2009 Putters Buyer's Guide

Putter Trends

Nontraditional putter shapes have been coming to market the past few years, as designers have figured out how to stabilize clubheads at impact to better keep the ball rolling toward the target. That push continues in 2009, with more “out-there,” high-MOI putter styles. We’re talking fangs, wings and unusual appendages. They’ll be complemented by plenty of interchangeable weights, allowing golfers to quickly dial in their preferred putter head weight. Trial and error will allow you to figure out which weight scheme fits you best, but you can always take the scientific approach, as many golfers will discover in coming months.

“As new technologies become more available, it will become easier to better fit consumers for putters that optimize their stroke,” says Dave Jones, senior project engineer at PING Golf. “One such technology is the Science&Motion SAM PuttLab, which uses ultrasound measurements to essentially map out a player’s stroke. While most of these technologies have not yet reached the masses, products such as the PuttLab definitely have the potential to revolutionize traditional putter fitting. The ability to break down a golfer’s stroke into elements such as his or her clubface [position] at impact, the amount of rotation in the stroke, the timing of the stroke, impact position, dynamic loft and many other variables will allow us to dial in the putter model that gives the player the best chance of rolling in more putts.”

Consciously or not, you’re looking for specific sound and feel. Many companies are achieving a soft feel through the use of an elastomer-based face insert, some bearing textures that further soften the click at impact.

—Scott Kramer


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