What is a putter’s offset? And how does it affect your aim?

Putters come in all different shapes and sizes, and crucially, with a variety of different alignment aids. You may not think they carry much importance — that it’s more of a style-over-substance thing — but it couldn’t be further from the truth. The actual design of the putter can have a major effect on your aim.

As GOLF Top 100 Teacher Kevin Sprecher explains, offset is one of the biggest influences on aim. The more offset a putter has, the more left it’ll make you aim. Less offset, like golfers have with a center-shafted putter, and the more to the right golfers aim.

Check out the video above for a crash course on all the factors that can help you make more putts.


Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.