Lead Tape on Putter

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Scott Rushing
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Lead Tape on Putter

I've been looking for a somewhat heavier putter for our greens during times like this where they have to leave them long due to the heat.  They get so slow when they do that.  Not easy to find all the specs about weight of  like my old Ping putter I've been using.  So last night I had the idea of adding some lead tape to my backup putter, Nike Method Core blade putter I bought a few years ago.  Found my tape and putt 3 pieces on it, when I weighed all 4 pieces on my scale it was about 15-20 grams total.  So I figure I added maybe 10-12 grams to the putter.  Anyway I added it to the middle sole that was exposed.   Not sure how much it changed things but I generally got the ball around the hole, whereas last weekend, also slow, I left more than a few short on Saturday.  I didn't make any longer putts with the putter, but was close. Tried to center it as best I could so I wasn't putting more weight on the heel or toe, but I'm sure it's not exact.  So we'll have to see how it goes and whether it helps with speed or if I keep missing everything, I might be doing more damage on the direction and alignment.

Don, ever added lead tape to a putter?   I know some people worry about the feel and the counterbalance, but I just want to get more "ummf" behind the putts without changing my stroke.

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Used the putter again today..

Used the putter again today...one thing to note...this putter seems more sensitive to hitting the sweet spot of the PIng CRAZ-E...You feel it immediately and you lose distance on off center putts.  The CRAZ-E is more forigving in that since.   but I made several long putts today..got them to the hole and actually in.  So I'll keep working with it.  Might be easier to hit 'firmer' than the mallet CRAZ-E for some reason.  Seems like on the CRAZ-E, trying to hit it firmer goes way past..like there's no 'little more ummmf'.  But with the Nike I was able to get some in that middle ground today

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DON
Add the weight near the top

If I was going to add lead tape to your putter shown in the photo above, I would add the tape to the vertical surface just behind the face of the putter in the cneter of the blade. Another place I might add the tape would be on the center section, Back to front, of the head where there is a small section of the head that looks like it's a little bit below the top surface of the head. I'm talking about the two places that are near the toe and near the heel of the head, one of either side of the tape you added. I would do this to put the added weight ABOVE the CG of the putter head, and NOT near the bottom of the head. Adding wight near the TOP of the head will cause the putter to get the ball Rolling sooner and NOT cause the ball to pop UP into the air when you strike the ball. IF you want to ball to roll off the face of the putter and NOT hop up into the air and then bounce and skid when it lands again, you want the CG of the putter to be ABOVE the CG of the ball at impact. 

​Adding some weight at the heel and at the toe rather than in the center will also increase the MOI of the putte and make it a bit more forgiving of off center hit that are causing you to lose a bit of distance now. 

​A third option that I would use would be to aidd a lead weight down the shaft of the putter so it is just above the bend in the hosel. This would add the weight above the CG of the head and at the heel of the head. With the putter shown in the photo you have a TOE down putter design, or Toe heavy desigh. IF you want a more balanced design you could add the lead weight down the shaft just above the hosel for a better balance of the putter. This is how I build my own putter design where the putter is Face Balanced rather than a Toe Down putter design. A Face Balanced putter design is butter for a striaght back and forth putter stroke, which is how I perfer to stroke a putt. .

Don

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Hmmm, excellent points Don.  

Hmmm, excellent points Don.   I may play with moving the weight around.  Right now i do notice that this putter is sometimes getting the ball hoping.  So yeah, I'll try and move the weight around and see how that changes the feel.    Thanks!

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DON
Do you remember the wooden

Do you remember the wooden putter I was using when you were here and we played a round of golf with two of your friends just south of the airport? That putter had a CG that was well above the CG of the golf ball, and every golf instructor that I had try the putter was very impressed with how well it rolled the ball and how the ball did NOT jump up into the air when it was hit. A high CG was a main part of my design idea for that putter and it worked exactly as I planned. To be honest I have no idea why all of todays putters have a low CG when a high CG is so much better for a putter. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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I do remember that one Don. 

I do remember that one Don.  I do.  Well I've heard high CG for putters before to get the ball rolling forward..I just completely forgot all that placing this tape.  Hope to try it tomorrow and see what difference I can see.

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Lots of guys on tour add lead

Lots of guys on tour add lead tape to their putters.  Brent Snedeker is famous for it.  They generally put the tape on the sole of the putter.  It's all about getting a bit more head weight to improve feel.  I don't believe that you could affect the MOI or the size of the sweet spot simply with a few pieces of tape added to the sole.

I would think that adding weight to the shaft would be the worst possible thing you could do.  It's going to impact the opening and closing of the face.  If this is something that you're deliberately trying to do, then I would suggest you get a different style of putter that better suits your stroke.

DON
I would think that adding weight to the shaft would be the worst

Adding weight inside the tip of the shaft is NOT a problem with a putter nor with any other club. Most putters are TOE heavy designs so adding say 25 grams inside the shaft tip is not going to have much effect of the way the putter swings, but it will add some weight so the putter will feel a bit hotter when you strike the ball. And if you have a Face Balanced putter, then the weight will be right at the CG of the face and not effect it at all other than increasing the weight of the head. I've added a 25 gram wight down the shaft of a lot of putters over the years and it's a great way to improve the feel of the putter especially on slow greens where the extra weight helps to get the ball to the hole. 

Don

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scomac
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You may get away with it with

You may get away with it with a face balanced putter and a straight back straight through stroke, but you're playing with fire if you have a gated stroke and use a heel shafted putter.  It might help you to get the ball to the hole, but you'll be missing to the right.

Scott Rushing
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I've read many people try to

I've read many people try to adjust the weight of the putter by adding something to the shaft.  Didn't read close enough to figure out what mixture of stuff they put into the shaft but they definitely do it.  I didn't want to go to all that trouble..so lead tape to the putter head seemed easier.  I definitely felt a change to the feel of toe putts with placing some tape on the toe.  Subtle but it was definitely there.  Till the tape fell off.  Ha!

 

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Lead tape is an Okay way to

Lead tape is an Okay way to TRY out a wight change with a club, But after you figure out what you like or what works best for you, I'd much rather go with a more Permanent way to add weight. And that is why I use lead down the shaft for most clubs, and maybe heavier weights in a clubhead with removable weights. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.