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Fisher Putters

Fisher Classic Tour CTS 3CI have to confess that Fisher putters is a brand that I hadn't heard of until an excellent salesman at American Golf alerted me to their existence.

I didn't know about the patents the company holds in relation to insert putters which other major companies like Odyssey and Taylormade have to pay licence fees to Fisher to emulate. In fact, there are 9 individual patents relating to insert technology that Dr. Dale Fisher, the company's founder, holds.

How much does all this matter when you've got a Fisher putter in your hands, though? Let's find out...

on a Fisher putter...

How do they look behind the ball?

The look of the Fisher putters CTS range is fairly traditional - they've got a Ping Anser shape (the CTS-1), two Ping Zing look-a-likes (the CTS-2 and CTS-4), a Ping B60 shape (the CTS-8) and several D-Shaped models.

They all look like they're made with pretty solid materials and are in no way offensive to the eye.

The insert is somewhat unusual insofar as it occupies the entire space between the top and bottom of the putter face and therefore is clearly visible at the top of the putter when you address the ball.

This frames the ball rather nicely and gives you a very good guide as to whether you are addressing the ball in the middle of the sweetspot - striking the ball here is one of the keys to putting (a central aimline, by the way, is no guarantee of this - quite often golfers fail to position the ball correctly when they only have an aimline to guide them).

I do have to say that the look of the putters is a bit more clunky than top class brands. The hosels in particular seemed a bit less sleek and styled, but you have to bear in mind that a Fisher cost a bit less than these brands, and I'd rather they saved money on the hosel than the face of the putter!

How do they feel?

Fisher Classic Tour CTS 3CThe inserts in these putters certainly feel soft.

They are a patented rubber polymer that is claimed by the manufacturers to reduce deflection off line from the shape of the dimples as the face of the putter makes contact with the ball.

How do they roll the ball?

The roll I got from the Fisher putter range was, sadly, not all that convincing. I felt that there was some inconsistency in the way the ball rolled and this had an effect on the dispersal of the balls around the hole.

I would have to be sure that I was going to get a better roll than this if I were going to switch from a more recognised brand of putter to a Fisher.

Innovative and soft face inserts are definitely the strength of Fisher putters, but the slightly workmanlike looks and inconsistency of roll would not make me rush to buy one of these putters.

It strikes me that if other more recognised companies are using almost all the Fisher technology under licence, then why not buy one of these other brands?

Maybe a Fisher costs you less in the shop, but would it lose you more on the course?

I, for one, think it would. 

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