I thought last year was overwhelming with the sheer number of putters being offered by so many manufacturers but it looks like this year will be more of the same. Putter design & putter fitting have come a long way over the last 2 years alone. Putters can now be properly fit to the individual golfer but each individual golfer has a certain look and feel that they want in a putter, hence the ridiculous offerings from most retailers. If you put Ping, Yes, and Odyssey together then you only have 125+ to choose from (Odyssey along has 57 models this year alone) – Talk about overkill. Putter fitting is fairly simple-fit the individual with the best putter built to their specific individual specifications in order for them to use that putter less per round. The putter fitting utilizes various fitting tools, gauges and electronics in order to determine the optimum combination of specifications to include; length, lie angle, loft, weight (head, shaft, grip, total, & backweighting). Weight plays a crucial role in the proper putter as weight in the head (Toe, balanced, heel) is crucial to the putters natural putting strong (straight-back, slight arc, heavy arc). I try not to make the putter fittings to complicated but we are now in the process of purchasing a high speed camera in order to determine exact launch, spin, & roll specifications during the fitting.
To be honest last year I probably “retrofit” more customers existing putters to compliment their individual putting stroke versus building them new putters during the putter fitting. When you sign up for a putter fitting please bring your existing putters to compare against the new ones. If you don’t need a new putter, I’m not going to sell you one.