Hope for you this is your favorite club in your bag, or you will hurt your scorecard! The putter is the most used club on a golf course, and it’s 50% of your score. I regularly observe some golfers have lost confidence in the green, many putts missed within a meter, and a lot of 3 putts.
To be honest, many times, it’s the swing, the routine, or even the lack of training that has caused them to lose confidence. But sometimes the problem is with the putter they are using. It doesn’t match their “natural” swing and rather than working together. They tend to work against each other. Choosing the right putter is essential.
Which leads us to the next question: Do you have the right putter for you?
Sometimes it’s funny how golfers choose their putter. Some have the only criterion, the aesthetic side, while others choose their favorite player’s putter.
This is why I present you here a guide to finally see how to choose the putter which corresponds to you correctly.
How To Identify Your Club Path?
Right-handed or left-handed, male or female, you will all need to determine your club path to get started. Do you tend to have a straight and straight club path or, on the contrary, to have a rather arched club path?
To determine it, nothing could be simpler. Place two clubs or two alignment sticks on the ground, parallel to your club path.
Perform several ballless swings and focus on your club path. You will then see if the latter is rather straight or if it is more in an arc.
The Different Putter Balances
A well-balanced putter is a prerequisite for its purchase. However, the balances vary from one putter to another and, therefore, necessarily from one golfer to another. This balancing takes into account the direction and the inclination of the head of the putter. In general, two forms of balancing are used: Toe Balanced and Face balanced. They vary according to the style of the golfer who wants to acquire them. It is therefore important that for this criterion, you know your club path.
When you hold the club by the shaft in your hands, these are the putters that have a clubhead that points towards the ground. This means that the center of gravity is not directly below the axis of the shaft. These are generally more precise putters but less forgiving of errors in the area of impact.
I recommend players with an arched club path use this type of putter. But beware, you will pay dearly for off-center balls and that is why it is a type of putter recommended for players who are confident in their putting.
When you hold the club by the shaft in your hands, these are the putters with a clubhead that points skyward. This means that the center of gravity is directly under the axis of the shaft.
These are the types of putters with less tendency to open when backswing and less likely to close when downswing. With larger club heads, these clubs promote a more natural swinging motion and easier alignment.
This is why I recommend players with a path club right to use this type of putter.
Key Factors To Choose Your Putter
These elements are crucial and should determine your choice. Together, they help improve the golfer’s style and allow him to find a regular rhythm to make his swing. These are the clubhead, clubface, offset, shaft length, and grip.
The Club Head
The head of the club is a very important criterion. Its shape varies depending on the putter chosen. There are three shapes: the blade, the peripheral weight distribution and the mallet.
Also called Blade putter, this head shape is the most classic. Generally rectangular and flat, it offers more precision. The putter provided with this head shape is traditionally heavy and the latter points downwards.
It was designed for use on hard greens. It helps to obtain a better touch of the ball. Note that it corresponds to players with an arched club path. If you are confident in your putting, do not hesitate to opt for this type of putter.
Peripheral Weight Distribution
This head shape is the improved or evolved version of the blade-shaped one. Thanks to its peripheral weight distribution capacity, it provides more precision, consistency and tolerance. This makes it the easiest putter to play.
This head configuration forms a semicircle. Putters with mallet-shaped heads have fairly large heads. It is precisely this volume that optimizes the precision of the shot. It gives the movement of the balance almost natural ease. Equipped with this putter, players with the right club path will feel confident.
I recommend that you try a putter with each of these head shapes. Only in this way will you make a choice adapted to your needs and, above all, to your swing.
The Club Face
It plays a crucial role during the swing. It greatly influences the ball’s flight, which means that you must choose a putter with a face adapted to your swing.
However, it must be said that your choice should depend on your preferences, the type of balls you are using, and the green you are used to practicing on. The club’s face is often covered with several types of materials that vary the feel of the ball. During your fittings, so you will encounter putters with face metal in the groove and insert.
Made of metal
The most common metal used to cover the face of putters is steel. However, many other metals are mined to do this. So there are putters in bronze, aluminum, zinc, copper, brass and titanium. This constitution reduces the contact with the materials at the time of impact with the ball. Loud, it allows you to imagine from the moment of impact the distance of your putt. If you are looking for a putter that will give you firmness and control, choose this one.
It is a fairly soft alloy that is placed on the face of the putter. This face is made soft by the insert’s presence, which comes into contact with the ball. This type of putter is suitable for golfers who are used to golfing with hard balls. If you prefer the noise produced at the moment of impact to be considerably reduced, I recommend that you choose this type of putter.
