Junior Putters

Written by Jacey Harmon
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Unlike most other junior golf clubs, junior putters are basically the same as adult putters. A putter may be the most valuable club in the bag. The whole idea behind the game of golf is to get the ball into the hole. Without a putter, accomplishing that very simple task isn't that simple. Actually, it isn't that easy with a putter. There are a few things to consider when choosing a junior putter.

Putters will come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most of the differences between putters are more aesthetic than anything. Some people prefer a blade look to their putter while others like a mallet shaped putter. While the overall functionality of different putter styles may be the same, the look and feel of the putter is very important. Younger children are likely not to care what the putter style is. Kids who have been playing awhile may have their own tastes, so it may be better to let them pick a putter.

The height of the child will determine what length of putter to use. Again, for those who have been playing awhile, it may be worth letting them choose the putter. Different people prefer different heights for their putters. Some choose belly putters, a putter that has a shaft that nestles into your belly at address. Most people will use a standard height putter.

Two Major Putter Innovations

A major innovation in putter styles was the heel-toe weighted design. By having the bulk of the weight located at the heel and toe of the putter, you reduce any twist or turn from off center putts. The other major innovation for putters is soft inserts. These inserts allow a putter to have a soft feel while being made out of a hard metal. They can also help a player use a harder ball for distance without sacrificing feel on the putting green. A majority of modern putters will be made with soft inserts and heel-toe weighting.

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