Rick’s Tips

Tip #1: The Importance of a Well-Fit Putter

 As the proverbial saying goes, the best golfers “drive for show, and putt for dough.” In other words, lowering your score and getting that “dough” is dependant on a consistently successful short game. It goes with out saying then, that if you could choose only one club to be properly fitted to you, it should probably be your putter. Ill-fitting clubs can throw the ball off-line and lead to inconsistency. And on any given putt, a single inch can mean the difference between a MAKE and a MISS!
Putters are adjusted to fit players’ needs based on 7 specifications:

1. Putter Length

 Length is adjusted to ensure the proper posture and ball placement.

2. Head Style (offset)

The amount of offset from the putter face to the leading edge of the shaft can affect a player’s alignment. Varying the amount of offset can improve alignment.

3. Head Style (toe weight)

Shaft placement and hosel configuration can affect the club head balance. Based on the player’s stroke, a more or less Toe Heavy club head can promote a more consistent stroke.

4. Dynamic Loft

Too much or too little loft on the putter face AT IMPACT can dramatically affect how/when the ball rolls. The loft on the putter face needs to be adjusted to the shaft lean of the club at impact to promote a better/quicker roll.

5. Lie Angle

Since the putter does have loft on the face, although minimal, it is vital that the Lie Angle of the club be correct (flat) to start the ball on-line.

6. Balance

Counterweighting (adding weight under the grip) can help promote a more “Linear” stroke for better speed control.

7. Grip

While totally player preference, a bigger (oversize) grip can help “Quiet” a players hands, yet standard sized grips can enhance club head “Feel.”

To schedule a putter fitting contact me at 316-733-3526 or at rick_hatfield@flinthillsnational.com.

Thanks for reading,

Rick Hatfield