Dealing with my ailing back which has curtailed a lot of my golf activities over the past year has got me thinking about making some equipment adjustments to help make the game a bit easier to play for me.
Of all the clubs in the bag it seems that the short clubs are the most demanding on my back due to the necessary posture and bending. It is particularly noticeable with putting and using a standard length putter. When playing a couple of games of putt-putt last summer I noticed no such issues, but a I had asked for a long putter and was provided with one to use.
I have an older TM Rossa mallet here that was previously converted to a belly putter and then back again following the anchoring ban. (Should have just left it as is...) I've ordered an extension for the shaft and one of the SuperStroke putter grips with a counter weight included. The plan is to extend the putter out to 37" (from the current 34.5") which will allow me to use a much more upright posture to putt with. I have a couple of sets of weights for the putter head that will allow me to weight the club properly to perform as intended. I'll likely play around a bit with the length before deciding on the finished length if a little longer or shorter might be preferrable.
In addition to the putter project, I picked up a new in plastic Cleveland Smart Sole 2.0 "C" wedge on clearout. I got one of these for my wife a few years back and it has been the best money I ever spent on equipment for her as she now has some ability around the greens versus none beforehand.
My hope is that this will simplify the short game to a more putter like action and I will extend it out to play at 36" for comfort.
Hopefully these changes will allow me to practice a bit more comfortably and maintain some semblemence of a game around the greens as I try and learn a new golf swing that is more friendly to my back.