Posted by: randyhaaggolf | May 2, 2017

SIDE SADDLE PUTTERS REVIEWED

Please remember these are my opinions about these putters, and your preference could vary greatly on each individuals preference in length, height, lines, look, feel, angle preference, stability etc.

Side Saddle Putting is a unique way of putting, while looking a little abnormal to the general golfing public. But keep in mind that Dave Pelz once said in one of his putting books, that if he were to start a beginner putting, it would be using a FaceOn/SideSaddle method.

The key to success extends WAY beyond the putters listed below, its primarily about the technique one uses. Instruction is difficult to come by, and poor technique will result in many 3 and 4 putt greens, and a quick exit from this superior technique to getting the ball in the hole. For some GOOD instruction join my YouTube channel for updated instruction – look on YouTube for Randy Haag

Most find that the ability to tilt the putter more vertical, makes this technique easy and more consistent. This may not be true for everyone, but for most of those I have spoken to using this technique, its the case.

Below are my written comments on each of these putters:

 

INTRO TO PUTTER REVIEW

JUANPUTT

I give this putter an overall score of 8, I think its a very good option versus the other putters available. Juan provides instruction, and is always available to help his fellow FaceOn putting customers.

One model only, called the JUANPUTT

Available in left and right hand, with lengths of 31″-52″

Center shaft, Lie angle/79.5 degrees, one model only

Price: $275 includes Putting Trac, access to Juan over the phone, 40 minutes DVD putting instruction by Juan. 1000+ using the JuanPutt

juan@juanputt.com (402) 598-1026 http://www.speedstik.com

The Schaeffer

I give the Schaeff a score of 8 with the current model, but will re-reveiw once I get a putter with an aiming line on it.

Putter is still in Prototype phase. But will soon be out for the general public. One model only currently, with different lengths

All stats on the putter will be available at a later post. For more information contact Bobby Schaeffer at bobbyschaeffergolf@gmail.com

L-2

Overall rating at this time for me is a 5, as you need to maintain a significant angle when using this putter (no tilting up). But I am sure that many others will like this stye of putter. The L2 MOI MAXX is the only model that can be customized to 32′ – 42′ lie angle 70-78 degrees / head color/grip and shaft color.

information at L2putters.com

$179 purchased off webpage

750+ players have acquired an L2 putter, instruction offered by PGA Quarter Century Member Art Colasanti with over 40 years experience

THE ICE CUBE

This putter also gets an overall rating of 5, its an awkward putter, looks a little crazy, but I did make a few putts with it. Its weighting / look and balance are not to my liking.

cost $189 http://www.icecubeputter.com

1,000 sold so far and come with the amazing book, 7Days in Utopia (GREAT BOOK)

length 46′ 21 degree angle, SuperStroke Grip, Red sight line embedded in the putter

STX

My rating of this putter is also 8. I like that you can find these relatively easily on Ebay. There are three face colors Black is the softest, then green and red is the firmest face. They come in a variety of different lengths, and angles. Some have shaved the toe, in order to putt with the shaft vertical. This is often the technique that I use. I like the balance and stability of this putter, and I put lines on top of the putter to help me with my alignment. Worth trying one of these and can be found for $50-$150 on Ebay.

So Easy by Jack Koski

This old relic has served me well in the early years putting side saddle (1996-2004). I probably won 40 amateur events putting with this Koski “So Easy” putter. Jack I believe has since stopped making them, so if you can find one, hold onto it!!

I’d also give this putter an 8 rating, as its light, but very stable and makes the ball roll very nicely.

 

BOBBY GRACE

This is a very good putter for side saddle putting, and again I’d give it an 8 rating. The draw back is you really cannot tilt this putter vertical, but it features a very nice aiming line, and has good stability.

The cost is $350 for this F-35

http://www.mcssl.com/store/bobbygraceputters/catalog/product/d141678d7c6d4b9e8ed360ba10578f98

With its aluminum frame anodized in rich Black with bright lime green sightline and deep weighting (for higher inertia and a solid hit), now in 39”-43” (standard is 41” or 42”) with a Winn one piecs round grip

GP

The GP is another very nice, but small side saddle putter option. It creates a very solid roll that is important to making putts of any length.

