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Buying Your First Putter

By James McHenry

When you start researching your first set of clubs, one of the most important clubs in your set is the putter. You will spend half your time on the green using the putter, so it’s highly important that you get the one that fits you and suits your style best. With a good putter, you’ll be able to play a highly competitive, satisfying game. With the wrong one, you’ll end up frustrated and disappointed. Here are just a few things you should take into account when you begin searching for your first putter.

Length: The length of your putter needs to correspond with your height and swing. The average length for a putter is between 33 and 36 inches. They also come in larger sizes, but those are used mostly by professionals. When testing out lengths, you need the putter head to rest comfortably on the ground. If your putter is too long you will end up too far away from the ball with the toe rising off the ground. On the other hand, if your putter is too short, you will be too close to the ball and clubhead and the heel of the putter will come up. Be sure to test out a few different sizes at a local shop to find one that fits you perfectly.

Head Design: There are quite a few different head designs you can choose from when purchasing your next putter. One design that you will see most frequently is the blade putter. This design has been around for many years and is universally used by both professionals and amateurs. The head gives the putter a nice, soft hit, making it great for any type of green you will play on. For a more weighted option, you can go for the mallet putter which helps reduce backspin on your putt through the lower, deeper center of gravity. Finally, you might want to consider a heel-toe weighted putter which is favored by professionals and amateurs. This putter is more suited to golfers who have a real in and out stroke.

Faces: The type of face and insert you have on your putter really depends on the speed of greens you are playing on. The first type of face is the metal face constructed of steel or other types of metals such as brass, zinc and aluminum. These faces have a reputation for giving the putter a solid, controlled feel with the soft feedback. Another type is the insert faced putters, which are constructed from metal but the face is replaced with a light weight, non metal material. The advantage here is putter with more forgiveness and a smoother roll. Finally, a recent development is the groove faced putters. These faces help achieve a forward motion to keep the ball absolutely straight.

Grips: The type of grip you use is quite a personal choice. You need to test out different styles to find one that rests comfortably in your hands. You will find that the grips on putters are generally flat on the top of the grip. This makes it easier to find the right place for your thumbs. You will also want to consider the thickness of the grip. A skinny grip is good for people who have a stroke that requires wrist action. On the other hand, a thicker grip will help you maintain a stroke that keeps your hands out. Make sure you test out a few different styles to find one that will help you with your game.

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