Many individuals believe that the game of golf would be much more straightforward without putting. Whether it is judging a 40-foot winder or staying calm while downhilling, putting is critical to a successful round of golf.
Despite being the most-used club in any golfer’s bag, the putter is often neglected because many golfers simply choose a putter because it looks good on the rack or has a good reputation. There are many putters available, and since these clubs are used so frequently, it only makes sense to pay attention to the type you choose. If possible, all golfers should consider getting fitted professionally for a putter. If that is not possible, the information presented below could aid you in fitting a putter on your own.
Before examining a few features of the market’s putters, we must understand that choosing the right putter is based on two significant factors, putting styles and the sizing guidelines for putters. Most golfers fit into one of two categories for putting strokes – the straight stroke and the slight arc stroke. Your stroke type will significantly influence the type of putter you should choose.
Straight putting refers to a golfer’s ability to make the club path as straight as possible while maintaining the angle of the putter’s face parallel to the target. If a golfer uses a slight arc on their putts, they will return the club to the ball square and finish in a slight arc to the left. With the arc stroke, the backstroke usually involves opening the face, while the impact is closed a bit, ending with a closed putter face.
Balancing Of The Head
The first feature you should look for in a putter is head weight distribution. You will need a toe-hang putter or a face-balanced putter, depending on whether your stroke is straight or arc. The golfer can maintain a square putter face more efficiently with a face-balanced putter. It is a toe-hang putter, which will significantly improve the chances of the putter maintaining a consistent arc.
A simple test can be performed to determine whether a putter is face-balanced or toe-hang. You should place the putter’s shaft horizontally on your open palm, allowing the putter head to sit in a natural position. The tip of the putter should point to the sky when it is face-balanced. If the putter’s toe hangs down or lies to one side, it is a toe-hang putter.
Shape And Weight Of The Head
The next step will involve determining the shape and weight of the putter to determine if you need a face-balanced or a toe-hang putter. It is a matter of personal choice, but it may be influenced by the type of greens you play on, as well as your level of golf.
If you consider yourself a proficient golfer and have proven to hit the sweet spot of your putter consistently, then you should consider using a blade-style putter. These types of putters typically offer the least amount of forgiveness but provide a more classic appearance. To help keep your stroke consistent and solid, you may want to try a mallet putter.
In terms of weight, again, this may change depending on your individual preferences. You can also tailor it to the particular greens that you usually play on. Quite simply, if you tend to putt on slower greens, you might benefit from using a head with more mass. If you putt on faster greens, you might consider switching to a lighter putter to retain some feel.
Length Of Shaft
To determine the length of your putter, a PGA professional would be the ideal source. However, an approximate length for your shaft can be determined by the following test.
- First, the putt should be addressed as you usually would.
- Once you have finished, you should drop a golf ball from your left eye.
If the golf ball you just dropped lands on the golf ball you will hit, then your putter is the correct length (although factors other than length must be factored in). If the dropped golf ball falls between the stationary golf ball and your feet, then the putter is considered too long. The dropped golf ball should strike the stationary ball to ensure that your eyes are on the ball.
Type Of Grip
Finally, the grip is the final touch. There are hundreds of different grip styles available today. Choosing the putter grip should primarily be a matter of personal preference. At the same time, it is vital to bear in mind that using a larger grip helps reduce wrist hinge. Additionally, using a heavier grip will give the sensation that the weight of the head is lighter. Alternatively, a lighter grip could make the head feel heavier.
Always remember that there is no one size fits all approach. Understand your playing style and preferences and use whatever you prefer. If you experience any difficulty, talk to a professional.