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Center Shafted Putters - Why do I line them up Better?? What are my options


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#1 psgolf23

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 04:36 PM

So I may be the worst putter ever.

I usually play a newport style putter.  Today I went to hit a few different putters and it looks like I hit the center shafted putters the best.

Tried a model by Ping, Taylor Made and some no name putter and I found I was lining up the center shafted ones the best.

The Red Spider Tour with the shaft straight in was amazing.  

What are center shafted putters supposed to do?


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:50 AM

You might be left eye dominate? Less off-set is what a LED person needs. Ping Kinloch C, SeeMore, Odyssey are good places to start. ;)
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:45 AM

i also have a hard time lining up putters with a Neck -  I might gave one of those CS Odysee putters a try

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 12:54 PM

Are your eyes over the ball when putting? It is such a simple thing, but something that often gets overlooked.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 03:52 PM

View Post1Mordrid1, on 15 April 2018 - 12:54 PM, said:

Are your eyes over the ball when putting? It is such a simple thing, but something that often gets overlooked.

It's either this or the lack of offset or a combination of both.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:43 PM

I used to play a Scotty Newport Select 2.6 and a Golo S (both center shafted) ... and went away from it for some reason ... the last few years I have played a Bettinardi SS28, a Futura X7M, Evnroll ER2, and a Futura X5.5 ... among others I can't even remember (yes I have a problem).

Then recently had the chance to trade the Futura 5.5 for a Futura 5s (Center Shafted), and I have to say it just feels better in my hands. The ball consistently comes off the face where I want it, and the putter feels like it swings itself.

I hope I re-read this thread anytime I think of going away from a CS putter in the future ...

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:06 AM

Just picked up a Nike Method M4/10 center shaft putter.

Easy to aim, very nice weight (on the heavier side), well-designed grip, good sound & feel.

I always like to keep a center shaft putter around, just to help my eyes see the line better after using putters with too many angles and lines.  CS putters also help my stroke be less-mechanical.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:17 PM

First thing was alignment.  I am actually right eye dominant (contrary to what I've seen on some posts on here about being preferred by left eye dominant golfers).

I think it forces me to address the ball closer as the shaft is now in the middle of the putter rather than the heel.  This in turn allows me to line up better with my eyes directly over the ball.

Second thing was lie angle.  I've always had the heel of the putter off the ground (similar to Stricker's setup) and it never felt right.  My mishits would make me feel like the heel was turning over with the toe being the axis...if that makes sense?  My current putter now sits perfectly on the ground when I setup.  Can't say for sure if this is directly related to being a cs putter or not.
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Posted 12 May 2018 - 10:43 AM

jeez i can't miss with the center shafted spider!

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 01:10 PM

Im kinda liking the CS putter as well.  Just seems to work with my stroke.


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Posted 12 May 2018 - 11:30 PM

I recently bought my second cs putter and used it today for the first time. I can't see myself going back to heel shafted putters again anytime soon!

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 08:30 AM

View PostGolf64, on 15 April 2018 - 06:50 AM, said:

You might be left eye dominate? Less off-set is what a LED person needs. Ping Kinloch C, SeeMore, Odyssey are good places to start. ;)

Might also be easier for you to know where the sweet spot is on the face for consistent strikes.

Great way to figure out off-set need is to get fit with the Edel system.  They can start with zero off-set and move up from there to find what works best for you.  After that they will work with head-weight, counter-weights, sight lines, loft, lie, etc. to give you the putter which is right for you.  Highly recommend the process.

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 10:05 PM

I tried the center shafted Spider and hit everything pure today.   I might have to pick one up.
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Posted 22 June 2018 - 08:42 PM

Just spent a few hours in a shop trying putters. I'm mostly right handed but play leftie and do have a dominant right eye. Got by far the best results on accuracy and distance control with right handed CS putters. The leader this far is Ping Kinloch C and the shop will order in a leftie for me to try. It's also by far the ugliest of all the putters I tried. Curious to see if the leftie behaves as well as the right handed one. I have toyed with the idea before but it's still going to be fairly strange if I put a right handed putter in an otherwise leftie bag.
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Posted 23 June 2018 - 12:31 AM

Forget buying ugly, lifes too short.
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Posted 23 June 2018 - 02:17 AM

View PostRogerinNewZealand, on 23 June 2018 - 12:31 AM, said:

Forget buying ugly, lifes too short.
CS Cleveland mallets, CS Odyssey Rossie 2,  CS Scotties are out there.
I wish I had more choice. Australia has some major strengths but retail isn't one of those. I have said this a hundred times before but this forum makes me really envy the Americans. When it comes to retail, they really have it good on that side of the planet.

I did really like the feel and look of some Rife putters but unfortunately the balls were all over the place. The Ping shone in particular with distance control. Rifes and Scotty Camerons were all over the place even if the direction control was good. Probably some insert thing, the milled faces were too hot to my liking.

Anyway, time to forget putters and start watching All Blacks beat the French. Rugby players make linebackers look like they are built like golfers ;)

Edit: I have as a matter of principle not bought anything from Ping or Titleist in Australia but this may force me to slip from the principle. Nothing against their gear but the fact that they don't allow the retailers to show the prices on web sites is just pathetic and not of this world any more. The same goes with Volvo cars. In order to just view the technical specs they expect me to register on their web site and give my phone number and all. Not going to happen!

Edit 2: Kiwi pro golfers should start doing Haka on the first tee on each tournament.

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 03:32 AM

Wallabies v Ireland next

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 03:58 AM

View PostAUS_backintheswing, on 23 June 2018 - 03:32 AM, said:

Wallabies v Ireland next
Finally that chap in the commercial gets his stuffed llittle Wallaby.

Bit of a steamhammer hitting the French. The third try was a bit dodgy but from that on it's been a clinic. The passing by the All Blacks reminds me of the Red Machine aka the Soviet Union ice hockey team. Not many teams can stop it once they get it going.
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