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#1 Cpr3584

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 08:57 AM

I use a 34 inch Ping Answer from like a decade ago, i putt alright with it but i have to kinda bend over- it seems a little short. After missing four 5-foot putts in five holes to start a day, i threw my putter in the lake at sawgrass. And i NEVER throw clubs. We were able to retrieve it but i'm probably going to buy a new putter this weekend. I might as well shell out the 300 for a scotty, because i like the heavier feel of them for fast greens. I'm 6-foot-1, so i'm assuming i should use a 35 inch, right? thx


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Posted 10 August 2010 - 09:28 AM

Use whatever works for you. I'm also 6'1" and one of the putters in my rotation is 31". When I'm on, I make everything with it. The biggest problem I have with it is that I can't practive very long, because it hurts my back. Because of this, I usually use a 35" or a belly. I feel more confident with the 31", but lack confidence if I can't practice with it, so I have been working on grooving my stroke with the longer putter.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 09:31 AM

I agree with use what feels right. I'm 5'11" & use a 34. My good friend is 6'3" & uses a 33. He looks like he's going to fall over but he likes it.

Try a bunch out & go with it.



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Posted 10 August 2010 - 11:41 AM

Depends on your arm length and what is comfortable.  You might have long arms and bend over to putt and prefer a shorter putter whil someone 5'9" might stand more upright and prefer a longer one.  It is all in what is comfortable to you.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 09:50 AM

Whatever you feel comfortable.

I used shorter putter at 33" or 34" but hated 35". Now, after the swing change into little more upright posture I don't like 33" putter anymore and just ordered a 35" putter which seems to be the standard putter length if there is such.

I think it is a very good staring point what iron length you use even though putting posture can be much different from full swing,. I use standard length iron, so 35" is a good starting point for textbook(?) putting posture. Iron length is base on ground to wrist distance not height and putter length should be the same.

Just my opinion.

Edited by xarismata, 11 August 2010 - 09:52 AM.


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Posted 11 August 2010 - 10:08 AM

View Postshortgamehero, on 10 August 2010 - 11:41 AM, said:

Depends on your arm length and what is comfortable.  You might have long arms and bend over to putt and prefer a shorter putter whil someone 5'9" might stand more upright and prefer a longer one.  It is all in what is comfortable to you.

I agree with starting with Arm Length and what puts your eyes over the ball.  I'm 6'1" with wrist to floor of 37" and have found that a 34" putter puts me in the right posture more consistently than most.  I've used 33" and like the control but it does wear on the back after a bit.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 11:28 AM

Piece of advise for you:  If you plan to buy a Scotty and prefer a heavier feel, you may be better off buying a shorter (33" or 34") Scotty first and then if it is too short, adding the required length to the butt of the club.  This is because Scotty putters are weighted based upon the length they are made.  In other words, the shorter the putter, the heavier the weights Scotty puts in the head.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 12:35 PM

View Postshortgamehero, on 10 August 2010 - 11:41 AM, said:

Depends on your arm length and what is comfortable.  You might have long arms and bend over to putt and prefer a shorter putter whil someone 5'9" might stand more upright and prefer a longer one.  It is all in what is comfortable to you.

+1

With irons you can adjust to the length by changing how far you stand from the ball (though you might like the resulting ball flight).

With putters, that isn't really option.  The lie angles are so upright that as a practical matter all you do bend over more or less to adjust to the club length.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 12:42 PM

Today I putted AWFUL the first 5 holes and was VERY VERY PISSED. Just wanted to throw the putter into the woods but kept it cool. My friend who I was playing in match play with who is a scratch golfer told me to try his putter grip.

Hole 1, 2 bogey, 3 par and bogey 4. Hole 6 and 7 birdie, 8 and 9 par. 10 par and 11 birdie and then it moved on. Finished at +3 from the black tees which is good for me.

But when playing with scratch golfers that score -2 and -4 a +3 is kind of bad lol :x

But both of them are + handicappers and are playing college golf in USA.

FWIW, my putter is cut down from 35" which I hated to 34" which is PERFECT for me. Just perfect. The putter is a little light so I might add some leadtape but it feels bad now when I putted so well today.

Edited by williamo, 11 August 2010 - 12:45 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2010 - 12:59 PM

View PostDNice26, on 11 August 2010 - 11:28 AM, said:

Piece of advise for you:  If you plan to buy a Scotty and prefer a heavier feel, you may be better off buying a shorter (33" or 34") Scotty first and then if it is too short, adding the required length to the butt of the club.  This is because Scotty putters are weighted based upon the length they are made.  In other words, the shorter the putter, the heavier the weights Scotty puts in the head.

Agreed. I bought a 34" SC Futura Mallet and had it extended because it was much heavier than the 35". I am 6'2" and my putter is alittle under 34.5". Each person is going to be different as it is based on your setup with the putter.


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Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:29 PM

I am 6 feet and use 35.5 and 36 inch putters. I can stand up straighter, see the line real well and make a nice gated stroke.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:37 PM

The Ping web-fit program on the site tells you their recommended putter length based on your height and wrist to floor.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:41 PM

You have to pick a posture first and then get fit. The length and the lie will have to match each other then. But you could have anything from 30" to 37" depending on how you want to stand. Issues to consider:
-how much practice time and how your back holds up to practice putting. Ray Floyd used a 38" putter ONLY so he could practice more
-which posture allows your hands to hang below your shoulders comfortably
-how do you swing your putter=standing tall leads to a more open-door stroke and bending over is better for straight back/straight thru or popping stroke
-do you see the line better in a particular posture?

Just some things to consider.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:50 PM

Find a local Ping fitter whose specializes in putter fitting (found my local one on the Ping website).  My local fitter fit me using a special Ping adjustable putter.  The putter is adjustable in both length and lie to allow for fitting until I felt comfortable.  In addition once fitted I was able to take it out to the practice green and hit a few to see how I liked the feel.  I ordered my putter and had it a week later.  
I am 6' 2" with 38" wrist to floor.  I was fitted most comfortably for a 35" with silver lie (4 Upright).  I have been playing it for two months now and love it.  Lately I have noticed that I am choking down more than originally fitted but I am making the puts so I am leaving it as is........


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Posted 11 August 2010 - 07:15 PM

I'm 6'1, and I was best at 34" and 3* flat.

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