Golf clubs generally have three classifications. These are your iron clubs, wood clubs, and the golf putters. Each classification also has its own types and variations. And each functions differently from the other. This article will provide beginners information to learn more about putters.
Putters are considered as the most important type of golf clubs because these are used in the most important part of the game. Here are some details about your putters.
Putter Face/ Clubface
The putter face, or also referred to as golf clubface, is part of the putter head. This is the surface where the golf ball is struck. This is where the so-called sweet spot is. It is the striking surface and usually is the center part of your golf putters. The putter face may or may not have inserts that are usually made of polymers or soft metals. The insert adds to the ‘feel’ and ‘sound’ of putting or stroking the ball. There are two major types of your putter face.
When you balance the shaft of the putter on your index finger and the club face is perpendicular to the ground, then this is classified as a toe-balanced putter. When you balance the shaft and the club face is parallel to the ground facing upward, then it is a face –balanced putter.
The putter head is usually made of metal, stainless steel, titanium, or brass. It also comes in various shapes, sizes, and designs. The putter head is very important in the consistency of your putting strokes. New designs now usually have eye alignments to aid the player in their putting strokes. There are three putter head types.
The blade head is usually traditional in its design. It is light and small, and usually narrow. The design is simpler with a straight blade-shaped face. It is usually light weight.
The cavity-back is an offshoot of the blade putter head. It has a hollow spot at the back of the blade and the blade is a bit longer and larger.
The mallet head is bigger, larger, and heavier. The shape usually resembles a half-circle. Since the size is bigger, the head also has a bigger sweet spot on its face. Mallet putters are easier to control than blade putters.
Putter Grip Size
The size of your golf putters grip is important because it affects your hand and wrist action. The four grip sizes are: undersize, standard, midsize and oversize. You can customize the size of your grip by adding layers of tape or you can instead have your putters fitted properly.
The length of your putter shaft also varies. Your choice of putter would also depend on the playing position you are most comfortable with. Older people and those who have back problems usually use the upright stance, using putters that have longer shafts. There are three variations of your golf putters.
The first variation is the conventional putter which is at a standard length of 33-35 inches reaching the player’s waist level. This type usually goes with the bent position of playing. Second is the belly putter which is a bit longer at 41-44 inches. Players usually use this with less wrist action because the end of the putter is anchored against the abdomen. Third is the chest/long putter which is anchored to the chest or chin of the player. This is usually used by players who can’t withstand bending a lot. The length ranges from 48-52 inches.
Hope all of the basic information about your golf putters are relevant enough for you to at least have a better understanding on the many types and variations of your golf clubs.