HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT GOLF PUTTER

by Josh Cassap, Golf Manager

Some tips on choosing the right golf putter:

1. Length: Perhaps the most important component to a putter. To test length, firstly get into a correct address position. When tilting from your hips, you want your eyes over the ball and hands under your shoulders. If you grip a “standard” length putter and find you’re gripping down the shaft, you will need a shorter putter. If you grip beyond the end of the putter shaft, you will need a longer putter.

2. Weight: If you find you need a shorter putter, just cutting your putter shaft will do you no good. The putter is built to be a certain swing weight at a certain length. Cutting it down will also make the swing weight go down and it will feel too light in your hands. So you need to buy a golf putter that has the proper weight. A 35″ putter usually has a head weight of 330 grams. If you need a 34″ putter, you need to look at having 350- to 360-gram head weight. If you need a shorter putter of 32″ to 33,” you need to look at having a 370- to 380-gram head weight.

3. Balance Point: There are basically two types of putter head: face-balanced and toe-balanced. If you lay the shaft in your hand with the shaft parallel to the ground and the face is facing the sky, you have a face-balanced putter. If the toe is hanging toward the ground, you have a toe-balanced putter. If you want a square-to-square stroke (which means the putter face is always square to the target and the stroke is straight back and through), you would benefit with a face-balanced putter. If you want to be have an arc stroke (which means the putter face will open and closed relative to the target and the stroke travels on a slight curve), you would benefit from a toe-balanced putter.

4. Head Design: This is where it becomes a little more player preference. Putter heads come in all different shapes and sizes, but it really boils down to whether you prefer a mallet head or more of a blade head. Do you prefer a sight line or none? If you prefer a square putting style with a face-balanced putter, you may benefit from a mallet head with sight line. If you are an arc putter, you may benefit from a blade putter with no sight line.

It is very important to pick a golf putter suited to your style of stroke. Becoming a good putter can lower your score dramatically, or save that round when you’re not hitting well!

We have a great range of putters in stock, so visit us at our Moorabbin store for advice and to get a fitting.

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