Smart Shopping for Putters

By Steve Silverman

Purchasing a putter is a very personal decision for all golfers. There are almost no right and wrong recommendations. It is all about comfort, feel and confidence. You may have all the most modern equipment and your clubs cost well over $2,000. Yet you use a putter that your grandfather handed down to you that was made in 1948. Your playing partners may look at it and laugh, but as long as you are comfortable with it, it's the right putter for your. On the other hand, you may have nothing but hand-me-down clubs in your bag but you might have paid $300 for your putter. Again, it's nobody's call but your own. You have to be comfortable with your own club.

Blade Putters

Blade putters are thin and give the golfer a great feel for the ball. They are very popular among golfers who regularly shoot in the low 80s or better. The shaft of a blade putter usually enters the face of the club around the heel but is also known to enter in the middle.
(2009 average cost: $49)

Mallet Putters

Mallet putters are generally quite a bit bigger than blade putters. The mallet putter is round and heavy and it generally provides a much more consistent stroke than the blade putter. Golfers who tend to "feel" for the ball or baby their putts will benefit from a mallet putter that will provide a bit more energy on impact.
(2009 average cost: $59)

Perimeter-Weight Putters

A perimieter-weight putter provides the best of both worlds to golfers. While it often has a similar design to a blade putter, the weight is distributed around the edges of the putter. It provides for a more even stroke than a blade putter while not quite as heavy as a mallet putter.
(2009 average cost: $59)

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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