Choosing a Putter…

Many of my students struggle deciding what equipment to buy. There are a lot of options and the latest and greatest claims out there so how do you sort through it all? It’s not easy and technology does change quite a bit but let me try and just take one piece of equipment at a time.

So today, let’s talk about choosing a putter. It’s only one club but for some it’s the most important one that impacts their golf score.

You can go with the blade or the mallet.

Check out today’s video for a strategy on deciding which putter is best for you and your game.

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43 comments on “Choosing a Putter…
  1. John says:

    CJ
    Thanks for the tip on blade/vs mallet. Best explanation I have heard.
    Also, all the best to you and your family. I am glad that things worked out for her and you…….

    • CJ Goecks says:

      John,
      Thanks for your support John and I’m glad that explanation made sense to you on mallet vs blade putters. Best wishes.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  2. Mick says:

    Hey Rebel!
    Glad to hear all is clear with your wife and family. We went thru the same stuff (cyst) with my wife, and it was indeed scary.

    Got a question: What length of putter shaft do you recommend? My putter shaft is 35″ long, but I find myself gripping way down on it (below the grip) and it has helped my putting tremendously. I saw in one of the golf mags where the recommended length is between 30″ and 32″.

    It’s the same with the driver shaft: I have mine cut down to a 44″ and now I am spanking the ball straight down the fairway, where before with a 46.5″ shaft I was playing army golf – you know, left, right, left, right!

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Mick,
      Thanks Mick for the support. It was indeed a scary time. I am glad to hear things with your wife worked out also. Anyways, I would only go down to about 33″ at the max. Cutting too much off will really change the weight of the putter. You may want to add some lead tape anyways after cutting it down two inches. Hope this helps and let me know. In regards to the driver I bet your hitting it as far if not farther. A solid hit goes farther than a miss. Talk to you soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  3. Hi CJ – Just to say how delighted I am at Cathy’s great news after her earlier scare. At times like this it makes you realise that golf is, after all, only a game, albeit one that we all want to improve at. After early success I have been struggling a bit but have just cottoned onto the fact that I have again been swinging too far inside and a spell of practice today really helped me follow your advice a lot better.

    I guess Rome wasn’t built in a day and patience and perseverence is required. Best wishes to you and your wife.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Alexander Graham,
      Thanks Alex for the kind words. Keep up the good work and if you have questions than let me know. Talk to you soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  4. ALAN DIAMOND says:

    We were thankful to learn that your family’s medical concerns were cleared. I have only started with your series and in certain areas I already see a difference but I want much much much more. All I want to know is will it happen?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Alan Diamond,
      Thanks Alan for your question. I am glad to hear that your improving already. What seems to be the issues? What DVD’s do you have? Do you have my short game DVD? Honestly the short game is a super easy way to improve the quickest. Let me know and if you have questions about something your struggling with than please ask. I don’t want anyone to be unhappy or struggle with their game. Give me some info and I will be glad to help. Thats why I’m here and answer every question personally.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  5. Danny says:

    Are these putting DVD’s based on the Aim point system you talk about in your newsletter?
    Thanks CJ

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Danny,
      No the videos are not based on the AimPoint that we sent out in the video. The AimPoint deals with reading greens. My putting DVD deals with instruction first, then my putting philosophy, which breaks down the three factors that it takes to make a putt. That leads to the AimPoint which I am hoping to shoot with the founder of AimPoint Mark Sweeney in April or May. Thanks for your question. I hope you get the DVD as I know you will like it. There are lots of games in there to make practice fun. Give it a view and let me know your thoughts. Remember if you don’t like it or it doesn’t help then you can ask for a refund. I try to do the best I can and give great quality products and I want your feedback. If I can improve then let me know. Talk to you soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  6. Greg Bankston says:

    Don’t understand when you say “bend your knees until you can’t see your toes”.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Greg Bankston,
      Look between your arms while standing straight up. As you look down you can see your shoe laces. Bend your knees until you cant see your shoe laces anymore and then drop your arms down against your chest. Now bend over and of course at this point you will see your shoe laces, but you only use that step at the very beginning.
      Hope this helps and let me know if it makes sense.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  7. Garry says:

    Lately I have been pulling eveything to the right (Driver, irons etc) I play a lot of softball and after every tournament I play I struggle with my golf game. Any tips on how to staighten out this problem.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Garry,
      Thanks for the question. Are you left handed? The reason I ask is a pull would be to the right for a left hander, but what your describing would be a push for a right hander. Lets get this figured out first as my fix will be different. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  8. Ben Snyman says:

    Hi CJ
    I am left handed. Handicap prior to operation – 2. Current handicap – 14.
    I had a major shoulder operation (left shoulder)16 months ago. I started playing 8 months ago – first days were very slow and stiff. Gradually it went better but a ‘problem’ was born. I am swaying with every shot, most probably to ‘save’ the shoulder . What type of practice can help me stop swaying.

