5 Simple Steps to a “Perfectly Fitted Putter”

Written by John Bolt

Ever wonder why putting is so difficult for you? Want to know how to fix it? I’ll bet you’re using improperly fitted equipment without realizing it? If so, consider yourself lucky. We’ve come to save your putting game. These 5 key points will get you that perfectly fitted putter so you can shave off all those unwanted strokes onrepparttar greens. Let’s learn how.

The First Key:

A quality fitting can’t be done without you knowing your proper measurements. To calculate your best putter length you must base it on your height. You will do what’s known as a wrist-to-floor measurement. Measure formrepparttar 137561 inside of your wrist atrepparttar 137562 top of your hand allrepparttar 137563 way down torepparttar 137564 floor. Keep this measurement ready for future reference.

The Second Key:

Figure out what your posture is when you’re putting. Do you stand more upright like a Vijay Singh? If so you will be better suited to longer putters that have more upright angles. Or do you have more of a crouched posture likerepparttar 137565 great Jack Nicklaus? If you fall into this category you will need a shorter putter that has flatter angles with it.

The Third Key:

Look at your hand position when you addressrepparttar 137566 ball for a putt. There are a number of factors that will affectrepparttar 137567 proper loft at impact you need. These include offset putters, ball position, and hand position. Are you a player with pronounced forward press? This will create negative loft atrepparttar 137568 point of impact; therefore you will need additional loft to counteract this preference. If you have a conventional hand position then you will benefit from a standard lofted putter.

Conventional Putter or Long-Shafted Putter

Written by Steve Mabry

The big hitters will tell you thatrepparttar girls digrepparttar 137522 long ball. What aboutrepparttar 137523 long putter? While there is no evidence thatrepparttar 137524 girls swoon overrepparttar 137525 long putter it certainly has proven its worth in gold onrepparttar 137526 PGA Tour in recent years. 

Stewart Cink, who uses a belly putter, becamerepparttar 137527 first player to toprepparttar 137528 TOUR's putting stats with a non-standard-length putter in 2004. Tom Lehman posted four top-10 finishes in five events to finishrepparttar 137529 2004 season after placing a long putter in his bag. 

Where did this trend begin? In 2000, Paul Azinger wonrepparttar 137530 Sony Open with a homemade belly putter. Paul was inrepparttar 137531 Putter Studio with Titleist's chief putter designer Scotty Cameron a few months beforerepparttar 137532 Sony. They analysed whererepparttar 137533 butt ofrepparttar 137534 putter aims at address, duringrepparttar 137535 backstroke, at impact, and duringrepparttar 137536 forward stroke. It was found thatrepparttar 137537 best putters keeprepparttar 137538 butt ofrepparttar 137539 shaft aimed within a two-inch circle inrepparttar 137540 belly area duringrepparttar 137541 stroke. Paul, thinking aboutrepparttar 137542 two-inch circle, made a putter by shoving a shaft downrepparttar 137543 shaft of his putter, and worked on anchoringrepparttar 137544 butt ofrepparttar 137545 extended shaft into his belly. He made surerepparttar 137546 putter was legal andrepparttar 137547 rest is history. 

"According to Cameron,repparttar 137548 belly putter putsrepparttar 137549 player in a repeatable position where mental memory can create muscle memory. Anchoringrepparttar 137550 putter helps eliminate unnecessary moving parts, like wanderingrepparttar 137551 butt and flippingrepparttar 137552 head through impact, and it allows a controllable and repeatable stroke that creates a consistent arc."

Cameron says, "I believe inrepparttar 137553 belly putter and I believe inrepparttar 137554 long putter." The fastest growing segment of his putter business last year was belly putters. If nothing else, it can be a good training aid to help feel whererepparttar 137555 butt ofrepparttar 137556 putter should stay. It is a good way to feelrepparttar 137557 proper stroke if you are struggling. Check whererepparttar 137558 butt of you putter points by using a laser pointer or small flashlight while making a stroke in a mirror. If it is wandering more thanrepparttar 137559 two-inch circle, you could probably benefit from using an anchored stroke. If you have a problem consistently hitting putts solid including directional and distance issues, and a ball that hops, skips or just doesn't roll pretty, you could probably benefit from a belly or long putter. 

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