3 Important Putter Fitting Specs
The three most important putter-fitting specifications are the length of the shaft and the lie & loft angles of the putter head.
The length is determined when the golfer is in a comfortable & proper posture, defined as having a good eye & hand position and comfortable body set-up. Golfers generally force-fit their posture to the length of a putter that looks good to them. Use the Mitchell® Putter Ruler to measure the length of the golfer’s current putter.
The Mitchell® Putter Fitting Club Station allows golfers to find their comfortable & proper posture and measures the correct putter length based on a heel, mid-heel or center-shaft hosel position.
Why is the lie and loft angles of a putter head important to every golfer? They both influence the roll and direction of the golf ball.
If the lie angle is incorrect the ball will be misdirected by the golfer’s stroke. In other words, if the putter face is not in a horizontal attitude at impact the face plane will be pointing in a direction other than straight towards the hole. For example, if the putter is too upright the face is aimed left of the hole for a right-hand golfer. The golfer must make a compensating stroke to start the ball on the intended line.
The Mitchell® Putter Fitting Club Station measures the ideal lie angle when the golfer is set-up in a comfortable & proper posture with either heel, mid-heel or center-shaft hosel positions. Use the Mitchell® TourGAUGE® Putter Machine to adjust the putter head to the ideal lie angle.
The loft of the putter will determine when the ball starts to roll. The ball is actually airborne after leaving the putter face. The ball will be in the air too long if the putter has too much loft. The golf ball will skid and bounce on the putting surface for several inches before it starts a true roll. This greatly affects the distance the ball travels and influences how the ball reacts to the break. Too little loft and the ball will start bouncing severely before it rolls. The ideal loft minimizes the distance the ball is in the air and reduces likelihood of it going off line.
The Mitchell® Putter Fitting Club Station places the golfer’s hands in a vertical position. This maintains the ideal loft of 3 or 4 degrees that is recommended for putters. Use the Mitchell® TourGAUGE® Putter Machine to adjust the putter head to the ideal loft angle.
How important is a properly fit putter? Putting is considered to be about 43% of the average golfers’ score. If it is important enough to have correctly fitted irons, hybrids and metal woods, which represents 57% of your score for 13 clubs then 43% for one club is extremely important.