Golf is an individualistic sport that in most cases the player has only themselves to applaud or be disgusted with. There is probably no other piece of equipment in the bag more individualistic then the putter. Majors have been won with multiple shaft leans such as Phil Mickelson with a strong forward press to Zach Johnson with no forward press. Even the grip on the club has many different variations with major wins from Sergio Garcia with the claw grip, Jordan Speith with left hand low and of course many with the standard right hand low grip. The point is there are many variations of how people setup and swing a putter and this doesn’t event scratch the surface of the style and manufacturers of putters out there.
Still confused on what putter you should play? Here are a few tips of some different variations match some different swing styles.
One of the first to be made was the 1976 Zebra putter. However, it took many years after its introduction for the mallet to gain popularity. Below are some of the styles they tend to match:
- slight arc
- over rotation of toe
- slight forward press
While there were others before it, the Anser was a game changer for putters. What are the typical styles that are great with a blade putter:
- strong arc
- strong forward press
- lead with left hand (for righty)
Many putters have been centered shafted yet SeeMore makes a living off of it. What are the styles that work great with a center shaft:
- upright stance
- slight arc
- fairly straight putting stroke
- little to no forward press
Insert vs Milled
This is a feel situation. Personally I like the roll I get from a milled putter especially with faster greens. And in most of my research to date I have found very little data showing that either one has an advantage or a disadvantage.
LASTLY: Get Evaluated
Getting a professional fitting/ evaluation for your putter is extremely important. As it has been my experience that very few people actually know what they are doing in their full swing even with a putter. However when you go looking for a fitter start with these questions to find out if they know how to fit a putter properly.
- Is your address square, open or closed?
- Are you hunched over or upright?
- Do you press your hands forward? How much?
- What is your swing path? Slight Arc, strong arc, across the ball or push?
- What speeds are the greens that you typically play on?