Putters


A putter is a specialty golf club with only one purpose in mind: to get the ball into the hole. It is the one club that is used on the green and there are many styles of putters that players use. The putter is by far the most used club in your bag and if you look at any professional tournament, it is almost always the player that putts the best that wins, hence the term “drive for show and putt for dough”.

Putters are very much a personal choice for players. Golfers may use new drivers and a new set of irons every couple of years, but they may stick with a putter for years, just because they like the weight of it, or they like the way the ball travels off the club. The bottom line, is they just feel very comfortable with it.

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You have a number of options when selecting a new putter for your golf game. Blade and mallet putters are the two most common styles, and each has its own design and benefits that makes it best for a particular style of putting stroke.

Blade Putter

blade putterA blade putter has a simpler design than a mallet putter. Unless you’re a new golfer who purchased a mallet putter as your first putter, it’s highly likely that you have used a blade putter at some point in your life. This putter gets its name because it has a straight, blade-style club head attached to the end of the shaft. The shaft attaches either to the heel of the blade or closer to the center of the blade.

Mallet Putter

mallet putterMallet putters have more elaborate designs and are notable for their larger club heads. Although the club face of a mallet putter is square like a blade putter, mallet putters have large club heads that come in various shapes, such as square, semi-circle or even more abstract designs. Much of the weight of a mallet putter is away from the club face, providing golfers with a different feel while putting. The image to the right is the type of putter that I use. I like the weight of the putter and the 2 ball alignment helps me to line up my ball to the hole.

Which Type of Putter Should You Choose?

If you’re trying to decide between buying a mallet putter or a blade putter, much of the choice should be based on how the putter feels and performs in your hands. One of the key characteristics of a putter is its feel; it should be easy for you to swing so that you can concentrate on the putt itself, rather than the putter. Mallet putters often have more forgiveness in their club faces, due to how they are weighted. Even though mallet putters are bigger than blade putters, they often weigh the same.

Putter Buying Guide

There is no doubt that the one area of the game that causes everyday golfers the most amount of stress is putting. However, putter technology, like all golf technology, has changed to help every golfer. New types of putter are re-inventing many golfers’ games and helping them to putt better.

The following information will inform you on recent technology and help you discover which putter may save you shots on the green.

Types Of Putters

Face balanced putters versus toe balanced putters

face balanced versus toe balanced puttersFace Balanced describes putters that have a face that faces upwards when you balance the shaft on your finger. This will mean that the centre of gravity is directly below the axis of the shaft. Face balanced putters will tend to open less on the backswing and close less on the follow-through, which is why they are recommended to players with a straight putting stroke.  Toe Balanced putters are putters whose toe wants to point to the ground when you balance the shaft on your finger. This means the centre of gravity is not directly below the shaft axis. Toe balanced putters are more inclined to open and close throughout the stroke and are therefore better suited to players with an arc in their putting stroke.

Putter Faces And Inserts

The type of face that you want on a putter depends on what feel your prefer, what ball you use and the speed of greens you typically putt on. For instance, you would not want to use a hard feeling golf ball on fast greens with a firmer metal faced putter. You have to try and find the right combination of ball and putter face to match the greens that you normally putt on.

Feel with putting can sometimes be interpreted as sound. To find out how important sound is to you, try putting ear plugs or headphones in when practicing your putting and see how you react to not hearing the sound of the strike. If you prefer less noise, a soft insert may be for you.

Metal Faced Putters

metal faced putterThe traditional putter face material is steel. Other types of metals have been used in the past and many are still used today: bronze, aluminium, brass, copper, zinc and titanium. The extremely strong and heavy nature of metal suits putter faces very well. Steel has a reputation for a hard, yet responsive strike giving the those putters a solid, controlled feel.

Insert Faced Putters

insert faced putterInsert putters are basically metal putters with the metal face replaced with a light-weight non-metal insert. The main advantage of using a light insert is that the weight of the putter can be redistributed and added to the heel and toe of the putter, offering more forgiveness. Insert faced putters allow you to play with a firmer cover ball and still have the same level of feel as if you were using a softer ball with a metal face.

