The choice of Flatsticks is a moving target as
manufacturers jostle for market share.
It is very tempting to think that you can acquire a better putting game without doing the hard yards of learning the fundamentals skills.
Month after month additional makes and models hit the market with 'must-have' features guaranteed to improve your game. New and Improved to replace what, by inference, is now Dated and Not Quite State of the Art.
So how does Your Putter stand up to scrutiny?
The commercialisation of golf has seen an exponential increase in the variety of putters offered for sale. New manufacturers (and makers) continue to enter an already crowded market, and within the range of all competitors there are now more models to choose from.
So are you like so many other golfers who are confronted with over-choice, and is this taking your eye off the ball as to what good putting is really all about?
Unfortunately we live in a material world where we are bombarded with commercials. The marketing hype that is dished out with a tenuous link to some scientific research can fool you into thinking that excellence on the greens is all about having the right putter in your hand.
Nothing could be further than the truth.
Good putters are not dependent on any one make or model. They know what it takes to get the ball in the hole. On the other hand those with patchy success will struggle to make anything work consistently, usually because they have never understood nor mastered the fundamental skills of putting.
An interesting aside is that most consistent putters on the professional tours find something they like and then stick with it through thick and thin.
The less accomplished, or streaky, putters turn up at the tournaments with several options and switch back and forth depending on their performance.
Resorting to a different flatstick is not always a bad thing. However, make sure you get the sequence of events in the correct order.
You are now good to go from an equipment standpoint.
Convincing commercials on the merits of various flatsticks prey on our vulnerability, and we hear and read what we want to believe.
Think hard before you commit to a change. Is it really your putter that is hurting your putting?
1 = golfdigest.com January 2010