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5 Things to Consider when Buying a Putter

By on March 6, 2020

5 Things to Consider when Buying a Putter

To buy a putter can be challenging for some people because of the many options available. Ultimately, it is a matter of personal preference and taste. But because of the many options, some find it difficult to select just one. Therefore, here is a quick guide to buying putter. These 5 things to consider when buying a putter can help you narrow down your choices and select the most appealing to you.

Alignment 

The alignment of the putter is one of the most common problems of golfers. It is highly advised that you choose a putter that inspires you to be more confident when you look down at address. Select a putter model that you feel comfortable lined up with your target. This is a crucial factor to consider because an incorrect and uncomfortable alignment will result in missed targets left or right that can cost you strokes.

Putter Head: Mallet or Blade

Choosing a putter head will depend on the type of green you are playing at. Blade putter heads are usually a lot lighter in weight than mallet heads which makes them ideal to use for faster greens. Mallet heads on the other hand weigh more and have a larger head compared to blades. This head is ideal for slower greens to avoid hard strokes giving you better control and precision. Many golfers actually prefer the latter because the added weight decreases “wristiness” allowing them to swing their arms in a pendulum motion which helps with accuracy.

Length of Putter

Length of putter is another important thing to remember on the 5 things to consider when buying a putter. There are three different putter lengths you can choose from: long, belly, and traditional. The long putter decreases “wristiness” and is ideal for golfers who are suffering from back pain. But if you find long putters too uncomfortable because it is too long, there is the belly putter which does the same thing: minimise “wristiness.”

Putter Face

When choosing the face of the putter, consider the type of ball that you are using as well as how fast or slow the greens you are playing at is. The sound made upon impact with the ball will tell you how hard you hit it and how far it will go. Generally, putter face made of metal is the most ideal as it will produce the best sounds upon impact with the ball.

Shafts and Hosels

Keep in mind that your putter style will determine the type of shaft that is most ideal for you. For golfers who usually rotate the blade open and then shut it through the stroke, a heel-shafted putter will work best for you. For golfers with a flat stroke, a putter with a center-shaft will work best for you.

These 5 things to consider when buying a putter will enable you to purchase the best putter for your kind of game and for the type of player that you are.

About James Langmead

James Langmead is the golf professional at Stover Golf Club in Newton Abbot

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