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Heavier putters for slow greens?


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#1 odshot68

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:40 PM

When the greens slow up during the offseason, do you play a heavier putter?  Also, do you switch to a more GI putter as well since you need to hit it harder.  FWIW, I have a Scotty Cali putter I really like on fast greens for feel.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

I've done this from time to time. I play a blade (Redwood or callie) most of the year, but during the winter months i'll bust out something heavier (2 ball or craz-e or fat lady)
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:49 PM

View Postodshot68, on 18 November 2012 - 06:40 PM, said:

When the greens slow up during the offseason, do you play a heavier putter?  Also, do you switch to a more GI putter as well since you need to hit it harder.  FWIW, I have a Scotty Cali putter I really like on fast greens for feel.


I use the same putter for all greens. I think getting to know the club very well is very important and that means being able to use it on fast or slow greens. The adjustable part is the player.


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Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:49 PM

I go lighter when playing on super shaggy goat tracks greens

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

View Postodshot68, on 18 November 2012 - 06:40 PM, said:

When the greens slow up during the offseason, do you play a heavier putter?  Also, do you switch to a more GI putter as well since you need to hit it harder.  FWIW, I have a Scotty Cali putter I really like on fast greens for feel.

Conventional wisdom is the opposite.  Light putter for slow greens, heavier putter for fast greens.


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Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

I use a lighter putter on shaggy slow greens in the fall and spring . Fast greens I use a heavier weighted
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:09 PM

What's a game improvement putter?  Is that when the cooler-looking non-mallet blade stays home and the money-winning face-balanced / quarter-toe with alignment mark comes out to sink the putts on the really tough greens?

I don't mean to make light of the comment, but putting is the toughest part, I think.  For the first time since I first started playing, I'm just now starting to experiment with a 395g versus a 360g head for fast or slow greens.  So thanks to the OP for posting the question. My intuition is to use the 395g for faster greens, and a lighter one for slower greens.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:44 PM

View PostHoosierHacker89, on 18 November 2012 - 06:43 PM, said:

I've done this from time to time. I play a blade (Redwood or callie) most of the year, but during the winter months i'll bust out something heavier (2 ball or craz-e or fat lady)

All those putters weight about the same

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:52 PM

This has been asked and debated. Play what works nest

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:07 AM

View Posthebron1427, on 18 November 2012 - 11:44 PM, said:

View PostHoosierHacker89, on 18 November 2012 - 06:43 PM, said:

I've done this from time to time. I play a blade (Redwood or callie) most of the year, but during the winter months i'll bust out something heavier (2 ball or craz-e or fat lady)

All those putters weight about the same

NICE to know! I guess it was just between my ears that they were heavier then.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:31 AM

View PostHoosierHacker89, on 19 November 2012 - 11:07 AM, said:

View Posthebron1427, on 18 November 2012 - 11:44 PM, said:

View PostHoosierHacker89, on 18 November 2012 - 06:43 PM, said:

I've done this from time to time. I play a blade (Redwood or callie) most of the year, but during the winter months i'll bust out something heavier (2 ball or craz-e or fat lady)

All those putters weight about the same

NICE to know! I guess it was just between my ears that they were heavier then.



...but they might feel slightly heavier/lighter if different lengths, different (heavier/lighter) grips, center vs. heel-shafted, etc

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:04 PM

View Postavgjoe, on 19 November 2012 - 11:31 AM, said:

View PostHoosierHacker89, on 19 November 2012 - 11:07 AM, said:

View Posthebron1427, on 18 November 2012 - 11:44 PM, said:

View PostHoosierHacker89, on 18 November 2012 - 06:43 PM, said:

I've done this from time to time. I play a blade (Redwood or callie) most of the year, but during the winter months i'll bust out something heavier (2 ball or craz-e or fat lady)

All those putters weight about the same

NICE to know! I guess it was just between my ears that they were heavier then.



...but they might feel slightly heavier/lighter if different lengths, different (heavier/lighter) grips, center vs. heel-shafted, etc

Good point. This is 100% accurate.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

What is a GI putter :fishing1: ?

I would think the putter must fit your stroke, posture, alignment etc. If not, then it is a bad putter. If yes, then it is a GI, so you should always use it.

Just because a putter has a huge mallet head with space ship weights does not mean it's easier to use. It may in fact be harder to use depending on your personal requirements based on your posture and other needs.

And in my findings lighter putters are better for slower greens. They allow for more speed through impact causing a faster roll. Much like a lighter driver helps create a faster SS.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:34 PM

I use a putter that has variable weights and I go lighter when the greens are slow and heavier when the greens are fast.  Heavier slows my stroke down, lighter speeds it up.  So lighter, faster stroke, goes farther on slower greens.
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