With the new rule in golf prohibiting anchoring your putter to make a stroke, we are seeing a new trend from manufacturers and on the tours leaning towards ‘counterbalanced putters’. These new putters have heavier heads, heavier shafts and tend to use larger, longer and heavier grips as well. The goal is to achieve the closest feel to the old ‘long putters’
and ‘belly putters’ without breaking the rules. The designers have tried to put more of the weight of the putter in our hands instead of the putter head, and create heavier models overall helping to inspire a higher moment of inertia for the putter and promote a steadier stroke (in theory less of the small twitchy muscles in the hands get involved in the stroke). A similar principle to taking the weight of the putter face from directly behind the ball and moving it to the heel and toe areas of the putter head, or perimeter weighting in most game improvement cavity back iron heads. In general…a great idea! Even if you putt with a traditional length putter, but suffer from too much unwanted input from the hands or wrists these new putters will help steady your stroke and quiet the hands.
I would encourage everyone to give one a try… you might like it or you might not, but if putting one into the bag helps you sink more putts…
does it really matter?
See you on the practice green, Dave Lengyel