What are the Best Putters in 2017?

While hours and hours on the putting green will help you record lower scores on your next 18, everyone knows that a golfer also relies heavily on the equipment in his or her bag to maintain or further improve his game.

Golf's top companies are constantly working to improve their club technology from the best irons to the best wedges. We're taking a look at what we consider to be the five best putters in 2017:

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What to Look for in Your New Putter

According to some golf experts, the putter is the most important club in your arsenal; selecting the right putter for your game is even more critical than combing through the best drivers to get you to the green.

We all know the excitement of going shopping for new clubs, but it's important to stay focused on the details that will make your next putter selection one that will last for years.

Reviewing the Different Types of Putter

It seems like there's a new article out every other month on the "groundbreaking putting technology that will change the game forever." The biggest trend in recent years has probably been toward belly putters and long putters which allegedly help shaky putters to steady out their games.

When you're selecting your next putter, you'll likely be picking between three choices:

  • Mallet Putters: Ideal for golfers who use a square putting style and aim straight for the hole, most mallet putters include a sight line that provides critical aid as you line up the winning shot.
  • Blade Putters: Sweet and simple, a good blade putter is in the arsenal of most arc putters who prefer to read the green rather than take a straight shot at the cup.
  • Belly Putters: While they were recently banned in competition, belly putters are still perfectly acceptable for your business meeting on the green or Sunday scramble. These putters offer a lengthened shaft so that you can balance them against your belly for a steadier putt.

Features of Your Ideal Putter

When you're considering your next putter purchase, you'll want to take stock of the club's three critical characteristics:

  • Length: Quite possibly the most important aspect of your putter, the club's length is also easy to test out. When you find the right length, the putter should be in line with your forearms as you stand in the correct address position. Many golfers end up purchasing a club that is too long for them and then make the critical mistake of having the club shortened, throwing off the putter's weight and balance. Take the time to find the right length, and don't be afraid to ask for help from your local golf expert.
  • Weight: The head weight of a putter is inversely proportional to the length of the club: a 33" putter will have a head weight of around 380 grams, while a 35" putter will weigh only 330 grams. As I mentioned above, the relationship between the weight and length of a putter is critical. If your club is too long, resist the urge to save money and get it shortened; for best results, you're going to need a new putter.
  • Balance Point: Putters generally differ between two types of balance point. A face balanced putter is better for square putters; you can tell a putter is face balanced if you hold the putter with the shaft parallel to the ground and the face faces the sky. The other type, toe balanced putters, are more beneficial for arc putters. Held with the shaft parallel to the ground, a toe balanced putter will have its toe hanging towards the ground rather than the sky.

Finding the Putter You Can Trust

Based on the considerations we've examined above, your choice of putter will depend on two main details.

What is the right length for you?

You can invest thousands of dollars into the best golf clubs you can find, but if the length of the clubs isn't right your game won't be right either.

Take the time to determine exactly the right length for your clubs, enlisting the help of a golf pro or seasoned veteran who can help you find the right fit if necessary.

Even the best golf sets for beginners need to take length into account, as there is no one-size-fits-all for golf clubs.

Are you a square putter or an arc putter?

As we've seen, the way you prefer to putt has a significant impact on which club you should choose.

If you're a square putter and always want to take a straight shot at the hole, you're going to want to find one of the best mallet putters available.

Your putter should be face balanced, and you should be sure to test it out on a green from various distances to ensure that it fits your putting style.

If you're an arc putter, you'll want to opt for one of the best blade putters on the market.

Your club should be toe balanced, and you'll need to give your potential putter a good examination at various distances and angles on a putting green.


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