Ernie Els checks his putter at the 2010 Tour Championship (AP Photo). “Which putter is right for me?” This is a question I get all the time, not only from the Tour players whom I work with but also golfers who play the game just for fun. The simple answer is, There is no right or wrong putter for you. In our day and age, everyone thinks you need club-fitting, MOI, adjustable weighting and other concepts most of us don't even understand to find the right putter, so I'm sure the club-fitters and putter manufacturers are already gathering their forces to come after me. And you and your buddies must be thinking that I have finally lost my mind. But stick around and let me explain.
When it comes to missed putts, the problem is more often the Indian than the arrow. However, you should choose an arrow that you like, meaning the style or shape of the putterhead should fit your taste. Your putter should be an expression of you, something you can identify with, and something that can become part of you on the golf course. There are many shapes and sizes of putters available. Just take a look at the golfers struggling with their putting, they usually have the most exotic putter styles and shapes. Step 1: Your Putter Should Be Like Your Life Partner: Sexy, Snazzy and Classy Personally I cannot, or rather don't want to, putt with a putter that’s shaped like a spider. It's too busy, too big and way too clumsy. I prefer something simple, clean and classic. But everybody is not like me and that is why we have all these different types and styles of putters. So, the first thing to consider is the style of putter you like. Choose something that fits your eye and is comfortable to hang with, something you can fall in love with, your companion in the heat of the moment on the greens. Yes, your putter should be similar to your life partner, something sexy, snazzy and classy. You should be able to look down at the putter and say: "I can make a lot of putts with this beautiful thing."
Here's a picture of a putter I can play with: Step 2: Your Putter Should Feel Good and Sound Good You should have a pleasant, relaxed and enjoyable feeling when rolling the ball, not a feeling of manipulation or guidance. Your putter should swing freely and spontaneously. The ball should come off your putterface gently yet crisp, plush and firm all at the same time. It is essential for me to feel impact -- I want to hear and feel the contact with the ball. I want as much as possible feedback at impact, the moment of truth.
My research has found that golfers who use soft inserts in the putterface find it more difficult to control distance. Why? Because of a lack of feedback. Feedback – the sound and feel of the ball – makes you sensitive and responsive to the motion of your putting stroke, which in turn helps you to become a better putter. Progress is not possible without feedback.
Next week we will look at the various characteristics of putters.
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