These are grooved face putters. They can basically either be made of metal or have an insert. Therefore, these grooves are sometimes placed on the metal or inserted to allow the golfer to keep the ball inline. They also allow the golfer to top-spin the ball, giving it speed while keeping it on the line of putt.
This is the offset between the clubhead and the shaft. Almost all putters, like most clubs, are designed with an offset, but there are different types:
The shaft is centered on the clubhead on this type of putter, with the putter balancing as a priority. Your preferences greatly condition the choice of this type of putter. If you are more into classic putters, then choose a center-shafted putter.
These are putters where the shaft comes in contact with the clubhead at his heel, so at the end closest to the player. If you are one of the golfers who prefer to feel the club heel’s weight, choose this type of putter.
This type of putter has a rear offset. The offset is made to offset the bottom of the shaft in front of the clubface. This is what prompts the golfer to bring his hands back in front of the ball on impact.
It is important to find the correct length of the putter. When you have the length that is right for you, your shots will be more consistent. It would be best to make your choice based on your height and how comfortable you want your putter to be. There are several types of lengths; however, there are 3 families:
Traditional (32-36 Inches)
This is a very popular putter size on the market. The standard shaft length is generally 35 inches and corresponds to a golfer measuring 175 cm in height. If you’re not that tall, this one should do the trick.
Belly Putter (41-46 Inches)
The belly putter is played by pressing with the navel. More and more players use it, at a high level as in leisure practice, even if some professionals like Tiger Woods want him dead. In addition to the two hands, this offers a third point of contact between the golfer and his club. In terms of stability, it is to a traditional putter what the tricycle is to a bicycle. The action of the wrists gains in balance and the player reinforces his precision.
Long (48-52 Inches)
Less common than the first two, putters of this size are extremely long. This type of putter finds its point of support at the level of the chest or chin. Cold blood and skill make the difference with these putters. Obviously, with long putters, the stress factor and skill are partly reduced thanks to the balance resulting from the element of stability given, particularly by an “anchoring” in the belly. However, due to its lack of aesthetics and odd grip, this putter will suit few players.
The grip of the putter is special. You will see that the putter is the only club with a flat edge grip with more observation. The flat is often opposed to the golfer’s body so that the latter can easily take his club in hand. Be aware that the grip is the only part of the putter you are in direct contact with. It, therefore, greatly determines the sensation felt by the golfer.
Putters with a wider grip give players more options for where they want their hands to be. As a result, the weight of the putter is distributed more evenly.
Generally, the finer the grip, the heavier your putter (and vice versa). With a thick grip, you will have more feedback from the impact. In contrast, a thinner grip will give you a lot more rhythm and sensation by depriving you of feedback. If you have a style of putting that involves a lot of action, prefer a standard grip. Otherwise, go for a thick grip, as it not only reduces the influence of the fingers on the putter but it eliminates movement around the grip. A thicker grip will help you suppress the parasitic movements of your arms during your swing.
To know which of the many types of grips is best for you, you must hold the putter in your hand, handle it and practice putts. This exercise will allow you to identify the one that best adapts to your swing. Do not hesitate to inquire more fully with the seller about the different properties of these grips. Pick the one you feel comfortable with.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Choose The Length Of My Putter?
It is quite possible to choose the length of your putter, taking into account the configuration of your posture and your style of play. To better find the putter that suits you, it is recommended that you ask for professional advice. The latter will be able to take into account a certain number of parameters, including your height, posture, or position of your wrists concerning the ground.
Either way, there isn’t an ideal putter length. It depends mainly on your comfort, your address as well as your posture.
What Are The Most Popular Putters On The PGA Tour?
There is a multitude of putter models on the PGA Tour. But the putter that seems to be the most prominent on this tour is the TaylorMade Spider X. The main reason this Spider X is so popular is simple. It is a putter that is widely used, not only by professional golfers but also amateurs. Besides, it has allowed great golfers to win this competition on several occasions.
Spider X has some very interesting features, and you can easily adapt it to your game. It allows you to build real stability to your game. It is for this reason that it is very popular.
What Is The Difference Between Male And Female Putters?
Large brands indeed offer putters for men and women. On the other hand, others do not differentiate and offer only one type of putter for men and women. The main distinguishing factor between a male and female putter remains the length. Otherwise, as a rule, gender does not influence the effectiveness of the putting. However, other brands, in addition to the length, add the coloring to make a difference.
No matter what the change is, putters remain co-ed and can be used by both men and women.