Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Putters
Choosing the right putter means first looking at what type of putting stroke you have
|Titleist Shark Scotty Cameron Kombi
Key Feature: Scotty Cameron’s latest nontraditional mallet has a three-point weighting system for excellent balance and feel. Oh, yeah, it’s designed by Scotty Cameron. Need we say more?
What We Like: The three lengths (standard, mid and long) make it easy to choose the right putter for your style. Also, the milled aircraft aluminum combined with the red T-shaped alignment aid look fantastic together.
Who It’s For: Cameron enthusiasts who want a new mallet in their bag.
Specs: Available in three lengths.
titleist.com | $325
|Tour Edge Backdraft GT7
Key Feature: Heavy heel and toe weighting lends to this putter’s high-MOI/deep-CG design and keeps the head square throughout the stroke.
What We Like: Its TPE face insert feels responsive, while an aluminum absorption bar behind the sweet spot minimizes vibration. What a price!
Who It’s For: The price will appeal to those seeking an inexpensive model from a reliable manufacturer.
Specs: The many blades and mallets offered in the Backdraft GT series all feature an easy-to-use alignment aid.
touredge.com | $39
|Yes Donna II
Key Feature: The weighting scheme—face and hosel section are 6061 aluminum, while the back is 303 stainless steel. This makes putting a breeze.
What We Like: The company’s proprietary grooved face rolls the ball smoothly. We also like the understated aesthetics, meaning we won’t get distracted and we can focus on the putt!
Who It’s For: Golfers preferring a high-MOI putter with heel-toe weighting.
Specs: Weighs 355 grams, with 2.5° loft. It’s a toe-down “hybrid mallet” with a plumber’s neck.
yesgolf.com | $300
Usually when you think of clubfitting, irons and woods and maybe wedges come to mind. But putters? Is it really necessary to get custom-fit for a putter when, in fact, all that matters is how a putter looks and feels to the user?
You bet. Putter fitting is very important. And while there’s some merit in having a putter that looks and feels right, having a putter that performs right is so much more important. So how do you know? It’s not that hard, really. Start by assessing your putting needs. Do you have the occasional yips? Do your putts miss short most of the time? A heavier putter will help with that. If you ram the ball past the hole, look for a lighter one.
Next, assess your stroke. Do you arc it or take it straight back and through? If you arc it, try a putter than isn’t face-balanced. They tend to swing more freely from open to closed. If you putt straight, a face-balanced model will help you stay that way.
Next, consider the putter length. How long the putter is will affect not only your stroke, but also how comfortable you are over the golf ball. If you tend to get too short and jabby in your stroke, try a longer shaft. If you tend to swing too long, try a shorter one.
Finally, move on to the actual putterhead design and hosel configuration. This really comes down to a matter of personal taste, but you’ll find that some putters have softer/firmer feels, some work better with putting the correct end-over-end roll with your stroke and so on. Some also have aggressive alignment aids (mallets mostly) that make it easier for you to aim. Either way, the trick is to not get stuck in your so-called “comfort zone” and be willing to try a different-style putter if, in fact, it’s better designed for your putting stroke.
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