When speaking to golfers coming into the shop, we would try and get as much information about their game as possible. After the first few questions it usually goes like this:
Steve: ‘Is there a particular area of your game you struggle with and a reason why your scores don’t reflect how you’ve played?’
Customer: ‘My long game, especially off the tee is a problem, but my short game is good and I don’t have a problem with my putting’
This is such a common situation as most people, including ourselves here at Andrew Morris Golf are consumed by distance and performance in the long game area.
Now there are serious advances in equipment that enables amateurs to hit longer and straighter drives. What we are not saying is that you shouldn’t spend your hard earned money on drivers but what we are asking you to do is to think about how important the putting game is and that technology has advanced here as well.
As with any part of the game if you have a sound technique and strong set-up as well as a good understanding of how to read a green it will give you more of a chance to improve your putting. Couple this with the correct putter and it gives you even more of a chance.
The correct length sets your eye position about 1-2” inside the target line. You might have been told that when you putt, your eyes should be over the ball. But if you set up that way, your perception of the putting line can get distorted.
When you lean over a ball and turn your head toward the hole, your eyes trick you into thinking the cup is left of its true position. A putter that is too short will position your eye line either over the ball or too far outside as well as cause your posture to be too hunched over. Having a distorted view of the hole and the putter being too short will create a path that starts too far outside and as a result putts are generally pulled to the left.
A putter that is too long will cause your posture to be too upright and set your eye line too far inside the ball-to-target line, again giving you a distorted view of where you think the hole is but this time to the right. This also creates a path that starts a long way from the inside and for the right handed golfer putts pushed to the right of the target.
The lie of the putter is generally affected by the length as mentioned above. If the length is too long it makes it harder to hit the centre of the putter face as well as promoting a toe upright position at address. Putters generally have around 4 degrees of loft at address. With a square putter face if the toe is upright the face angle tilt will be aiming slightly to the left of the target causing a pull for the right handed golfer. Couple these variables with a stroke that would be strongly from the inside the consistency of impact would be very poor.
Typically there are 3 different head types of putters you can buy.
Without getting too technical MOI is the ability of an object to resist twisting. You will see and hear this technology mentioned a lot more in drivers. An off centre hit causes the club head to twist during the strike. The higher the MOI basically means that there is more resistance to twist from an off centre hit, keeping the face much squarer at impact thus making it more forgiving.
Now you might be saying that hitting the middle of a putter is much easier then hitting the middle of a driver!! This is true but hitting the middle of the putter can be more difficult than you think. If you have a tendency to be very inconsistent with your distance judging it can be down to strike problems. If this is the case I would recommend going for the mallet option as it has a higher MOI.
Something else to consider is your stroke. If you have a slight arc to your putting stroke then going for a blade or heel-toe weighted putter would be a better option. If you are more of a straight back and through stroke then a mallet putter is the one for you.
Most people reading this will be clueless when it comes to knowing what type of stroke they have. This is where we come in. We can view your technique and be able to direct you to the type of putter that will suit your stroke.
Putters come in all shapes and sizes, lengths and lies which is why we also feel that personal choice is a huge part of putter fitting. If it looks ugly to you, no matter how perfect it is for your stroke then it’s not going to perform. There are so many choices out there that we are sure with our expert advice and a bit of trial and error we will find a match made in heaven.
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Great Fun Experience, I booked my husband and myself in with Steve, I have just started this crazy game and needed all the help I could get. Used Trackman to assess what clubs suited best, Steve brought out a few different clubs, both new and 2nd han...
Had a club fitting for a new driver. Steve was great to work with, very knowledgable using trackman to find the perfect set up for me. Very friendly and helpful as always.
Bought new studs for my golf shoes. Took them home but couldn't get the old ones out. You would have needed to be Popeye to shift them. Went back up and Graham was so helpful. He changed all of the studs in my golf shoes. Really appreciated the great...
Had a fitting with Stephen today as I don't have 2 swings the same I'm difficult to fit but Stephen showed great patience and totally professional throughout I left with a customised driver many thanks
Had a fitting with Steve today. Very professional and it was great to get a few tips about my grip and angle of attack. Made a lot sense. I have now bought a new set of TaylorMade irons. Can’t wait for them to arrive. I’ll probably now go for a d...
Thank you David for your help today in finding me the right club to fill a gap in my bag. Friendly and professional service including great tip to help hit ball straighter off the tee! Much appreciated & will recommend to others. Claire
Got fitted for new clubs very helpful and professional
Got my last 2 sets of irons of Andrew and the team. The detail involved and the turnaround of how quickly I got them was very impressive. Also got a lesson from Darren and he couldn't be more helpful. Recently I cracked the face of my driver (Not in ...
Had a very informative putter fitting with Keri, he was very helpful in finding what putter suited my stroke. Great choice of stock and super friendly staff. Top marks Keri
Had a fitting for a putter with Steve. Great knowledge of what putter would suit me best and very helpful tips provided on my putting stroke.