Everything you need to know about putting

  • Center of Gravity
  • Moment of Inertia
  • Headweight
  • Swing Path & Club Head Rotation
  • Alignment
  • Offset
  • Loft
  • Lie Angle
  • Length
  • Face Angle
  • Hosel Styles & Shaft Placement
  • Feel

Center of Gravity

The center of gravity (CG) is the perfect balance point on the putterhead. The CG can then be projected perpendicular to the putterface, helping define the location of the sweet spot. The CG also affects the golf ball launch conditions at impact. Blade-style putters have a CG closer to the face and mallet putters have a deeper CG. A deeper and lower CG creates forward roll and helps improve distance control and accuracy.

Did You Know:

Center of Gravity, as a theory, was first introduced by mathematician Archimedes over 2000 years ago.

Moment of Inertia

MOI refers to the putter’s ability to stay stable and on-line during the stroke, and to a lesser extent in comparison to a driver because of far less speed, its ability to resist twisting at impact. High MOI putters are progressive mallet-style models that improve accuracy and distance control for golfers who tend to miss hitting the sweet spot or who have strokes that veer offline. Overall, MOI helps create better, more solid feel at impact.

Did You Know:

You can have too much MOI in a putter. In having too much MOI, you've more than likely got a CG that is placed too far back in a putter head, leading the putter to open up through the stroke.

Headweight

One of the most important factors when it comes to the feel and balance of a putter and the distance control it provides. Odyssey uses Headweight Optimization to fine-tune each of its putters and maximize overall performance. Many of Odyssey’s core models feature Tour-tuned weight ports that allow the designers to alter the headweight based on the shaft length. Most 2-Ball Putters feature the Adjustable Weighting System that allows the golfer to select from three interchangeable weights to dial in their ideal balance and feel.

Did You Know:

Putter headweights have varied greatly over the years. Innovative technology, materials and advanced knowledge of putters has led to an increase in the average weight of a putter, roughly 50 grams in the last 20 years.

Swing Path & Club Head Rotation

There are two styles of swing paths that encompass nearly all golfers: straight-back/straight-through and arced. Golfers with a straight-back/straight-through stroke generally keep their putter on a straight line from backswing through follow-through. Golfers with an arced swing path generally take the putter to the inside on the backswing, square up at impact, and come back to the inside on the follow-through.

Did You Know:

There is actually no ideal stroke path. The most important factor in making putts is having a square face at impact.

Alignment

One of the single-most important factors in making a good stroke and sinking more putts. Proper alignment gets the golf ball rolling in the correct direction toward your target. Misaligning by just 1° on a 12-foot putt is the difference between a make and a miss. Odyssey has been at the forefront of alignment technology since the introduction of the 2-Ball Putter, and the innovations just keep coming.

Did You Know:

The 2-Ball putter has sold over 4 million units since 2002, and has accounted for 16 professional major victories.

Offset

This refers to the position of the shaft and/or hosel in relation to the putterface. Nearly all putters have either a full-shaft or half-shaft offset. The exceptions are center-shafted putters, which have no offset, and Backstryke Putters, which have a Stroke Balance offset toward the back of the putterhead. Offset keeps the golfer’s hands ahead of the ball through impact, which promotes an upward strike to get the ball rolling forward with topspin more quickly.

Did You Know:

Teachers across the world debate proper hand position all the time. In the end, it comes down to comfort. Check out the strokes of all the great golfers, and you won’t see very many similarities.

Loft

This refers to the putterface angle and is typically 3° on Odyssey putters. This loft angle helps lift the golf ball out of the small depression it sits in on the green, imparting topspin more quickly for truer roll.

Did You Know:

The rules of golf allow putters to have up to 10° of loft before they are considered to be a wedge. Most putters have lofts in the range of 2° to 6°.

Lie Angle

This measurement determines how the putterhead sits at address. A correct lie angle helps get the golf ball started on the intended target line. Most Odyssey putters can have the lie angle bent either 3° upright or 3° flat, depending on the needs of each individual golfer. Most Odyssey putters have a lie angle of 70°.

Did You Know:

The maximum lie angle on a putter allowed under the rules of golf is 80°.

Length

The proper length of a putter is largely determined by how a golfer addresses the ball with their normal putting posture. Standard lengths for Odyssey’s men’s putters are 33, 34 and 35 inches. Standard women’s length putters are 32, 33 and 34 inches. Custom lengths are also available, as are belly and long designs. The 2011 season ushered in the era of the belly putter, with a number of tour professionals turning to models of that length to improve their stroke. As an industry leader, Odyssey has led the charge. In fact, when the winner of the 2011 PGA Championship became the first player to win a major championship with a belly putter, he did so with an Odyssey Sabertooth model. Whether one prefers a traditional length putter, a belly putter or a long putter, the most important fitting factor is how the putter length feels in the golfer’s hand during the stroke.

Did You Know:

Over the past few years Phil Mickelson has gone back and forth between lengths as much as 46 inches and as a little as 33 inches.

Face Balance

A face-balanced putter can complement a straight-back/straight-through stroke by keeping the face square through impact. The shaft will balance with the putterface pointing directly up. A toe-drop putter can complement an arced putting stroke by helping close the face to square at impact. When the shaft is balanced, the toe will drop at an angle tilted toward the ground. A Stroke Balance putter, exclusive to Backstryke Putters, is unique in that the putterface stays parallel to the direction of the putting stroke. This reduces torque on the hands during the stroke.

Did You Know:

If the shaft went directly into the Center of Gravity of the putter head, the putter wouldn’t have a balance point and the head would just spin.

Hosel Styles & Shaft

Hosels connect the shaft to the putterhead. Crank-neck and Slant-neck hosels are typically found on putters with toe-drop weighting. Putters with no hosels have variations of the shaft going directly into the putterhead, including double-bend shafts or center-shafts. Shaft placement can help keep the hands ahead of the ball for an optimal strike. It can also aid with eye position and ball position at address. It’s important to test via trial and error with a local PGA professional or shop assistant to find what’s comfortable.

Did You Know:

A full-shaft offset wasn’t popularized until the 1970s, leading to an immense growth in putter sales.

Feel

The feel of a putter is completely subjective. What can feel perfect for one golfer can feel completely wrong to another. Feel is a combination of what you see, touch and hear at impact. Odyssey has been perfecting feel for over a decade through the use of inserts and milled faces that offer varying degrees of stiffness.

Did You Know:

Odyssey uses roughly 17,621 pounds of urethane material in the approximately 1 million putters we sell each year.