Welcome to the latest entry in our Gear Guide series at Worcester Golf Club’s blog. Today, we’re focusing on a crucial piece of equipment in every golfer’s bag – the putter. Understanding your putter is key to mastering the greens and shaving strokes off your game.
The Importance of the Putter
In golf, the putter is often referred to as the ‘money club.’ This is because more strokes can be saved or lost on the green than with any other club in your bag. A well-chosen putter that suits your style can make a significant difference in your game.
Types of Putters
Blade Putters: Ideal for players with a straight putting stroke. They offer a traditional look and feel.
Mallet Putters: Best for players with an arc in their stroke. They provide more forgiveness and alignment aids.
Face-Balanced vs. Toe-Hang Putters: Face-balanced putters are better for a straight stroke, while toe-hang putters suit an arced stroke.
Selecting the Right Putter
Length: The length of the putter should allow you to stand comfortably over the ball with your eyes directly over it.
Weight: The weight should feel comfortable in your hands and match the speed of the greens you typically play.
Head Design: Choose a head design that feels right for you and suits your stroke style.
Grip: Grips come in various sizes and textures. A proper grip can improve your feel and stroke consistency.
Using Your Putter Effectively
Practice Your Stroke: Consistency is key. Practice keeping your stroke smooth and steady.
Alignment: Use the alignment aids on your putter to ensure you’re aiming correctly.
Speed Control: Learn to judge distances accurately and control the speed of your putts.
Your putter is more than just another club – it’s a vital tool that can dramatically impact your performance on the green. At Worcester Golf Club, we encourage players to spend time selecting and understanding their putter.
Remember, a great putter doesn’t just fit your hands; it fits your style.