Looking to improve your short game? Find a putter to match the unique mechanics of your stroke.
On the green, your putter helps you feel the ball. Sense pace and depth. Detect the shot line. It is the most used club in your bag, after all. So, it’s critical that you find one that matches the unique mechanics of your stroke.
And that’s no easy proposition — today’s putters come in a variety of lengths, weight placements, clubhead shapes and alignments. Use this guide to find the right putter and putter components your short game.
The length of your putter has a huge impact on your stroke. Pick the wrong size and you’ll throw off your putting line. Most putters range from about 32 to 52 inches, and they’re designed to keep your eyes over the golf ball. The shaft of your putter should fall neatly in line with your forearm when you’re in the address position.
It’s common for golfers to choose a putter too long for their game. And if you’re clutching your standard-size putter below its grip, you should probably opt for a shorter-length shaft. Likewise, if you’re experiencing lower-back pain during your stroke, it may be time to try a longer putter. Here’s how to measure putter length:
This is the length of your putter shaft.
This directly impacts the balance and release of a putter. The hosel should be selected based on a putter’s stroke: