Searching for a Putter on Black Friday

I ventured out into the post-Thanksgiving shopping madness yesterday. I went because my wife and two daughters were intent on shopping. I was the chauffeur. This is what I do to spend more family time. I did something really smart this time: I brought a book.

While they were looking for jeans at Penneys, I visited Dick’s Sporting Goods to see what they had in the way of putters.

(A digression here: My 20-year-old Slotline putter broke this summer. Since then I’ve been using a friend’s classic Bullseye putter, and although it’s a good stand-in, it’s no long-term solution. Plus, it’s too short. I’m tall with short arms. I need at least a 35-inch putter.)

Back to Dick’s. I have no idea what I want, so I was just doing research. (It’s actually easier for me to determine what I don’t want.) Dick’s didn’t have a big selection, but I did knock a few putts around with a couple of putters that felt pretty good — a new Taylormade model and a Nike putter. They also had some Odyssey putters, although I didn’t test them.

I wasn’t there long. Young kids kept coming up to hit putts so I didn’t linger. Another store didn’t have anything worth trying.

I came away thinking I would check eBay. I poked around this morning, but instead of finding a putter I bid on a used set of Ping irons (inch over). I’m so overdue for a new (or newer) set of irons it’s ridiculous.

The putter search will continue. I have a new strategy. One, I think I might try to pick something up online, perhaps off eBay. Two, instead of investing in one putter, I’m leaning toward getting two. I’d have a backup putter for when my putting is shoddy (too often), plus an extra for when visitors come and want to play golf.

The Armchair Golfer

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5 thoughts on “Searching for a Putter on Black Friday”

  1. I haven’t heard of that brand of putter for years. Still remember they were a pretty hot item for a while. I think they were one of the first companies to advertise Inertia as a benefit to golfers.

    Honestly I putt better with the old school 8802’s and bullseyes than the new high tech putters

    happy shopping

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