Many of you have asked me for advice on buying golf equipment, and given my research into putters, putting and putter design, every week I am asked what to look for when buying a new putter.
As a result, I have written a comprehensive article listing some simple rules to follow when buying a new putter, the most used and most important club in the bag.
For your convenience, here is a summary of the 12 Simple Rules For Buying a New Putter:
Rule #1 Do You Really Need a New Putter?
In many cases we blame the putter for our putting problems, which may be the case but if you have a good putter (which you will learn about) then consider learning how to use it by reading The Fundamentals of Putting
Rule #2 Make Sure Your Putter is the Correct Length
A putter must be fitted properly and about 95% of the fitting process is making sure it is the right length.
Rule #3 Choose a Putter Head Shape for Forgiveness
The putter shape is generally a good indicator of its forgiveness.
Rule #4 Importance of Putter Face Loft
Loft is your friend as it will result in a consistent launch.
Rule #5 Select the Right Lie Angle
The lie angle is dependent on how well the putter is fitted.
Rule #6 Pay Attention to the Putter Sole
Is a radius on the sole of the putter important?
Rule #7 Consider Alignment lines on Your Putter
Most definitely get a putter with alignment lines
Rule #8 Find the Right Weight Putter
Find out what head weight will work well for 95% of golfers.
Rule # 9 Grip size and Your New Putter
Some thoughts on grip size and larger grips
Rule #10 Consider the Cost of Your New Putter
Cost is important but don’t buy your putter based on cost
Rule #11 Putter Balance
Should you match your putter balance to the rest of your set?
Rule #12 Putter Design and Stroke Path
How your stroke path is affected by toe down or face balanced putters
For those who would like to read the full article and thus be in a position to make a better informed decision when buying your next putter click here.
Have fun and putt well