The average golfer uses a putter about 40% of the strokes played on the golf course, unless you’re lucky enough to make that miraculous chip shot or hole-out from the fairway. Yet many golfers have never been custom fit for a putter. Instead the player will buy on looks, or even trial and error.
We know that putting is a large part confidence, but let’s cover another aspect that’s just as vital for success in your short game. There are numerous aspects of ‘what makes a putter fit the player’:
Putter Head Weight:
Head weight is one of the key components to properly fitting a putter to an individual. This is related to the feel for the player and also consistency of the stroke.
Putter Head Shape:
Every putter head design has it’s advantages and disadvantages. This is where things can get tricky. As a designer, you have to create something versatile and pleasing to the eye. This part of the fitting process is a collaboration between the fitter and the player.
Having the right length putter is one of the most important aspects to a properly fit putter. Too long or too short, and you compensate with your body causing miss hits, inconsistency in the path, poor setup, and even discomfort in your back.
Loft is all about a golfers hand position at impact, and angle of attack. This is one of the benefits of getting custom fit, if you have the luxury. Properly matched to a golfers hand position and angle of attack at impact will help ensure the ball rolls smoothly. The wrong loft, can cause many different errors including your setup and the golf ball’s launch off the putter face – leading to less accurate putts.
Why do you need to adjust your putters lie? The lie angle is just as important as length. Your putter’s lie angle should be adjusted specifically for you so the putter sits perfectly in the center of the sole from heel to toe. The length and lie are often calculated together in the fitting process.
Toe-hang can get a bit more complicated. To put it simply, toe-hang can show how much the toe of the putter will naturally want to rotate throughout the stroke.
In general (for a right handed player), if your tendency is to miss putts to the right (for a right handed player) then less toe hang is needed. Just the same, if your tendency is to miss left, then more toe hang should be considered.
The offset of the putter head will be done at the same time as toe-hang. In general (for a right handed player), if your tendency is to miss putts to the right, then more offset can be of help. If your misses are to the left, less offset is recommended.
The putter head material is chosen based on the player’s desired sound and feel of a putter head.
German Stainless Steel is the softest and quietest material that Piretti uses.
Tour Carbon Steel very soft feel and still quiet at impact.
11L17 Carbon Steel soft as well and still quiet.
303 Stainless is just as soft as carbon steel, but not as mute of a sound.
Copper is the firmest and highest pitch sound that Piretti uses (although this is still a reasonable soft responsive metal).
So, now you have to practice and become “that guy” who makes clutch putts on a regular basis and carries the team at charity outings. You know you have a well-designed, elegant piece of golf equipment. Now is the time to make it an integral part of your game and the deadliest weapon for your friends’ pocketbook.
To get custom fit for a Piretti Putter, check out our “where to buy” page and schedule a fitting today.