Golf Putter Frequently Asked Questions
What length putter do I need?
The best putters for you are entirely based on your height. If you’re over 6’1”, you'll probably need a larger putter of around 35 inches. If you’re 5’7” to 6’0”, you’ll fair better and be more comfortable with a 34-inch (standard length) putter, and so on. Your stance, with the correct putter, should be slightly bent at the waist and knees with your eyes directly over the ball and your shoulders hanging naturally. If you’re stooping or bending over too far, then your putter is too short for you.
How to measure putter length?
If you can’t get to a professional fitting for a set of golf clubs, then there is an easy way to measure putter length to determine what size you need. For this, you’ll need someone to help you. Using a real or imaginary golf ball, get into your natural putting stance as if you were playing. Do this as naturally and second nature as possible, as this is your game stance, and it may throw off the measurements if you adjust yourself or over-think it. Then, ask someone to take a tape measure and measure the distance from the top of your hands (near your wrist or the heel of your hand) to the ground. This distance is your estimated putter shaft length and should provide you with enough insight to find one online or in store.
How to grip a putter?
There are a few ways to grip golf putters, so we’ll introduce you to the most popular. The conventional grip is favoured by most professional players, and it’s only slightly different from your grip for your full swing. You can also grip a putter using the left-hand low technique, or cross-handed grip. This involves putting the dominant hand higher on the club, with the non-dominant placed lower.
What makes a good putter?
The best putters are unique to you and your game needs. For example, if you putt with a straight path, you’ll fair better with a face balanced putter. If you putt with a slight arc, then the best putters for you will be toe balanced. A good putter has a balanced head weight suited to your needs. A blade-style putter isn’t the most forgiving, but if you’re a keen golfer and putt successfully and consistently then this traditional style might be best for you. If you need some assistance in stroke consistency, then a mallet putter would suit your game better.