There are so many putters to choose from that it can get very confusing at times. Putters come in all shapes and sizes. The putter that’s best for you depends on 3 variables…feel, visual correctness, and your putting style. If you don’t have the 3 variables in your putter, you will never have the confidence with the putter on the golf course. Let me explain… 1. Does the putter feel good to you when you stroke the golf ball? If it doesn’t feel right, an instinctive thought of doubt will get into your head. Not good if you’re trying to make putts. 2. Does the putter look good to your eye? In other words, the putter must visually adapt to your comfort zone while making your stroke. If you like the way the putter looks; it gives a positive response to your confidence with the putter. 3. What is your putting style, down the line putter or arc putter?
Down the line putter – one who strokes the golf ball with a straight back and straight through motion, the putter travels on a straight line. If you are this style…the putter with a center shaft on the putter head will be the best. In other words, the shaft should be attached to the center of the putter head. This putter will minimize torque of the head when striking the golf ball with the straight back and straight through motion.
Arc putter– one who strokes the golf ball with an inside move on the backstroke to an inside move on the follow through, thus creating an arc. This is the most common method if you use a shoulder/triangle style movement when putting. The best putter to use is a heel shafted putter, the shaft is attached to the heel of the putter. If you go to any golf store, count 10 putters and maybe one will be a center shafted putter.
This is important because a lot of students tell me they are stroking the putter as a down the line type, when actually they are an arc type putter (most common). Wonder why you are putting badly? Check yourself when you do a practice stroke. Make a conscience effort to see where the putter head is traveling in relation to the ground. If it’s down the line, you need a center shaft putter, if it’s traveling in an arc; you need a putter with a heel shaft. If you tend to use my peripheral vision style of putting, then you need a heel shafted putter. Again, before buying a putter, make sure you have all 3 variables in your putter. Good luck…make putts.