How To Buy A Putter
There is nothing more personal to a golfer than his or her putter is. Golfers of all levels live or die by their
putting ability, and the choice of a putter is as much by personal preference of style, look and weight as it is by
technology. There are, however, certain guidelines that can help you in your selection of a putter.
Types of putters
There are a number of basic types of putters.
- Narrow and flat
- Best feel for the ball
- Popular among low handicappers
- Blades differ in where the shaft enters the head,
either at the heel or center shafted, where it enters
more in the middle of the blade.
- Has a large, rounded head
- The weight is usually balanced throughout the club, which provides golfers with a more consistent putting
- Perimeter weighted
- A very forgiving design where the weight is distributed around the edges
- Provides for a larger sweet spot because the perimeter weighting stabilizes any slight
- Designed with composite inserts made of a softer material
- Provide for a better feel on the putt and a smoother role
- The insert is in the face of the putter, therefore neatly defining each club's sweet spot
- The actual putter blade is placed back from the shaft slightly
- Allows the golfer's eyes to be more directly on top of the ball when standing over the putt. This increases
top spin for a truer roll.
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Choosing the right length
- A putter that is too short will throw off your view of the putting line, as will a putter
that is too long
- Determining the proper length putter for your frame is important. To ensure the proper fit follow these
- Assume your regular putting stance
- Let your arms hang down naturally
- Measure to just above the top of your hand for the proper length of the putter
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