Golf: How To Choose A Putter That’s Right For You
Arguably the best putter is the one you feel the best standing over, as you have to be comfortable with your equipment. Keeping this in mind, there are some considerations, such as your golfing style, personal preferences, and height that will determine the best option for your golfing needs.
Whatever style you go for, it is important that you love the look of your putter – it should fill you with confidence and assurance that you are armed with the right equipment.
Choose The Right Putter
Putting is for many golfers the most challenging and at times even frustrating part of the game. Improving your putting can take you from being a good golfer to a great one. One of the common problems with putting is not having the right equipment, so learning to choose the right putter can be a game-changer. Depending on your style of putting and personal preferences, here’s how to choose the right putter for you.
Identify Your Style of Putting
First, ask yourself if you use the arc stroke or the straight back, straight through method. If you use the arc stroke, you will “take the putter back slightly inside and open the face on the way back”, according to The Left Rough. A famous example of an arc stroke putter is Tiger Woods.
If you use the straight back, straight through method your backstroke and followthrough keep to a straight path, as the name suggests.
Choosing The Head Shape
The blade is the oldest type of putter in golf and performs great when you hit with the middle of the club. However, if you cannot consistently do so, the blade is making putting harder for you than it needs to be. Blades tend to be toe balanced (also known as toe hang), which is important if you use the arc stroke putting method.
The second main type is the mallet putter, which is bigger than the blade and often has a target line on the top that can be used to line up to each putt. Mallet putters are great for the straight back, straight through putters among us. Both the blade and mallet putters are decreasing in popularity over time.
Finally, high MOI putters are rising in popularity. They usually have heavier heads than blade or mallet putters and can be great for high handicap players, though anyone can benefit from this technology. Players such as Rory McIlroy and Jason Day use high MOI putters and they are generally recommended as the best option.
Find The Right Putter Shaft
Generally, most putters connect the shaft to the heel of the putter, but some putters have a center shaft or heel option.
A center shafted putter is perfectly balanced, with the same weight in the heel as in the toe of the club. This makes it ideal for the straight back, straight through golfer. A heel shaft is preferable for an arc stroke, as you can turn the head during the stroke.
It is also worth noting the length of the shaft. More than anything, this will affect your posture. Whether you tend to stand upright or are more hunched when you put, you will need a club the appropriate length for your style and physical dimensions.
Your height is a factor in the ideal length of your putter. If you are under 5ft tall, your putter length should be around 32 inches. If you are 5ft – 5’4, a 33-inch putter is best. For those who are 5’5 – 5’10, a putter of 34 inches is ideal, and anyone over 5’10 should look at putters measuring 35 inches and above.
Is My Putter Right For Me?
Does your putter make you feel confident in your ability to put? Does it feel like a natural extension of your arm, and please you to look at? These key requirements will be your first indication of whether your putter is right for you.
As you have now figured out what style of putter you are, you should have a better idea of what style of head is most appropriate. Whether your putter has a toe hang or straight path, it should match your putting style – arc or straight back, straight through.
Your putter should let you aim easily, and be a comfortable length for your preferred posture. If it ticks all of these boxes, your putter is probably a great match for you. Now it’s time to take to the golf course with your shiny new equipment and work on your put – don’t just be good, be great!