Which Putter - Conventional, Belly Or Long?

Which Putter Putters are a very important aspect to a good golf game. Almost half of the shots you will make in a game will be putting shots so if you want to lower your handicap that is the first place you should concentrate. Understanding what makes a good putting iron helps to decide which one is right for you. There are three main types of putters that golfer's can choose from. Within each type there are a wide range of variances that are designed to help certain aspects of a golfer's putt. The three types of putters are: the belly putter, the long putter, and the conventional putter.

Before you think about the type of club you should also consider the balancing of the putter. There are two main types of balance—the face balance and the toe balanced putter. The face balanced putter is great for a golfer who has very good control over their swing and hits dead on the sweet spot consistently. A toe balanced putter will help a golfer who has a tendency to hit further back on the club face so their swing is forced into a better position. There are also putters that have heel and toe balancing to solidify the swing even further. All three putter types have the different types of balances available.

The next step in determining which putter will be best for you is to accurately determine where you are at in your game. Each putter type has benefits for certain players and knowing what they are and what your personal putting habits are will help you understand which will work best for you.

The conventional putter is the most often seen putter because it is what is traditionally known. It has a simple straightforward appearance. This club uses a traditional stance and works best if the golfer is sure of his swing. This putter is generally easy to hit and works well in many types of grass. It is very controllable but requires a good solid stroke and steady hands. Off center hits are more likely to go wild with a conventional putter. Many manufacturers have these types of putters to be more forgiving but it is still a mid to low handicap best choice.

The belly putter has many benefits for mid to high handicap players. Its wide base provides a lot of stability and helps to control what is commonly referred to as the 'yips'. Yips is a term describing a jerking of the wrists right at the point of impact during a putt. This is not solely the affliction of a beginner many pros suffer from the yips and you will often see belly putters of various types in pro golf bags. Belly putters still use the normal putting stance and in fact solidify it by putting an extra contact point between you and the putter. When the golfer is in the correct stance the belly putter's handle is pressed right into the belly and the golfer is forced to maintain that position all through the swing in order to keep the putter where it belongs. While the same is true of a conventional putter it is harder for mid to high handicap players to know when they are out of form with them. A shift in stance is obvious with the belly putter.

The third type of putter is the long putter. This putter has a overly long shaft and the stance is often pushed back with this type of putter. A taller stance makes the swing of a putt a real pendulum. The biggest benefit of a long putter is the pressure is off the back and that can be a great aide to those who have back problems, or a weak swing. One of the downsides of the long putter is that it has a reduced forgiveness. It can be harder to control and mishits often go widely off course. Many golfers who are 'handsy' and suffer from such severe 'yips' when they putt that a belly putter is not enough to control it use long putters because they completely reduce wrist action and they are willing to put up with the needed perfection in their swing in order to have a more solid contact.

Visit our review pages to find out the specifics of each of these types of clubs and the many models that also have other variances to help improve your game.