Buying a Golf Putter - Your Best Friend on the Green
In the game of golf, the most used club is the putter. It thus follows, that selecting the right putter can be like choosing your best friend. It can make all the difference to your game.
The most crucial factor that should determine what you choose is the head of the putter. One can say that the brains of the putter lie here. Of course, there are other factors, like length and grip but the brains in your buddy there is what matters most. Before going on to secondary factors, lets try and understand what this 'head' is, and why it's so important.
The head is the most essential part of the golf putter because this is the part that makes contact with the ball when you strike it on the greens. Golf is the most intricate game, so even seemingly small things like what the head is made of, makes a huge difference.
The composition of the head determines how the ball will move on the green once you've hit it. Cheap putters, derisively called 'dumb' putters are made of light plastic, aluminum or zinc. The lighter the material is, the harder you have to hit it on the green, and the likelier you are to make a mistake that will cost the game.
'Smart' putters are more expensive and are usually made of steel, titanium or brass. Wood could also be mixed with these materials, and most putters usually contain a composite of these materials.
The difference between a 'dumb' and a 'smart' putter is something you can feel when the ball is hit. On a slow green, the ball moves a lot more easily with a smart putter. On a fast green, you'll hardly feel as if you've hit the ball.
Lie-angle and Perimeter weighting
While on the topic of the head of your
, two other important factors that weigh in are 'perimeter weighting' and 'lie angle'. Perimeter weighting has something to do with the shape and size of the head.
Look carefully and you'll observe a recess in the center of the head. This recess enables the weight of the head to distribute itself in the toe and the heel, which is good for putting. The lie in angle tells you whether or not the putter is flat against the ground when you are holding it.
When making your purchase, have the salesperson check this for you. The putter should be sitting flat against the ground. If it isn't, you should get it changed.
Length and Grip
These should be your final considerations when buying the putter, but they are important nonetheless. 35 inches is the standard length of a putter. If you stand very straight while putting, a longer putter is useful.
If you tend to stoop a lot, a short putter is what you need. The grip should be determined by the size of your hands. A person with small hands needs a grip with a smaller diameter.
The most important thing to remember is that you are comfortable with your putter. It should look and feel just right. Remember, it is to be your best friend on the golf course. If you keep these things in mind, you should have no problem choosing a great golf putter