Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is putter fitting?
A: Putter fitting is the act of ensuring that your putter fits your own individual physique, setup and stroke. A better fit will improve your putting consistency and ultimately your results.
Putter fitting is the new frontier of putting improvement, which is why more and more putter companies are beginning to offer expanded fitting options at the point of purchase. But you must first understand the fundamentals of putter fitting in order to make sense of those options, and to make informed purchasing decisions.
Q: I’m an average golfer who doesn’t putt particularly well. Can putter fitting really make a difference for someone like me?
A: Yes. An ill-fitting putter will never help and can only hurt, regardless of your skill level. While a proper fit may not cure all of your putting woes, it is the first step toward ensuring that you have the tools you need to improve.
Q: Is putter fitting difficult or complicated?
A: No. The fundamentals of putter fitting are easy to understand and apply, particularly when they are explained to you in a book such as Putter Perfection. Once you know the fundamentals, you can begin to use them to your advantage.
Q: Will reading Putter Perfection make me a better putter?
A: Quite likely! After all, the better your putter fits, the more likely you are to sink more putts. However, the mission of the book isn’t to teach or tell you how to putt. The mission is to empower you with the knowledge needed to understand how your putter works. Along the way, you will find answers to your fitting questions, and you may even be able to immediately diagnose nagging putting problems that could be related to your putter.
Q: Why do I need to read Putter Perfection when I can just visit a putter fitting professional?
A: Putter Perfection does not intend to diminish or dismiss the importance of clubfitting professionals. A proper fitting can work wonders, as can a good putting lesson. But the fact is that many of us struggle to find the time or resources for receiving personal attention. Therefore, this book is designed to help you be your own informed advocate when shopping for a putter or evaluating your current putter. It will also help you better understand your options if and when you do seek the input of a clubfitting professional.
Q: Why are ill-fitting putters so prevalent among golfers?
A: At the retail level, most putters come with a narrow bandwidth of stock options—two to three lengths, one loft, one lie angle, one grip size, etc.—even though golfers come in all shapes and sizes. The result is that many golfers end up fitting themselves to their putters, rather than the other way around. This creates a recipe for trouble on the greens.
That said, we are seeing more and more manufacturers making it easier to order custom options—a magnificent trend that confirms the growing demand for personal fitting. But you still need to understand the fundamentals of putter fitting in order to make informed choices.
Q: What are some examples of putter fitting and the difference it can make?
A: Here’s one example: Many golfers putt with the toe of the putter sticking up. This means that the lie angle on their putter isn’t fit for their game, and they will tend to pull putts without even knowing why. A simple lie angle adjustment will make a difference.
Here’s another: Most putters are available in only two or three stock lengths. Yet golfers come in all shapes and sizes, and with different setup approaches. The fact is that there is no “standard” putter length, despite what you see on the retail floor. In order to achieve a sound and consistent stroke, the putter’s length should be carefully matched to your own individual physique and setup.
Q: I already know a lot about putter fitting fundamentals such as loft, lie angle and balance. Will this book still help me?
A: It depends. The book is packed with information and anecdotes from the professional circuits that may help you fill in some blanks. However, Putter Perfection is written to reach the average golfer who is embarking on the fitting journey and who is anxious to learn more.
Q: What is the “Author’s Edition” of Putter Perfection?
A: It’s simply a copy signed by the author and shipped for free within the United States. You may also purchase the book for the same price via Amazon.com. However, when you purchase the Author’s Edition, the author earns a bit more on the sale, allowing you to better reward his labors!