So you've allocated some of your hard earned money toward new golf toys. However, you’re at a loss as to what you should spend a few hundred bucks on.
Companies put so much hype behind the latest driver/fairway woods that it is hard not to be drawn toward a new R-(insert whatever number you feel like here). I understand that as well anyone. Every new driver is prettier, fancier and has more adjustable features than the last. And we all swallow the advertising on these news clubs like my dog eats peanut butter treats, we (he) can’t get enough.
My next purchase however, will not be a driver, wood, hybrid or set of irons. My next big price tag purchase will be a putter that I've fallen madly and hopelessly in love with. ‘A putter?’ you might ask. Yes a putter is what I’ll be dropping my next large sum of ‘golf’ money on. And here is my justification.
First off, what club in your bag is the scoring club? It’s your putter. You might be able to chip in occasionally…or hit it close from inside 150, but what club do you 99.99% of time use to actually put the ball in the hole? The putter.
Second, of all the clubs in the bag, which club will you use on every hole, providing you’re not some kind of super golfing freak who chips everything in every time? The putter. For a scratch golfer you will use your putter on the average of 30 to 36 strokes per 18 holes played. Now, as we all know this is a huge percentage of your score, and why not spend the dough on a club that will boost your confidence? One that’s well constructed?
I have some friends that have fairly expensive drivers but their putters look like they came off the clearance rack at your local big box sports store. We’ve all seen ‘em, the $15-20 putter. You know the one; it looks like it should be part of a gag trophy rather than a serious piece of equipment someone is actually hauling around in their bag.
The point is, if you’re going to invest a large sum of money on a new club, consider a new putter; a Cameron, custom fit Taylormade or an Odyssey. A driver won’t shave as many strokes off a score as having confidence in your putting ability and it’s easier to have that confidence when you have a good piece of equipment to do it with.
I look at it like this: would you try to cut a piece of particle board with a kid’s plastic circular saw?