The putter is used for about 40% of a players shots during a round of golf regardless of their skill level. A 20 handicap player will take approximately 36 putts per round to shoot about 90 while a scratch player will take about 31.5 to shoot around 72 and unless you hole out from off the green the putter is the only club used on every hole during a round. When a single club is used that often we think that it is paramount that a player be properly fit and fully comfortable with it.
Putters come in an astonishing variety of styles and shapes compared to other clubs. There are different head types (eg, mallets, blades), types of balance (eg, toe balanced, face balanced), and size, length and weight of grips (eg, square, round, tapered, pistol, counterbalanced). These variables are designed to reflect the diversity of strokes (eg, straight back and through, wide arc) and physical differences in individual players (eg, upright stance vs crouched stance, distance from the ball at address, how they grip the club).
Advanced putter fitting using motion analysis can lead to further refinements in both technique and putter specifications. A simple example would be a player that consistently over rotates the putter face through impact. Using one of the adjustable weight putters we can add weight to the toe to slow down the tendency to shut the face.
A putter fitting with Ted & Dave Custom Golf includes a few physical measurements (hand size, height, distance from wrist to floor), an interview, and analysis of your putting in our indoor putting facility. Much like with our wedge fitting process, we believe that the most important aspect of a putter fitting is the interview. In the interview we try to learn the strengths and weaknesses of your game (short putts/long putts, streaky/consistent), your miss tendency (left/right, short/long), your holing speed (die it in the hole or hit the back of the cup), and the types of greens you usually play on (fast/slow). We also consider how your proximity to the hole with your wedge game might be affecting your putting numbers as a two putt from 50 feet is much different than a two putt from 3 feet.