Had a great visit yesterday with my Edel fitter. I hit several putts outdoors and he immediately said "something doesn't sound right!" He covered the face with erasable marker and I hit some more putts. Clack, clack, clack. I was hitting the top 1/3 of the putter face every time. Nothing in the center. Back to shop.
We checked the loft vs the spec sheet and found the putter to be at 4* vs 2*, as ordered. Made a quick adjustment and went back to the putting green. Everything changed! The sound had a soft, sweet ping and the ball kissed the face at impact and went rolling to the hole. More marker on the face and more putts to hole. Impact was now dead center, inline and between the heel and toe dots. This is the feeling I was looking for. Problem solved!
I did ask him about the article I read and why he put me in this particular putter. He gave me the subjective line of reasoning. Rules of thumb are just starting points, not absolutes. I felt better after that. I then asked about my current putter grip vs. the Edel stock. As for weight, he said my Winn Lite grip is probably lighter than the stock Edel and that it shouldn't have any impact on my putters performance. He had me hit 5 putts from 30' and I had them all within 2'. 10 footers went in the hole or just by.
What I learned… Trust your instincts. If you've custom ordered something and it doesn't feel right, then it probably isn't. Have it re-checked for accuracy. Second, if you get fit for Edel clubs, you should return to your fitter after you've played with them for at least 4 rounds and them have them checked. As for their putters, my fitter said the metal is very soft and can get out of spec pretty easy - think throwing your bag into trunk and putter at the bottom, bag falling on ground and landing on exposed part of putter, leaning hard against your putter while on the green. He mentioned all these as possibilities that will put stress on this metal. He suggested I come back every 3 months to have it spec tested.
Hope this helps and I'm back to being a proud, loyal Edel club player!