    Ben Snyman

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Ben Snyman,
      Thanks Ben for the question. a couple of great drills to stop you swaying in your backswing is the L to L drill as well as the pivot drill. If it is only in the backswing you can step on a golf ball and place it on the outer part of your right foot. This will sort of kick your right knee in and will not allow you to slide. I also want you to do this other drill in with your back facing a mirror. Stand with proper 5 iron posture and place your hands on your hips. Now turn over your right shoulder and look at yourself in the mirror. If you turn normally you will notice how your right hip turned rather than slid. Learn the basic motion and then add a club and this should help you. Let me know if this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  9. lappies says:

    hi c j.

    can you let me know wat i am doing wrong. i pusch the ball far to the right with the driver but not with any other club.
    if do have a taylor made burner super fast 2.0.
    me previos driver were a taylor made r9 with the fct.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      iappies,
      Thanks for the question. Let’s keep talking as I want to help you. Were you fit for your driver? Lets start simple and work from there.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  10. For me it’s not so difficult to get 2-shot on green but the most difficult task for me is putting the ball into cup. I’ve been trying many methods and many tips I received either from your web or from friends but no improved. I never get one put in even 2-foot! Do I have to do meditation for having power of concentration?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Mongkol Chaleewan,
      Thanks for the blog post. If your struggling from even two feet you need to spend some time working on your technique. More than likely you are moving your body and are breaking your wrists. I go over many technique drills in my putting dvd. I strongly suggest you get this as this sounds like a serious problem. you will be thankful you did I promise.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  11. Troy Vayanos says:

    Thanks for that CJ,

    I didn’t realise the mallet style was better suited to a straight back and through putter. I have used the blade style putter my whole life but I tend to stroke the putter back and through and not around.

    Gives me something to think about.

  12. Alastair Campbell says:

    Dear CJ,

    Surely minimising the moment of inertia depends on the centre of gravity of the putter being directly above the part of the clubface with which you hit the ball?

    Regards,

    Alastair Campbell

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Alastair Campbell,
      Thanks for the blog post but I am unclear if this is a statement or a question. Let me know what your question is and I will be glad to help.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • Sandy says:

        The question is – would you modify you suggestion to say that arc putting should best be used with a toe hang putter while straight back and straight thru should be used with a face balanced putter, regardless of whether it is a blade or a mallet?

    • Sandy says:

      straight back or arc stroke is not a function of mallet vs. blade, but rather a function of how the shaft is positioned to enter the putter face. IE: There both face balanced mallets and blades and toe hanged mallets and blades.

      I have a toe hanged mallet from Ping and a face balanced blade from Kevin Burns.

      • CJ Goecks says:

        Sandy,
        Thanks Sandy for the blog post. Great post and I hope this helps someone understand the reason behind the amount of toe hang, although I think the weighting of the putter has something to do with the toe hang, but I will leave that to the club designers.
        Keep em Long and Straight,
        CJ

  13. Alberto says:

    Hi CJ

    Have taken to using a face balanced centre shafted Yes! putter – Hanna by name – and also put a midsize Winn grip onit, plus cut it down to 33 inches. It has helped my game no end. However, my question is, where do I place the ball???? Yes, it sounds odd doesn’t it!!

    I ask because I find myself playing the ball about 1.5-2 inches ahead of centre. This tip I was given by a teaching pro many years ago, the theory being the ball will be struck on the up stroke and therefore impart more forward roll to the ball. He also told me to take a wider stance than normal AND to square up the toes, so they are not flared out.

    However I get a lot of comments about this when playing with others, most sayin “How odd!” or something like that.

    What would you say?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Alberto,
      Thanks Alberto for the question. I like the ball under the left eye which is what your describing. Also I like the toes square as this will inhibit any turn of the hips. Great job on the fundamentals buddy and keep up the great work.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  14. Peter McVeigh says:

    Did you notice today in Tiger’s last round when he went into the water the off the TEE the TV commentators started saying that Tiger may have taken his penalty drop too far down and by the TV image his ball never crossed the fairway and appeared to cross the water straight off the end of the TEE block and never come over the fairway and when the commentator who was walking with the group said no he thought it had crossed the fairway before going into the water. All of this was very much who was right and who wasn’t then the TV crew quickly dropped it. I think in a tournament this large something so important should be accurately checked before going on because even though he made double bogie it may have been much worse and it have made a very big difference in such a close finish.

