Putter Fitting & custom made putters. Putting, chipping, pitching, sand play instructions.
A putter fitting will will allow me to fit putters to you body and style of putting, adjust your putters, teach putting and also teach chipping, pitching and sand play. To complete the short game and scoring club fitting I will be able to fit, build, adjust as well as customize wedges and wedge sets for you, covering all phases of the scoring game after custom fitting your golf clubs.
Fitting putters is comprehensive and encompasses not only the style and design of your putter but your mechanics as well. How your putter looks, how it feels and how it balances are key factors in allowing you to use proper mechanics in your putting stroke. There are a few key factors we will work on with your putting and your putter.
- Distance Control
- Reading Greens
- Proper attitude
- Many golfers I see do not know where they are aiming their putts and miss the hole consistently. This can be due to improper set up or the lie angle being incorrect as well as other mechanical problems.
- Not having a putter you feel comfortable with or with the wrong loft can give you problems with distance control. We have to get your mechanics right so you can use the feel in your hands and your hand eye coordination to properly judge how hard to swing to get distance control. We will work on creating a putter and giving you the know how to leave putts about a foot to 18 inches past the hole on all putts. We know that balls moving fast enough to go much farther than that will not go in even if they hit the hole, and those 1 footers are pretty easy to tap in for a 2 putt.
- How mother nature plays tricks on us and makes reading greens difficult can cause us to miss putts by a long way. We will go into how to tell what direction the grass is growing, what the sun has to do with break, how creeks, large bodies of water and other things have to do with how much the ball curves while rolling across the green.
- All of this goes toward creating the proper attitude so that you can be confident you can make putts which will result in you making more putts. There are any number of putting theories out there by any number of putting experts. We will explore everything from Bobby Locke’s techniques through modern techniques to find the best mechanics to match up with your physical abilities and make you a good solid putter.
I see a lot of putters that are too long and too light for the golfer in addition to lofts and lies being adjusted incorrectly but one thing many are not aware of is how the putter balances from grip to head and how the head balances on the shaft has a lot to do with how comfortable and confident you feel with your putter. Comfort and confidence are the keys to good putting. We will work with head weight as well as butt weight to find the right total weight and balance point for your best putting tool.
Getting you into the right clubs for pitching and chipping and sand play will go a long way towards lowering your scores in any round of golf. Getting the right bounce on your wedges for your style of play and your course conditions for pitching, chipping and sand play, getting the lies adjusted so the ball goes at the cup when you strike it and when you square it for a chip or pitch and getting all the lofts you need to save shots around the greens is key to better scoring at all levels. The questions we want to answer are: Do you have the best designed clubs for your golf course? Do you have the best lofts and bounce angles for your turf and sand traps? How do you approach pitching, chipping and putting and is your technique sound for saving shots when you miss the green.
Some of you play on very flat golf courses and some on very hilly golf courses. Some of the greens are elevated and some are not elevated. Some traps are very deep and some are shallow. Can you putt out of your traps? Do you need more loft to get over the lips of the traps? Some sand is soft and fluffy and some is course and dense. All of the above will help determine what designs you need and how they need to be set up.
I will work around the green with you on various shots and set up your bag for maximum effectiveness on your golf course. You will have the tools you need to keep your scores low when you miss the greens. The goal will be to give you the ability if you practice to get the ball up and down from 100 yards in. The farther out you get the more difficult this will become, but having the right tools to do the job, and a lot of practice will go a long way to getting you close to this goal. Scoring low is about eliminating the big numbers and creating more opportunities for below par results on every hole. As one old Pro used to tell me “Son, it ain’t about how good your good shots are, it’s about how bad your bad shots are. When you hit your bad shots pretty good you can learn to go low”. With properly fitted equipment it’s all about making your bad shots into pretty good shots. Your perfect shots are already pretty good now, right?
A college team mate once told me when my back went out that if I couldn’t putt I couldn’t play and my game was always with the scoring clubs. I set a number of course records and I always thought I could get it up and down from anywhere on the golf course if I had a swing. I will work with you and show you some of the techniques I learned over the years to save strokes when you miss the green and help you stop 3 putts and count on more 1 putt greens.
It is also very important that your putter be assembled and fitted to your style of putting. Starting with having a grip that is properly aligned so you can aim the putter at the target. Below is a picture of how I align putter grips to insure they are on straight, and aligned with the putter face.