Are you playing with a putter that will suit YOUR game?
Many golfers know and understand the benefits of getting custom fit with drivers and irons but few ever bother getting a putter custom fit to their build, posture and stroke. Putting can account for nearly half of all shots taken during the round so it makes no sense to use a club that is improperly fitted and that will add shots to your score. The putter you pick up 2nd hand or that you buy off the internet will seldom be a good fit for you.
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We use the TOMI (The Optimal Motion Instructor) Putting System and a Golf Mechanix fitting putter to help you get the correct fit. The TOMI Putting System measures stroke characteristics, which enables the coach to simply and effectively identify stroke faults and to identify the correct putter fit. TOMI can be used with your current putter or a range of demo putters and measures:
• Club face alignment at address and alignment at impact (relative to address)
• Stroke path at impact and overall stroke path
• Club head rotation
• Shaft angle at impact
• Impact point and speed at impact
• Stroke tempo
The Golf Mechanix fitting putter is an adjustable club where the lie angle, length and loft can be adjusted. This allows golfers to hit putts with a putter that, once setup correctly, is right for them.
Why not book a putter fitting session or a putting lesson to determine the best setup, stroke mechanics and putter fit for you. We also have a range of demo putters in addition to the TOMI system and the fitting putter. Following the session we can order a new putter built to your specification or we can make alterations to your current putter.
The variables involved in choosing the correct putter include:
Putters generally come between 33” and 35” in length. The length of the correct putter for you is determined by your height, your chosen putting posture, your wrist to floor measurement and your chosen arm position. Many players fit their setup and stroke to their putter, not vice versa as it should be. Putters that are too long mean that the players has to stand more upright and bend the arms excessively, making it difficult for the arms to work as a unit. The ideal putter length will allow for the golfer to be in good posture, with the eyes over the ball-target line and the shaft running directly up the forearms. The Golf Mechanix fitting putter allows for accurate length measurement once the correct setup has been established.
This is dependant on the putter length and on the putting posture chosen; once the golfer has determined the correct length (as described above) the top line of the putter should be parallel to the ground. Putters that are too upright or too flat can often cause alignment issues and can cause misses left and right. More often than not golfers will put an incorrectly fit putter down in the right position, then adjust their address position to suit the putter, leading a poor setup and inconsistencies in the stroke. Again, the Golf Mechanix fitting putter allows for accurate lie measurement once the correct setup and length have been established.
Putters usually carry between 2-4° of loft. The amount of loft you require depends on the type of greens you usually play on (more loft for slower greens, less loft for fast greens). The correct loft also needs to take into account the amount of dynamic loft you present at impact. This is a result of the putter loft + the amount of adjustment to the loft made during the stroke, e.g. most strokes either add loft or take loft away to some degree. Players who add loft to their putters during the stroke will require less loft than those who take loft away. If you putt with too much loft the ball will launch too high with too much spin, meaning that it will bounce and skid before reaching the point of true roll. Putting with too little loft will mean that the ball will “jump” at impact (balls lie in little depressions on the grass on the green and putter loft helps the ball to be launched out of this depression). The TOMI Putting System is able to measure how much dynamic loft is present at impact, allowing for the proper loft to be determined, also the Golf Mechanix fitting putter allows players to see how the ball rolls using a variety of different lofts.
The grip, along with the chosen head design, is very personal to the individual. There are many different size grips/materials available on the market. Generally players who use a pendulum motion with the hands playing very little part in the stroke will prefer a thicker putter grip, as will players who feel they use the hands too much. Players who rely more on feel through the hands and who employ more “hit” in the stroke will require a much thinner grip; thinner grips allow for more feedback and allows players to gauge pace better using this method. What you choose is really dependant on your chosen style of putting. Heavier grips can alter the swing weight of the putter and will make the putter head feel lighter, the opposite is true of thinner grips.
Choose a putter you like the look and like the sound of, the putter should fit your eye, aesthetics play a big part. You should choose a head design that helps you line up the putter head consistently, there are many different types of alignment markings on the market so find what works for you. The weight of the putter is important, heavier putters are generally better on slower greens. There is a variety of different putter face materials and groove technologies out there, designed to give a better roll, again, try as many as possible. Finally there is the balance of the putter head. They come in many shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, larger, mallet style putters are face balanced and generally have a very high MOI (moment of inertia = resistance to twisting on off centre hits). Like with driver and iron technology, this makes the putter head much more forgiving on off centre hits. Face balanced putters are designed to suit a more straight back and through stroke. At the other end of the spectrum there are the heel-toe balanced putters. These putters generally look more classical and would suit a player with more of an arced stroke where the putter face opens and closes (relative to the target line). Generally these putters are not as forgiving on off centre hits. There is no real right and wrong when choosing a head design, it is much more important to get the length, lie, loft and grip (in that order) correct so that whatever head design you choose works best for you. The TOMI putting system allows golfers to try different putter head designs to see which produces the best stroke characteristics. The effects of mishits can be measured along with the putters face alignment (address and impact), tempo, face rotation and stroke path.