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By Richard A

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  1. Richard A

    Richard A
    St Neots, Cambs

    I'm interested to know if anyone changes putter type to compensate for Fast or Slow greens. I've started experimenting with blade type without insert for Slow greens and a heavier mallet with insert style for Fast greens. I've found that with the harder faced blade the ball comes off the face quicker and stops me lagging puts, the mallet style being softer gives better speed control.

  2. Derek C

    Derek C
    Northern KY

    That’s not something I’ve ever tried but I’m interested to see what other members respond with on this topic. I have a hard enough time staying somewhat consistent with one putter so I couldn’t imagine going back and forth between two.
  3. Mike M

    Mike M
    Salem MA

    I have a mid-mallet Scotty Cameron GoLo-5 that I use all the time.It's a few years old now, but I love it. The only time I'll change putters is when green aeration happens. In the Northeast it happens a couple times a year, one of which happens to be right about now, mid-September.

    I have a really heavy Rife Barbados center-shaft as well. When the greens are slow and sand covered, this putter allows me to get more roll without changing my stroke.
  4. I've never thought about using different putters on different speed of greens. But what you said makes a lot of sense. I tend to putt better with a mid mallet due to the fact that it's heavier and allows my stroke to be slower back and through. I just can't get used to the look of the mallet and love my blade Scottys.
  5. Michael P

    Michael P
    Athens, AL

    I've never tried using different putters based on green speed but I believe certain putters allow for changing weights in the putter head to compensate for green speed.
  6. Richard A said:

    I'm interested to know if anyone changes putter type to compensate for Fast or Slow greens. I've started experimenting with blade type without insert for Slow greens and a heavier mallet with insert style for Fast greens. I've found that with the harder faced blade the ball comes off the face quicker and stops me lagging puts, the mallet style being softer gives better speed control.

    Great shout! I have noticed this with my two Scotty's the Circa 62 No.3 is hot of the face and my Squareback is nice and soft off the face still has a great feel but there very different.

    i'm starting to get to grips with the fast ball of the face so i'm keeping the Circa in the bag for now really enjoy that putter.
  7. Darryl M

    Darryl M
    Wichita, KS

    Use the same putter for all rounds on all surfaces. I like the weight of my Scotty Newport 2, so to go lighter or heavier based on speed would throw me off dramatically.

    DM
  8. Barry B

    Barry B
    Lake St Louis, MO

    Same putter all the time...regardless of green speed.
  9. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Same putter for all greens. Scotty Cameron, Newport 2 Select Notchback 2016 model, 10 grams. Just adapt to the speed.
  10. BCH

    BCH

    Same putter all the time

    Scotty Newport 2.5 33"

    Adjust to the speed with stroke length and required break
  11. Same putter, switching would only confuse me.
  12. Lance P

    Lance P
    Hillsborough, NC

    Interesting thought about changing putters but it's one putter for me and, as Chuck says, adaptation occurs (hopefully quickly but usually by about the 16th green I wise up...).
  13. Richard A

    Richard A
    St Neots, Cambs

    What got me thinking about different putters for fast or slow greens was when I was playing a club match at another course I was using my Scotty Newport Beach 1.5, which I use a lot and the greens had just been ironed and were like glass, now I’m a pretty good putter but I really struggled. I noticed that my opponents were using mallet style putters. When I questioned them afterwards they told me that they get a better feel from them instead of bladed style putters on their very fast greens. Sorry to say I don’t have a Scotty Mallet but I do have another well known brand which I have started using on fast greens with an element success.
  14. Fred Closs

    Fred Closs
    Mansfield, TX

    A while back, a fellow golfer and I were discussing this subject. He told me he had always tried to find a length of stroke that would produce a 12' putt. Then, he'd add two (2) inches of backstroke for every ten (10) feet of putt. I put this into use this summer and it works well on different courses, or days.
  15. Eric H

    Eric H
    Ridgway, PA

    Putting is such a mental battle, isn't it? So many different outlooks on it. For me personally, i dont want to change any of the variables i can control, so thats putter, ball, grip and set up. I want to repeat the same over an over. But you see so many people, good putters/bad putters, dont matter, you see them changing their putters or grips, etc. And thats what works for them! I dont think I could ever do that very successfully.

    I can see changing putter weight to help with speed, or stroke, but it seems to be just a mental adjustment. Golf is a crazy game!! So many different ways to go about it!
  16. JAM

    JAM

    I stand behind my ball, then address it, and hit the ball. My first impression dictates how I strike the putt. I use two different Scotty putters, a 1997 Napa and a 2005 Scotty Newport Studio Select. I stay with one for long periods until it gets "tired" and then I switch.
  17. Darron K

    Darron K
    Fate, TX

    I don't switch putters. I tend to play on courses with faster greens. Slower greens are frustrating as I'm more of a feel player and I tend to die my putts into the hole which on slower greens will always leave me much shorter than a tap in. If I do encounter a course with slower greens I just make sure exaggerate my follow through on my stroke...works for me.
  18. Jerry M

    Jerry M
    Dallas, TX

    I use the same putter regardless of the green speeds.
  19. JD Dempsey

    JD Dempsey
    Savannah

    Richard A said:

    I'm interested to know if anyone changes putter type to compensate for Fast or Slow greens. I've started experimenting with blade type without insert for Slow greens and a heavier mallet with insert style for Fast greens. I've found that with the harder faced blade the ball comes off the face quicker and stops me lagging puts, the mallet style being softer gives better speed control.

    Personally I use my Scotty Cameron Newport (1995) for all greens, but I have a few buddies that do the exact opposite of you. They use a heavier mallet for slow greens and a blade style for fast greens. Putting is 90% mental, so whatever works for you keep doing it!
  20. richard f

    richard f
    Shildon

    I stick with the same putter and adjust my tempo for whichever speed of green I’m playing
  21. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    I have 4 Scotty's I have accumulated over the past 20 years and I will occasionally "sit the starter and call up a reliever" if a have a few rounds where I just can't get the feel for the putts. I don't do it often and never as a result of green speed. Two are blades and two are mallets. My home course has very slow greens so I did add the heavy weights in my Newport 2 that I am currently using and it has helped a lot. I don't think I would drop down on the weights just for a round on fast greens. Its easier for me to ease up on the "hit" on fast greens than the opposite. That's what I do anyway. Putting is the most unique part of the game so do what works best for you.
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