Is your current putter letting you down? You may be a better putter than you think.
We researched and tested many of the top-selling putters on the market today. These putters range from the high price ($350) to the lower price ($49.00).
After testing various putters we were both surprised and disheartened by the results. We found that a number of manufacturers’ sightlines (or dots) were not on the center of gravity of the putter. Often times the sightlines were on the geographic centerline but the center of gravity for the putter was closer to the heel. The result? Putters that look great but have inconsistent feel and performance. Beyond problems with the center of gravity being off on the horizontal axis, we also found that many putters had centers of gravity that were off on the vertical axis as well.
Sightlines provide essential visual feedback by serving as the visual cue for your impact target. You can hit your putter on the sightline every time but have inconsistent rolls because the sightline and center of gravity are in two different places. Which will cause inconsistent contact that incorporates twisting of the blade and less than 100% transfer of energy.
All Flanigan Bilt Putters sight indicators (lines or dots) are at the Center of Gravity (CG) – where the ball responds with optimal feel and truest roll. They provide the visual cue you need with the tactile response your need to build consistency in both your stroke and roll of the ball.
Five-time British Open Champion J.H. Taylor was quoted in his book Taylor on Golf, “Putting in short is so different than any other branch of the game that a good putter may be said to be born, not made.”
I disagree. I believe good putters are made not born, but in order to become a great putter you need to have the right putter that suits your stroke type, is properly fitted to you, provides accurate feedback, and inspires confidence at address. Confidence comes from that connection of vision and feel and knowing that if you do your job (hitting your putter on the sightline) then the putter will do its job (put a true, consistent roll on the ball).
Take the Center of Gravity challenge by hitting putts on different points of the face of your putter. If it feels better when you hit it somewhere other than the sightline, then its time for you to find a new putter and stop robbing yourself of vital feel and feedback. We’d love to hear your results so let us know via Facebook or Twitter http://www.twitter.com/FlaniganPutters#center of gravity. Please don’t disparage any putters by name as we are only interested in the results.