Choosing the proper golf putter should come down to the player’s tendencies on the green more so than appearance.
Selecting the right one might sound like an intimidating challenge. Here are a few secrets to the proper selection.
Golf Putter Head weight and size
Forgiveness of a putter is what helps those miss-hit putts fall in rather than lip out and is a simple function of the putter’s weight and its dimensions. Simply put, a heavier putter is less likely to twist on a heel and toe shot than the same sized and shaped putter that is lighter. Plus if you have two of the same weight putters, the one with more weight toward the heel and toe and back will be more forgiving too.
Here is a key point. If one races the ball past the hole all the time, then they need a putter head that weighs less than what they are currently using. This type of person may have to give up some left and right directional control for distance control. Conversely, golfers continually short of the hole will benefit from a heavier putter head.
Hosel configuration can be broken down into two categories; hosel type and shaft axis location. In each of those categories are subcategories. For instance the hosel type may feature an offset plumber’s neck, slant neck, long neck, short neck, a tiny post or tang that the shaft fits over or a socket that may require a curved putter shaft. This controls the amount of offset (if any) in the putter that controls side-to-side direction.
A center shafted or heel shafted putter are two examples of the shaft’s axis location. But what we are more interested in where upper portion of the shaft would intersect the face. Even though a curved shaft or plumber’s neck may be located closer to the heel, the shaft axis will pass closer to the middle of the face.
The importance for this has an effect on the amount of toe hang a golf putter may have. If you balanced your putter over your finger, you will see that either the toe of the putter will point to the ground (toe hang) or it may point straight toward the ceiling (called face balanced).
While you may have noticed this phenomenon, you may not understand what the importance is. Certain strokes benefit from varying degrees of toe hang. Golfers that have more of a straight back / straight through stroke will typically putt better with a face balanced or nearly face balanced putter.
The majority of golfers will have a slight arcing putt. This may be referred to as an open gate-close gate swing, inside-square-inside, etc. Basically the club, as it travels backwards in the takeaway, goes inside and opens. The putter returns along the same path and then at one precise time the face is square (hopefully at impact) before returning on an inside path and the face closing on the follow through.
Golfers who have a pronounced arc path or more of an exaggerated inside-square-inside stroke generally prefer heel-shafted putters, which will have a large amount of toe hang.
Once you have selected the grouping of heads that fit your or your customer’s putting stroke and level of forgiveness, now is the time to finalize the selection based on the appearance or special features. Realize the majority of mallet design putters will be face balanced where anything heel-shafted will have a high toe hang. The Condor SPOT putter is a model in which you can change the hosel offset and shaft axis position to suit all styles of strokes.
Some of the putters offer different striking surfaces. The i-Sight series putters have microgroove to help reduce friction for better roll. Lastly, the two Condor Hindsight putters offer roll face technology and a grooved face for the truest roll of any putters.
While you have chosen the proper style of putter head to suit your game, don’t forget about having the length sized correctly so you or your customer is in a comfortable athletic posture and has their eyes over the ball to help with alignment as that is the number one reason for missed putts. While we talked about head weight, think of overall weight as well. Golfers that are “wristy” and have directional control issues could benefit from counter-balancing and/or a larger grip.