So after a long 6 months of no golfing due to weather here in NE Ohio, I went out for my first time and developed really disgusting putting habits over the winter. I am still currently using a 35" Odyssey Crimson 660 Series blade. Last year, I was by no means a great, or even good putter - but I was "okay" and respectable within my own means. I typically left the ball dead at the hole - or within a 3' radius from anything outside of 12'.
Off-hand, I am wondering if it is time for me to pick up a new putter. I have not been fit for a putter yet, but I do have more of a "crouched/leaned over" stance while putting and when choking down on the grip, my index finger on my right hand (I'm right-handed) has a tendency to stretch down vertically onto the steel shaft of my putter.
I have a 33.5" Wrist-to-Floor measurement and 7.5" hand length. I'm 6'1 as well (not that that plays a major role).
The issue I seem to be having is just getting my putts on the line I am seeing. I typically start putts and leave putts right of the line and hole.
Though I do plan to get fit for a putter, can anyone else relate to this somewhat - or describe a similar issue and your resolution to the issue?
I had a generic fitting at GolfSmith which resulted in having an Odyssey ProType Black #9 34" putter recommended to me. I found that a bit odd, as it would seem very easy as a "salesman" to recommend a $269.99 MSRP putter to someone having issues.
A personal friend of mine recommended I check out a 33.5" Odyssey Metal-X Rossie after doing an informal fitting with him as well (he is not certified, but is knowledgeable). I am definitely a fan of the 3 alignment aids on the top-line of that particular putter as well.
TooLongToRead - My putting is F'd at this time and I keep leaving my putts short and right of the hole. I typically start my misses right of my line and I am currently using an Odyssey Crimson 660 Series blade putter that is 35" and I never went through a putter fitting. Is it simply time to go to a fitting? The last time I tried, the recommendation was a new $270.00 Odyssey ProType putter.
EDIT: In addition, I have been told numerous times that by placing my index finger on the steel shaft of my putter, that the putter is simply too long for my putting stance/style. Several people recommended a shorter putter (at least a 34") with a longer "pistol" style grip as well. I'm pretty confused right now and just need some feedback before I follow through with a GG or GS recommendation.