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Best putter you ever saw - what putter did they use?


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#1 greenpiece

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 10:30 PM

I'm always curious as to what great putters use on the greens. Most of the ones I've seen in person have used fairly traditional putters like blades or Anser-style models.

So I'm wondering, of all the people you've seen in person on the course, who was the best putter? And what putter did they use?
Please don't count touring pros like Tiger or Faxon.

The best putter I've ever seen in person is a local senior amateur here in Virginia Beach. He uses a Wilson 8813, the last version they made with the Mandrella name on the sole.


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Posted 05 June 2009 - 10:36 PM

The best putter I've ever watched was a guy at my club who uses an Odyssey XG *7.  This guy had absolutely perfect aim.  I watched him line up and his putter was EXACTLY aimed on the correct line - and he always hit it straight.  And had immense touch.  He was the lead guy on my scramble team and always the last to putt.  We would all take a go at 12-15 foot putts for birdie and miss and he would put the ball dead center.  Incredibly clutch performance.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 08:31 AM

i played in a state qualifier a few months ago, and one of the guys in my group put on the best putting performance i have ever seen using a TM spider.  from the tee, he was definitely the shortest hitter.  but on the greens, he was money.  while the rest of us in the group shot mid-70's that day, this guy carded a 65 to advance.  drive for show, putt for $$...

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 08:36 AM

Hands down the best putter in the Lower part of South Carolina is a guy who was a former club pro down here in the 80's.  He is in his late 40's or so and he makes more 15' to 25' footers than anyone I have hever seen.  He is a scratch player, uses a 70's/80's bullseye and has a very unique grip that he has done for over 25 years...he grips is left hand normal and then puts his right hand half way down the shaft.  It is crazy, but it gets his eyes over the line and allows him to just swing the arms and shoulders.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:23 AM

By far the best putter I've personally played with is Jeff Corr.  He plays on the Hooters Tour and other various mini-tours in and around Florida.  

The day I played with him, I was inside of him on all but four holes, he shot 63 or 64 and I shot 70.  Last year he won a Hooters event at -30!!  And that was with a double bogey on 17 in the final round.  He just won again last week shooting -20 under.  The guy can putt like nothing I have ever seen.   Another Hooters player that is an exceptional putter is Ted Potter.  He had a nice little 60 two weeks ago!  

I've played with many PGA tour guys and they simply are not even close to Jeff in terms of putting.  

Jeff uses Rife exclusively (Aussie last year, I think he is using a Aussie mallet now) and I think Ted uses an Odyssey White Hot #2 center shaft.  These are off the rack putters, nothing special by any means.


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Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:30 AM

View PostHackerPratt, on Jun 6 2009, 09:36 AM, said:

he grips is left hand normal and then puts his right hand half way down the shaft.  It is crazy,

hmmm kinda like this:
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:36 AM

hahahahhahhahah thats classic

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:45 AM

Shooter McGaven, none Better!!!

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:42 AM

Welllll, this might not be the rarest answer. Up until a month ago the best putting round i ever saw was by an 11 handicapper using, of all fricken things a Tiger Shark putter. It wasn't luck either. He made that thing sing, even from just off the green.

Just recently tho my lucky dip parter in a 4 ball stroke (we/he won, 9 capper)   sunk putts from long range often with some sort of older Cameron, like an Anser model. It was a great display. These guys outputted scratch markers and even a +2 i have watched a few times.  Neither display was a fluke.

Won't stop me loving my Cameron and Mills tho.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:47 AM

Just like this...ha ha, that is great.


View PostJaxLax, on Jun 6 2009, 10:30 AM, said:

View PostHackerPratt, on Jun 6 2009, 09:36 AM, said:

he grips is left hand normal and then puts his right hand half way down the shaft. It is crazy,

hmmm kinda like this:
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 12:06 PM

Several senior players (in their 70s) at my club shoot at or near par from the senior tees on a regular basis.

Inside of 10 feet they just don't miss.

They all use old,old, Bullseye putters that look like they came out of a junk yard.

One bit of information that I will have to add...these guys play 4 to 5 time per week.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 02:03 PM

The best putting I have ever seen is from this guy on my junior tour he was 14 at the time and would sink stuff from off the green and 25-30 feet away, it was no surprise he won the tourney. He used a Scotty Cameron Studio Style NP 2

Edited by obsessedgolfer, 06 June 2009 - 02:46 PM.


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Posted 06 June 2009 - 03:01 PM

View Postjswjr, on Jun 6 2009, 12:06 PM, said:

Several senior players (in their 70s) at my club shoot at or near par from the senior tees on a regular basis.

Inside of 10 feet they just don't miss.

They all use old,old, Bullseye putters that look like they came out of a junk yard.

One bit of information that I will have to add...these guys play 4 to 5 time per week.

Every week.

