Ask an Equipment Expert: Why do some pros use custom putter shafts?

August 24, 2019

Each month, we tap experts from the equipment industry to answer your most commonly asked questions. In this installment, Barney Adams, Founder of Breakthrough Golf Technology, explains why some golfers opt to use custom putter shafts and how a switch could help your game.

Why are some players using custom putter shafts? Are they that innovative? -Tony T., Orando, Fla.

The reason that products like Odyssey’s Stroke Lab design and our Stability Shaft (see photo below) were developed is largely due to the fact that traditional steel shafts provide inferior performance.

Breakthrough Golf Technology's Stability putter shaft.
Breakthrough Golf Technology's Stability putter shaft.

You have to keep in mind that many things have changed in putting over the years—green speeds have gotten much faster, putting strokes have become more pendulous (to work better with the new putting surfaces), and putterheads have gotten larger, in order to take advantage of increased MOI and stability.

Steel shafts deflect more with larger heads, preventing the face from consistently returning to square, which is a huge problem. Anyone who cares about scoring would do well to give a custom putter shaft a try.

— Barney Adams, Founder, Breakthrough Golf Technology

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