Why you should have a ‘putter lineup,’ according to Kevin Na
I’m a serial putter-switcher. I can’t help it; I’ve never been the best putter in the world, but not through a lack of trying. So when I go searching, that usually involves tinkering with my equipment.
Which is why I decided to ask Callaway Golf staffer Kevin Na for some advice.
Na is one of the best putters on the PGA Tour. He’s ranked seventh in SG: Putting, after switching to an Odyssey Toulon Madison, promptly set the record for most-feet of putts made (588 feet and 11 inches, in case you were wondering) at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open en-route to victory.
Turns out, switching putters is ok, Na says, as long as you are smart about it.
Different looks, same specs
If you are a tinkerer who likes to switch things up, Na says says to build a putter lineup two or three putters. But when you do, it’s important that each putter in your lineup is the same length, lie and weight.
“Changing putters a little bit here and there, to give yourself a different look when you’re struggling, is good,” Na says. “But if you’re constantly going from one extreme to the other, and you don’t have one go-to putter, I’m not a fan of that.”
“Give yourself a blade, a mallet, and maybe one other, but try to make sure they’re all the same length, and all the same swing weight. Because if you change length and swing weight, then your stroke is going to change. You just want a new look, you’re not trying to change everything. If you have the same swing weight putter, and the same loft and the same length, you can be a lot more consistent whenever you do decide to switch.”
As for Na’s current Toulon Madison that he set the record with? That’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
“I’m not much of a tinkerer, once I find something I like I usually give it a couple of years,” he says. “I think I’m set for a while.”
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