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Issue 622 - August 19th, 2020
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Tom's Featured Tip: Guidelines For Buying a New Putter

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Tom's Featured Tip: Guidelines For Buying a New Putter

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After a putting lesson last week, a student asked me what she should look for when buying a new putter.

She probably asked the right person, because I currently own 26 putters. Many are broomstick - long shafted putters, which I experimented with for a couple years before settling back on a normal length and normal stroke putter.

For what it's worth, a part of me still wants to put face-on, facing the hole with a long putter and a side saddle stroke, but I'll save that discussion for another time.

Here's are some things to keep in mind when you buy a new putter.
  • First of all do you really need one? Blaming the putter should be a last resort when your putting is bad, but equipment that doesn't fit your body is actually detrimental. For the record, I buy putters to test them out, but my go-to putter is an old Odyssey Two Ball.

  • A lot depends on your stroke when buying a putter, so before you buy a new one, make sure that you have acquired your go-to putting stroke for life. So a good putting lesson should precede a purchase if you are not 100% committed to your stroke.

  • It's also a good idea to get fitted for a putter to get the right length and lie angle, then have tweaks made to any good putter that you buy. OR, you can actually fit (adjust) your posture and your stance to the putter you buy if it's comfortable to do so. YES you really can do that.

  • Length matters in putting. The length of your putter needs to be right, and it is stroke dependent.

  • Lie angle - it's usually 72 degrees, give or take a degree. When you have the correct lie angle and length, the putter head should sit flat on the ground - not toe up or toe down. You can check this in a full length mirror.

  • Get the correct head shape. If you're torn between a blade vs. a mallet, get the mallet. Period. It would take a separate newsletter to detail the scientifically proven reasons why a mallet is better - M.O.I,. deeper C.O.G. etc. Look them up or take my word for it, I've done the research.

  • Most putters have a loft of 3 or 4 degrees, stick with that.

  • Alignment lines on the head are important - for striking the sweet spot on the ball as well as for face alignment. I have a Taylor Made Tour Spider putter like the one that Dustin Johnson uses without any lines on it. It's in my putter locker now in favor of my old trusty Odyssey Two Ball. Those two balls on the top of the putter give me the best alignment that I've ever experienced, and that includes a lot of putters.

  • Putter Head Weight. Look for a head weighing 350g, give or take 20g.

  • Balance - Face Balance or Toe Down. Folks, it really doesn't matter as long as the design has a high moment or inertia (M.O.I). Unless a putter is extremely toe down balanced, you can execute any stroke path that you want with either type of balance.

  • Grip Size. I favor a medium sized SuperStroke grip because it quiets down my wrists and also allows me to grip the putter with less grip pressure than a standard sized grip. . If you watch golf on TV, the best putters almost all have an oversized grip, and I recommend an oversized grip to all of my students. SuperStroke grips in particular because they won't change the swingweight that the putter was designed for.

  • Cost. A higher price tag DOES NOT necessarily correlate with better performance at all. I recall some research done on putter cost and performance a few years ago, and the number one rated putter was a Tommy Armor Mallet that sold for under $100. I'm not implying that ultra expensive putters are bad, just that a high price doesn't mean that they are good. I would say that you should be able to find a great new putter for under $300, and a lot less in some instances. You can always hunt a used one down on eBay for a fraction of what you would pay new, then have it tweaked to fit your stroke. That's how I got most of my collection.
Bottom line - be wise when you shop for a putter.


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Tom Tucker
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