For how long have you used the same putter?
There are some golfers that will look for a new putter after putting bad for a few rounds and then there are some golfers who use the same putter for years. And we’re not talking about just a few years, but for as long as 15+ years.
So how do you know when it’s time to change your putter?
As you probably have guessed by now, how long you choose to keep the same putter, really is up to you.
With different advances in putter technology, there are some golfers who are quick to try out new types of putters as soon as they hit the market, with the hopes that it will improve their putting. Along with those who frequently change their putters after just a few bad rounds, these golfers are more likely to wind up with a collection of putters at home. It’s definitely not an uncommon thing to keep old putters and switch back and forth, kind of have a rotation, depending on how the game feels and the continued results on the course.
As mentioned earlier, there are also those who stick with the same putter for years – through days of both good and bad putting. They’ve found the putter that works best for them, and they probably have to experience some continuously poor putting over a very long period of time to seriously consider changing their putter.
Personally, I’m currently using a Taylormade Spider Tour putter, and have done so for two and a half years now. Before that, I was putting with a Yes C-Groove Emma putter, which I had for probably six years or so. I always really liked my Yes putter but after a summer of feeling as if something just wasn’t working with that putter, I decided it was time for a change.
I started trying out new putters with some serious skepticism because it was difficult to consider changing from a putter that I had been putting well with for quite a long period of time (nearly all of my competitive junior career and for three years playing college golf) and that I felt so comfortable with. However, the issue for me was that the putter had started to feel way too light. I wanted something that was a bit heavier and that would help smoothen, and give me more stability, in my stroke. That’s when I found the Taylormade Spider and I still love the way it feels to putt with it today. It gives me confidence, which is the most important thing when it comes to finding the right putter for you.
Your putter really is one of the most important clubs in your bag, since roughly 40% of all the shots you hit during your round are made with the putter. It’s also a very personal club and choosing when to opt for a new putter and leave your old one behind is a choice that is typically based on a mix of results and feel.
However, let’s not forget that a putter alone doesn’t determine a golfer’s ability to putt. Although the putter can definitely have an impact on putting performance, as with everything in golf, you need to put in time and effort to putt well, and no putter in the world will be able to make up for a lack of time spent on the putting green.
I personally think that before opting for a new putter straight after a bad performance, it’s a good idea to spend a bit of extra time practicing your putting over a period of time and use different drills to improve your results that way. If after that, the poor results remain and you still that you’re missing that feeling that you once had with your putter, changing putters might be the best move. Sometimes a new look and feel might actually be what’s needed in order to regain confidence on the putting green.
Again, there is no right or wrong time for when to change your putter. It’s a choice that is entirely up to you, whether you like to change your putter as soon as you start putting poorly or if you want to keep the same putter for decades to come.
How do you typically decide it’s time to maybe look for a new putter?