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How-To Buy a Putter

How-To Buy a Putter

How-To Buy a Putter

Selecting the right kind of putter for you is a crucial element to improving your overall golf game.

With so many different style putters, how do you know what is most beneficial for your game? Many players use price as an indication. Others just buy the cheapest putter available. Then some golfers spend up to $300 or more to ensure that they have every advantage on the putting green.

However, an expensive putter won’t guarantee you sink more putts. But with a little knowledge, the correct style of putter will help you improve your putts per-round average. 

There are three basic styles of putters you should recognize in the how-to buy a putter process. Those are the blade and heel-toe weighted putters as well as a face-balanced putter.

In addition, there are three basic putting stroke types to consider in knowing how-to buy a putter. Those include a strong arcstraight back and through motion and slight arc or inside down the line and arc.

How to Buy a Putter

The three basic putting strokes; strong arc (red), straight back and through (green) and inside down the line and arc (orange).

Keep in mind that good putters find a way to complement their putting strokes with the appropriate style of putter.

Let the club do much of the work to meet your own natural tendencies.

How to Buy a Putter

The three main putter-balance styles.

Putter Styles

When you are looking at how-to buy a putter first determine the weight balance of a putter by extending your fingers under the shaft perpendicular near the putter head. For instance, the blade putter will hang with the toe pointing down towards the ground.  

Meanwhile, a heel-toe weighted putter hangs at a 45-degree angle toward the ground. And the face-balanced putter points up toward the sky. Other putters include heel-shafted or center-shafted styles. And, of course, there is the ubiquitous hosel offset.

How to Buy a Putter

Common putter shafts. Put in time to find what works for you — and you will see results.

Putting Strokes

Golfers that keep the face square throughout the stroke perform best with a face-balanced and center-shafted putter. This is similar to the current straight back and through putting stroke of Michelle Wie. Her set up and spine angle at address promote a straight back and through putting stroke.

How to Buy a Putter

Michelle Wie’s back-breaking putting stance (to some) is working due to the 2014 U.S. Open champ’s specific putter and follow-through hitting style.

Players who putt with a slight or strong arc usually benefit from a heel-shafted putter, but can sometimes still use a heel-toe weighted putter. However, players with a strong arc typically perform inconsistently with a mallet putter, such as the TaylorMade Spider Ghost Putter (Buy one for $119.99 HERE).

How to Buy a Putter

The TaylorMade Ghost Spider Putter is a very forgiving mallet-style putter for the straight and through hitter.

The PING Anser  (See image at top of page. Buy HERE for $299.99.) is an example of a blade putter, which is beneficial for a slight or strong arc stroke. Players with a more upright set up at address typically create a putting stroke with an arc. Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods both create an arc when the putt. In fact, the majority of golfers create some degree of arc during their putting strokes.

How to Buy a Putter

Ben Crenshaw with caddie Carl Jackson on the 18th Hole after winning the 1995 Masters with a blade putter.

Feel

Each style putter offers additional benefits on the green. A mallet-style putter is typically heavier and performs exceptional from close-range putts. The mallet-style allows the putter to consistently stay on the proper path so you hole more putts. A blade putter usually is lighter and potentially harder to keep on the correct path.

However, the lighter weight of the blade putter also improves the overall feel and control from longer distances. With some golfers, though, the heavier weight of a mallet putter can detract from the overall feel and potentially create a liability for some on long-range putts. 

Hopefully, these tips will help determine how-to buy a putter for the ideal style and stroke that complements your game.  


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