WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE BEST PUTTERS

Putters are among the most diverse golf clubs with numerous types. Alongside driver, golf putters are also one of the most expensive golf clubs out there. These putters can be classified into different categories based on a special criterion. However, despite the number of choices, only a few of them will suit your playing style. Therefore, you should consider some of the factors mentioned before making the final purchase decision. Consider buying a putter that will suit your playing style.

Besides the playing style, golfers should consider certain factors about the best putters to get the best value. We have compiled the necessary information on the best golf putters in a comprehensive buyer’s guide for our readers’ convenience. Here are some of the vital things to keep in mind: 

SHAPE

Putters are available in two main clubhead shapes. These are:-

Blade Putters

The blade shape was the putters’ original shape during the sport’s initial days. However, with time, more advanced-shaped putters made their way into the market. Blade putters have a rectangular shape and are best for longer putts where accuracy is required. They’re also beneficial for distance control. 

The conventional method of putting is thought to involve using a blade putter. Although mallet putters have overtaken the market in recent years, many players still favor the blade as a reliable option. Many professional golfers can still be seen hunched over their blade putters if you see them. Blade putters have developed in technology and are now a fantastic option for golfers of all handicap levels.  

Mallet Putters

Mallet putters have a more distinct shape than blade putters. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. A semi-circle, square-shaped and half-moon shapes are mallet putters’ most popular shapes.

Mallet putters have a different weight distribution than blade putters, as a huge chunk of their weight lies deeper away from the club face. For the same reason, mallet putters are more forgiving than blade putters. 

Mallet putters often have larger heads than blade putters, are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and are generally significantly heavier. A mallet putter usually has most of its weight on the club face, but thanks to its design, weight can be distributed differently among various parts of the head to help stabilize and generate balance during your stroke. Mallet putters are also the most forgiving since they often have a larger sweet spot, and the weight in the club head also lessens twisting during the hit. A mallet putter can be the best option if you have alignment issues.  

FACE-BALANCE VS TOE-BALANCED

Not many golfers have a clear understanding of the above two terms. To get a better understanding of this, you’ll have to perform a simple drill. Try to balance the putter shaft on your index finger, so it’s parallel to the ground. Then, notice the direction of the clubface. 

If the clubface points directly to the sky and is parallel to the ground, it’s a face-balanced putter. Face-balanced putters are best for those golfers who use a straight-back-and-through approach while putting. 

If the toe is hanging towards the ground, it’s a toe-balanced putter. The extent to which the toe is hanging is known as the “toe hang.” These putters are best for players with a significant arc in their putting stroke. 

FACE MATERIAL

Putter face can be made from all sorts of metals including titanium, steel, bronze, and aluminum. These are called metal face putters and they deliver a solid feel and sound upon contact.

Modern putters now come with an insert face which is usually softer than metal. The feel might not be comparatively tremendous, but the weight distribution is more even. 

Get a putter with a face insert that feels comfortable in your hand and produces a good roll on the putt. If you typically play on fast, smooth greens, softer face inlays are advised, and vice versa if your home course has slow greens. When using a new putter, it’s crucial to pay attention to the golf ball you use to putt. Don’t forget to test a new putter with your go-to golf ball. Regardless of the insert, softer golf balls will feel softer off the face than harder golf balls, and vice versa. A metal-faced putter can be the best option if you desire a putter that feels firmer at impact.  

HOSEL AND SHAFT

Putters come in three main hosel and shaft designs: center-shafted, heel-shafted, and hosel offset. Putters with a shaft that enters the clubhead at the heel are known as heel-shafted putters. Center-shafted putters have a shaft that enters the putter head in the middle and doesn’t kink at the tip. 

The most popular putters have hosel offsets, where the hosel is bent backward to move the shaft tip in front of the clubface. Because of the offset added by the hosel design, you must put your hands forward at address to square up the face of the putter. 

PUTTER LENGTH

Putter length is another critical factor to consider before buying. Putters usually come in three lengths, 33 inches, 34 inches, and 35 inches; however, some golfers use putters up to 40 inches long. You should choose the putter based on your height and decide accordingly.

Over the past few years, belly putters and long putters have been hotly debated. When the R&A and the USGA announced and implemented the ban on long and belly putters, many golfers had to alter the way they putted. A standard-length putter is 35 inches long; however, some players like to use a putter that is a little bit longer or just a little bit shorter.