Golf Equipment Tips - How To Choose A Putter

By: Jim Johnson

Getting the right golf putter is perhaps the most important decision that you can make regarding the clubs in your bag. Although lots of inexperienced golfers spend inordinate amounts of time practicing with their driver for long-distance shots, the facts prove that you can improve your game and lower your score much quicker by putting most of your practice emphasis on putting instead.

In fact, even many pros who have exceptionally consistent swings and are outstanding in every other part of their game, often have trouble with putting, sometimes even losing tournaments due to their putting woes. So if you are a newer or less experienced golfer be sure to pay attention to your putting game, and get a good putter that you can feel comfortable with.

Getting just the right putter for you can be a bit of a challenge though since there are so many types and styles of putters available today. In fact, at times it can even get a little overwhelming when you see all the different kinds of putters that are in use. How do you choose from among them all? How do you know which one is best for you?

Those are all very good questions, and the truth is that there is no standard answer that can be provided. Finding the perfect putter for your individual game is something that only you can do by trial and error. It may require using several different kinds of putters over a long period of time before you can decide on which one works best for you. But don't just use a certain putter because someone else uses it, or you were told that it was the best one to use. Be sure to experiment on your own instead.

With all of that said, there are some basic things that you need to know about putters to be able to make the best choice. The first has to do with the kind of material that is used for the putter head. Since putting has more to do with feel than perhaps any other type of golf shot, the material that is used for the putter head will be very important. The confusing part is that putters are often made from all sorts of materials including stainless steel, aluminum, brass, and much more. So which is best for you?

Again, this is something that only you can decide by experimenting with different types of putters yourself. Many golf pro shops and golf equipment retail stores carry a wide variety of putters that you can try out in the store. It's not a bad idea to take advantage of this opportunity to get familiar with the different types and styles of putters that are available.

Another consideration when selecting a putter is the putter head shape. Generally speaking, most putter head shapes fall into two basic categories, either blade or mallet. You'll see golfers of all different kinds of skill levels using putters with either head shape. A blade putter sort of looks like a small hockey stick, and they can come in all kinds of designs including the solid flat blade and also cavity-back designs to help keep the putter head straight through impact.

The second putter head shape to consider is the mallet putter. These are easy to recognize because they usually have a head that is larger and more round. The weight is often distributed throughout the putter to help provide a more consistent putting stroke.

As you can see, there are plenty of choices to be made when selecting a golf putter. Hopefully this information will help you understand more about the choices that you have when choosing a putter, but only you can make the final decision by using it yourself.

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