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The putter is one of, if not the most, important clubs in your bag. An average golfer uses it for over 40% of the shots in a round! When looking for a new putter, many people understand the value of finding the proper length and lie angle (if you don’t please stay tuned for a future post where we will get into that) but very few people know how the balance point of the putter head impacts your success.
The balance point of a putter head is dependent on how weight is distributed across the face. If weight is dispersed evenly, it is called face balanced. If the weight is more distributed out by the toe, it is called 90 degree toe hang. There are also various levels in between these two extremes. See the pictures below for examples.
Face Balanced Putter
30 Degree Toe Hang
60 Degree Toe Hang
90 Degree Toe Hang
By now, you’re probably asking “So what does this mean?” The different balance points are suited for different putting strokes. A straight back and through stroke benefits from a face balanced putter as it will fight rotations and help you square the face at impact. If you have an extreme arc in your putting stroke you should look for a putter that has a 60 or 90 degree toe hang as the toe weight will help control the needed rotation and prevent you from pulling or pushing your putts. Somewhere in between? Go with a 30 or 45 degree toe down.
How do you determine the balance of a putter? Well, it’s incredibly easy. You can simply set it on a ledge like I did for the previous pictures, just make sure the grip isn’t interfering with the rotation. Or you hold it across your fingers like the picture below. And remember, you can always ask a sales person at your favorite golf store that really cares about your game to help you out!
How to Determine Balance a Putter
As a general rule, mallet putters like an Odyssey 2 Ball or a center shafted blade putter are usually face balanced and a traditional heel shafted Ping Anser is toe weighted. You will find variations to these rules so we definitely recommend taking a couple of seconds to know for sure.
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Consistency is one of the most important, if not the most important, aspects in the game of golf. Consistent contact will yield better results and better scores in all aspects of the game. So how does a golfer make sure their clubs will give them the most consistent results out on the golf course?
Club Length and Progression
The first aspect of consistency is the length of golf club. Starting with the driver, each club should get progressively shorter down to the wedge. Every manufacturer from Callaway to Titleist has a different set of length standards. If clubs are too long, a golfer will most likely hit fat shots off the heel and pull the ball. If clubs are too short, a golfer will most likely hit thin shots off the toe of the club, while pushing the ball. Most women and juniors need clubs that are about a half an inch shorter than regular men’s clubs.
Weight and Progression
The next aspect of consistency is the weight. This includes the weight of the club, weight distribution, and the progression of shaft weights through the set. As clubs get shorter, the shafts should be heavier. The lightest club in a golfer’s bag is their driver and the heaviest is their sand or lob wedge. If a shaft is too light, there is no feeling of the club head at the bottom of the swing, potentially causing an “over-the-top” move at the top of the swing. If a shaft is too heavy, much effort is put into keeping the club head square at contact, causing slices and and pulls.
The most important aspect of consistency is the flex of the shaft. While the golf club is nearing the bottom of the swing, it bends and “whips” through the ball to create a certain ball flight. If a golfer’s shaft is too soft (flexible), a wide variety of shots can happen. The ball can go left or right, high or low. The club face is not coming in square through the shot consistently. If the shafts are too stiff, shots may be more consistent but the ball flight will typically be low with a slight fade.
If you want more consistent results in your game, start by looking at the equipment in your bag. Every single swing is unique and every club in your bag should match your swing profile.