What are the different types of putter?
It is well known that the best drivers of the ball, in particular the longest hitters, are not necessarily those that win the most tournaments. But when it comes down to it, those who putt the best are most likely to win. This is because the someone hitting 320 yards instead of 280 gets a few advantages, but someone putting the ball in the hole instead of 4 inches out has massive advantages.
So the putter is the most important club in the bag. You can play terribly all the way around the course, but if you can hole your putts then you can score well and win matches. Therefore, picking a putter is extremely important.
It is difficult to put a finger on what makes a good putter, as much of what is right for you will be about that elusive criteria - 'feel'. In some ways, this makes picking the right putter both easy and hard. Being elusive means that finding the right putter is difficult, but in general, once you have found something that works you can just go with it.
There are two main types of putter, a blade putter and a mallet putter. A blade putter is more traditional and sees smaller heads being used. The heads are metal in general although you can use different face materials to get better feel or to reduce spin when you hit the ball. Mallet putters are heavier and in fact resemble a wood more than a blade putter. When they are made, better feel is achieved by putting softer inserts into the face.
There are a wide variety of inserts in putters. You can have titanium, tungsten, copper as well as even rubber. Feel can influence the speed and direction of the ball once you hit it. But what feels right for you may not feel right for the next person. This is why you will see the best pros using a 20 year old blade which you or I could struggle with. It's right for them, and that's enough.
Weight is another variable that again is subject to preference. The ball is more likely to be hit on the right line if you are using a heavier putter. This is simple physics, as the heavier something is, the more unlikely it will be moved from its course.
Putters also have different alignment, which are the lines that are available on the top of the putter to give you help in lining up your club face to the hole.
Our advice to you is to buy two putters. Heavier putters are useful for when there are rough greens which are rolling slowly. Lighter putters are better on hard greens so you can control speed.