Gaim G-360 Tungsten Putter vs. Ping Sigma 2 Fetch Putter
In order to come up with a head to head competition for putters, I came up with a 10 category match play style scoring system to evaluate which putter would come out the winner. There could be many different ways to conduct a head to head competition, but this was the way I decided it would work the best. I tested these putters on my backyard putting green over a number of tests to see if results repeated themselves. I used yellow Srixon golf balls with the Gaim G-360 and white Callaway golf balls with the Ping Fetch. This allowed for quick visual results. These are my results…
These might be some of the most critical putts in golf. If you have your putter dialed in from 6′ you are going to shoot better scores. While this length putt might not make use of the various features of the putters, it is one of the most important putts you will take on the course.
Results: Ping 95% vs Gaim 95%
Ping +.5 / Gaim +.5
While these always feel like makeable putts, the reality is that even on tour, guys are making these less than 50% of the time. This seems crazy, but remember that on tour, every putt is different and the pressure can get to you. If you have them putt those on a flat putting green from the same spot (like I did) that percentage would go way up.
Results: Ping 60% vs. Gaim 50%
At this length, we aren’t always thinking about making the putt, but getting it really close and making it some of the time. PGA pros are certainly better at this length than amateurs, but even they don’t make many putts of this length. If you are practicing on a putting green, you shouldn’t expect to make too many of these either.
Results: Ping 20% vs Gaim 25%
Gaim + 1
These are truly lag putts, that every once and while might actually go in, but realistically should be thought about more in terms of keeping it close. At this length on the flat putting green the numbers still are way low, but higher than on the course with totally different reads every time.
Results: Ping 5% vs Gaim 10%
The above results were simply made putts. While 1 putts are the best, the next most important number is the distance from the hole for your second putt. For this one I looked at all the above results and made dispersion circles much like I would with other clubs when doing testing.
Results: Ping 5′ circle vs Gaim 5.5′ circle
There are hundreds of different ways that putter set-up behind the ball and then what alignment aids are offered on the crown. There are many different theories on what works best for your eyes, and I think every golfer likes something different. The Ping Fetch uses 2 wide lines that frame the ball, while Gaim G-360 uses 3 lines, 2 that frame the ball and 1 down the center.
Results: Ping wide lines vs. Gaim center lines
Gaim + 1
This is another subjective category, so it does come down to preference. I like a solid yet muted feel on my putter. For this one I mixed up the golf ball models to make sure it wasn’t influenced by a certain ball, but that both putters hit the same balls. I like a good heft and solid click at impact that isn’t too mush or too loud, but that solid middle ground.
Results: Ping Muted vs. Gaim Solid
As much as I’d like to think I’d putt with any putter no matter what it looks like, I still prefer to look down on a good looking putter. Again this is another subjective category, but many golfers buy putters because they like how they look. While these 2 putters have a similar shape, they are very different aesthetically. The Ping is mostly silver with just a black face while the Gaim is white on top with a black face and sole.
Results: Ping Silver vs. Gaim White
Grip, headcover and the little design details also make a putter. While these items can be changed to virtually anything you want, that costs you extra if they don’t come that way from the manufacturer. This is an off-the-rack comparison of the Ping Fetch vs. the Gaim G-360. The Ping has large grip, while the Gaim has a simple Lamkin pistol. The Ping has a magnetic leather like headcover while the Gaim has a velcro neoprene headcover. The Ping has an adjustable length shaft, while the Gaim comes stock at one length.
Results: Ping leather headcover, large grip and adjustable length vs Gaim neoprene headcover, pistol grip and one length
Ball Retriever System
One of the unique features of both of these putters is their ability to “suction” up a ball from the cup or ground. Both heads are shaped so that they can fit into a standard golf cup and retrieve a ball from it. I also used the ball retriever system when I just wanted to pick up a ball even if it wasn’t in the bottom of the hole. Ping uses are large hole that is just barely smaller than the ball, while Gaim uses a tension based hole that is smaller on the top, but grabs the ball on the bottom.
Results: Ping large hole vs. Gaim tension hole
The Ping Sigma 2 Fetch and the Gaim G-360 Tungsten are both very good putters and have very similar qualities. While I prefer more of a blade style putter, both of these putters worked very well in my bag. My on-course results were very similar round to round. This test required a more controlled environment of my backyard putting green. If you add up the numbers above you will see..
Results: Ping + 4.5 vs. Gaim +5.5
Gaim G-360 with the close win.
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