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Does counter balancing really work?


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#1 hsq91

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 12:01 AM

So I have a putter at 340 grams, d7.  I have another putter at c8 at 330 grams.  If I put a  weight at the butt end of the heavier putter to bring down the swing weight will it really feel the same or am I just tricking the scale?


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Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:22 AM

If you put a weight in the butt, it will bring the swing weight down.  When you try to alter grip weight, THAT tricks the scale.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:35 AM

No, any weight added to the butt end "tricks" the swingweight scale in the eyes of many.  Swingweight was really meant to be measured with a standard grip and no add'l weight on the butt end.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:36 AM

But counterweighting may still do something for you.   You can't tell until you try.   It's unpredictable.
See Dave Tutelman's discussion of this for full swing:  Tutelman on backweighting

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:53 AM

View Posthsq91, on 01 June 2011 - 12:01 AM, said:

So I have a putter at 340 grams, d7.  I have another putter at c8 at 330 grams.  If I put a  weight at the butt end of the heavier putter to bring down the swing weight will it really feel the same or am I just tricking the scale?

Counter balancing might show different swing weight number on the scale.   But the feel of the head is still the same.


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Posted 01 June 2011 - 08:15 AM

View Posthsq91, on 01 June 2011 - 12:01 AM, said:

So I have a putter at 340 grams, d7.  I have another putter at c8 at 330 grams.  If I put a  weight at the butt end of the heavier putter to bring down the swing weight will it really feel the same or am I just tricking the scale?


Swingweight is only ONE part of a putter, and in no way does it define the totality of the feel and/or performance.

When a human golfer makes a stroke with a given putter, this golfer feels all aspects of that putter. This includes the overall weight, swingweight, balance, and many other variables.

In your above example, if you add approximately 4 to 5 grams per swingweight onto the butt end, you will make the swingweight number the same C8 as the putter with the lighter head. However, primarily due to the change in overall weight, there is no way that these putters will feel or play the same.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 08:24 AM

I counter balanced my Scotty mallet putter with an 80 gram weight.  Supposedly the counter balancing will help the overall feel of the putter seem heavier and take you hands out of the stroke.  After playing about 5 rounds with the putter, I'd have to agree.  I like it.
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