Everything You Need to Know About Putters

Written by Holly Spencer. Posted in Golf

Golf putters are some of the most used clubs in this sport, as they can provide the best results when they are properly handled. Furthermore, they can be seen as an arm extension, and since they create arcs like the ones produced by a pendulum, they enable players to maintain a constant swing. Depending on your posture and height, you can choose between putters of different lengths, but there are other aspect that can influence your game, too. Here are the main characteristics of these instruments.

Putter balances

  • Face-balanced putters’ center of gravity is placed exactly below the axis of the shaft, which allows their head to stay in the square position, and straighten the stroke during variations of motion.
  • Mid-slant putters are players’ favorites clubs, because they can help a golfer achieve more balance while preparing to take a shot, enabling less rotation for the slighter arc strokes.
  • Toe-Down putters are used by players with a powerful arc stroke type. The club has the ability to power through the swing, ensuring that the whole won’t be missed, so it represents a good choice for the golf course.

Putter shapes

  • Blade putters are used by old school players who like to stick to the traditions. These toe down clubs feature high centers of gravity and small heads, so they don’t leave place for mistakes. More important is that they can be used by different levels of golfers. Therefore, they can work great for beginners.
  • Mallet-Shaped clubs have the capacity to ease putting, so they can be seen as the perfect instruments for payers with a high handicap. Since they have a large surface, they provide sufficient room for different types of alignment aids. Mallets are peripheral weighted and face-balanced so that they can provide the same advantages like other clubs, but with less efforts.
  • Peripheral Weighted putters are modern clubs that come with extra weight in the toe and heel for an increased moment of inertia (MOI). The higher the moment of inertia is, the less wiggling happens during off-center hits.

Face technology

There are three important face technologies that can determine the effectiveness of a putter. The metal face offers great feedback via sound and feel, as you can hear any type of connection with the ball in the moment of impact. So, you can understand where the center is located. Groove faces have the capacity to halt the back spinning, skidding and sliding of the ball, which is why the demand for these putter faces has increased significantly lately. The last category of putter faces features an Insert Technology, which permits for more MOI to be created, reducing skidding, hopping and other inconveniences that appear after impact. From rubber to ceramic and metals, the types of materials that help Insert Technology to achieve a great performance are numerous.