Before Acquiring Your Next Golf Putter, Make Sure It's Right for You

By: Jim O Connell

No matter what level of golfer you might be, there will be a club which you will use a great deal more than any in a game of golf. Not the driver, which several players will never take out of the golf bag. It is needless to say the golf putter, and becoming a decent and even great putter involves a putter which is right for you. Here we'll look at a few choices.

Prior to looking for that putter you would like, ask yourself what your preferred putting stroke is, or the form of your stroke. Is it a straight back and directly through move, or is it an inside to inside movement, or sort of the mini adaptation of the full golf swing rotation. Every putting stroke is going to fall generally in one of these two types, and your putting stroke technique will determine the type of putter finest in your case.

Provided you keep the blade of the putter square to your golf ball through the putting stroke like I employ, it is best to look to use a center-shafted design. In other words, the club shaft attaches to the putter head top at almost its center point, and also the base of your putter is going to be pretty much level with the ground. Let's say you like the inside to inside stroke, then the heel-shafted putter or the shaft attaching to the heel will be for you. For this putter the toe for your club will have contact with the ground greater than the rest of the base.

An additional element that may be useful is little alignment aids on the tops of certain putter heads. Another attribute that has had some acceptance is putting a strip of urethane, a material employed for making golf balls, over the putter face. Some players favor the softer feel when striking the ball.

Another thing to look for in putters are ones that offer moment of inertia, or MOI. These putters resist twisting when the golf ball is struck off-center, and the disparity can be major. Essentially it turns your terrible putts into not-so-bad ones, but as outlined by a study reported in Golf Digest, it can make a four foot differentiation for a 22 foot putt. It certainly makes that second putt considerably easier.

Then what do you need to do when you purchase a golf putter that feels right, you've given it every feasible opportunity to help out your golf short game and it nevertheless fails you? Maybe it is time to search for the last resort of golf putters, those you observe a whole lot at the Champions Tour. I recognize those extended putters appear absurd, but they take the wrist action out of putting. And when you grow older your wrist action is often the first thing to fall apart.

These elongated golf putters fall into two types: belly putters and long putters. Belly putters affix to the midsection and will be intended to reduce wrist movement. Long putters are five to ten inches longer and remove all wrist action, since the left hand is going to secure the top end of the club with the chest or beneath the chin, and the right hand merely leads the club through the putting motion. These putters will be calm for the nerves and worth trying if conventional putting is burdening you with troubles.

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Finding the putter that fits you as a golfer will go a long way to improving your putting, and so will a few pointers you will find in How to Putt. And the Internet can help save you time and money when booking your tee times online, especially if you are a Last Minute Golfer. Sean O'Kelly is an avid golfer and writer living in London.

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