Sunday, January 25, 2015

Advice for Buying a New Putter

High MOI at Impact Low MOI in Motion.
1. Think of your putting stroke in terms of rotation and not path shape. Before I am done I am going to convince everyone this is the correct point of reference for putting strokes. OEM's won't touch it because of the perception that rotation is a bad thing. Please repeat after me. "Every stroke has a rotational requirement and every putter has a rotational value". If they match, how much rotation you have doesn't matter.

2. Use moi as a tool to complement rotation as well as impact. Webster defines moi as resistance to twisting IN MOTION. Toe hang is the defining parameter of moi in motion. Weight distribution and location of cog are the defining parameters of moi at impact. Too many golfers have high rotation strokes, fighting low rotation putters. Some of you, although not as many, have the opposite. A low rotation requirement, using a putter with a high rotational value. A putter that fits rotation is the best way to control distance. Ultra High MOI, used with the wrong rotational requirement, kills feel because it masks feedback.

3. Putting at a high level is not easy. It takes knowledge of your stroke, a system to read greens, and maybe most important the ability to roll a ball a precise distance. With understanding and a decision to do things the same way every time, the implementation of the stroke is very easy and simple.

4. When you consider a putting change, think about what the putter is built to do. I hear everyday that someone loves the looks, but can't use a certain style of putter. Unless you make the changes necessary to fit the putter you try, you will never know. Ex. A player uses a face balanced 33" putter at 72 degree lie angle. He wants to try a full toe hang-heel shaft. So he gets it with the same specs FB@33&72 and can't putt with it. Never knowing that at 34 and 69 it may have been the best thing he ever did for his putting.

5. THERE IS NO BEST WAY. I have a very comprehensive fitting system that I think allows a player to make the decisions that build the best stroke for the individual. Even with all that work I have had just as much success reverse engineering the process by making suggestions to help players that tell me they have to use a certain style putter.

Knowledge and consistent implementation. Who would have ever thought?

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