Persnicketty Putters

Did you see this golf club review?

12 posts / 0 new
Last post
scomac
scomac's picture
Persnicketty Putters

What is it about putters in particular? You can pick one up at your local golf shop and sink everything in sight the first time you demo the club. Come back a week, or a month later to try the hopeful prospect again and blah... The magic seems to have disappeared. I've lost track of the number of times that this has happened to me.

A couple of months back, I demoed a Cleveland Smart Square Almost Belly counterbalanced putter. I couldn't miss with this thing. I compared it to several other CB putters and none could match up to the Cleveland. Today, I went back to my local golf shop to give the thing another go as I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket. No such luck. In fact after a half a dozen putts rolled I wondered aloud who would ever want to own such a thing? One of the associates was within ear shot and intuitively handed me a Ping Senita B counterbalanced. I remember that one from the last session. It didn't leave me with any sort of positive impression. Well, surprise, surprise, it was by far the better of the two, but man the thing sure felt annoyingly heavy. Blah...

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a Seemore sitting in the corner, in fact there was a few different models. I grabbed an FGP mallet and an X3, both at 35" with oversized Feel-Tec grips. Here we go again; something different and ridiculous first use success -- 12 straight from 6 to 8 feet. It didn't really matter which of the two I used, they were equal to the task. No fancy grooves, no fancy alignment marks, standard lengths and weights. Go figure. Guess I'll go back again in a month or so and see if the magic is still there. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Aimee
Aimee's picture
Putters

That's how I wound up with my Sabertooth years ago, kept going back to the store to demo it and confirm that it still "worked". Putter is so heavily weighted to "feel" that it has to work mechanically and mentally (confidence).

It's not how...it's how many

Scott Rushing
Scott Rushing's picture
You know, I think it has a

You know, I think it has a lot to do with your posture and eye alignment, etc THAT DAY. I did this with about 5 putters a few years back, putting and putting and one day the Taylormade would be impossible to miss and the next time the Ping. I just think some days our eyes see the line and the weight feels right and we can make a great stroke, to the point we could probably putt with a hammer and make it.

Golf is a game that can only be played...

GolfGearReview.com Administrator

Aimee
Aimee's picture
putting

also posture, I noticed a change in putter path if standing more bent over vs upright

It's not how...it's how many

scomac
scomac's picture
A Month Later...

A month later and I was still at it auditioning different putters.

I kept going back and hitting the same ones over and over again to see how they reacted over several sessions as well as back and forth within sessions. Ultimately I came home with a Seemore PTM3. This is a mid mallet, center shaft, 35" with milled face and the Golf pride Tour Classic mid size grip. Quite literally it came down to weight. The PTM3 is 335 gm versus the X3 which was 360 gm. I just got the feeling that I was more fully releasing the putter with the lighter head. I have a 30 day playability guarantee, so we'll see how it goes. It's simple and it just seems to work; line yourself up, square the putter face and let 'er rip. As long as I trust the putt, they seemed to drop at a rate far greater than anything else I've ever used. This performance has been repeatable over several auditions, but you never really know until the bright lights are shining!

scomac
scomac's picture
The trial run

First outing with my new Seemore PTM3 putter. I played 18 holes this morning on what is the toughest rated course of any that I play. It's a championship configuration with lots of slope and elevation changes on the greens. I had 14 putts on the front and 18 on the back side for a total of 32. That just happened to be the best putting round of the season for me regardless of track. There was a ton of dew so the greens were slow in the morning and then once the wind started to blow, they dried out and quickened for the back nine, yet I hand no issues with long lag putts and distance control. I could quite literally feel my confidence grow particularly on the short putts which I was getting tentative with. The honeymoon is officially on!

Scott Rushing
Scott Rushing's picture
nice......32 putts on the

nice......32 putts on the first outing. not bad at all. i have to work on my putting and green reading. not taking advantage of good opportunities after hitting my approach close. missed a few yesterday and thats a killer when you're not playing great. you need those birdies to offset the bogeys and dbl's...

Golf is a game that can only be played...

GolfGearReview.com Administrator

Scott Rushing
Scott Rushing's picture
Sco, how's the putter working

Sco, how's the putter working out?

I have been playing the last couple rounds with the Nike putter I bought last year and man the jury is still out. I'm leaning toward taking it out of the bag... I am having a hard time being consistent with it. Putts that nail the center sound and feel great and JUMP off the face. Sometimes WAY too much. Putts that are off center have more of a clank sound and don't jump as much. Now I've made a lot of putts I was a little surprised about, which is great, but the bad putts are just so dang bad that I'm not sure it's worth it. I may try it tomorrow one last time or maybe I'll try it for 9 holes and try my Ping for 9. But I'm leaning toward going back to my old putter for the beach golf trip. I need to be able to trust what I have in my hands...

Golf is a game that can only be played...

GolfGearReview.com Administrator

scomac
scomac's picture
The SeeMore is still in the

The SeeMore is still in the bag, Scott. I've had some good stretches and some poor ones with it, but I'm not remotely tempted to switch it out. It is so good with long lag putts that it saves me strokes every round no matter whether I'm making the 4 to 6 footers or not.

I've played very solidly from 150 yards and in of late. My struggles have been with the long game, both for distance and direction. I haven't really given my putting much thought.

Aimee
Aimee's picture
putter

Scott, your comment about the putter performance is interesting. I was noting how my Sabertooth (which has the white insert) doesn't give up much on off-center hits. I can feel and hear the difference, but it's not a huge difference in distance. I think finding a putter that works, and using it consistently, is the only way to putt well. You have to get used to the performance.

It's not how...it's how many

Scott Rushing
Scott Rushing's picture
Yeah, i'm going to stick with

Yeah, i'm going to stick with the old Ping. There were a couple of putts Sunday that probably would have fallen with the Nike because the ball comes off so hot. But at the same time, I hit some really great long lag putts and made a few other putts that I probably would not have done as well with it. So we'll stick with the Ping for now.

Golf is a game that can only be played...

GolfGearReview.com Administrator

DON
it's NOT all on the putter, it's the golfer

I too have DEMO-ed lots of different putters in the stores. Some days I sink a lot more than I miss, other days not so lucky. What I have learned from these sessions is that you NEED to work on finding a "Consistent" way to set up to the ball. I worked on "aligning" my feet along my target line, and making a straight back and forth stroke. After a few days of working on my "Consistancy" of setting up to the ball. my consistency of sinking putts went way UP. I started a practice routine of hitting 25 putts from 7 feet. After a few days of consistent setup and straight putting strokes, I started to sink ALL 25 pretty much all the time. EYE over the ball was another thing I practiced. Some sessions I'd hit 15 putts with my current putter and than hit the last 10 with a totally different putter. This would FORCE me to concentrate on my technique. CONSISTANCY is KEY to most things in golf. Work on getting rid of the Variables in your game and good things start to happen.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.