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Old 06-27-2019, 07:52 PM
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Why do people have a preference? As far as I can tell, beaded putters putt and drive great, and non-beaded putters putt and drive great.

I can understand not liking deeper putters, until I found a grip modification that worked well for me I preferred shallower putters. But I never understood the concern about beads.
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Old 06-27-2019, 07:56 PM
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Some just don't like the feel of the bead. Maybe it's the way they grip the disc, and it 'catches' on their finger.

Some incorporate the bead into their grip and throw, and would not be comfortable without that bead.

For me, at first I preferred non-beaded putters and used the Warden. Then I changed my putting style from push/splush to spin, and found I liked beaded putters for the 'groove' they create for the index finger to rest upon. I'm okay either way: I like the Paul McBeth Prototype, which is non-beaded; the Pa4 (non-beaded); the Pa3 (beaded), and now I putt with the Marshal (small bead).
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:09 PM
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Feel, I have been through the ringer with putters man and I loved beaded at first. Then non beaded. The feel of the bead and my grip were causing comfort issues so I switched. It's a very personal thing and can get in your head enough to cause issues. Neither are better just what the thrower likes.

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I started out putting with a Ridge, which has a small bead and I created a grip that relied on having a bead.
My Index finger rests on the wing just about where the bead is being the bottom of the finger.

I've tried multiple beadless putters and I've been only somewhat successful with only a few.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:25 PM
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I can use either, the depth of the putter matters more to me.

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I think I get a cleaner release putting with beads. Throwing them it doesn't matter as much, but I'm more used to having one.

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I can use either, the depth of the putter matters more to me.
I read this as, “I can’t use either” and was like, “you and me both...”

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I don't really care much either way, I just don't want the bottom of the rim to be sharp, needs to be rounded.

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I don't notice a difference at all really. I throw a beadless and a small bead, putt a beadless. Used to putt the small bead I now only throw. With my grip, I don't notice at all.
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I think I get a cleaner release putting with beads. Throwing them it doesn't matter as much, but I'm more used to having one.
I get a cleaner release from a Warlock than a Wizard, but I get a cleaner release from a big bead Aviar than a beadless one.

Beads on a putter are like guitar necks to me; I might have a preference but if the tone is killer the neck probably isn't going to be a deal breaker. Same way with a bead on my putter, if it's getting in the basket I can use anything.

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