And I'll bet my life savings not one received a putter fitting.   :cheesy:

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 03:15 PM

View PostJaxLax, on Jun 6 2009, 10:30 AM, said:

View PostHackerPratt, on Jun 6 2009, 09:36 AM, said:

he grips is left hand normal and then puts his right hand half way down the shaft.  It is crazy,

hmmm kinda like this:
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Posted 09 June 2009 - 12:42 PM

It's interesting about some of the great putters mentioned here using Cameron putters. I personally love the look and feel of Camerons. But I've never really putted well with them. Obviously Tiger can though. But of all the great amateurs I've seen here in Virginia that are great putters, none of them use Camerons.


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Posted 09 June 2009 - 01:01 PM

The best I ever saw/played with was a guy who had a home made putter, this was probably 8-9 years ago.   He told me he made it himself, he was a retired auto engineer.  

He putted side sadle, facing the hole with the putter on his side.  He had some sort of weird bent angle long shaft, and probably some golfsmith mallet type head attached.  His putting motion was basically like pitching horse shoes with his right hand, his shaft at the end was almost vertical.  He held the top of the putter with his left, with the thumb on top, the shaft angled quite sharply  just above where he held it in his right hand so that the top of the putter hit him right in the middle of his chest.


Like this, but with a bent shaft.....
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He played to a mid single digit handicap, but that was because  he was probably an 18 handicap tee to green, but on the green, he made almost everything inside of 20 feet, it was amazing.  I played him in a handicaped match play tournament.  When I saw him swing then hit on the first tee, I though there must have been a mistake, he is in the wrong flight or something, until we got on the green.  I did beat him, but it went 19 holes, I stiffed an 9 iron from a fairway bunker to make a birdie and win the match, but he had a putt that could have pushed it, but missed from long distance...
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Posted 09 June 2009 - 01:10 PM

Back in one of the groups I played in, we had one guy in his early 60s that drained everything from everywhere.  He putted a MnBr Ping Kushin that looked like he bought it new 30 years ago.  The patina was so dark it was almost black, except for a little gold in the middle of the face.
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Posted 09 June 2009 - 08:35 PM

Without a doubt Brian from the most recent Big Break.

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 09:02 PM

Brian from Big Break PEI hahaha
according to him  "im a better putter than most tour player, WAY better"

haha it sucks he isnt around any more, everytime that guy opened his mouth it was halarious

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 09:31 PM

View PostMike_C, on Jun 9 2009, 02:01 PM, said:

The best I ever saw/played with was a guy who had a home made putter, this was probably 8-9 years ago.   He told me he made it himself, he was a retired auto engineer.  

He putted side sadle, facing the hole with the putter on his side.  He had some sort of weird bent angle long shaft, and probably some golfsmith mallet type head attached.  His putting motion was basically like pitching horse shoes with his right hand, his shaft at the end was almost vertical.  He held the top of the putter with his left, with the thumb on top, the shaft angled quite sharply  just above where he held it in his right hand so that the top of the putter hit him right in the middle of his chest.


Like this, but with a bent shaft.....
Posted Image

He played to a mid single digit handicap, but that was because  he was probably an 18 handicap tee to green, but on the green, he made almost everything inside of 20 feet, it was amazing.  I played him in a handicaped match play tournament.  When I saw him swing then hit on the first tee, I though there must have been a mistake, he is in the wrong flight or something, until we got on the green.  I did beat him, but it went 19 holes, I stiffed an 9 iron from a fairway bunker to make a birdie and win the match, but he had a putt that could have pushed it, but missed from long distance...


wow...that seems really, really odd. It would be really interesting to try though. I imagine it allows for better perception on the shot, and wouldnt be so weird to be consistent with practice.


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Posted 09 June 2009 - 09:54 PM

Best Putter I've seen is one of my playing partners and he also happens to be my club fitter. Uses a 5 year old Odyssey #2 with a winn grip. The crazy thing is he is very short and, should we say festivly plump. He crouches way low over the line and stands open, somewhere between conventional and the aforementioned face-on style. He also has the toe way up in the air, solid inch or more off the ground. Guy drains everything though.

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 10:09 PM

View Postadtucker, on Jun 9 2009, 07:31 PM, said:

View PostMike_C, on Jun 9 2009, 02:01 PM, said:

The best I ever saw/played with was a guy who had a home made putter, this was probably 8-9 years ago.   He told me he made it himself, he was a retired auto engineer.  

He putted side sadle, facing the hole with the putter on his side.  He had some sort of weird bent angle long shaft, and probably some golfsmith mallet type head attached.  His putting motion was basically like pitching horse shoes with his right hand, his shaft at the end was almost vertical.  He held the top of the putter with his left, with the thumb on top, the shaft angled quite sharply  just above where he held it in his right hand so that the top of the putter hit him right in the middle of his chest.


Like this, but with a bent shaft.....
Posted Image

He played to a mid single digit handicap, but that was because  he was probably an 18 handicap tee to green, but on the green, he made almost everything inside of 20 feet, it was amazing.  I played him in a handicaped match play tournament.  When I saw him swing then hit on the first tee, I though there must have been a mistake, he is in the wrong flight or something, until we got on the green.  I did beat him, but it went 19 holes, I stiffed an 9 iron from a fairway bunker to make a birdie and win the match, but he had a putt that could have pushed it, but missed from long distance...


wow...that seems really, really odd. It would be really interesting to try though. I imagine it allows for better perception on the shot, and wouldnt be so weird to be consistent with practice.

