Choosing the best putter
Independent golf tips for the professional at Leisure
Choosing the best putter is a very personal decision.
There is an old golf saying that goes “marry your driver, date your
putter”, and that advice is well-founded.
Choosing the right putter for you is critical since the
putter is the most important club in your bag. More strokes are lost on the
green than anywhere else, and the choice of putter can make the difference
between bogie golf and a 36 handicap.
Tips for choosing the best putter
Brad Clayton, my golf instructor offers up these tips
for choosing the best putter for you.
Experiment - The only way to gauge
which putter is best for you is to try them. Make sure to go to a
golf store that stocks a wide selection of putters (e.g. golf galaxy).
Take your time - Plan to spend at
least an hour testing and re-testing each putter.
Ignore the price tags - Even the
most expensive putters cost little more than a few round, so put aside
the prices and resist the temptation to peek at the price tags.
During my testing for the best putter, I found a half
dozen nice putters and repeated by testing, eliminating one putter with each
test of five balls each at a ten foot target. In my tests for 2009, I came
across these finalists in my putter choices:
Heavy putter - The mid weight
heavy putter had a great feel.
Odyssey white hot - Great, soft
feel, well balanced.
Nike 2010 - This putter blew me
away. Esthetically, she is amazing, well crafted and a joy to
hold. But the real deciding factor was performance, and I
consistently nailed more putts with the Nike than the others.
I chose the Nike 2010 for best putter, hands down
The putter is a very personal choice and almost anything
goes. The shaft can be short or
very long, the face can be heavy or light, and the only restriction on a putter
are artificial guidance goodies such as gyroscopes (which are a great training
aid, but illegal in regular golf play).
Bottom line, you choose whatever putter reduces your strokes the most and the
process of choosing a putter involves testing, lots of testing, trying out
putters. That's one reason to always buy putters from a golf shop that has
a real green (not the fake putt-putt turf), where you can choose your putter
using real-world environments.