Golf putters are the most used clubs in your bag since putting is such as an important part of the game. Thus, it should not be surprising that there are many types of putters on the market since every golfer has his or her own putting style. Still, despite the different varieties, these putters are basically distinguished by two features – the clubhead and the length.
Clubheads. There are three types of clubheads that you can find on golf putters – the traditional blade that you can find on most clubs, a mallet or a heel-toe. The blade is the best choice for experienced golfers with a low handicap, since they provide good feedback. However, since they don’t provide a lot of forgiveness, the majority of golfers might want to choose another clubhead.
On the other hand, mallets and heel-toes provide a lot of forgiveness, making them ideal for golfers who are still learning the game as well as those with high handicaps. Heel-toes have the same basic design as blades but have features that help increase their “moment of inertia”. Mallets have big clubheads that also maximize the putter’s MOI. Clubs with high MOIs minimize the effects of mis-hits on the flight of a ball when it is hit.
Lengths. Golf putters come in two lengths – standard and long. Standard or conventional lengths are thirty-two to thirty-six inches in length and are the recommended length that beginning golfers should start with. Long putters, on the other hand, range from 45 inches to fifty inches in length and come in two varieties – broomstick and belly putters. Broomstick putters range from forty-six inches to fifty inches while belly putters range from forty to forty-five inches. The major difference between the two, apart from the length, is where the club is anchored. The broomstick is anchored at your chest and the belly is at your midsection.
What length should you use? In general, the conventional length is recommended for putters since it is the easiest to use with the ideal putting posture. This posture is achieved by simply taking your stance and then leaning forward so that your line of sight is over the line of the putt that you want to make. Relax your arms and let them dangle loosely, and then put your palms together. But successfully putting using this posture can be challenging if you have poor nerves since if your wrist moves too much, your putt will be off-target.
On the other hand, using longer putters allows you to anchor the club against your chest or abdomen, providing stability and making a successful putt more likely. On the other hand, since belly putters have a thicker grip, the feel is reduced. The longer shaft also makes control of the distance you hit the ball more difficult. And these problems are magnified with the broomstick putter. However, wrist action plays even less of a role in putting with the broomstick, making it the last resort for those who are bad at putting.
A final feature to consider is an offset shaft. This type of shaft makes it easier for the golfer to line up their shot and keeps your hands ahead of the ball when you make the putt. This makes it a good choice for causal golfers, and even many pros. But not everybody benefits from it and many can putt just fine without this feature.
Ultimately, the secret to buying golf putters is to choose the ones that you feel most comfortable with. This simply boils down to how the club feels when it is in your hands. Don’t think that a more expensive putter is better than cheaper ones; as long as the putter helps you build your game and gives you confidence, then it is the one you should buy and use.