I have had an Edel putter for a little more than two years. And have found I REALLY like it, and it performs well for me.
I live in Florida, and the non-round grips on putters tend to get out of alignment due to the heat. I had a Scotty Cameron before my Edel, with a Baby T Grip and sure enough it was no longer perpendicular to the face as it had been when first set on the putter. So round grips are ALWAYS recommended by the Edel putter fitter in our area. Scott Sikorski.
I have one change made (customization)..in addition to lines, length, etc.. I had the Edel name taken off the face of the putter. I did not want to look at it every time I looked at the face of the putter ...personal preference. Attached are a couple of pictures.
I only deal with Lowes, (personal reasons) and I have them cut plywood for me.
I give the guy the measurement(s). They set the saw, we check the measurement again, and then they make the cut.
The first few cuts are free. Aditional cuts might be $0.25 each.
I can't throw around full sheets of plywood like I use to do. (I can in a pinch) Having stuff precut to fit, works out quite well for me.
I replace virtually everything about every 5-8 years. Usually the set makeup changes when I change things out. The soonest I've ever replaced an iron set is after about 3 years. Drivers as often as every 2, but I've used drivers for 6-7 years also. Putters....don't get me started
Just read through this whole thread, great topic and a lot of helpful advice. I have yet to shoot under 80 but its a goal of mine.
I agree 100% with the points about the long game being more important. I only got a handicap this year for the first time its a 17 at the moment and the only way it will drop is if I start finding fairways and striking irons a lot better. My short game is fine, I very rarely putt more than 36 times a round and my play around the green is solid i think, but its my long game by a long way that needs the big improvement if I am to break 80.