2014 Buyer's Guide Putters

Have a look at some of 2014's best

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By David Woods, PGA

Be confident. Even high-handicappers are expected to drain these easy four-footers, right? Well, then why are we so fearful of them? Usually, it's a confidence issue, a lack of acceleration and too much head movement in the stroke, meaning you should make a smooth, accelerating stroke and try to hear the ball drop before you lift your head and see where it went. The next time you practice, grab five to six golf balls and keep putting from four feet until you hear all the balls find the cup. It will work wonders for your ability to make a more aggressive stroke, and it will help you stay in the proper putting position and avoid the temptation to look up midway through your forwardstroke.

With some practice, you might want to try the same drill, only roll some putts with your eyes closed. You'll develop a better sense of your stroke length and tempo, which, again, will help you become more confident in your ability to make more short putts.

Imagine you're in a situation to shoot a low score, but you feel nervous to hit what's usually a very easy putt. If you stay focused on "What if I miss?" you'll lose the proper focus to execute a solid stroke.

Consider embracing the preshot process instead. This involves going through an effective routine that's focused on the speed and line you intend to stroke the putt. Be as specific as possible as you see the ball enter the cup. Take a few extra seconds to visualize the putt going in right before you take the putt back. React to a clear picture of what you want instead of thinking about all the possible outcomes. Then trust your line and roll it in.

When it comes to golf equipment, nothing is as personal as the putter. It's as though we have a special bond with our flatsticks. Sometimes, we love them like teddy bears and would sleep with them if we could. Other times, we scorn them like a girlfriend who has cheated on us with our best friend. Yet, despite our love-hate-love-hate relationships we have with our putters, we can't play a round of golf without one (well, you sort of can, but that's not the point).

The best thing you can do is get yourself a putter you're confident with from the get-go. If you have a putter that you aren't comfortable with the moment you first use it, that putter will be out of your bag as soon as your putting hits a snag.

Have a look at some of 2014's best.


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