Selecting the right putter for your game

If you’re in the market for a new putter, there are few things you should know. There are more putters on the market than any other type of golf equipment. Putters come in all shapes and sizes, weights and lengths. Below are some of the factors that will affect your putting stroke. So before you buy, consider these factors.

1. Length 

Putters you’ll find in pro shops are nearly all the same length.  The so-called “standard” putters are 35 inches long. Most of the top golf brands offer lengths from 33 to 37 inches. If you grip a “standard” length putter and find you’re gripping down the shaft, you will need a shorter putter. If you grip beyond the end of the putter, you will need a longer putter.

If you want a more exact formula assume your comfortable putting stance, with the arms hanging down naturally toward the ground. Have someone measure the distance from the ground to the top of the hand while you are in that position. This is the preferred length of the your next putter.

2. Balance Point

There are basically two types of putter heads; face balanced and toe balanced. If you lay the shaft on your index finger with the shaft parallel to the ground and the face is turned up, you have a face balanced putter. If the toe is facing toward the ground, you have a toe-balanced putter. If you have an arc stroke you would benefit from a toe balanced putter.

3. Head Design

This is where it becomes a little more player preference. Putter heads come in all different shapes and sizes, but it really boils down to do you prefer a mallet head or more of a blade head?

If your putting stroke is straight back and straight ahead, a mallet putter is ideal because of the club’s center of gravity, which is toward the back of the club. If you are an arc putter, you may benefit from a blade putter.

Pick the putter that improves your game

There really is only one criteria that counts when determining if a putter is right for you: Does it help you make more putts? With putting counting for more than 40% of your score, and the putter being used more times than any other club in the bag, we hope this article makes the important choice a little bit easier for you.