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Counterbalanced putters: have they improved your game?

post #1 of 11
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I recently bought a 38" Odyssey counter balanced tank putter on a whim because it felt so stable.  I'm curious if anybody here has put a counterbalanced putter in the bag and how it has affected their putting.  The flat stick is the worst club in my bag so I'm always willing to try something new.  Would love to hear others' experiences, good or bad, with them!

post #2 of 11

I experimented with one, a PING TR Senita B. It was okay, my short putts were pretty good but my speed control with the mid-long putts sucked, for me I think the putter was just too heavy.

 

I think a counter balanced putter is worth a try if you're going from a belly and want to stay with a similar feel when you can't anchor anymore.

post #3 of 11

I have a 33" putter, but it has 60g of weight in the butt end of the club. Does that count as counter-balanced? If so, then yes, it's been my only putter for the past four years.

post #4 of 11

I went from a White Ice #9 to 2 ball tank it absolutely made a difference for me. I am more confident standing over putts than I have ever been in my life. You just have to find what works for you and stick with it.

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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post
 

I experimented with one, a PING TR Senita B. It was okay, my short putts were pretty good but my speed control with the mid-long putts sucked, for me I think the putter was just too heavy.

 

I think a counter balanced putter is worth a try if you're going from a belly and want to stay with a similar feel when you can't anchor anymore.

I looked at those too but the Senita just looked too funky.  There is also an anser style counter balanced putter as well that isn't quite as heavy as the Senita I believe.  Distance control is something I'm sure will take awhile to figure out, as I am coming from a conventional putter rather than a belly putter.

 

 

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Originally Posted by iacas View Post
 

I have a 33" putter, but it has 60g of weight in the butt end of the club. Does that count as counter-balanced? If so, then yes, it's been my only putter for the past four years.

 

That's interesting - was the extra weight an aftermarket add on to your putter?  If so, why did you add it (i.e. was there a particular flaw in your putting you were trying to address with the extra weight in the handle or did it just provide better feel?  Did it effect your distrance control?

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Originally Posted by Righty to Lefty View Post
 

I went from a White Ice #9 to 2 ball tank it absolutely made a difference for me. I am more confident standing over putts than I have ever been in my life. You just have to find what works for you and stick with it.

 

Do you find distance control an issue as mvmac observed?

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Entropy View Post
 

That's interesting - was the extra weight an aftermarket add on to your putter?  If so, why did you add it (i.e. was there a particular flaw in your putting you were trying to address with the extra weight in the handle or did it just provide better feel?  Did it effect your distrance control?

 

More details here: My Custom Fit and Built Edel Putter .

 

The weight in the handle lets me control distance better. I've said before and will say again: weighting a putter properly improves someone's distance control a shocking amount.

post #8 of 11

I agree with this 100%. Even though my putting has been lack luster this year, it hasn't been due to distance control, but my ability to start the putter on the line I aim. Distance control improved so much when I went to a heavier putter head and 40 grams of counterbalance. 

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Do you find distance control an issue as mvmac observed?

 

No I find it to be a much better as far as distance control goes because it 's much easier to swing the club like a pendulum. I just find that these types of putters are just all around better for me and what I like in my golf clubs as I prefer heavy total weight golf clubs.

post #10 of 11
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So far I've played about ten rounds with my new counter balanced putter, here are my thoughts.  From 20 feet and in this thing is really great.  I've never had so much confidence from this distance, and often I'm thinking of making putts that before I'm really just hopeful to get within 4-5 feet.  That being said I have had a really hard time with distance control on putts longer than 20 feet.  I've left more of these putts 7+ feet short with my other putters, but I think this is something that I can feel out.  I think subconciously, beacuse of the extra weight of the putter, when I take it back far for one of these putts, at the apex I sort of chicken out because it feels like I'm going to smash the ball 10 feet past the hole and end up leaving it woefully short.  It's something that is concerning for me, but I am pretty confident I will get it down.  The imrpovement from 20 feet and in is definitely worth the extra lag putting practice.  

 

I highly recommend a counter balanced putter for anybody that has struggled with the putter.

post #11 of 11

My Ping Ketsch has improved my putting immensely.  Great feel. 

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