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Lighter putter weight = more feel?


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#1 PingPoncho

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 01:26 PM

Do you think this is true? Seems like heavier head weight makes putter more stable but I sometimes think I loose feel when putting with heavier heads.


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 01:27 PM

I agree.
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Posted 03 June 2017 - 03:39 PM

I 100% agree. I like my putter heads at 340g which many would probably consider as a very light putter head. I can live with 345g but if I'm putting with a 350g+ head, my feel rapidly dwindles. I should mention though that in my club, the greens are much quicker than average. I could feel entirely different if I putted on slow greens.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 03:51 PM

A lot depends on the grip used. A hard grip gives more feedback unless you have hands of stone.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 05:00 PM

View Postmaverick, on 03 June 2017 - 03:51 PM, said:

A lot depends on the grip used. A hard grip gives more feedback unless you have hands of stone.

Agreed. My putter is the TR 1966 Anser remake that came out last year. I switched the soft, rubber PP58 midsize grip to the harder, cord PP58 midsize and I couldn't believe how much more feel that I instantly got.


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 06:16 PM

I have modern putters.  Even used a SC Newport 2 for a round but an old school ping zing 2 is in my bag currently.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:25 PM

Anecdotally, I've been playing with an Odyssey Milled Collection #9 for over a year with the 20gr weights (360gr head weight) most of that time.  I've never putted better, and attribute some of that to the heftier weight (the putter also fits my stoke and eye, which help).  I didn't notice much of a 'feel' or feedback difference between the 350gr and 360gr set up with the Odyssey.  I suspect it's due to the insert, which doesn't provide much of a 'click' regardless of weight.

I recently picked up a Toulon SF, and was fortunate to end up with a weight kit, so I've been messing with the 7gr and 20gr sole weights.  I thought I'd want the 20gr sole weight to bring the head weight in line with my Odyssey #9, but I feel like the beautiful 'click'/feedback that got me interested in the Toulon originally is much more pronounced at the 349gr set up.  I still need to spend more time with it, but that's my feeling at this stage.  I think there's a noticeable loss of feedback/feel in a milled face puitter, but less with an insert.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:49 PM

For me, absolutely. Been "testing" putters for the past couple years, where 350 to 400 has been my testing range. I happen to have a putter with a 330 head, which I tried, and found I've been in the wrong range. I've got a lot smoother stroke and better distance control sub 350.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:25 PM

Waaaaay more feel.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:39 PM

Agree with what most here have said. I putt best with putters that have "feel". For me, those tend to be 320-330g. Currently using a SS original Ping Anser 2 with Pingman grip. You can still buy them new. I lose touch and distance control as the putters get heavier. Same can be said with large mallets.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:43 PM

Gotta watch the swingweight too,

Light head with shorter shaft and/or heavy grip can make the stroke too active/ jerky., hard to repeat consistently.

The harder rubber and cord grips definitely do help with the feel, even with a deep mill metal.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:21 PM

when it comes to putters its best to zero in on the best combination of both head weight and counterweight (ie balance point) to find the best stroke for the golfer. Starting with a std head weight of 350g  (widthin a range of 50g,  330g to 380g)  will best suit 95% of all golfers. Then using trial and experimentation, use 80g or 100g of counterweight in the butt end of the shaft.

More weight in the butt will calm your hands, improving motor controls skills and improve your feel.

This will provide a smooth, rhythmic stroke unconsciously and without thinking of any effort to swing the putter. Your stroke will be more consistent -  better distance control (less quit and more acceleration), less push/pull (more square face) and more on-center hits.  

A heavier head is typically a larger head with more perimeter weighting and more resistance to twisting
(enhansed MOI). But the heavier head weight still has to be comfortable to provide a smooth, consistent stroke and not increase your grip pressure (ie less blood flow, less feel).

