Every golfer knows that putting is an important part of the game and that 35 to 40% of your score comes from putting. We want to improve our putting as it has a big impact on our score. I have always asked the question at my putting clinics "What are the three ways to miss a putt?". I sometimes get some strange answers but it all boils down to these three, directional control, distance control and reading greens properly.
Being better at putting means having consistent directional and distance control of the golf ball. This is achieved by taking all the bad variables out of your stroke through professional instruction, hours of practice and playing the game. Developing the proper feel for distance and proper break and directional control is sometimes referred to as the "art" of putting. While most people ignore the variables in putter fitting, it is also advisable to remove those variables through proper club fitting and not ignore the science and equipment part.
The five variables in putter fitting are.
1) Putter length
2) Putter lie angle
3) Putter loft angle
4) Head weight / swingweight
5) Putter Head Design Attributes
We will discuss each one of these variables and see how they effect the distance and direction of the putt. Understanding this makes putter fitting process easier so we can achieve the maximum benefit for the player.
I will discuss each one of these variables in my next few blog posts.