Unlike all other clubs in your bag commonly referred to as “swing” clubs, the putter may be the most important. Custom fitting is not just for your driver, fairway woods, and irons. The putter is generally the only club you use on every hole and one of your main scoring clubs. Many people believe that selecting a putter merely involves personal preference. That is partly true, because you need to be content with the look and the feel of the putter to perform well while using it. However, it also needs to fit you perfectly in terms of “playability”.
The proper length will help you achieve your optimal setup for a more fluid and repeatable stroke. Length is critical to achieve proper “eyes over the ball” position stance and quite essential to improving accuracy as well as distance control.
Matching the top to bottom balance to your personal stroke will provide a smoother, more reliable path from takeaway through impact. Ideal balance is achieved through a tradeoff between club head and grip weight.
3. Lie Angle
The proper lie angle will give you a better chance of keeping the ball on line. The most important aspect of the lie angle is that it promotes good posture and eye position over the ball.
4. Loft Angle
The proper loft will allow the ball to achieve true roll more quickly, minimizing bouncing and skidding for enhanced accuracy and distance control. You usually need some loft to lift your ball out of the slight depression caused by the ball’s weight, but many putters have too much which facilitates a further skid factor.
5. Swing Weight
The appropriate swing weight for your physical attributes and stroke will assist you to strike a delicate balance between touch and distance control.
The right types, style, and size grip for your hands will enable you to have a consistent stroke. The proper grip fit will offer you a steadier hold on the putter as well as promote a desired shoulder-and-arm pendulum stroke.
The putter fitting tool we use is a great asset to getting you fit for the right loft and lie angles. Our putter roll board and practice mat are great items to gauge your putter needs in terms of loft and lie adjustment and type of putter which suits you best.
Of course, style of putter is what a lot of people also do not take into consideration. We have both blade and mallet putters in several sizes for you to try. Finding a putter that can visually confirm and conform to your target line will ensure consistent accuracy. It is all about alignment when we recommend a putter style. Good putting alignment comes from the ability to align your putter’s face directly to your target. Players who have trouble with alignment either start putts off line or have to make a compensation to get the ball on line. Neither option is good for consistent putting.
Another part of our putter fitting program uses our skid board to true roll. We can use it to determine the skid factor of your current putter and advise you about what we can do to change it for the better.
Dynamic loft, in other words, is loft at the point of impact. It only makes sense that a putter with lower loft will cause the ball to jump up in the air less than a putter with higher loft. The sooner a ball contacts the ground, the sooner the ground starts to put friction on it and cause it to rotate. The only thing that causes a golf ball to roll forward is its friction in contact with the ground.
A typical off-the-shelf putter will have between 3 and 5 degrees of loft. Many grooved putters will have less than 2 degrees of static loft. So, for a player using the exact same stroke, the dynamic loft (loft at impact) will be lower, regardless of that player’s stroke. You can conclude that if a player with a typical putter (4 degrees loft) is reduced to a 1 degree loft, the golfer would see similar playing characteristics to most grooved putters. In other words, it’s not the grooves that promote good roll; it is just that the dynamic loft is lower. This fact promotes the idea of adjusting your putter loft as opposed to going out and purchasing an expensive putter with special face grooving or deep etching.
Although these items do not help roll, position of the “center of gravity” (COG) within the putter head does indeed affect ball roll. Direct placement of the COG on the impact point can greatly increase the efficiency of contact and lead to a lower flight off the face. In smple terms, the misalignment of the COG and the impact point can cause the ball to fly up in the air, while an aligned COG and impact point would eliminate this reaction. However, almost all putters do not position the COG high on the face, and, thus, it is nearly impossible to find a model that does this. Again, the alternative is to adjust the putter loft. We can also use our equipment to check the COG point of your putter and find out exactly where it is at.