Hi, I am Stan Sayers, Director of Instruction at McGetrick Golf Academy and I am here today to talk to you about putter fitting. We use one of the most extensive putter fitting systems available today, that is the Adell System, and this system is able to tell me what each component does and how it effects you direction of aim.
First of all we have offset. A little off-set, no offset, L shaped offset and S shaped offset. These would be a lot of offsets. The L shaped offset is going to aim most left, the S shaped offset is going to aim the most right. If you are someone who already aims to the right you probably would not want an S shaped offset. Depending on how much you aim to the right the amount of offset built in here can actually pull you back to the left. So offset is going to pretty much always aim you to the left, though there are some people, I am one myself, who aims more right with offset.
As we go on down we see head design. We have the type of design that aims the most to the left, the narrow head, this head is the most right, the mallet. We go from there to lines. We are able to take this little tool and use it on our putter and draw the lines on to the putter, so we can tell exactly which ones help you aim straight. In that we can also tell are you a line putter or are you a path putter. That is a style of putting that this system can tell exactly which one you are. Also we have different lofts on the faces. I can pull the loft off of each face and figure out how much loft you need and what rolls it the best for you and where it needs to start.
Then we go from there to length of shafts. I have all different length shafts from 32 inches to 38 inches, I can make belly putter, but shorter shafts aim more left, longer shafts aim more right. Again, it is an aiming issue and we build the putter completely around you. We also then take weights into account and how that helps to steady your hands, how it helps the stroke to steady up and how it helps you to control distance. That is how we do putter fitting here.