LinksWalker uses patented alignment technology by printing a guide on your golf ball to improve your accuracy when putting. However, you still need to use the correct putter to get the best results. We’ve put together a list of seven factors that must be taken into consideration when selecting the best putter for your game style.
Lie Angle. Finding a putter that lies correctly is important. The sole of the putter must sit flat on the ground when you address the ball. Therefore the taller you are, the more upright your putter will need to be whereas the shorter you are the flatter your putter’s lie angle can be.
Length. Selecting the proper length of your putter is one of the most important elements in making a putter purchase. To determine the proper length, first, get in the correct address position. When you tilt from your hips, you want your eyes over the ball, hands under your shoulders, elbows bent but touching your rib cage, and hips over your heels. When you are positioned correctly, your putter should fit properly. The standard length for a putter is 35 inches but if you find you’re gripping down the shaft, you will need a shorter putter. If your grip is beyond the end of the putter, you will need a longer putter.
Weight. If you use a putter that is shorter than the standard length, proper swing weight must be maintained. Simply cutting the putter shaft down to the right size will not work. If you need a 34″ putter, select a 350-360 gram head weight. Shorter lengths, such as 32″ to 33,” require a 370-380 gram head weight.
Balance point. There are two types of putter heads, and which you use is based on personal preference. A putter is referred to as “face balanced” if the face is facing toward the sky when you lay the shaft in your hand with the shaft parallel to the ground. This is best used when you want a square-to-square stroke. With a toe-balanced putter, the toe will hang toward the ground when you hold the shaft parallel to the ground in your hand. A toe-balanced putter performs at its best when you desire an arc stroke.
Head material. This factor is often overlooked when choosing a good putter. Less expensive putters often have heads made of PCS plastic, aluminum or zinc. These are lightweight materials, which means you will be required to hit the ball with more force to get the same distance as you would with a more expensive head material, such as titanium or carbon graphite.
Grip type and size. Putters come with standard-size grips installed. This is not ideal for everyone. The larger your hands, the larger the width of the grip should be and, conversely, you should have a smaller diameter grip if your hands are small.
Belly Putters and Long Putters. If you suffer from tremors, often called the “yips” you may benefit from one of these putters. Use one of these putters if you find it necessary to anchor the putter to your stomach or chest to stabilize it. However, we should note that a new rule went into effect January 1st that prohibits anchoring the club in making a stroke. This is not an equipment rule. Conforming mid-length and long putters remain permissible as long as they are not anchored.
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