Why getting a custom-fit putter is so important, according to a Top 100 Teacher
Tina Tombs, a former LPGA Tour winner and two-time LPGA National Teacher of the Year, now runs a golf academy at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz. Tombs says she finds many players who pick a putter off the rack based on what suits their eye — an important aspect of putting, to be sure, but looks alone shouldn’t be the priority.
Weighting systems and lies can vary greatly from putter to putter, she says, and standard-length putters tend to be 35 or 36 inches, which may not be right for you if you’re especially tall or short.
“You need to be able to aim the putter to a spot and get the ball started on line,” Tombs said at GOLF’s Top 100 Teacher Summit at Pinehurst. “A putter fitting can help you optimize a club so you can get the ball rolling, as opposed to hitting.
“If you can’t aim the putter where you want to, where you’re comfortable at setup, how can you make putts? There will always be compensations,” she concluded.
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