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:40 PM

I got on the 350-360g bandwagon for a couple years and this summer I went back to lighter putters (I try to be in the 340g range) and have been putting much better and more consistent.  I have a ton of "older" putters in the 330g range and I just add a little lead tape or tungsten powder in the shaft.  The putters that i own with adjustable weights I have lowered them down to 340g.  I'm also going to order a couple new putters (DH89 & MA/66) in my 340g weight to replace the 2 that I already have at 350g+.  I ordered a Black Lab BL-2 in 340g awhile ago and absolutely love it.  It's going to be hard to replace my 350g 009's though......:(
Replacing my heavier putters is going to be expensive, but I love the hunt.................plus I'm a damn HO. ;)

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:32 PM

Thinking the same thing, I built an older 300g head i had and regripped with a grip i like a lit thinking it would be good on faster greens.  Not so much. Fluctuated bavk and forth between the light putter and a 360g ping mallet. Wasnt happy with the results of either.

Yesterday spent 1.5 hours on quick, short practice green with four putters of various weight that Ive been back and forth with this season.  I ended up going back to my heaviest mallet that I'd used for a couple if seasons.

I just couldnt miss with it, regardless of distance (exaggeration).

Bad putting for me is 1.9 putts per green a round and average putting is 1.75 putts per green per round.  Obviously, I'm trying to get as low as possible.  Misses lately have been 3' or less with pulls due to hard push through at the cup...not good

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 05:45 PM

When a putter head makes contact with the golf ball, the ball imparts a certain amount of resistance on the putter head.

The lighter the putter head, the more resistance there will be, and you will be able to "feel" contact more than you would with a heavier putter.

A lot more factors are involved in the overall "feel" of a putt, but a lighter or heavier head weight is definitely one of them.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:12 PM

View PostMikey Town, on 14 September 2017 - 05:45 PM, said:

When a putter head makes contact with the golf ball, the ball imparts a certain amount of resistance on the putter head.

The lighter the putter head, the more resistance there will be, and you will be able to "feel" contact more than you would with a heavier putter.

A lot more factors are involved in the overall "feel" of a putt, but a lighter or heavier head weight is definitely one of them.

Agree.
Grips play a role too, as far a "feel" is concerned.  While I was riding the 350-360g bandwagon I was also getting into the fatter grips.  Most of my gamer Scotty's had the fat, WINN style Matadors.  Once I pulled them off and replaced them with rubber Pistolini grips, it increases the sensitivity of the putter and my "feel" came back.  Distance control improved dramatically.


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 09:12 PM

Im 5"10 and alwaysed used 34"-35" putters. I took a putter in trade while back cameron futura X. It was originally built 35.5 and 2 degrees up, it was cut to 33.5 and has a ss 2.0 flatso grip. I was bit upset at first i was not told of the specs other than 33.5 but i have not looked back since. The light headweight (330g) with the 33.5 shaft allows me to line up right over the ball perfect and the 2 degree up turned out perfect

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 09:40 PM

I know the trend is toward heavier and "more stable" heads, but playing at 35" my distance control starts to tank with heavier heads above ~355 grams.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 11:18 AM

I find too much movement and lack of feel for lighter weight putters. Could also be the face of the putter too.

I get best results + feel with heavier putters.

I'm currently gaming 350gram and 370 gram heads w/ 140gram shafts.
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Posted 01 October 2017 - 12:43 PM

play on fast greens for most rounds and love 335, 340 and 345 for head weights on #9 style putters. But on slower greens I can struggle to get the ball to the hole. I feel with lighter putters it's easier to hit my line but on longer or slow putts it causes a bit of a "hit" vs "stroke".

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 10:03 PM

I just switched to a 353 gram putter after only ever using 330 gram putters.  I was actually thinking this today, man I have no feel!
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Posted 02 October 2017 - 10:41 AM

So many variables.

I play my putter at 32.25" so the head tends to feel really light.  I've found that a head weight of 355 give or take a little will get me to about a C4 swing weight and feels really good.  As you can see that is a bit lighter sw than many advocate.

I definitely prefer a firmer grip also and agree that helps give me the feel I'm looking for.  Wish Scotty would bring the Baby T back.

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