    • If you had listened to the broadcast carefully, when Johnny Miller questioned Wood’s integrity on the position of the ball drop, the NBC broadcast crew who were on the fairway with the group stated that all the players, caddies, course officials, and TV crew on the 14th fairway agreed that the ball crossed the water where he droppped it. That included opposing players and caddies. Thats why the issue was dropped. It was a non-issue. End of story.

      Congratualations are in order to Tiger Woods for a sensational tournament. He played magnificent golf for four days and earned the win through superior play and course management.

      • CJ Goecks says:

        Michael Doherty,
        Thanks Michael for the blog post and I agree with you on Tiger’s drop. It was legal and ultimately his playing partner, Casey Wittenberg, agreed with Tiger and therefore it is end of story.
        Keep em Long and Straight,
        CJ

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Peter McVeigh,
      Thanks Peter for the blog post, but you must take into consideration the angle of the camera that shot that overhead view. Also remember that his playing partner Casey Wittenberg agreed with Tiger and ultimately it is up to them to decide. If Casey was unsure he could have asked, but he agreed and that is the rules. That rule is a very hard one to police because it is subjective, but having said that the players agreed and that should be the end of the story.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  15. Gary Goetz says:

    Hi CJ,
    I don’t see the question I asked posted.My question was what exactly is toe hang and is a lighter putter better for slow greens and a heavier one better for fast greens?

    Thanks,Gary

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Gary Goetz,
      Thanks Gary for the blog post. Toe hang is referred to if you balance the club on your finger and the toe hangs down. A face balanced putter would face straight to the sky while a blade putter would have a lot of toe hang and thus would be for an arcing stroke. You are correct on the weight of putters. heavy putter for fast greens and light for slow.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  16. wayne smith says:

    Hi C.J.Great putting tips. I may be wrong,but I thought I heard someone say that a blade putter would be preferred for the longer puts, and the mallet head putter would be more beneficial for the shorter distances puts; say 6ft and under.I have both styles in my golf bag, and use them in that manner. What is your thought on that? It seems to work for me so far, or am I heading for disaster? Thanks in advance.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Wayne Smith,
      Thanks Wayne for the question. I am not saying your heading for disaster, but it is a bit different, although having two putters in the bag is a bit different also. The reason you would want a mallet on longer putts is because of the bigger head and the weight distribution in the mallet vs the blade putter. A mallet will have a bigger MOI (moment of inertia), which means the sweet spot is bigger and it is more forgiving, which means you will have better distance control on miss hits. Does this make sense? At the end of the day putting is mainly confidence so go with your feeling and I know you will be fine.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • wayne smith says:

        Hi C.J.A golfer friend once asked me if I had problems with my woods;I said I just had a problem getting out of them! Thanks C.J. for your great tips; they sure are helpful

        • CJ Goecks says:

          Wayne Smith,
          LOL thanks Wayne for the post and thanks for writing in and letting me know your thoughts on the tips. I need to hear this from my students to know that I am doing a good job. I am always trying to help and will work my tail off to help anyone so please give me tips if I need them also.
          Keep em Long and Straight,
          CJ

      • Patrick says:

        The question and the answer are completely different.
        Wayne was telling that he prefers to use blade putter for longer putts.

        • CJ Goecks says:

          Patrick,
          Thanks for the blog question, but I was trying to tell Wayne that a mallet will be easier on a long putt since you will typically miss-hit a long putt more often and a mallet is more forgiving than a blade putter.
          Keep em Long and Straight,
          CJ

  17. Ross Jeal says:

    Hi CJ,
    I noticed that in your recent video on how to use the 3 wood, you stated that you would place 55% of your weight on the right when driving off a tee. Then you went on to say that to use the 3 wood on the fairway, a sweeping contact, you would place 55% of your weight on the right! Perhaps I misheard, but I believe you meant to change the weight distribution when using the 3 or 5 wood?
    Please advise.
    Regards,
    Ross Jeal

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Ross Jeal,
      Thanks Ross for the blog post. Depending on the lie of the ball in the fairway depends on your weight distribution. IF the ball is sitting up then it’s 55% and if its sitting down you want to play it more 50% with your weight. Sorry for the confusion and I hope this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

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