Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The fastest way to lower your handicap is to shave strokes on the green. Amid all the new irons and drivers and their promise of 280+yard drives, be aware that putting has become increasingly high tech as well. Golfers take the time and trouble to get their woods and irons fitted but then overlook the putter, which is, after all, what they use most. There are so many variables to a putter’s performance that it doesn’t make sense not have a putter that is properly fit for you. Through years of research, Edel golf has come up with some answers as to why those putters in your garage haven't worked. Here are some of the many ways that technology can help with putting.
How do you aim based on your perception? Our eyes all perceive shapes differently, each golfer relies on his or her eyes to set up a putt, and according to research most people—even PGA Tour players—have imperfect visual aim. The trick is finding the putter geometry that works the way you see things and putting technology will help you by fitting you to aim straight. That’s right, it is the arrow. How many of you have bought your putter simply by how much you like the way it looks? How does a putter that looks good to you help you when it comes to aim and speed control? What about the length, loft and lie? Even if you have accommodated for those things and think you have the right lie and length for your putter, is that enough?
Aiming correctly affects not only direction but speed as well. Aim bias creates path bias, face rotation problems and affects speed patterns to get to different lines when not aimed properly. In addition, Edel golf has indicated, the way you aim your putter can be affected by the shape of the head of your putter, the hosel, the lie angle, loft, whether there are lines on it or not, the length and the grip type. These elements affect whether you aim left or right and deloft or add loft to your putter.
Another important aspect of putting that you can be fitted for is speed control. According to Edel Golf research,” when it comes to fine tuning your speed control, there are putter design variables to manipulate the weight of the putter. Lay a string on the green from 10 feet, when you putt to it, if you hit most of your putts beyond the string; your putter is too light. You are moving it too fast because your hands sense the lack of weight. If the majority of your putts stop short of the string, then your putter is too heavy. You are moving it too slowly because your hands sense too much weight. Remember your high school physics; velocity has a greater effect on energy than mass. So that is why you should be using a heavier-weight putter on fast greens and a lighter-weight one on slow greens. Then it becomes a question of where you need the weight in your putter based on your stroke. Some players need the weight in the head, which aids on faster greens and changes the sound and perceived feel of the putter at impact, some need counter weighting which helps soften your hands and reduces swing weight and some need internal shaft weighting which is similar to counter weighting and changes the way the putter reacts in your hands and can enhance the feel of a straight-back-and-through stroke. With the right combination of design elements, you will have a putter fit for you to get the right speed and direction every time.