We have all been at the golf shop looking for the best putter to purchase, what length what style head, heavy or light? These are all important questions. But the biggest question should be what putter best suites your putting stoke?
The basic design of putters falls within two categories: face balance and non face balanced.
What is a face balanced putter? This is a putter that is designed to reduce twisting, if you balance the putter on your finger the face of the putter will point to the sky. On a non face balanced putter the toe of the club will point down toward the ground.
Within the world of putting technique there are two styles that apply to what we are talking about - square to square and the swinging door.
“Square to square” is when the face of the putter stays square to the target line both during the back swing and the through swing. (Player example Jim Furyk) This style of putting stroke is usually a shoulder controlled movement.
The “swinging door” is when the putter face opens during the back swing and moves through an arc to square then closed. (Player example Davis Love) This style of putting stroke is usually an arm and hand controlled movement.
If you are the “square to square” putting style then the face balanced putter is the one for you. If you are the “swinging door” putting style then the non face balance putter would be your best choice.
The right equipment for your stroke will make a world of difference.David Bowyer is Director of Instruction at the Stratton Golf School in Stratton, VT. www.Stratton.com • (802) 297-4122