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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.

  • Blades
    • 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.
  • Mallets
    • Has a large, rounded head
    • The weight is usually balanced throughout the club, which provides golfers with a more consistent putting stroke
  • 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 mis-hits
  • Insert
    • 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
  • Offset
    • 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 steps:
    • 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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