Well, I finally did it. The wife was very supportive and we decided it was my Father's Day present. The guys (Sheri and Jack) in San Diego are no longer Edel fitters, so I ended up going to Brent Mann, in Beverly Hills. He has a small studio in the basement of a doctor's office building right near Wilshire/Santa Monica/Rodeo Drive, and it was kind of hard to find. I think they might have some celebrity clients down there (there was also a gym down there) that prefer to be out of the way.
Anyways, the process was pretty similar to Tristan's so I'll go a little quicker. We started with my current putter aiming at the laser from about 8', and surprisingly, I was consistently about 4" right of the hole and even more surprisingly, about 16" up off the ground. So after several iterations, we ended up in blade head with the concave back (4th from left in Tristan's top pic), with an "L" shaped hosel with some offset. I still wasn't quite right ... until he switched out to a shorter shaft. 34 1/2" I think ... about 1" shorter than my current putter. We then tinkered with some different aiming lines, and I ended up the most consistent with no lines at all.
After this we went over and started messing with weights in the club to dial in some distance control. Lastly, I tested out the difference between the solid face and the face with the pixel insert. I loved the feel of the insert (a little softer) and liked the idea that it was providing me a little "forgiveness" on off-center hits.
I'm not terribly creative, so when it came time for the stamping/personalization stuff I didn't have a lot of ideas. Went with red and blue paint fill, and "DREW" on the hosel.
All in all, I was pretty pleased with the process and cannot wait until my putter arrives!! (He guessed 3 or 4 weeks)
AWESOME! Colour me jealous.
For the stamping you should have went with "Ernest is my Daddy"
I know what you mean about the wake-up call from the laser, I was sure I could aim well with my putter but, Holy Batshit Batman, I was WAY off. Apparently I'm an expert at pushing putts with an extremely closed face...
The only good news is my current putter has a 350g head which is almost perfect for my distance control, I just need to add around 40g of weight to the grip end. Currently I have 8 nickels taped to the end and am searching for a local distributer of Tour Lock back weights to replace the nickels. No cash for a new putter but I can get away with it because I use an alignment line on my ball pretty religiously and have been for a couple of seasons now.
I'll be coveting a professionally fit Edel now. One day, one day...