 

Types Of Putter Shafts

Shaft Lengths

Finding the right length of putter for your height and stroke is key to producing quality strikes and consistent putting. The wrong length of putter can lead to bad posture and inconsistent contact.

Putter length is measured from the sole of the putter below the hosel to the top of the shaft. The rules state that a putter shaft must be at least 18 inches long, but other than that there is no maximum limit. Professionals and amateurs alike have tested with everything from small putter, to chest putters, to putters that rest on your chin and to the most common oddly sized one in today’s game, the belly putter. The following information suggests the possible advantages of different lengths of putter.

Traditional Length (32-36 inches)

The most common length of putter is the 32-36 inch putter. It helps to create a pendulum swing in your putting stroke by acting as an extension of your arms. It should be the perfect height to allow your arms to simply hang down and grip the club. This enhances a player’s ability to use a pendulum-like stroke to give the putt as true a roll as possible.

Belly Putter (41-46 inches)

belly putter imageOne of the latest crazes in the golf world was the introduction of belly length putters. The benefit of belly putters was that they brought stability to the putt by creating a third point of contact. The three points are the two hands and the belly. The putter could be anchored against the body, thereby not changing the posture of the golfer.

However, in 2013, the R&A and USGA decided that belly or anchored putting was illegal as it gave the golfer an unfair advantage over non-belly putters and as of January 1st, 2016, this style of putter is no longer allowed in any sanctioned tournament.

It is important to distinguish that the technique of anchoring a putter is illegal, not the length of the putter itself. Many players still prefer to use a longer putter, however using it in a non-anchored technique.

Putter Grips

Unlike all other clubs in your bag, many different grip options are available to your putter. Under the rules of the game, the putter is the only grip that can have a flat edge. Commonly this flat edge is placed facing away from your body, to help guide you to exactly where your thumbs should be on your grip. Manufacturers have developed a host of materials available for putters.

fat putter gripDifferent sizes or diameters are also offered to improve your ability on the greens. A thicker grip helps take your hands and wrists out of the stroke, which is what golfers seek to do to improve their putting. The drawback of a thicker grip is that you won’t get the same level of feel of a standard grip as the vibrations coming up the shaft will be dampened down. So if you are a feel putter or have a stroke that involves a lot of wrist action, then you are more suited to a standard grip.

 

I hope that you have found the information on this page about putters informative. You will find a large variety of putters by clicking on this link. Hopefully you will find one that you like.

4 thoughts on “Putters

  • November 10, 2016 at 4:23 am
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    Great info Shawn. I’m a lifelong golfer and my putter is the one club in my bag I’ve never changed. I borrowed his when I was a kid and it’s been in there since. I mean, it’s ancient. It’s a blade putter and I feel comfortable with it so for the few rounds I play a year – this year, sadly, none – I can’t bring myself to updating to the 21st century (the 70s even). But I think, according to your article, I’d be better off with a mallet type putter, because my swing is a lot flatter. My friend uses one and swears by it…maybe it’s time.
    Very informative post Shawn. Thanks!
    (And I had no idea you could legally use a putter only 18″ long…)

    Larry

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    • November 15, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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      Hi Larry,
      You sound a lot like my uncle! He’s had the same putter as long as I’ve been playing with him and that’s been over 25 years now. He just says, like you did, that he just feels comfortable with it. I’ve used a number of different putters over the years but I’ve been using a mallet putter for the past couple of years and I really like it. It could be too that I’ve changed my grip to a claw grip. That change has certainly helped my putting stroke.
      Thank you for your comments!
      Regards,
      Shawn

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  • November 13, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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    A very great site about Golf! Finally, I find all the information I need to learn about Golf. I never played Golf before but I’m willing to learn about it. Someday, I would have a set of golf equipment and play golf with my fellow friends.
    Your site really taught me a lot of knowledge on golf. Thanks!

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    • November 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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      Hi Chun,
      I’m glad to hear that you found the information useful. Golf is a great game to play. It can be very frustrating, but if you understand the fundamentals, you can improve your game pretty quickly. I hope that you finally get out on the golf course.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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