What To Look For in Best Putters

Putters are one of the most diverse golf clubs as there are numerous types. You can group them based on multiple criteria. However, despite the number of choices, only a few of them will suit your playing style. Therefore, you should pay attention to some of the below-mentioned factors before making the final purchase decision. 

Shape

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

Blade Putters

The blade shape was the original shape of the putters during the initial days of the sport. 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. 

Mallet Putters

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

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. 

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 that it’s parallel to the ground. Then, notice the direction of the clubface. 

If the clubface is pointing directly to the sky and is parallel to the ground, then 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, then 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 who have 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 great but the weight distribution is more even. 

Hosel and Shaft

Putters come in three main hosel and shaft designs, namely, center-shafted, heel-shafted, and hosel offset. In center-shafted putters, the shaft meets the hosel at the center of the clubhead, while in heel-shafted it meets in the heel of the clubhead. 

Hosel offset putters are similar to heel-shafted but the hosel design is slightly bent backward so that the shaft is positioned ahead of the putter face. 

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.