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#1 1970.gpp

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:51 PM

I have an original Anser X (310 grams per PING) and I was curious if there are any light putter users out there.  If so, when/where do you typically use your putter?  Every round or special occasions?  I like that it contrasts with my "heavy" 345 gram Karsten Anser X and I'd like to give it plenty of use.  Let me know about your experiences with lighter than average putters...


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#2 Maximilian

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 02:33 AM

Not many replies, huh? For the sake of conversation I'll add that I like a putter that is light by todays standard (330-335g), but I haven't had the opportunity to roll anything lighter than that in many many years, so I'm not sure what I would think of something even lighter. With the way I putt, I like to add lead tape under my grips, effectively counterbalancing them even though they are already kind of light in the head, so I don't get too much lag in the beginning of the stroke. So I think I might actually like a putter in the head weight you are talking about with just a normal 70-ish gram grip.

I've been itching bad for a Stainless Ping Zing 2 since I found out you can get them brand new. I might give it a try some time, but right now I'm doing well with my SeeMore, so don't really feel like messing around. When winter comes I might give it a shot though.

By the way, I really like the picture in your avatar!
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#3 Rob McHugh

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:59 AM

I will write more when I can, but I roll my early Camerons @ 330g as well as lighter Tad Moores and Kevin Burns.

Good thread, thanks. :-)

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 08:27 AM

340g’s is my sweet spot...any heavier and I lose all sense of distance control but any lighter and I have issues getting the ball to the hole.  I spent a lot of money on a lot of putters to figure this out.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:12 AM

I often play a Ping Scottsdale remake. Not sure on the headweight, but it feels on the lighter side.

I don't notice too much of a difference other than I can use a little lighter grip pressure.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:44 PM

I have a Karsten Co. anser I take out from time to time. Helps me work on distance control.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:46 PM

 golfzob, on 16 May 2018 - 08:27 AM, said:

340g’s is my sweet spot...any heavier and I lose all sense of distance control but any lighter and I have issues getting the ball to the hole.  I spent a lot of money on a lot of putters to figure this out.

I'm the same way, except with 330g heads.  Spent a lot of time, $$, and testing to figure out that 35.5in and 330g works undoubtedly the best for me.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:47 PM

After trying for the last couple years to get the putter grip in the life line of my left hand, I've now gone back to having the grip in my fingers.  I stumbled onto a Pat O'Brien article and finally had an "ah ha" moment.  Subsequently, I've also gone back to a flatter lie angle (69) that compliments this setup.  

Those two factors exposed that all my putters now felt way too heavy.  Out came an old Ping Zing and some lead tape!  After a bit of experimentation I landed on liking a total weight of about 500g.  So, with a 33.75" shaft and and a 60g grip I figure that gives me a head weight in the neighborhood of 330g (Please correct me if I'm off!).

Not quite as light as what you've got, but significantly less than you see in market these days!

Play what feels right, enjoy the putter!

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 02:32 PM

I have one incredibly lightweight Scotty Newport with the cavity milled to within an inch of its life (36" weighing 484 grams complete with grip vs. 521 grams for my 35" NP2 with 10 gram weights and grip) which makes a hollow ping-like sound when striking the ball. I don't know its weight but it is noticeably lighter than any other putter I have ever picked up and I'm not going to say how many putters I own but .. anyway.

At first, I had a few issues with it regarding distance control but that did not last long at all.  Now, when I go back to a 330,340, 350 + putter, there is a learning curve issue to deal with and I find I am more comfortable with the lighter weight.

When I use a heavier putter, my takeaway seems a little jerky whereas the lighter putter is much smoother.  I still fool around with the heavier putters but gravitate back to the lighter.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:10 PM

my current gamer is one of the classic Kevin Burns which I believe is pretty light by today's standards. Certainly a good deal lighter than my Nike.  To me the lighter putters are better for short putts, I gamed the Nike for at least a year and struggled with short putting, but my lag putts were money.  After adjusting a little bit to the weight of the lightness, I'm confident in both areas.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:24 PM

For me I like the lighter weight for the really fast greens. It is easier to keep the softer roll instead of feeling like
I holding back with the heavier head.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:33 PM

I was thinking of using it for faster greens, but I'd really prefer to use it more than that.  If the weight is too light, I might hit it with some lead tape or send it off to Slighter for some tungsten weights if I REALLY like it.  I like the fact that it increases feel and gives me options (fast greens) at its current weight...

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:26 PM

I've got a couple older Camerons that I love. One of them is a made for the tour Classic V (Ping Zing 2 copy).  It's around 330g and I play it at 33". I love it.  It's become my main putter.  I actually had a fitter/builder in my area give me crap for playing such an "outdated" putter.  I just had to laugh.  There's a lot of guys on tour making money with these old "outdated" putters.  I can't wait for the heavy putter fad to swing back around.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:10 AM

A lighter putter encourages me to make a positive stroke on short quick putts.  That's why I play one.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:40 PM

I play lighter putters on slow greens. I cannot subscribe to the bigger stroke theory to get more energy behind the ball, so I use a more accelerated stroke on the slow ones because the heavier putters feel completely awful with a quick stroke.

I find it hard to control a light putter on fast greens, where touch and finesse is required. I need a heavier, more pendulum action on the slick ones.

Edited by A.Princey, 17 May 2018 - 08:42 PM.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:02 PM

I play Odyssey Black Series Tour Designs 8 Putter 100%.  I love fast greens, the faster the better.  I have a hard time with slow greens on long putts.

But I love my putter...have half a dozen others, sold half dozen others....but nothing can get it out.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:44 PM

I think my Cameron Newport Classic weighs in at 330 grams at 35"
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 07:26 AM

I use a 330g 009 as my regular gamer.  I've been used to lighter heads for so long, its hard to adjust to the modern day sledgehammers.

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