So I had my putter fitting last night, will receive it in a week or two and will post pics but wanted to post about my experience while it was still fresh.
First, if you are in or near Atlanta, I can't recommend Bob Bertrand at the Roswell, GA PGATSS enough. He spent nearly two hours with me as it took us a while to figure out what was going on with my putting and what would work best for me.
We started with my current gamer, a Byron 007 I've had for the last 10 years. My consistency with it was as expected... poor. I absolutely love the way this putter looks but clearly, it was not a good fit for me, something Bob noticed immediately. I am a little over 6'3' but always thought I preferred a little bit shorter putter (I'm a big Phil fan and grew up watching Nicklaus hunch over his putts so that might be part of it) so the first thing he had me do was shift to a putter that actually fit at 35.5" (my gamer was closer to 34.25"). My lie angle was also off pretty badly so the toe of my putter was up in the air, something I couldn't see from address. This was likely a big part of my inability to hit the sweet spot consistently. Having a proper length and lie quickly solved those two fundamental problems.
The first thing Bob did was set a putter that was as close as possible to to my gamer, but with the proper length and lie angle. Surprisingly, it turns out I actually aim pretty well. We did the mirror test several times and I was spot on every time which doesn't usually happen. So I began rolling putts and still had trouble generating a consistent result where the ball stayed on line all the way to the hole and I was also inconsistent with distance. We played with the weights, tried all three different heads and played around with alignment lines. I got the point where distance was incredibly consistent but the ball kept fading to the right at the end. I put five balls in a row together in a group all but touching one another from 20 feet... 3 inches right of the hole. We were close but something was still off.
Bob then said, "let me try this" and switched out the part of the shaft that connects to the putter to an "back set" hosel. When I set it behind the putter it looked weird as hell and I almost wasn't sure I could putt with it but he said "just trust it" so I tried not to look at the shaft but just focused on the head and pulled the trigger. The ball immediately rolled true and I got chills. It was the exact "A Ha" moment that I've heard others describe. I proceeded to hole putt after putt. We still tried the different heads, now using the back set hosel instead, but the E3 (blade) was clearly the best one for me. I ended up with two going with a black head, two alignment lines on the top line, one alignment line on the flange (think of a simple gun sight), in bright yellow, black shaft and black round Edel grip. As Bob wrote the order up I kept dropping balls at random spots, used a simple one look and go routine and drained about 80% from as far out as 20 feet. 6 footers felt automatic, 3 footers like cheating.
The fitting was approximately $70. Even if I hadn't bought a putter, it would have been worth that much to know that my current gamer didn't, and would never, fit my stroke and that I needed something else. I strongly encourage anyone who suspects, as I did, that there is a friggin' in the riggin' when it comes to their putting, to go see an Edel fitter and see what a difference a custom fitting can make.
Edited by Jarlaxle, 15 February 2018 - 03:15 PM.