Golf enthusiasts all agree that out of all clubs in your bag, the golf putter is the most valuable. There are golfers though who overlook the importance of choosing golf putters, so they often end up having a bad game.
How will you know which is the best golf putter for you? What factors do you need to consider?
Golf putters have standard lengths but you can choose to cut them down if you’re not comfortable with how long they are. The putter’s length is one of the most important factors
It all boils down to how happy you are with the putter.
There’s no specific rule on how golf putters must weigh; some are light while some are heavy.
To help you decide, here’s a tip: heavy putters are better used on slower greens, while light putters will work better on fast greens.
The putter’s cost usually varies, and it often depends on the manufacturer and its reputation. The cost can also differ based on the manufacturer’s method of production.
For some, cost may matter, but don’t let it be a deciding factor or a major reason for choosing a golf putter. Doing this is a mistake.
Choose a putter that fits your stroke. Golf putters vary and are meant to match different stroke types. What kind of stroke do you have?
•If you’re going for a straight back & straight through stroke, go for a face-balanced putter.
•If you’re aiming for a conventional open-square-closed stroke, then go for a toe-weighted putter.
How would you know which is which? Here’s how to distinguish one from the other.
Balance the putter on your palm, or on a table, wherever is easier for you.
•Is the putter parallel to the horizon, and does it point up to the sky? Then it’s a face-balanced putter.
•Does the toe settle lower than the rest of the golf putter? Then it’s a toe-hang or toe-balanced putter.
Research shows that there are more golfers who choose to use toe-balanced putters than face-balanced putters.
What about you? What do you choose?
There are different putter designs, and these designs can also help you choose the kind of putter that you’ll be getting for your game.
•Blade Putters – The blade putters have traditional good looks. They are ideal for open-square-closed strokes, and are bad for straight-back and straight-through strokes because of the putter being heavily toe-weighted.
•Center Shafted Putters – There are two kinds:
1.Bull’s-eye – This was well-known during the 50s to the 80s. They look elegant but are less popular – of all putter designs, their sweet spots (area where you’ll most likely get hits) are the smallest.
2.Modern Center Shafted – They usually are face balanced, and they are ideal for a straight-back as well as a straight-through stroke.
•Heel and Toe Weighted Putters – They are called as such because weights are concentrated in the toe and heel areas. Among all putters, they have the largest sweetspots. These types of putters are known to twist less when used with off center hits.
•Mallet Putters – The mallet putter’s weight is spread further towards the face’s toe end. It can either be toe weighted or face balanced; it all depends on where the shaft enters the head.
•Futuristic Design Putters – The futuristic ones come in different sizes and shapes. They also appear more modern than other putters. Futuristic putters however were created with function in mind rather than appearance. They also have large sweet spots. Almost all putters with these designs are face balanced, and it might take time before you get used to using them.
Choosing golf putters is a crucial decision as the right putter will save you from bad putts, hence giving you better scores. Use this as a guide to see which putter is right for you.