I recently went putter shopping. I have used my current putter for about 25 years. I purchased it with my Mom in Nova Scotia and as such has great sentimental value. I have putted well with this club, but decided it was time for a change. Basically, I have lost the feel for my old putter and decided to open the purse strings for a new one.
I have always felt that putting is the great equalizer and after 25 years, it was time for a change. Before everyone asks why change if my putter was working, the quick answer was that I notice an increase in my flat stick scores, so it was time to change.
Once deciding it was time to change, I headed off to Golf Town. I chose this store because I could spend time trying all the different putter makes, styles, and weights. And rest assured, I tried them all.
Before I started, I promised myself that I would enter this entire process with an open mind and not prejudge anything. My entire selection process lasted about 1.5 hours and at the end, I was completely confident with my final choice.
My first step was to get a feel for the weight of the club. I am very much a feel player on the greens and the weight of the club is very important to my overall stroke. I have no idea what that exact weight is, but at the end of my first step, I choose 7 possible candidates.
The next was length of the shaft. After a trying 3 different lengths, (34,35, and 36 inches) I decided on 35 inches and sought the proper length in my previous 7 selections. Fortunately, there were 6 candidates left.
My next step was to actually putt with a ball. I adopted my normal putting stance and putted with each club. I mostly was judging how the putter looked during my address and during contact. How the putter looks is also very important to building confidence on the green. As it turned out, after this stage, I was down to 4 candidates. 2 mallet and 2 blade putters.
It was now time to find the putter that creates the perfect roll, I employed a new tool to me called The Roll Board by Guerin Putters.
With four selections left, it was time to use the Roll Board. It was a four-foot length of velvet cloth as seen in the picture on the left. The concept of this tool is very simple, by brushing the velvet towards the hash marks creates a black surface. By putting the ball, I could see how the ball reacts to contact from the face of the club. From the guide above I was looking for a ball that produces The Roller.
Before going any further, I think it is important to say that I was looking for a putter where I did not have to change my stroke. I do not see the point of purchasing a putter, spending hundreds of dollars just to have to change my putting stroke. This would just be counter productive since my putting stroke is still very consistent.
After putting the ball, one club stood out. The others produced a Skipper and Bouncer pattern that was immediately noticeable. The club I selected immediately resulted in a roller pattern. So I was sold and decided to make the purchase.
I purchased a blade putter from Odyssey. It is a Works Versa 1W 350 gram putter. I like the way it looks, feels and produces the roll of the face I am looking for. I am very comfortable with the price and walked away with club I will use for years.
On a side note, I want to say sorry to Mike from 36aday for choosing a blade instead of a mallet putter. I am sure Josh from Golf is Mental is thrilled with my selection. They have an ongoing blade vs mallet debate. I am not sure who is winning, but it is an entertaining discussion.
Well that is how I purchased my new putter. I am completely happy with my choice and look forward to lowering my putting numbers next year!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.