They say that bad workmen blame their tools. Certainly if you are badly fitted to your putter, you would be entitiled to blame it in part for any lack of success.
Putting depends hugely on confidence. When your putter matches your build, looks, feels and sounds right, you will know, if your putting start to unravel, that it is not your putter.
The standard length of an off-the-shelf putter is 35 inches. For most golfers this is too long and needs to be shortened. When your putter is the correct length, your arms will hang naturally under your shoulders as you tilt forward. Your hands will be adjacent to the middle of the putter handle.
If your putter is too long you will not be able to position your eyes over the ball. If it is too short, your eyes will move outside of your aimline. This makes it very difficult for you to aim your putterface accurately.
Once you have the correct length, it is important that your putter head is properly soled on the ground. It is undesirable to have your putter head either heel-up or toe-up. For a standard off-the-shelf putter the lie angle is typically about 71 degrees.
When you alter the length of the putter, the lie angle needs to be adjusted so that your putter head rests correctly on the putting surface.
Loft is not something that is usually changed unless your hands are pushed forward at setup, or your putting technique uses a forward press that delofts the putterface. The standard loft of three or four degrees is enough to get the ball up on top of the grass.
Most putters come fitted with a paddle grip. This grip has a flat flange in the front that allows you to place your two thumbs on the top of the grip.
There are putter grips of varying diameters and shapes available. You should experiment to find the grip that you are most comfortable with and have this fitted when you decide on your ideal putter.
Putters stretch across the range from light to medium to heavy head weights. A recent trend is to have adjustable weights in your putter. Blade putters typically are lighter than mallet putters.
There is no hard and fast rule to determine what head weight is best for you. It is a question of feel. Putters with head weights that are towards the heavier end of the range are easier to use as they help to reduce any unwanted wrist action.
When you have a good understanding of the recommended Putter Fitting requirements, you are ready to move on to:
Lesson 3 - Choosing a Putter.
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