I am new to golf and looking to purchase a putter. I have narrowed my choices down to a few putters. Any idea which of these would be best? Odyssey Metal-X 2 Ball, Odyssey White Ice 2.0 2 Ball, Ping Scottsdale Y-Worry, Ping Scottsdale Mesquite or Ping Scottsdale Hohum? Thanks for any advice
Looking for a putter
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In my opinion, the most important this about a putter is whether I can aim it accurately. When you set the putter down, is it aiming exactly where you intend it. The length and lie can affect this, so getting a putter fit to your putting style helps.
Second, is the length, lie and loft. Having these set to your putting style helps.
Third is aesthetics. The putter has to look nice to me.
I would try the different putters to see if they are comfortable to you in terms of set up. Try 33 - 35 inch lengths and putt some balls. After you choice a comfortable length, check aim on them. You can do this with help from someone. Set the club down and aim at a point 5 to 10 feet away. Have your friend then line up behind the putter and see if the aim line is on target. If it doesn't have an aim line, you can set a ruler or square to the face and check it that way.
Most store bought putters are set to a loft and lie for the average putter. For lie, if the putter is set up correctly, the putter should be close to square to the ground (not toe up or heel up). Loft determines how the ball starts rolling. This depends on your putting stroke.
Lastly, you are new to the game, so check out the different types will help. If you wanted to really find the best putter for you, I would recommend getting fit by a professional. It will cost a few extra dollars, but a lot of places with reduce the rate if you buy a putter from them. You don't need to buy a $350 putter either. Jim Furyk won the Fed Ex with a $39 used putter. Used putters are also a good way to go. I bought a used Scotty Cameron for $95 and had it adjusted by a fitter.
Odessy Versa #7 model might be worth a look. I think it's a great balance of weight, balance and feel. Within the Versa #7 line, you can go all the way up to $250 (ouch!) and down to less than $100 on a 'last year's model' that isn't painted.
Putters are a real 'feel' buying decision. Either it feels great or it quickly finds its way back onto the rack. Give the Versa #$7 model a try. There's a good reason more than several tour players use this model.
Another great option are Yes! putters. Their heads typically weight in at ~350-360 grams, which is perfect for me.