Just some of my thoughts on the Edel putter since I've had mine now for two years. I'm not necessarily lobbying for either at this point, but maybe this will get you a bit better informed.
You still have to practice putting unfortunately .... and in my case, I find putting practice to be extremely boring, so I sort of reap what I sow on the greens, if you will.
That said, I was a very poor putter prior to getting the Edel. The fitting process in of itself taught me a lot about how to aim my putter, setup up to the ball, etc.
I have zero interest in getting another putter because I know how important the weight of the Edel is to my distance control. Other putters just don't have the right weight for me... as a result, distance control is erratic as hell with anything else.
Do I have bad days on the greens, even with my Edel? Yes. But I get hot A LOT more often with it. I've gone on streaks with this thing just draining everything (some hyperbole). Of course, I have cold spells as well, so.... yea, those days stink. And since I haven't really practiced at all, I'm in a bit of a cold spell right now.
I've had several putting lessons with James since getting the putter, and the fact that I was fitted using a different setup, grip, and stroke hasn't negatively affected the putter. James has actually gotten me out of slumps with it. So I wouldn't worry about your stroke changing or whatever over time and making the putter useless to you.
That said, it costs $420 with an insert... and not everyone walks away a satisfied customer. So I can't guarantee you anything, but I do like mine.... and I haven't bought a new putter since getting this one.
I dunno, even when I'm playing badly with it, there's comfort in knowing -- or at least "believing" -- that I have the best possible flat stick in my hands, despite the bad day.
Unfortunately, this putter can't read the greens for you , and 50+ foot lag putts are still tricky as hell for me, as they would be anyone who doesn't practice a whole lot. But, I will say... and this may be hard to describe... but when I get within 20 feet or so, I do feel I can make everything, even though I obviously don't. IIRC, I did not feel this way about any other putter I've used prior to the Edel.
So in the end, you still need to have a decent grip that doesn't compromise whatever stroke you're trying to make, and you still need to practice, and get better at green reading... but being able to confidently hit the line you want to hit and also having a weight that feels great in your hands is very, very nice to have, and is no question an advantage over others who are using putters that are poorly fit for them, which is most people, because they're just grabbing them off the rack.
As for irons, I'm not sure you need to be truly fitted at this current point in time besides the basics stuff of making sure you aren't using something that's best for Shaquille O'Neal if you're Spud Webb's height, or something obvious like that. Still, if you are unhappy with your irons for whatever reason, you should definitely look into that more deeply. I mean, there are tons of used sets you can get from year's past that are great value, and hitting them at the store should let you know if they're right for you or not.
It's a tough choice.
Edited by JetFan1983 - 5/10/14 at 8:02pm