Can a new putter really make a difference?
Golf Gear mentioned in this thread:
when i got my new putter i felt like i was making alot of putts for the first 6 months of using it. after that i kinda went in a slump, but im back in it. if your gonna get one, try out a few before buying. decide whether your better with a mallet kind, or blade kind. blades are better for more advance people, while mallets are easier to line up and hit on line. good luck!
A big part of putting is confidence. If you find something that feels good and gives you confidence to make those 8 footers, then put it in the bag! Doesn't matter if it costs $5 or $500....
I have an old Odyssey that I've been using for the last 10 years....I like it, but the next guy might not.
Getting one that fits you can be a bit win. Assuming you are going the cheap route (i.e. your not doing an edel fitting) getting the length right and a head shape that suits your stroke can really help your game. I personally like the ghost but I wouldn't want to argue it is better than any other 120 dollar putter out there.
I'm pretty new to the game of golf and I picked up a starter set of clubs, the putter it came with is not to my liking and I can't really feel comfortable with it when lining up a put. So my question is could a new putter really give me that extra boost of confidence I'm needing? I have been looking at the odysseys and the taylormade ghosts, does anybody have any input on the performance of those putters?
The biggest problem with purchasing a new putter is when you first get it and start playing with it you will play better. In the beginning you pay closer attention to your mechanics and what the putter is actually doing. The reason most golfers start to putt worse after several months of use is they get complacent with the small details needed when putting.
You said you were relatively new to the game...look into getting something cheaper. No one said you have to go out and buy the top of the line putter or something that costs over $100. Try something cheaper first and you can always upgrade later. I've been using a dunlop putter for 15 years that I bought for $30. Some players get caught up in the name of their clubs and spend more for a brand name when that's not always necessary.
You could say that the Scotty feels just like the Cleveland.
There is no reason why one woudn't feel similar to the other.
I switched from a mallet style Odyssey putter to a blade style Taylormade putter and I have GREATLY improved, even the first time I used it. I'd say it knocked at least 5 strokes off my score card per round, easy.
I'd recommend testing as many as you can. I think I tried 20 different putters before I found the putter that I like.