I have been using the yar putter for quite a while. i believe after the unfortunate incidents that they are no longer in business, i could be wrong though. My putter has always been too flat for me, and especially is now that i am really working on my setup and making sure my arms hang. The heel is well off the ground at setup. My question is how big of a problem is this? I know you mention a lot the importance of building you stance into the putter sitting with a flat sole to the ground. i have looked into bending the shaft myself but can't quite figure out the best way without changing face angle of messing it up.
Do you still think the yar is a good putter and helps consistency? Or am i just as well going with a normal center shafted putter and just add a little grip pressure? I have also been seeing a lot of the edel torque balanced putters where the putter hangs with the toe in the air..any thoughts on that or any other good putter models out there you recommend. If i can't figure out what the do with the yar putter i could be looking for something here soon.
Thanks for your time,
ALL putters ever made have bad lie angles. That's because the companies making them don't bother looking at the human form before designing a performance tool. I guess that's a bit much to expect of a "sport" like golf.
So the choice is always:
1. Learn the skill for using a too-flat lie putter, which is simply grip it firmly enough to manage the torque that the too-flat lie angle introduces into the stroke;
2. Bend the putter more upright to match your forearm angle, which is approximately 14 degrees (76 degrees measured in golf's weird way of talking about lie); or
3. Use the putter heel-up with the shaft axis matching the forearm axis and with the unwelcome torque forces essentially eliminated so that the hand form alone is sufficient to manage any remaining torque but extra grip pressure is no longer required.
So you ask two questions: 1. how to bend it, or should you just play it heel-up. A third question about there putters is one that does not merit talking about -- the search for a "good" or "best" putter among today's offerings is essentially wasted time.
Heel-up putters inherently misdirect the lofted putter face to the outside somewhat -- the more the loft, and the more the heel-up, the more the face aim is oriented outside the line. (A putter face with zero loft is unaffected for aim by toe-up or heel-up, except to the extent dynamic loft in the stroke delivers positive loft to the ball, and then the toe-up or heel-up matters again.) Heel-up also reduces the effective impact area on the putter face, so it is less forgiving. The end result is a bit of a compensating stroke path with a touch of "pull" in it. Works well for Steve Stricker, although I'm sure he doesn't understand how all that actually works.
Bending the putter without first learning how to bend the putter carefully risks messing up the putter. So? Who cares? It's a putter. If you're worried about it, take it to a repair shop that has a putter lie bending machine. They will lock the face into position before bending the putter shaft.
Personally, I would find a drainage grate beside a free whose slots allow me to insert the putter head into the grate and then step on the handle and bend the shaft near the putter head (within 5 inches of the sole). If you "crimp" the circular shaft, that males it "illegal", but who cares about that? You aren't using it in the US Open.
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