Being a successful putter is like being in a successful relationship. Both require dedication, commitment, and sacrifice. It isn’t always easy, but in the end, if you are willing to work hard enough, the rewards are worth the struggle.
But finding that special putter that you want to settle down and spend the rest of your disc golf life with can be quite the journey.
When I first started playing, I picked up an Innova DX Aviar, and we got along OK, but I just wasn’t that into it. That spark just wasn’t there, and we parted ways.
After a couple of months, though, something went wrong. I don’t know if it was me, or the putter, but we just weren’t clicking anymore. I was missing five-foot putts, and it was a strain on our relationship.
Plus, my eye started to wander. I saw a sexy MVP Ion in a shop, and I took it for a spin. The look, the feel … this baby was hot. I left my Magnet, and was swept off my feet by the Ion.
That Ion, though, was a reckless putter. One second it would find the chains from 30-feet out, the next it was running away down the hill. It was so gorgeous, though, that I let it get away with these games. Discs can do that to a man. It was playing with my heart, and I was playing with fire. It was a rush that I couldn’t let go of.
Finally, though, the Ion made the decision for me. It ran away one too many times, and it was gone for good.
I didn’t take our breakup well.
I’m not proud of what I did, but I went on a bit of a putter binge after that. I had a fling with a Gateway Voodoo and hooked up with its cousin, the Wizard. My dad even tried setting me up with a Vibram VP — you know, something a little more stable — but it was a little too stiff for my liking. I even crawled back to the Magnet, begging for a second chance, but it wouldn’t take me back.
I was distraught.
My confidence was shot, and I was wandering aimlessly, just looking for a putter who could be the rock I needed.
That’s when I met my match, the Westside Swan 2.
The slight bevel of the edge and the tacky grip were everything I ever wanted in a putter, but never realized until I threw it. Easy anhyzers, soft upshots, putts inside the circle — this putter completed me, er, my game.
I can now say that we have been happily committed for several months, and my eye no longer wanders.
This all got me to thinking: How many putters do most players try before settling down with “the one?” Or are you still searching for your soul mate, that special disc you can share the chains with and wake up in the morning happy to take out to the course?
Let us know in the comments below. Have you had your heart broken as many times as I have?
Steve Hill covers all angles of the game for Rattling Chains, even if he can’t hit those angles himself. Contact him at steve [at] rattlingchains.com and follow him on Twitter @OneMileMore.