Putter advice needed please

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Hi All,
I am looking for a decent putter for about £50, I keep seeing second hand ones which look decent online but wanted to ask the experience of the forum first, also I would go to the Pro shop but he doesnt really stock them as its a small shop.

Thanks in advance and I wish you all a happy christmas & a great new year.
 

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Putters are a very personal thing in my opinion and what suits for one does not for another. My advice would be to get down to a big store (AM?) that stocks loads, try as many as possible and go for the one that feels "right".
For what it's worth, I have my eye on a TM Rossa Monte Carlo, but it may not be right for you.

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I would be wary of ebay, as there are a lot of fakes around.

I would go with A_F above really, although if you find a more expensive putter you like, you may be a able to pick up a second hand version in good knick on golfbidder.com
 

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Do you need to get the latest and greatest? There are many older models available on eBay. I got an old Ping Anser very cheaply. The pro put on a soft Winn grip and I am beginning to get good results with it.
 

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No, don't buy a very cheap putter, it will be made from recycled bus tickets or some other cheap rubbish, and you will always be left wondering if you had bought a better putter, would you hole out more.

The TM is a nice putter for the money, or any thing from odyssey.
 

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I've got a cheap putter, the best one I've ever owned (out of 5 or 6) it's the gents version of this one..

http://www.americangolf.co.uk/navproduct.asp?keyw=TB3&image1.x=21&image1.y=11

It's a copy of ping craz-e, tried the real one out today at AG....no difference whatsoever!!!

Latest models go for silly money on ebay, but old classics are dirt cheap. If you find it hard to get the ball to the hole (i.e. a bit tentative more often than over-hit) I'd certainly recommend a heavy mallet style...

I used a classic ping A blade for years, great for close range, but rubbish across big greens.

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Incidentally, I personally wouldn't buy one untried!!
I tried the craz-e today to see if a) I should get a new one from AG or b) bid a bit higher on ebay, since they are going for nearly full price.

If I may upset the whole forum, I have an odyssey dual force (great in the summer on fast greens) which I love. However, the odyssey 2 ball has a totally different shaft angle which stops me getting my eyes over the line, couldn't hole a thing with one of these....great putter head....rubbish if you putt from the DL/Faldo school.

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Inthe words of Swiss Toni - buting a putter is like a beautiful woman......

I agree with the wise sages that have said what one person rates will not suit another (bit like women - sorry just back from a nurses party!!!!!!!)

I would recommend trying as many as you can. One thing I'm not sure has been mentioned and worth bearing in mind is that you should try different length models as well to see if that helps.
 

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Nurses party!

We can add "putters" to the great list of certainties in life

1) Death 2) Taxes 3) Nurses! and 4) only you can choose a putter.
 

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Good advice on putter shaft length Homer. Had a 35" Pal 5 for about 8 years but over the years my putting style has changed and I found that I was gripping further down the shaft but not by a consistant amount. Now had 1" lopped off and although long range puts (usually ok) no difference, short puts far better as I now grip on a consistant length.
 

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My putter came with the package (it's just what you do if starting out in golf before finding this forum).
I have always used a cack-handed grip (no idea why but I automatically gripped it this way) and have always gripped well down the shaft (which I have never measured but is probably 35")even though not vertically challenged. The 'spare' shaft can get in the way.
Now I want a 'personal' putter. Problem is where to try before buying - AG has the putters I like but only an indoor bit (and I wouldn't disbelieve if told that this was biased toward the holes), my Pro shop has the putting green but I don't like their putters (Ping, Titleist - I realise that this may be akin to devil worship for some - and PGA).
 

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Before finally committing the money on a new putter, for the sake of a fiver or so it might be worth getting your pro to cut off the unused part of the shaft and re-grip it.
You will then be able to accurately place your hands at the same length every time which may provide more consistency in your stroke.
The balance of the putter will be changed a little as well.
It could make your putting worse or improve it so much that you could save yourself loads of dosh.
As they say, it worked for me and much as I wanted a Craz-E, I putted better and saved myself £100.
 

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Thanks again for the advice fellas, I have been looking at Scottys over the past day or two on fleabay, I missed out on a referb one that sold for £55 and looked really nice, I deffo need a blade about 33" or 34" as my current is 35" and too big and heavy. I would go to my pro shop but they don't really stock putters and the prices there are quite high for example the new Callaway FTI anniversary black one is priced at £449 when online its £349, so you see I trust them little.

Has anyone bought a second hand scotty? also there seems to be a lot of clone odyssey putters on Ebay?
 

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My AG has an indoor putting area....it's either got a r-l break or I keep closing the face!!

I think it's a good selling aid....I often go in, hit a few and would gladly leave with another putter that feels right.

I got to try the black/grey (ltd ed) craz-e yesterday....ok, but not as nice as I'd expected.

35" is very long!

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I have bought a second hand scotty off ebay, at about £70. £55 sounds too cheap.

Beware of fakes, or ones people have butchered (mine had been shortened and regripped, so needed putting back to standard).

The other thing I have found, and this may just be me, is that they vary quite a lot. I tried 3 different brand new circa 62 No2s out in a proshop, one of which felt perfect, one ok, and one I couldn't hit a barn door with. Couldn't even take it back square. You can't beat trying the one you are going to buy.
 

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leftie, taken your advice and done that, £4.50 including the new grip. Had it cut down to 33in.
If it doesn't work, I haven't lost much, the package putter is pretty dead anyway - just thickish tape stuck to the face.
 

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Let me know how it goes. If nothing else, it will give you a feel for the difference a shorter shaft will make. This might help if you do decide to buy new and can't find one with a 33" shaft to try in the shops.
 
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