Putting is said to make-up about 43% of the average golfer’s score. If it is important enough to have correctly fitted irons and woods (equivalent to 13 clubs for 57% of your game) then that makes your putter extremely important.
Putter fitting is primarily the process of adjusting loft and lie angles, correctly fitting the length of the putter to the individual and ensuring the correct putter style is specified.
Dynamic putter fitting is the ability to measure certain parameters from the putter head making contact with the golf ball. This measuring enables a putter to be specified that will help the golfer: improve the consistency of shots on the intended line, make solid contact, impart the correct amount of loft on the ball to minimize skidding and to roll the ball at a consistent speed to maintain a controllable distance.
Loft and lie both influence the roll and direction of the golf ball. If the lie is incorrect for the golfer and the putter head does not sit flat at address, then the ball will be misdirected by the stroke. For example, if the putter is too upright (toe up), the face is aimed to the left of the hole for a right hand putter. The golfer must compensate the stroke to make the ball start on the intended line.
The proper loft is important to get the ball rolling properly along the target line. The ball is actually airborne after leaving the face of the putter. If the putter has too much loft, the ball will be in the air too long and the ball will skid and bounce on the putting surface for several inches before it starts a true roll. This affects the distance the ball will travel and influence how the ball reacts to the break in the putting surface. It will also increase the chance of being knocked off-line as it bounces and skids. The ideal loft will minimise the distance the ball is in the air which will reduce the likelihood of it going off-line.
The length of your putter has a direct effect on how you set-up your putt. If you are like the majority of golfers, you are currently playing with a putter that’s either too long or too short for your natural stroke.
If a putter is too long, it not only affects the way your eyes are positioned over the ball (eyes will be inside of the target line), but can also cause your arms and hands to be too close to your body causing you to manipulate them through the stroke to compensate for the incorrect length.
Putters that are too short have the opposite effect as eyes will be outside of the target line with the ball too close to your body, causing the hands and arms to ‘reach out’ to the ball during the stroke.
The profile of the grip influences how the golfer releases the wrists through impact. Players who prefer a wristy stroke or with an ‘open-close’ stroke may prefer a thinner profile grip, whist players who prefer a pendulum stroke may prefer a deeper profile grip.
Different putter designs can benefit golfers with different types of putting strokes. Designs range from heel-shafted models, which benefit an ‘open-close’ stroke to ‘face-balanced’ putters which are more suited to pendulum stokes.
At Lavender Park, we currently offer full custom fitting facilities for Callaway (Odyssey), Ping, Titleist (Scotty Cameron) and Yonex. A custom fitting session usually lasts 45 minutes and costs £35.00, which should you decide to purchase clubs through us based on your specification is refundable.
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