Golf Club Help: How To Choose The Right PutterMonday, December 3rd, 2018
In golf, putting is like a separate challenge within the game. As a golfer, you should aim for two putts or less per hole to make par. Most golf courses are at or around par 72. Two putts per hole gives you 36 putts in a par round of 72, so it is almost half of your golf game.
Another reason putting is so important is that it can provide confidence so you can play more conservatively. If you know that putting the ball on the green will allow for a nice putt on your next shot, you can make your par. Here are some tips for choosing your next putter so you can have less stress while playing golf.
Putter head designs
It is best to understand how putters are designed before purchasing one for your set of clubs. One of the most important aspects to look at is the shape of the head.
The blade putter is the most traditional putter head design. Introduced during the early 1900s, this classic model is still used by players today. It has a simple, flat look and is easy to manufacture and use on a variety of greens. If you have a straight putting stroke, the blade putter design is well suited for you.
Peripheral weighted putters
The peripheral weighted putter followed the blade putter. This club gives you a soft and delicate putt with additional weight in the heel and toe portions. This model will provide you with more forgiveness and consistency.
Mallet putters have a large, weighted head designed to give golfers more consistency on the green. This putter offers more sizes and various alignments, increasing the smoothness of your swing.
Faces and inserts
The face of your putter will depend on your specific needs, including the speed of the green you are playing on and which ball you use.
Metal faced putters
If you are golfing on a fast green, you will want to use a hard ball with a firm metal faced putter. The metal faced model is usually made from steel. There are other metals used, but steel is known to make these clubs more responsive, offering you a more controlled feel.
Metal faced putters also make a louder noise. You know immediately when you’ve made the connection and you will feel the center of your putter. There are some metal faced putters which have milling on the face to give you a softer connection.
Insert faced putters
Some golfers prefer to use an insert faced putter. This is a metal faced putter that has a light-weight, non-metal insert so the weight of the club is redistributed. This redistribution of weight adds to the heel and toe of the putter to increase your Moment Of Inertia (MOI) and provide more forgiveness.
Some feel the insert faced putter does not offer the same sound of a metal face and gives a softer feel to your putt. There are insert faced putters that will replicate the metallic sound if you prefer this in your game.
Grooved face putters
Grooved face putters only recently made their appearance on the market. The grooves on this club have been added to the putter line to provide you with more forward motion and keep the golf ball in line better. The grooves grip the surface and lift the ball out of its resting position, providing a rolling motion. This design is intended to reduce sliding, skidding, and back spinning of the ball when you putt.
There are two types of balance to understand when choosing a putter. These clubs do not fall into two defined categories, but the following are a general description of the two you will find most often. Many putters will fall somewhere in between them. You will need to match your stroke to the correct balance to maintain consistency on the green.
Face balanced putters
A face balanced putter faces upwards when you balance the shaft on your finger. The center of gravity on these is directly below the axis of the shaft. If you have a straight putting stroke, the face balanced putter will help you open less on your backswing and close less on your follow through.
Toe balanced putters
If your putting stroke has an arc, a toe balanced putter will work better for you. These clubs will point to the ground when balanced on your finger. The center of gravity on a toe balanced putter is not below the shaft axis. When your putt has an arc, this putter will work best as it opens and closes throughout the stroke.
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