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