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3 things to consider when conducting a putter search

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Don’t leave these things to chance when looking for a new putter.

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The search for a new putter can go in different ways. You can find the rack at the local golf shop, hit a few putts, and take a chance on something that might (or might not) work. The most expensive route is to undergo extensive retrofitting with high-speed cameras and a multitude of head options tailored to your visual and performance preferences. Both have proven to be successful.

Admittedly, a fit gives golfers a fighting chance in their quest for the perfect bag configuration, but let’s face it: More than any other club, the putter is a fickle beast. It works one week and is lost the next. As much as we’d like to admit we have solid handling on the flatstick, sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason to putter performance.

To be clear, this does not mean that we are all searching in the dark. Taking a look at the latest putters on the shelf can introduce you to a head shape you’ve never seen before, while a tweak can point out any issues with your current player and give you plenty to think about.

With that in mind, there are ways to ensure that you have a better than good chance of getting a repairable putter. Before you make the trip to a golf shop or tuning studio for a new putter, keep these three things in mind.

What is your stroke type?

Tiger Woods has relied on a plumber’s neck (or “L-neck”) for decades.

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Of all the things that can get your putter on track, matching the neck of the putter to your stroke type is near the top of the list. Some might say that it is the most important aspect. With a multitude of different necklines on the market, it is possible to find a head and neck combination that ticks the box.

If you’re unsure of your stroke type, check out this guide or ask someone with some skills to get involved. For example, most mallets are designed to eliminate a lot of unwanted twisting during the hit, but if you don’t have a straight back and deep hit, you may want to find a neck with something akin to finger drop to take advantage of. the benefits of head design rather than sticking with something that only half works.

Focusing on the neck will always put you in a good position.

What ball do you play?

Don’t try putters without your regular golf ball.

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I’m a big advocate of trying new equipment with the ball you normally play, and that includes the putter.

If the ball you are rolling putts with during a test session is noticeably firmer or softer than the ball you normally play, it will produce a different feel and acoustic. Not to mention it could affect how far the ball rolls.

Little things matter, especially when it comes to the putter. Before you book a fit or a trip to the local pro shop, make sure you have a sleeve or two of your favorite ball on hand to see how it performs with the different milled faces and inserts you try. It’s a small thing, but it’s definitely an important part of landing a putter that not only looks good but performs well too.

What are you looking at?

A small line on the top line is a common alignment aid.

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Jason Day prefers a putter with no line on top to free his mind and put more emphasis on feel. For Jordan Spieth, it’s a little line on the top line that puts him in good headroom on a putt. Others prefer to mix and toggle between long lines, dots, and dashes.

Putters are personal, and that includes alignment aids. Placing a dot or line on the putter that gives you confidence they can It will help you make more putts by increasing your chances of matching line and speed. He does those two things consistently well and will be getting the ball out of the cup in those 10 feet most of the time.

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Jonathan Wall is the Managing Editor of Equipment for GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. Before joining the staff in late 2018, he spent 6 years covering teams for the PGA Tour.

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