What Kind of Putter Should I Use?

By Marc Jenkins

The single most important decision that a golfer has to make on a daily basis is selecting the correct putter for her game. Many golfers are under the impression that it is all about the driver or the iron set that they select, but it is the putter that determines how well a player actually does on the course and the scorecard. It is also a fact that the putter is the most used club in a golf bag.
There are several factors a golfer must take into consideration when selecting a putter, such as what type of stroke she has, what type of feedback or reaction she wants from her putter and how much or little wrist action she requires on shots.

The Two Different Kinds of Balanced Putters and Which One Is Right for You

For starters, putters come in two separate balancing options: face balanced and toe balanced. Face-balanced putters have their faces pointed upward when the shaft is balanced, whereas toe-balanced putters have their toes pointed toward the ground when the shaft is balanced by using a finger. Choosing which one of the two is right for your game is actually very easy. If your stroke is generally straightforward, then a face-balanced putter is right for you. However, if you are prone to shooting not-so-straightforward strokes, then you probably require a toe-balanced putter to improve your game.

The Three Main Putter Categories and Which One Is Right for You

All putters can be placed into three separate categories for the most part: blade, mallet and peripheral weighted putters. The blade putter is both the oldest and most commonly used of the three. It is very versatile, flat and extremely easy to use, which makes it the top choice for many golfers. It can also be used on almost any green surface. Mallet putters generally have larger clubheads and are much heavier than the other two types of putters, while peripheral weighted putters are a good balance between blade and mallet putters. If you have a straightforward stroke, then the blade putter would be the perfect one for you. If you have a more in-and-out swing, then you should lean toward selecting a peripheral weighted putter, as it will add the most to your game. If your stroke, however, is in between being straight and in-and-out, then you should go with the mallet putter.

The Two Different Types of Faces and Which One Is Right for You

With all the differences that putters have, there is yet another important distinction between them: the material with which the face is constructed. There are metal-faced putters, as well as groove-faced putters. The metal-faced putters are made of various types of metals and offer golfers immediate feedback on how they can improve the next time they take a similar shot. The groove-faced putters, on the other hand, don't offer that same sense of feedback and mainly leave it up to the golfer to manage a better shot the next time. Metal-faced putters are definitely for the more average golfer who needs that feedback to continuously improve, while the groove-faced putters are for those whose game is on another level, and they don't need to rely on that feedback for improvement.

The Three Different Putter Lengths and Which One Is Right for You

There are three different putter lengths available for golfers to choose to from: conventional, belly and long. As there is no cut-and-dried method for selecting a putter length, it is basically about personal preference and comfort. If you are looking for better wrist control and action, then a belly putter will probably be the one you want to choose. If you want to keep your wrist action out of play, then you should definitely use a long putter. If you want a little wrist action, but not too much, then the conventional putter should be your choice.

About The Author

Marc Jenkins has been writing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, and he is also co-host of the Double Play Sports Hour, a sports talk radio show on WBCR 1090AM in New York City. He studied English and mass communications at Virginia State University.

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