Just shortened my putter.

Basher

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I own a Taylor Made putter, have had it several months and up til today have been considering offloading it as I couldn't get on with it.

Today I took the putter into the pro shop at my course. Told him I was having trouble with it and that I felt it was a bit too long for me.
He asked me to address the ball as if putting and asked me to grip the putter as if I was making a putt. My hands were well down the handle, so much so my index finger was on the steel shaft.
We agreed a reduction in shaft length of 2" would mean my hands were totally on the grip.
Went inside the club house for a quick brew and left the putter with him.

Handed over a fiver for his services and took the shortened putter out onto the course for my round.

What a transformation!!!!

I was nailing 4, 5 & 6 footers which I would have missed for sure with the longer shaft.

Happy, happy, happy!
 

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I've done the same, Basher. All my putters (!) have a couple of inches off. I feel it lets my arms hang more freely.

They're a bit difficult to sell on, though.
 

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Only thing you need to worry about with re- sizing shafts, especially with certain brands, is that it can throw off the balance. As with some manufactures putters, swingweights are specific to the length of putter they produce. I was warned not to have my Yes putters shaft length changed by my pro. Infact, he was able to alter my setup & I started putting very well & I mean very well, even though recently I was fitted for a putter that officially is 2 inches shorter, ironically when put side by side there is about half an inch difference in height when the soles of the putter are put level on the floor. The main difference being the angles the shafts rise.

There is really no easy answer, either approach the setup of the putter or the setup of the player, both can be made to work. But nothing can replace getting the basics of setup right in the first place even if the putter is the wrong length.
 

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Being 6 ft 1 you would have thought that I need a 35 inch putter (considered standard length). In fact I get on better with a 34. I've tried a 33 but I feel i lean over too much but a 34 feels good. But be careful when you find the length you want on sale - sometimes manufacturers measure the shaft length and some measure the distance to the floor.

I think most of us have putters that are too long - experiment with shorter ones and you may see an improvement.
 

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I chopped 2 inches off my practice scotty, it could still do with another inch off but seeing as its only purpose in life is to keep me fresh with my oddessey itll do as is now :D
 

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33.5 for me makes a world of difference bought it 2nd hand and got the loft and lie bent and the shaft cut down well worth it
 
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