I've been using a Pro Birdie for about 2 years now and I'm making little progress in improving my putting game. I continue to be about less that 50% from 30 feet and about 70% from 20 feet. I've also found the Birdie, which has a deep lip compared to most putters, to be inconsistent with the release due to the deep lip.
Does anyone have a good suggestion on some putters that I should look at? I know that it's difficult to make a suggestion without assessing my form/putting style. Has anyone moved from a deep rim putter before?
The Birdie's got too deep of a rim. I found that my hands are kind of knobby, so there's always something hanging up on the underside of wide-rimmed putters. Even when you have a good release occasionally something would hang up. You can't get your percentage up with a disc that has that kind of inconsistency.
Go with an Aviar/Magnet-like disc for a while. 'Shiny' and hard putters are no good also. They slip outside on strong-side putts, split the chains and run out the backside, or the classic dead-center pole rejection.
I prefer a disc with some shock absorbtion and grippy. Hit a chain or two on the strong side, and it curls up to the pole and drops to the basket. Bounce-outs hit the ground and flop, vs rolling away.
Changing out that disc will probably improve both of your averages instantly. Those aren't very good numbers you've posted. You can get your 30 footer to 70% - you gotta seriously spend time with the basket.
Here's how do it.
1. Get a basket, preferably two. Make the yourself, if you have to.
2. Never practice with more than 5 putters at a time.
3. Set a practice goal. I like to make 100 from 25 ft and out. (not putt 100, but make 100)