Fitting any golf club is worth the time and money. I say this blank statement of certainty because my experience has demonstrated it to be correct. After discussions with Kevin, and avid reader of The Grateful Golfer, I realize that I have never been professionally fitted as Kevin mentioned he needed. I have ‘self-fitted’ my putter and I often wondered if my process addressed the needs required for a putter fitting (at least on the basic level). As it turns out, I did and I am quite satisfied with my results. However, I think this is a great topic to discuss for anyone thinking that a putter fitting should be in their future.
Fitting a putter is a fairly basic process. I followed a fairly logical method and my putter selection was perfect for my game. You read about it in my previous article titled Blade or Mallet? For those who would prefer a video, this one might be sufficient for your initial needs:
The first step, in my humble opinion, is choose a putter that is pleasing to the eye. It makes zero sense to select a putter that does not look comfortable. This is a very hard concept to quantify, but I think you will know it when you see it. (Sorry had to go there) I have ‘test run’ many putters through the years in various configurations and I can tell you that some are immediately discarded because I did not like looking at the shape of the putter head. It might have been a great stick, but not for me.
The video outlines three or four main points for a quick putter fitting. I would suggest that it might be more involved for the more experienced player. However, it will give you some idea on what to look for when ‘test running’ putters. This process is a meticulous one and should not be rushed. If you are serious about a putter fitting, I recommend that you do a bit a research on what to expect, find a professional the specializes in putter fitting (if you can), and be confident in your final selections. Putters can be very expensive and a bit of preplanning and knowledge building will prevent buyer’s remorse. Additionally, when you have the correct putter for your game, magical things can happen. And ultimately, that is what we are looking for, right?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!