Before you choose which among the various designs of golf putters you’re going to buy, you need to know what exactly the different kinds of putters are. Basically, putters are categorized into three types, which includes the belly and long putters, and the conventional putters. Each of these types of putters differs in length, and are suitable for varying putting postures.
The conventional putters are among the most commonly used putters of all types, at least for novice golfers. This is because they are the shortest, which, as far as length is concerned, are most suitably used by beginners given their level of difficulty to use.
In order for you to keep an ideal posture for putting, you need to lean forward while taking your stance. This makes your eyes aligning directly over the putt’s line. As you maintain this position, your arms should be hung down loosely while bringing both palms together. Unfortunately, this posture can only be taken if you’re using conventional golf putters, which are usually around 32-36 inches in length.
However, most pro golfers, and even some of the amateurs, prefer using a long or belly putter instead of the conventional one. The reason is that a conventional putter requires you to have steel-like nerves and minimal wrist action. As a beginner, this can be hard to pull off, as you’re still conscious of what exact position each part of your body should be before putting. In golf, if you have those unnecessary movements made by your hands during a stance, you’re considered ‘handsy’.
Expert golfers would say that a conventional golf putter can provide a decent combination of mechanical precision and feel. Apparently, there are some putters that allows for certain unwanted wrist actions to happen.
With belly putters, you will have that third point in which contact will be made. Your abdomen, which is not involved when using a conventional putter, will be put to use if you’re putting with a belly putter. This part of your body can be utilized to your advantage, as it makes your stance more stable while keeping the right balance to your stroke.
A belly putter usually measures about 41-44 inches in length. This putter anchors against your body, while keeping wrist movements at a minimum. Through this, you can achieve a close-to-ideal posture.
Unfortunately, these golf putters are relatively longer and have thicker grips. This reduces that feel to the club when making your shot. You may notice your control over shot distance a bit dicier given the putter’s shaft being lengthier.
Long putters help create that pendulum swing effect when making your putting stroke. This completely removes that wrist hinge. With this type of putter, a player would be taking his upright stance, which is beneficial particularly for golfers experiencing painful backs.
These golf putters are available in lengths ranging from 48-52 inches, which is a lot longer as compared to your belly putters. This is why many this type of putter as the broomstick putter. Because of their length, there is less feedback and feel to using them. Distance control also becomes more difficult.
The advantage to this kind of putter, however, is that wrist movement is completely eliminated. Due to its qualities, many claim that it’s a golfer’s last hope if he’s not quite good at putting. Should this not cure your problems or nerves when putting, it might be a good idea to ditch the idea of pursuing golf – at least for the moment – and practice your swing.
Knowing all of the qualities of each golf putters, you should be able to identify what exactly suits your style of play. Just keep in mind that one of the most important aspects in golf is experiencing that ‘feel’, which applies to every type of golf club.
There are several types of golf putters to choose from, depending on your skill level.