Golf Putters

By: James E Obrien

Which Putter is Right for You?

You drive for show and putt for dough. That old axiom simply sums up the game of golf. What kind of game are we playing when a six inch putt becomes more important than your best drive of the day? Therefore, it seems buying the right putter and knowing how use to that pesky little club is probably the most important thing we do on the golf course.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to find the right putter for your golf game. It's simply by trial and error. But first, learn about the different putter styles and club heads. Then narrow your search down to a particular type of putter. Then check out the name brands to find the putter with just the right touch and feel for you. The one that gives you total confidence when lining up that 15 foot putt. The best news is, that unlike a driver, you don't have to spend big bucks on your putter. Sure there are models that cost several hundred dollars, but you can also find terrific putters in the $10.00 to $25.00 range.

Let's explore the different types of putters. The tried and true conventional putter has been around as long as golf itself. It is still the best choice for almost every golfer. One should consider the two other putter types only if you are having big putting problems and need something, anything to get that smooth putting stroke back in the grove.

Bad putting usually means your hands just can't stay steady throughout the putt and you need something to keep them and your other body parts from yipping when you are trying to put the ball in the hole.

Belly putters and long putters can help. The belly putter gives you a third point of contact, your stomach, when lining up your putt and can act as a fulcrum, keeping your body more stationary.

The long putter is like a grandfather clock. The pendulum like swing forces the wrists to stay locked and send the putt in its intended direction.

The putters grip is strictly a personal decision. Some golfers like a thick grip and feel it helps keep the wrists straight. Others like a slimmer grip and feel it gives them more control. Try both and use the one that simply feels the most confortable. You'll know it when you hold it.

Putters have several different heads. Let's begin with the one that is probably not your best choice.

Even though most PGA touring pros use heel weighted blade, it is very hard to control and will probably hurt more than help. Check out a heel toe weighted putter or a face balanced mallet head. Both have larger sweet spots and even a poorly hit putt will end up in the general target area.

Offset or hosel shafts are very helpful to the average recreational golfer. The shaft allows the putter to better line up the putt, by being more on top of the golf ball. They also help keep your hands in front of the ball.

There are many excellent putters on the market. You can learn more about the manufacturers like Callaway, Cameron, Ping, Nike, Scotty, Odyssey, Taylor Made, Tommy Armour, Wilson and many more by reading the articles and reviews on this web site. The more knowledge you obtain, the better chance you have of getting that perfect putter.

Putting is mental. Putting is confidence. Putting is practice. Putting is technique. If you can train yourself to do the same thing every time you line up a putt, you'll get the dough. Even though your playing partners may drive for show.

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