Why do women golfers and golfers in general, invest the least amount of money and concern into purchasing the club that, more often than not, puts the ball into the hole? The object of the game is to make the ball go into the hole in the least amount of strokes. That is why it is crucial to make sure that when considering a new putter you must be aware of different head styles, different balance options, different shaft lengths, and how they might benefit your game.
The most common head styles out there are the blade, perimeter weighted, and mallet designs. The blade style head has a smaller head, about the width of a finger, and the shaft enters the head in the heel. The blade is typically a less forgiving putter for a mis-hit. The perimeter weighted style head is a little bigger than a blade and the majority of the weight in the putter is distributed in the heel and toe resulting in more forgiveness in off center hits. The mallet style is a larger, usually half moon shaped, head that offers maximum forgiveness for putts that miss the center of the face.
The balance of a putter has an effect on how the stroke feels for different women golfers. To find out how a putter is balanced, balance a putter on your finger by placing your index finger under the shaft near the putter head. If the face of the putter is looking up at the clouds it is face balanced. If it is not it is considered toe down. If it is face balanced it means the center of gravity is directly behind the shaft, resulting in less twisting if the putt is not hit in the center of the face. A putter that is toe down will twist more. Because of this characteristic of face balancing, a woman who tends to bring the putter straight back and straight through will benefit more from a face balanced putter. Most mallet style putters will be face balanced. A woman golfer whose path with the putter tends to be inside-square-to-inside will benefit from a toe down putter.
Putters come in many different lengths as well. When considering which length to go with the most crucial thing to check is if your eyes are directly over the ball during your set-up. Have someone watch you set-up to a putt with different length putters, and they should be able to tell you which putter allows you to get your eyes over the ball with the most ease. The position of your eyes in relationship to the golf ball has an effect on the path the putter takes during the stroke. Eyes too far inside create a push to the right, and eyes too far outside the ball create a pull to the left.
The design of a putter head has little effect of the playability of the putter because putting is the most simple and shortest stroke made while playing golf. This accounts for the limitless designs available for purchase, and to make putts women golfers must be confident in their equipment. The most important thing is to find a head that looks and feels good to you, a balance that meets your stroke type, and a length that gets your eyes over the ball.