining everything he looked at! Don't know why he gave that thing up? Again, I believe it all comes back to being confident in what you have in your hand. He lost his confidence on the Spider and has gained some confidence in his Edel.
But, if you have the money, sure, why not give this putter a shot. It is a quality product.
Personally, I think the whole process of fitting and the purchase is just too much. I understand where the cost comes from, a nice personal fitting session and a hand-made custom putter. But when it boils down to it, you can't buy good putting. No more than you can buy a toned, athletic body, a healthy state of mind, or as The Beatles would say, love.
I don't think anyone is suggesting you're buying "good putting." You are buying a "good putter" that's customized and fit to you. It's a putter that you aim well and can control distance with well.
You still have to step up and make a stroke.
Spending time on the putting green is important, I agree. A putter is not a magical device, and it's not going to magically fix things.
But Ben, which putter is more likely to result in success: one that your eyes see as "straight at the hole" that's aimed two feet right of the hole from ten feet, or one that your eyes see as "straight at the hole" when it's straight at the hole?
You might not believe it, but people can't aim their putters very well, and that affects the stroke. Generally speaking, people who aim right will really have to try timing the toe release. People who aim left will block/shove the putter.
Tiger Woods aims four degrees right with his Anser style Cameron. That's why he talks about "releasing the toe" so much and why he also struggles to putt well when he's not spending hours per day practicing the timing that requires.
I hope he sticks with it.
Look, to me, an Edel fitting simply helps you remove the variables. I think you'd be amazed at how poorly people aim and control distance, and the Edel putter helps with that. If you start pushing putts right, with an Edel, it's not because you're aimed improperly. It's because you have something to work on in your stroke.
I hear you iacas, I do. And yeah, my buddy was telling me about how crazy terrible people are with alignment, stroking the putt all that stuff. And how the Edel system works. I just think there's a different alternative then spending all that money. I was never the greatest putter, from outside 5 feet. There was actually a thread a while back about one's expectations on making certain length putts. You called me out because I didn't believe I'd make every putt no matter the length. Until I took real time to work on my putting I didn't have that belief, but now I do. (Its kinda sick the putts I make now actually.) And what it took [for me] was practice, not a putter designed specifically for my stroke and my eye.
I'm not saying that a putter is all it takes. I'm saying that a putter that fits you can make the end goal more achievable by removing variables like "poor aim" and "lousy speed control." Everyone still needs to practice.
See the "Aim Bias" thread for more.
They fit you for shaft and other variables. For distance control, If you're fitted inside, they slung a string about 8 feet away and had me make 3 strokes, then backed me up a bit and I took 3 more strokes, etc. It's been three years, but they changed shafts and counterweights until you were consistent in lagging to the string.
I don't know ... because Tristan and I were going to discuss his new Edel putter over a couple of beers and rueben sandwiches???
Am I the only one out there who - other than when I start my own thread - doesn't ever notice which forum each thread is in?
i just was fit for edel in kc ks. at Golf M D. i took 3 of my putters in to see if i was off with any of them. it was terrible (6 to 12" left), over and over to different holes. i always thought i was lined up. Mike proved if i ever made a 10' putt it was nothing but luck. he also proved many of my thoughts on my putting were wrong. i went from large mallets to a blade style. its still prob. 3 weeks till i get my putter but now i can really practice my stroke and hopefully make more putts.