Back in 1995/96 or so, a 10 handicapper from our club tried to qualify for the Dave Pelz World Putting Championship with a long-handeled side-saddle putter just like the old boy pictured. Well guess what... the guy wins our club qualifier, then the state championship and then in the finals against the 49 other state champions and also a group of tour pros he finishes like 14th or 15th. Truely an amazing feat...

Don, are you still out there somewhere ?

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:07 AM

A few years ago I played with an assistant club pro from Palm Springs who was in town to see his parents.  He came out to a local muni with his dad and I was grouped with them.  He also mentioned that he was playing quite a bit on various mini tours.  I felt like I could keep up with him everywhere but on the green.  This guy was just lights out on the green (and these were pretty bumpy greens).  Tee to green I felt like we played the same, but he ended up with a 69 (-3) and I ended up with a 76.  He used a SC Circa 62 #3 that he had just picked up at the TPI.  Interestingly, he said that his only thought when putting was to feel like his toes were hanging off the edge of a cliff.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:25 AM

not sure who is the best putter i know...however my mom who is a 26 HI makes more long putts than anyone i have ever seen.

she will routnely make 2-5 , 20 + foot putts around.  

one round i played with her she had aprox 90 feet of putts in 3 holes.


i think one hting to take away from this, at elast for me is that she NEVER leave a long putt short.  get them to the hole, maybe they will go in!!!
she does miss some short ones thoiugh.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:18 PM

Just digging up an old post that still is relevant today.

So, who is it and what putter do they use?

Since I originally made this post a few years ago, I have seen a guy locally who is an amazing putter. He uses an old Ping 85068 Anser.


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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:41 PM

Best I saw plays D1 now. He has a TM ghost equivalent to Del Mar (can't remember the random numbers). Before that, he used a Scotty studio select 2.5 or 1.5
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:48 PM

A few years ago I played in 2 local amateur events with a guy who at the time was in his late 30's who played a Ping B60 that was about 40" long and he anchored it against his left arm (Kuchar-style), knocked his knees (Palmer-style) and made EVERYTHING from 20' on in and never had more than about a 14" putt after his first putt.  I played with him for 4 rounds that summer over about a 2 month period and it was no fluke.  He putted the same every round I played with him.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:06 PM

My Grandfather.  Used a Ping Zing.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:24 PM

I wonder if this is the same guy Pelz refers to in his Putting book. He talks about a guy who had the stance and held the putter under the arm as you describe and Pelz said he was in shock and had never seen anyone putt as well before or after.

View PostJoe Duffer, on 09 June 2009 - 10:09 PM, said:

View Postadtucker, on Jun 9 2009, 07:31 PM, said:

View PostMike_C, on Jun 9 2009, 02:01 PM, said:

The best I ever saw/played with was a guy who had a home made putter, this was probably 8-9 years ago.   He told me he made it himself, he was a retired auto engineer.  

He putted side sadle, facing the hole with the putter on his side.  He had some sort of weird bent angle long shaft, and probably some golfsmith mallet type head attached.  His putting motion was basically like pitching horse shoes with his right hand, his shaft at the end was almost vertical.  He held the top of the putter with his left, with the thumb on top, the shaft angled quite sharply  just above where he held it in his right hand so that the top of the putter hit him right in the middle of his chest.


Like this, but with a bent shaft.....
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He played to a mid single digit handicap, but that was because  he was probably an 18 handicap tee to green, but on the green, he made almost everything inside of 20 feet, it was amazing.  I played him in a handicaped match play tournament.  When I saw him swing then hit on the first tee, I though there must have been a mistake, he is in the wrong flight or something, until we got on the green.  I did beat him, but it went 19 holes, I stiffed an 9 iron from a fairway bunker to make a birdie and win the match, but he had a putt that could have pushed it, but missed from long distance...


wow...that seems really, really odd. It would be really interesting to try though. I imagine it allows for better perception on the shot, and wouldnt be so weird to be consistent with practice.

Back in 1995/96 or so, a 10 handicapper from our club tried to qualify for the Dave Pelz World Putting Championship with a long-handeled side-saddle putter just like the old boy pictured. Well guess what... the guy wins our club qualifier, then the state championship and then in the finals against the 49 other state champions and also a group of tour pros he finishes like 14th or 15th. Truely an amazing feat...

Don, are you still out there somewhere ?


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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:27 PM

A junior at my club who was ranked in the top 10 who now plays for Clemson. Practices for hours each day just on chipping and putting and I mean hours. He drains 15 footer like they are tap ins. We have 3 nationwide tour players and many more mini tour guys and he makes them look like slackers on the putting green. He has so many training aids and other devices out their (fun to watch). He actually played in a PGA Tour event last year and shot 70, 71 and he was first in 4 different putting stats that week.  

He uses a Odyssey White Hot standard anser version. Throws on a Scotty Grip and limited release headcover. (probably feels bad that he could have a Circle T for free but doesn't)

He also uses g20 irons and woods for all you blade players.

Edited by oscarpepper, 14 May 2012 - 09:28 PM.


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