If you’re new to golf, you’re probably confused as to which clubs to buy. Well, among the various clubs though, golf putters are arguably the most complex. That means before you invest in a putter, you have to learn the most important things about it – essentially to ensure that you won’t regret your purchase.
1. Head Design
In general, there are three known types of putter head design include the blade putter, mallet putter, and peripheral-weighted putter.
Blade golf putters are suitable if the player tends to make a straight putting stroke. This type of putter head design is traditional. It is ideally used in hard, fast greens and most likely requires a more delicate maneuver.
Mallet putters have deep head designs which make its center of gravity relatively lower and deeper. This type of putter head enhances the player’s performance on off-center hits.
Peripheral-weighted putters, also called heel-toe weighted putters, are modern variation of blade putters. Compared to the traditional blade putters, peripheral-weighted putters are longer and thinner. Like the blade, this putter also requires more of a delicate touch.
2. Types of Putter
The putter has two types – face-balanced and toe-balanced.
A face-balanced putter has its center of gravity located right underneath its shaft axis. Because of this feature, a face-balanced putter is perfect for a player with a straight-back-straight-through stroke.
A toe-balanced putter, on the other hand, has its toe hanging towards the ground when you balance the shaft on your hand. Its center of gravity is not located below the shaft axis. Its use will benefit a player with an arc in his putting stroke.
3. Faces and Inserts
When choosing among golf putters, you must be familiar with terms like insert-faced, metal-faced, and groove-faced.
Insert-faced putter helps distribute the weight to the heel and toe part. It is not made of metal so it has a light weight.It is soft and often colored differently. This kind of putter gives a soft feeling when used. It is perfect to combine it with a firm ball cover.
A metal-faced putter can be made of different hard materials such as titanium, aluminum, bronze, copper, brass, zinc, and steel. It gives golf players a firm control with their shot.
Groove-faced putter can be any of metal faced or insert faced putter. This kind of putter helps keep the ball alignment. The groove in this club helps lift the ball.
4. Shafts and Hosels
The putter shaft, in general, is made of steel to provide a sturdy and more stable feel on the greens. The hosel is where the shaft meets the putter head.
Positioning of putter shafts may vary among putters. Putter shaft position has three different types, namely heel, centered, and hosel offset.
Heel-shafted putters have their hosel directly attached to the putter head by the heel.
Center-shafted putters connect the shaft to the center of the putter head by the hosel. This design will benefit someone who uses the club straight back and swings straight, keeping the eyes directly above the ball.
Hosel-offset putters, on the other hand, is characterized by a hosel that tilts backwards, moving from the bottom part of the shaft towards the front of the putter face. This feature allows a player’s hands to be drawn ahead of the ball because of the impact.
The correct length is important to make a good stroke and gives confidence to the player as well. The length is measured from the sole of the putter up to the top of the shaft. A golfer must check whether his putter is at least 18 inches long.
6. Sweet spot
Although golf putters differ in many aspects, all of them have a sweet spot. A putter’s sweet spot may or may not always be located in the center of the putter face. Most manufacturers put a marking on the putter face to help identify where the sweet spot is located. But a golfer can also check where the sweet spot is by himself. This is done by holding the putter off the ground and with the use of a tee, tapping the putter face to produce a sound. Listening to this sound helps identify the location of the sweet spot.