GP putter costs $190 plus shipping

website is http://www.side-saddle-putting.com

Additionally PR Dionne Golf Club makes a side saddle chipping club, hmmmm I have not tried that technique yet. Patrice Dionne has some nice instructional videos for both side saddle putting and the side-chipping method. You can find all the other information on this putter on the website

Pendy

The Pendy is again another decent option for us FaceOn putters. What I liked about the Pendy is its stability back and through on the stroke. The balance was nice, despite the small head. Again I rate the Pendy with an 8 like the other good ones available.

They’ve sold about 200 putters with a price point of $180 plus $15 shipping, and are available in any type of grip preference and length. Has another putter out called the Sweeper, which I have not reviewed yet.

YouTube Brad Butler Sweeper Take One

Contact and email address for the Pendy is Brad Butler (Class A PGA pro in Phoenix) bbgolf@cox.net

Heavy Putter

The Heavy Putter I struggled with because it was very difficult to get any vertical tilt on it. I did make many putts with this putter, and you probably will as well. But for me it was a little too heavy and awkward. But please remember that everyone is going to like something different about each of these putters. For sure anyone with completely frayed nerves may love this putter, and its weight.

All the information on this putter can be found here: http://www.golf.com/equipment/boccieri-b3-m-putter-review-clubtest-2016

Bottom line is golf equipment has more to do with personal preferences than anything. Most all of the equipment out there is quite good, or they wouldn’t survive. Finding a good side saddle putter is tough, and I hope this was a good start in giving you some feedback into what’s out there.

There are many more Side Saddle putters out there I didn’t get to review. I write this blog for the love of the game, and to give back to the game that has been good to me. I am not being paid by any advertisers or club/putter manufacturers. I am JUST in search of the truth (Yes like Molder).

How you can me is SHARE  this blog with other (subscribe so you automatically get all my posts) and PLEASE let me know of other putters that are out there that the world should know about. Anyone that has a sidesaddle putter that wants it reviewed needs to write to me and send me a putter. I am very much an amateur blogger/video editor, and writer, so this is always going to be raw information coming to you as fast as I can produce it!!

LOTS MORE COMING SOON!!!

Stay tuned!!

 

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | April 7, 2017

HOW TO WIN WHILE CHANGING YOUR PUTTING STYLE

Its no secret that Chip Lutz is the best senior amateur in the world, lets just review his most recent record in the majors- 2015 USGA Senior amateur champion, 2016 British Senior amateur champion, 2016 USGA Senior Open – only amateur to make the cut in the Open, an had one of two rounds under par in the afternoon wave on Friday.

Ok we have established that he is good, but how has he gone from a long putter that was anchored in 2015, back to a regular putter using the claw grip? I think if you were to ask Chip, he would say that he was still pretty good with the short putter when he switched to the long putter, and believed that he could make the switch back and still compete at the highest level. I witnesses his playoff at Fornby the site of  the 2016 Senior Amateur in England. He has a 25 foot putt for birdie on the first playoff hole that he rammed into to the cup for his third title in that event. Many would have three putted in that situation, and wanted to quite the game.

If you cannot putt, you are NOT going to win anything significant. The pressure increases as the importance of the event escalates. Click on this article and read about the NCGA Senior 4 Ball that I just competed in with Mr. Lutz as my partner.

NCGA SENIOR 4 BALL RESULTS/ARTICLE

As you can probably imagine, I did not have a tremendous amount of pressure on me, because I had a partner that was hardly ever out of position, or out of a hole. When you play in a best ball with a partner that leaves you alone all the time, honestly its stressful, and can provide more pressure than if you were playing in an individual event.

Why is Chip so good? Because he drives it straight and long, he hits his irons straight with good distance control, he chips like a demon, and putts better than average. The unfortunate thing about all of that, is some of it is technique (like his great chipping technique) but the other is god given talent, flexibility, and the ability to play his best under the most pressure.

