If you’re looking to shave a few strokes from your golf score you’re probably in the market for a new putter.
There’s a lot of technical terms involved with golf clubs (some helpful, some not so much) and I created this guide to help you learn how to choose a putter with confidence. It’s my hope you’ll be fully informed on the topic when you’re done reading.
Let’s get into it!
How I Went From A Horrible Golfer To Decent
I’m a life long athlete and have always excelled at sports – except golf. Golf gave me a lot of problems for a long time. The biggest problem I had, though, was using the wrong equipment.
When I first started (I was around 12) I went to Dicks Sporting Goods and asked the guy working there which clubs I should get. Noticing my age and knowing that I was new to the game he brought my to the youth section and recommended a cheap set of clubs. I bought them and went off on my way.
Around 12 is when I hit my major growth sport and by 14 I shot up to 6 feet tall. The only problem was I kept the junior clubs. Every time I went to hit the ball I would hit the top of the ball. No matter what I did or what I tried I just couldn’t make good contact.
I tried everything and eventually I got fed up and stopped playing for a while. In time, though, it dawned on me the clubs were too short and I went out and bought a new set – one that was size appropriate.
After a few rounds I was better than I ever was. That’s when I learned the importance of buying proper equipment for golf. If you’re struggling to sink putts or just want to shave a few strokes you should look into new gear.
Selecting a properly sized putter and one that fits your needs can make all the difference out on the green.
Let’s get to all the information you’ll need to choose the right putter now.
The Right Choose Is A Balancing Act
The center of gravity is something you should consider when selecting this club. Whether or not you putt by going straight back and froth or by putting on an arch determines which you’ll want. Here’s a brief description of both:
Face Balanced: Face balanced putters have a center of gravity right below the axis of the shaft. This product is designed for golfers that putt straight back and forth because it won’t open on the backswing.
Toe Weighted: Toe weighted putters have a center of gravity not below the axis of the shaft. On the backswing this equipment tends to open up making it perfect for people that putt on an arch.
Keep in mind a lot of putters fall somewhere in the middle between face and head balanced.
Pick The Right Head
After you have the balance figured out you should shift you attention to the type of head you want; again your putting style comes into play here. There’s two major ones to decide from and they are:
Blade/Anser: This type of putter has been around for over a hundred years and sports a basic, traditional style. A blade putter is best suited for people with a straight back and forth swing because the center of gravity is more face balanced.
Here’s an example of a blade putter:
Mallet: Mallet putters should be purchased by anyone who swings on an arch because the center of gravity is towards the head. This type of product has a very large head and tends to be more forgiving – this means poorly hit shots won’t be as bad.
Here’s an example of a mallet putter:
Choose The Proper Length
Now that you have the head figured out take a look at the different putter lengths.
Normal Length: This is the type of putter you’ll most likely see out on the green. It allows for you to naturally dangle your arms to grab the grip and let’s you have a natural putting stroke. You can find these products between 32 inches to 36 inches. If you’re new to golf or have a traditional swing you should select normal length
Belly Putter: There was a brief period of time belly putters were very popular but recent changes to PGA rules forbids using anchoring techniques while putting (players were using their belly as a third anchor point). You can still use these products but you’re not allowed to press the end of the putter into your stomach.
Here’s a golfer using a belly putter:
Long Putters: Long putters are typically between 48 to 52 inches and look like a broom – some can reach as high as your chin. You won’t see too many of these on the golf course and it’s hard to master. I personally would stay away from these products.
Here’s a golfer using a long putter:
It’s That Simple!
Having a good putter is essential to golf – think about how many times you putt in a single round. Choosing the right product for your short game can easily shave a few shots off you final score. Choose the wrong one and you might find yourself struggling.
I put together a list of my favorite 13 putters for the year and I have one for all budgets and skill levels. If you want to check it out, click below.
My Favorite Putters For The Year
If you have any questions about this topic or golf in general you can comment below and I’ll respond as quickly as possible. You can go to the golf section on the top of this page to search around for more information too.
Are you ready to sink some nice putts this year?