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Glad to hear you had a good time with Ross, I'm going to book a fitting with him soon too....Stevie Wills is good mates with Ross and had a good fitting with him so it's been on my to do list for a while.

are you finding it hard to fit it in between all the golf?
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Glad to hear you had a good time with Ross, I'm going to book a fitting with him soon too....Stevie Wills is good mates with Ross and had a good fitting with him so it's been on my to do list for a while.

he is good. I'll probably be back to him soon....
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Gee (yoofallman) has been to him as well so may very well chime in but I thought he was excellent. IF you are up here on business or anything then maybe he is an option.


Yup.....I went along for a two hour session with Ross Macleod on Ross ( Young's  😉) recommendation.  Always believed that inspite of long game failings, that I'm a pretty decent putter so for the price of a couple of boxes of balls, felt the Sam Lab experience would serve me well..... and it has , most definitely.  :yes:
Coincidentally and perhaps not as unusual as you might think......( given how often we phuck about with the newest , shiniest sh1te these days.... ) my Putter, which is an 8 or perhaps 9 y.o. Scotty Newport, is the type of putter Ross would clearly have recommended to me for my stroke - it's a 3/4 toe-hang apparently ? So in the two hour session, I kid you not when I tell you I never even had a fleeting notion to pick up one of the many premium putters ( over 100 in number I'd say ? ) that adorned the walls of the Putting Studio.

So.....it's been a long winded response as usual, but I think I'd be far more inclined to attend a session like this with the intention of learning firstly, a bit more about your stroke and tendencies , and then secondly, getting a putter to suit.....rather than having the mindset of just forking out the dosh come what may and being "custom" fitted in to a putter that might not be the best for the motion you have ?....( hope  that makes sense ?? ) ......you might be the same as me in having a putter that comfortably suits your stroke-style ( hence why I've had it in the bag so long.....with no  real notion to change much... ) and learning what can make the stroke better mechanically might be a far better use for your hard-earned  ;)
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I went for one in Clydeway (Glasgow) - www.rossmacleodgolf.com  that's not important nor helpful for you but.... The lad was brilliant and didn't do a hard sell on me at all.



Glad to hear you had a good time with Ross, I'm going to book a fitting with him soon too....Stevie Wills is good mates with Ross and had a good fitting with him so it's been on my to do list for a while.
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Bit like a driver - the Epic Flash was better for me in terms of numbers but I liked the look of the Ping better. So I bought an M6!!

 :picard: :chuckle:
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Hi Neil, good to see you're getting the bug again!!!

Formby Hall is probably the best place near you by far - they are an Odyssey centre and have the SAM and Quintic systems plus some of the best putting coaches around, so the money will be well spent there.

There's also Tour X which is now in Wigan. He has an offshoot of the Swash Academy from Formby Hall and is also an Odyssey centre, I'm not sure if he does other brands too though - he has the same gadgets as Formby Hall and Trackman http://www.tourxgolf.co.uk/prices.html

Clarks golf shop seems to have all the toys in their store, but I've no idea how their fitting process stacks up to those above, but again it isn't too far away from you  https://www.missiongolfacademy.co.uk/putter-fitting.html#

I'll be interested to see what you end up with
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I think a putter fitting is the way forward. Ideally with the SAM system if you can although folk are now suggesting trackman.
 
One thing I would say it whilst the numbers will provide the clarity don't get to obsessed with them as the putter also has to fit your eye.

I went for one in Clydeway (Glasgow) - www.rossmacleodgolf.com  that's not important nor helpful for you but.... The lad was brilliant and didn't do a hard sell on me at all.

He was very much of the opinion......pick putters you like - he didn't say you need to be in a face balanced, slight toe hang etc. He just let me float around his shop and pick various putters I liked, have a shot with them and whittle it down to 3. He did give advice on this based on his eye. We then went on the trackman. I believe he is one of the highest accredited putter specialists in Scotland.

My problem was I got excitable about the numbers - I choose the final putter that gave me the best numbers (seemore) not the one I liked the look of. Don't get me wrong I think in the 6 months of the putter it really improved my putting but I never really liked the looks of the putter and ended up (stupidly) selling it. Wish I hadn't as I am still on the merry go round of putters and will no doubt be shelling out hard cash again this week or next after consigning the current 2 to the murky waters of eBay. What I should have done is got the putter I liked the look of and worked on the things he told me which would have improved my putting, but I never, because I am an arse!

Gee (yoofallman) has been to him as well so may very well chime in but I thought he was excellent. IF you are up here on business or anything then maybe he is an option.

Moral is pick a few that suit your eye and then get the numbers - but don't be buying the one that gives the perfect numbers for you if you aren't fully comfortable with looking down on it. Bit like a driver - the Epic Flash was better for me in terms of numbers but I liked the look of the Ping better. So I bought an M6!!
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I’m also a great believer in getting fitted - especially the putter as it’s the most used club in the bag.

Can’t recommend anywhere near you but I’m sure there are plenty of places well equipped to find the best putter for your height and stroke style
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I personally think that the putter is the FIRST club someone should look to have fitted.

At the very least getting a correct length and a suitable lie angle for a golfers stance is key in my opinion. Weight is another thing as well that is important and how it is distributed between head and butt can have a significant impact on the rhythm of the putting stroke.

I guess with the variances and vagaries of UK putting greens that putter loft is possibly of less importance but given that most of us are not playing day to day on billiard table greens but one something with a bit more grass on them then 3-4* of loft is usually enough to lift the ball out of whatever depression it sits in.

...and then you can get into whatever head and hosel style suits your stroke and perhaps more importantly, your eye!!

So yes....I'm all for putter fitting but sadly cannot advise specifically on places in the North West for you to try.....but isn't there a Harold Swash fitting centre somewhere in the region? A quick google as I write this finds http://www.puttinglab.co.uk/index.htm in Manchester (and also reveals that the Swash fitting place is at Formby Hall!!!)....i'm sure there are others.
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So as part of my 40th Bday present and my effort to play more golf, I am going to look at purchasing a new putter.

So it it worth going for a putter fitter session to find out what works best in terms of design etc? Overall budget £200ish.

If the answer is yes. Where in the north west is a good place to go. Obvious one is Formby Hall, but would take a decent chunk out of my budget. So ideally somewhere you pay for the fitting but is then discounted against a purchase.
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