Loft ‘n’ roll
Not to be forgotten
We know the right driver loft increases distance off the tee. We know the right wedge loft makes up and downs easier. But what about putter loft? It’s not spoken about enough, but the loft of your putter massively affects your distance control and accuracy on the greens.
Are you delofting your putter?
Most off-the-shelf putters today come with about 3 degrees of loft. That’s what we call the “static loft”, and it’s enough IF you strike the ball square. But if you press forward or pull back in your putting stroke, you’re reducing or increasing the “dynamic loft” at impact.
Take on any putt
To get your ball into a smooth, end-over-end roll after impact, we need to make sure your putter loft is working with your stroke to give you the best dynamic loft. That means getting fitted or having your stroke assessed, or ideally, both.
No more three putts.
Could this be why you slipped by?
The face angle of your putter at contact has between 80 and 95% influence on the launch direction of your putt. That means a tiny error could cause you to slip by the hole, even with great tempo. When the face has such a huge impact on your putting accuracy, we need to square that face.
Club path also affects accuracy, albeit less than face angle. For instance, if you have a slightly closed face angle but an in-to-out path, you could still launch the ball straight. Other factors to consider are lie angle and contact point. There’s a lot going on here, that’s why it’s best to get your putter fitted for your stroke and setup.
No more surprise misses
Consistent putting transforms your golf experience. Sometimes it means a birdie. Often it’s a solid par. But it’s always satisfying being able to stand over every putt with confidence. Let’s schedule a putting assessment for when you’re next at the course. And in the meantime, we can give you some drills to do at home.