There is no other golf club that has more dynamic shapes than the putter. Equipment makers are pulling out all the stops to come up with state-of-the-art wands that make it easier to get the golf ball rolling toward its intended target more smoothly and consistently than ever before.
Whether it is a blade or mallet, today’s putters have myriad design elements, such as face inserts and grooves on the clubface, alignment aids, and fine-tuned perimeter weighting that keeps the club solid in your hands and provides the vital feedback a golfer needs on every roll of the ball.
Pretty much every clubmaker has multiple models to fit the needs of each and every golfer. And, this is a vitally important fact of life on the greens; a putter has to feel good in your hands. Confidence at address is crucial to putting well. If you believe you will sink the putt, you likely will drop the ball into the hole with greater frequency. If you are hoping you can sink the putt, you are in trouble and will likely find yourself wanting to get on your hands and knees like Happy Gilmore yelling at the ball to go into its “home”.
Ask yourself when considering buying a putter; will it help you aim better and will it help you control the speed of your putts. Find a putter that matches your stroke (yes, we all have different putting strokes). It’s always best to work with your local pro, who will be more than happy (no pun intended) to take you onto the practice green and run you through a few brands and models.
So, let’s take a look at the plethora of magic sticks that can help lower your scores.