“Picking a putter can be like picking a spouse. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you need to spend some time with different ones before you can decide what’s right.”
Shane Galles, who has both the perfect fit in a wife and in a putter, should know: He’s Head Golf Professional at Elkhorn Golf Club in Sun Valley.
“In reality, putters are more like cars and we trade them out or upgrade them every couple of years whether we need to or not.”
Putters are an integral part of the game of golf, required for most of us to get the ball into the tin cup. But finding the right one does, and should, take some time and trial and error.
“The right one is subjective,” Galles says. “There is no right one for everyone. Oftentimes, golfers will buy a new putter simply in hopes of it improving their game.”
A good putter is not necessarily expensive. The average recreational golfer should expect to spend roughly $80 to $130 for one. There are less expensive options out there, but Galles warns, “Sometimes, you get what you pay for.”
Do your homework before hitting the pro shop. Talk to friends, consult magazines like Golf Digest and websites like golfalot.com, where you can find consumer and manufacturer comparisons and product guides. Consult with the pro at the courses you play. Demo a few putters before you decide on the right one.
Above you will find an assortment of putters with differing design details, price and appeal to help you get started on your search.
“To most people though, the putter is more than a regular club. It can be your best friend or turn into your worst nightmare on the course, so it pays to look around.”
Though we aren’t endorsing any one putter, Galles brought us a sampling and offered a non-partisan view. We also researched the products online. For more putter resources, visit www.idahogolfmag.com
Titleist Scotty Cameron