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Can a new putter really make a difference?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
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?
post #2 of 19

I just purchased an used Odyssey Black Tour #2 and love everything about it.

Not sure if that's the reason but I feel much better on green now....so long 3 putts!!!

 

I think you should get whatever you like the most.....

post #3 of 19

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!

post #4 of 19

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.

post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your replies, I think I'm going to go to my local golfsmith and try out the putters there and see which one I like the best and then purchase it.
post #6 of 19
A different putter can increase your confidence and that, if nothing else, can make you a better putter. Liking the weight, alignment aids, shape, etc. helps too!

Tappin' on my Thunderbolt
post #7 of 19

im putting with a clevelend classic 4 blade. its an inexpensive putter thats around 65 bucks, and people sayit feels just like a scotty

post #8 of 19

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.

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Originally Posted by the chunker View Post

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?
post #9 of 19

Find a putter that you like.

post #10 of 19

In short, absolutely.

 

But try, try, and try them out before you buy one.

post #11 of 19

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.

post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by 5ironkid View Post

im putting with a clevelend classic 4 blade. its an inexpensive putter thats around 65 bucks, and people sayit feels just like a scotty

You could say that the Scotty feels just like the Cleveland.

There is no reason why one woudn't feel similar to the other.

post #13 of 19

I was using a 15 year old Odyssey Rossie 2 and got a Ray Cook mallet free with a purchase from Rock Bottom Golf, who now owns the brand.  My putting improved immediately.

post #14 of 19

New putter's aren't always the solution.  However it is important that you get a putter that feels comfortable to you and that gives you confidence.  Whether it is a $30 wal-mart special or a $350 scotty.  

post #15 of 19

If you arent comfortable with the putter, then its time to move on and find something that suits you.  Due to the fact that 80% of golf is mental, a new putter can give you a sort of mental reset that helps you to start over and have a more positive mental attitude with putting.

post #16 of 19

So the question becomes: how do you choose a new putter?

post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kapanda View Post

So the question becomes: how do you choose a new putter?

Go to any golfshop and try out a few to see what you like.  What works for one person may not work for another.  You have to find what kind of putter works best for you.

post #18 of 19

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.

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