Although a vast number of putters are purchased solely on aesthetic preference, there are many other considerations that the you, as the customer, should be made aware of. Some models may possess definite performance benefits based on their degree of toe-hang or face-balance.
This is your stroke profile if you move the putter on almost a straight line, there should be very little face rotation. You will generally have a more inclined posture. A face-balanced putter is recommended for this player profile.
This is your stroke profile if you move the putter on a gentle arc (ellipse) moving through a square impact position with slight face rotation. You will generally have an average posture position with this putting stroke. A moderate toe-down putter is recommended for this player profile.
Although there are individual exceptions, it is generally accepted that the length of a putter should encourage a player to set up in balance with their eyes over the target line or right behind the ball. There are two logical and observed reasons for this:
1. Optically, the player can see the line best from this vantage point and align the putter face more successfully.
2. The “eyes behind the ball” position should be checked and repeated thereby improving consistency.
Length and lie are very closely related and a significant change in one will almost always effect the other. In general, the longer the putter the flatter the lie must become and vice versa if posture does not change.
There´s a variety of neck and hosel options available. The more offset a player uses, the more the putt will be influenced to the left. The less offset a player uses, the more the putt will be influenced to the right.
More offset recommended if:
Habitually aims too far right
Stroke path right of target after impact
Habitually misses to the right
Less offset recommended if:
Habitually aims too far left
Stroke path left of target after impact
Habitually misses to the left