When I play casual golf with Chip, I’d say I outplay him for the most part. But when the GUN goes off, this talented 61 year old can play like any pro i’ve played with in my career. So then how can I beat a guy like Chip in a big event like the USGA Senior Am? Well its simple, I will need to have a VERY clean and flawless round of golf, and not let the pressure of who I am playing affect me with additional pressure and poor shot decisions. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS, everyone changes their game plan to try to play up to the level of the super-star they have to beat. You must keep to YOUR game plan, and play your game, like in boxing with body punches.

On another note, this years San Francisco City Championship was a huge success, and moved back to its original home TPC Harding Park. Thanks to all of you that made generous donations to bring this historic event back to Harding.

I will be posting this weekend on my journey and experience in Utopia Texas, for the Links of Utopia retreat with Dr. Cook. Should be VERY interesting!!

STAY TUNED AND TELL A FRIEND!!

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | March 12, 2017

Move your body for better Golf

Over my 40+ year amateur  career I have tried many forms of physical and mental training to give me the best chance to play golf at a level that I aspire to play at.

I have benefitted from Pilates, Egoscue, Bikrim yoga, self hypnosis, and many others. Now I have found someone called “the body whisperer”

This short video below only gives you a tidbit about what Erin can do for you and your body.

Her website address is 

Erin Burch – Body Whisperer

Golf is a game that requires you to move your body, I believe Erin’s method is the best I’ve ever seen

Stay tuned

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | March 6, 2017

Face-On Putting

Soon I will post a review of ALL the Side Saddle putters I can find in the marketplace, and how to acquire one!

Much has been written about this unusual technique lately due to Bryson DeChambeau’s using this method on the PGA tour. Its unknown if he will continue to putt this way after some issues with its legality, more on that later.

Please read this article that was featured in the Winter edition of the NCGA Golf magazine. It will give you some good information on why this technique is considered superior by Bryson.

Face-On Putting with Bryson DeChambeau and Mike Schy

 

Those that commit themselves to putt using the superior Binocular Vision advantage will gain a more consistent way of putting if you take the time to re-calibrate your feel for speed on lengthy putts.

The start of the 2017 season began on Feb 27th in the USGA Four Ball qualifier at Sunnyside in Fresno (50 teams for 2 spots in the championship). By the 13th hole I made my 6th birdie of the round, which included made putts of 10 6 35 30 20 and 8 feet. The tragedy was making a team bogey on the par 5 18th hole, and going from medalist to 1st alternate. This game can be cruel sometimes, but don’t let you putter be weakest part of your game that lets you down under pressure. Together we can fix your putting woes, and make it your greatest weapon!!

Stay tuned for more on the best Side Saddle putters on the market, and please give me your comments.

Posted by: randyhaaggolf | December 19, 2016

GUIDE TO FACE ON – SIDE SADDLE -FRONT ON PUTTING

I’m sure many of you are getting tired of me writing just about Side Saddle putting, but since its the hot topic now, I will give you all I’ve got here. The other day I was interviewed by this golf publication called GolfLink, click on the link to read the article. These guys do a good job covering golf.

FRONT ON PUTTING ARTICLE

These were two takes on Sunday at the Olympic Club, notice all six putts were made, that is the norm putting this way.

 

Up next will be how to find a Side Saddle putter that will work for you. The choices are limited, but there are a few good ones out there.

Stay tuned!!

Well, I already told you back in June this was eventually going to happen, and until Bryson has some success putting this way, he will have many critics. But I say, screw them all for their unkind comments about Bryson. Most people don’t have 1/10 the brains and talent this kid has, let alone the balls to be different and not care what others say and think.

I believe its refreshing, and I believe Bryson to be a fine young man, with a VERY bright career ahead of him. Face on putting has been around for a long time, and possibly originated with Sam Snead (later baned when he straddled the line), but now its legal as long as you are to the side of the line of putt, and have less than 80 degrees of angle coming out of the putter shaft.

I believe that Bryson will win putting Face On, and it will begin a revolution of players trying this technique, but most will abandon it, as it is NOT a QUICK FIX!!!

Bryson in the news

More on Side Saddle putting once I am back from Thailand where I just completed competing in the World Club Championship, representing the Olympic Club.

STAY TUNED

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