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Golf Clubs - Putters

Putters are an integral part of a set of golf clubs and will allow you to generally use a short, low and slow stroke to play the ball along the putting surface towards the hole once you have hit the green with your approach shot. The design of a putter is generally very different to other clubs in your golf bag and even requires a different hold to your irons and woods. With a flat fronted handle, upright and shorter shaft, low lofted flat face and a wide range of head shapes, weights and colours the putter is a very personal golf club that must instil confidence for you to hole out as many birdie and par putts as possible to keep your scores low.

It is important to understand that your putter tends to be your most used club on the golf course for example; if you were to take two putts on every hole you would use your putter in effect 36 times! Compare that to maybe 14 drives with your Driver or a handful of shots with say your 6 iron. So getting the right putter for you is vitally important.

Defining Moments in the History of the Putter

Putters have been around since the 16th century and were made from materials such as Beech Wood with Hickory shafts, whilst hardly refined products these putters were crafted to a good standard for the tools available at the time.

By the early 1900’s Brass was the material of choice with a thin topline and sole which were made most famously by club makers around the St Andrews area of Scotland. A famous model of this type of Putter would be “The Golden Goose” Putter as used by many amateurs and pros through this period. Moving forwards Putter design and technology would rapidly accelerate with new materials and methods being introduced.

In 1959 an engineer by the name of Karsten Solheim invented to Ping Putter named so thanks to the distinctive “Ping” sound the putter made at impact. Located in Phoenix, Arizona Ping have been at the forefront of putter design and technology ever since and in 1966 the Ping Anser was produced and has proved over time to be one of the most used models in the world to this day in golf thanks to its fantastic balance and visual appeal.

In 2001 another leap forward was taken in putter design this time by a company called Odyssey. The Two-Ball putter was launched to enhance alignment by placing two white discs on the top of the clubhead to help golfers effectively line up three balls. This design was used by many tour pros and created a massive buzz within golf in yet another huge step forwards in the evolution of the Putter.

Which Head Shape Suits Me?

There are three types of designs available on today’s market these are Blade, Mallet and Peripheral Weighted. Bladed putters tend to be used by the traditionalists and are the most common type of putter design available with small dimensions from face to back edge with limited area available to offer an alignment aid on the top edge.

Mallet Putters tend to be rather bulky headed putters that generally weigh more than their Bladed counterparts and can offer better performance on slower speed greens. Mallet Putters have been responsible for some weird and wacky head designs that tend to focus on alignment aids on the spacious top edge and can give golfers more confidence when at address due to the size of the clubhead.

Peripheral Weighted Putters incorporate weights in the heel and toe of the putters design to offer increased amounts of MOI (Moment of Inertia) many golfers miss-strike their putts so on off centre hits Peripheral Weighted Putters reduce the effects of twisting to promote a more stable clubface at impact therefore more accurate putts from off centre strikes.

Which Putter Face Should I Go For?

Putters now come with many face technologies within their designs from Milled, Grooved, Insert and a standard steel face. Choosing the right clubface for your game and conditions is vital and of course trying putters with different clubfaces is ultimately the most important thing as they all offer differing feel and response off the clubface and you have to like the feel they offer.

Generally speaking a steel face putter will offer the most speed off the clubface and are suitable for slower greens or winter golf, Insert Putters offer the softest feel and are great on faster paced greens however bear in mind some brands prefer a firmer insert to others so trying them out first is essential. The two other types of putter faces available are milled which thanks to the soft metal used in the head offers a soft but solid contact and Grooved Inserts which focus on the quality of the initial roll from contact promoting a fast transition from strike to forward roll.

How Do I Know Which Putter Suits My Stroke Type?

There are three swing paths your stroke can take when putting, straight back and through, slight arc and strong arc, these best describe your motion or swing arc both back and through the ball. To match putter to your swing consider the three types of putter available to fit your stroke.

Face Balanced

– perfectly weighted to promote a stable clubface through impact and ideal for straight arc strokes.

Mid-Slant

– The most popular option that fits the most popular stroke type. This design promotes slight rotation of the clubface through impact to help square up the clubface during your stroke.

Toe-Down

– A must for golfers with a strong arc stroke designed to square that clubface up to impact promoting the clubface to rotate into and through impact

To understand what balance of putter you currently have, place the club horizontal and balance the putter shaft on you finger near the clubhead, the way the putter face hangs will identify which balance you have.

What Length of Putter Should I Go For?

Playing the correct length of putter is vital to your results, the length of putters range from standard 32” – 36”, Belly length 42” – 46” and Broom Handle length 48” – 52”. The ideal length of putter with the correct posture should allow your eyes to be over the ball at address to help maintain an accurate stroke.

Putter Sale

At InsureGolf we try and stock the very best Putters on the market that perform to the very highest standards for your golf game. If you would like to purchase a putter that is not in our current range please do not hesitate to give us a call where we will be more than happy to source your chosen product.