Originally Posted by Golfingdad
Totally agree. To putt well you have to 1) pick the proper line, 2) hit it along that line, and 3) hit it the proper speed. A fitted putter is only going to help with #2, so I think Harmonious is being generous ... you may only save 1-2 shots per round at best.
With the driver, 1 bad shot can cost you 2 or 3 by itself. 2 or 3 wayward drives will kill an entire round. Totally go for the driver.
I am in the same boat as you, but just a few steps ahead, as over the course of the last year I replaced my 15 year old clubs with new fitted, driver, then hybrid, then 3 wood, then irons and wedges. All that is left is a putter.
When the time comes - maybe my birthday, maybe christmas, whenever I can convince the wife I need it - I am going to get fitted for an Edel* putter. Look around on this site and you will read a lot of really good testimonials for those guys with their putters and wedges.
*Just learned recently that it is pronounced Adele like the singer, for anybody that cares. (I assumed it was Ed-ull)
If you don't mind, I'll have to respectfully disagree with 1 and 3
1. Pick the proper line starts with green reading, speed judgment and picking the initial line - I will go with you that far. But the eyes, the shape of the putter head, offset and sightlines also affect whether you stay with that line or alter it. Remember, very small changes in lining up that putter head will throw you off. From the time you are behind the ball lining up the putt to walking around it, slight changes are made whether you like it or not - we're humans. And doubts go in the head about that line when you are over the ball, and more adjustment is made (Is that the line? I might be off a bit?) Even without pre-doubt putt creep, most people will unconsciously adjust the putter head and sight lines even with their eyes over the ball. (I move back to eyes slightly inside the ball when making the actual stroke). The human body is working with your putter and constantly making changes. A fitted putter will minimize the compensations that your body and mind will inevitably make. That is my take.
2. Proper Speed - a fitted putter will have the weight fit to you, a proper shaft, and counterbalanced so you can stroke the putt at the proper speed on a consistent basis.
We are discussing a precise instrument with the putter.
A driver is important, no doubt. It is more fun - it is the Big Dog! But our poster says he drives the ball straight already - it looks as if he wants to optimize his driver to squeeze the most out of it. We're talking about a 45-46 inch club that most swing too fast. We're not talking precise. I can have a good round with a partner's driver if the shaft flex (R to firm) and loft are in my general range - 10-12 and keep the ball in the fairway.
Golf is a game of confidence - so I'd throw it all out the window and ask what piece of equipment will give you more confidence between the two in improving your game?
I think it's easier to find a used driver that comes close and goes straight than to find a confidence building putter that requires precision. When I went to the putter - I threw everything in the trash, and started over with simple fundamentals based on staying neutral - espoused by Dave Stockton and Pat O'Brien (no forward press), and then fitted the putter. I did the same thing with the driver. I started over with a new swing, and then was fitted. The problem with driver fitting is that our swing changes with age and knowledge - so we require many drivers and driver fittings.
I got the putter, and then the driver. But the choice is about what gives you confidence.