The Science Behind Golf’s Newest Putters

Over the last couple of months, there have been a few new putters that have created awesome breakthroughs in the game of golf and have some awesome science behind them. In this post we break them down, explain their differences and talk about what you should be looking for when you’re shopping!

Below we have listed 6 of the most notable new putters, what makes them special and how to discover which one is right for you.

PING Sigma G

PING has a brand new line called the Sigma G and they’re using some awesome new technology as well as some things that have been in their lines previously to create a great putter.

On the face of the golf club, there are actually some special lines that initially draw your attention. Then, upon looking further, you will also notice that there is a bit more material on the sides of the face than in the middle.

What that does is if you hit the ball in the middle, it’s going to roll at a certain distance. But, if you hit a putt on the heel or toe, it’s actually going to roll out slightly farther, because there’s more material taken out of the center of the putter, and put on the sides of the putter.

Typically when you hit a ball off the heel or toe of a putter, it doesn’t roll nearly as far as when you hit it in the middle. So, what Ping has done is they’ve artificially taken it and made it slightly duller in the very center, and more pronounced on the sides. It’s totally legal with USGA and is basically compromising any deficiencies that you might have in your putting stroke.

Additionally, on the very tip of the grip of this putter, there’s actually a tool that goes down into it that and twists counterclockwise and clockwise, telescoping the grip up and down the shaft.

So whereas in the olden days you get a putter that might be 32, or 33, or 35 inches, this putter can go anywhere from 32 inches all the way to 36 inches, all within one single putter.

From a stocking standpoint, it’s made it really easy because we can actually fit anyone with any model of putter. All of the Sigma 2 putters have this and I would imagine that as they continue to evolve and add new putter lines, they’re going to have more and more of these putters.

SeeMore Putters

Number two is the SeeMore putters. We’ve carried SeeMore for a long time, but they have a variety of new mallet and blade heads that are available now with both cast and milled putter heads.

With the SeeMore putters, you’re actually going to see a little red dot on the heel. This is there because when you’re lining up your putt, you know that you’re directly over the ball when you can’t see the red. If you are in front or behind the ball, you will be able to see that red dot which means you aren’t correctly lined up.

When you’re set up correctly, you can’t see that red dot anymore, and you should only see the two white lines. This actually allows you to create a perfect setup and get perfectly aligned for every putt! When you can eliminate that red dot from your view you know you are set up correctly over the top of the ball.

Most people think that they’re lined up properly when they’re over a putt but actually, most of us, perhaps as many as 90% of us, are not. This includes Tour players.

This is why when we putt and things go left or right at the hole, we just aren’t lined up correctly.

So the cool thing about this new SeeMore putter is that red dot alignment aid and they have that on all SeeMore putters. It’s a unique standard thing that they put across their line on both their cast and their milled putters. That’s one of their biggest selling points.

Additionally, they have a center shaft with a groove in the middle and what they’re doing with this is they’re taking materials out of the back of the putter, and actually moving them back to increase the moment of inertia, which we’ll go into a bit later in this blog.

Odyssey Stroke Lab Putter

Next, we have the Odyssey putter and their brand new model called the Stroke Lab.

Odyssey is one of the best putter sellers out there with a number of different models!

Two big notable things with this putter are the face and the shaft. First, let’s discuss the face of the putter. You’ll see some little ridges in here that are small levers that are actually not flushed with the putter face.

If you looked at a microscope and looked at those ridges, they’re actually angled up against the putter face, almost like small scales.

These ridges are tiny springs so that when you hit the putter, it launches that ball back up and creates overspin on the ball which reduces ball bounce and skid so that you have a smoother, more accurate putt.

Having overspin on the ball sooner is going to create a more true roll and get you closer to the target that you’re aiming at.

The other big feature on this is actually Odyssey’s new Stroke Lab putter shaft. It’s half steel and half graphite which creates a counterbalanced putter with almost no torque on the shaft.

What this does is move weight up the end of the grip, add more weight at the bottom of the grip and try to take weight out in the middle. This will create a more pendulum-like stroke in concert with our hands. That should, therefore, create a smoother more consistent putt time and time again, as well as creating a more easily repeatable motion.

Additionally, Golf Digest recently gave this putter five out of five stars.

Odyssey O-Works Line

Odyssey also has their O Works line which includes their famous two ball putter. With the two-ball putter, you can see two discs on the top. When you line those discs up with a golf ball, the two discs and ball will create an alignment line that can be used to line up your putt. Statistics have shown that having the ability to line up putts like this towards the hole has made a phenomenal difference in a golfer’s confidence.

This putter comes in a number of different, styles, colors and designs so that it can be made to fit the preferences of almost any golfer.

Scotty Cameron

Let’s talk moment of inertia here. So with the brand new Cameron putters, the Futura and Concept, you’re going to see how it has this kind of spacecraft shape.

The Futura is made of aluminum, which is CNC milled, and it’s very lightweight, with the exception of these two discs that are in the back. Those are actually heavy tungsten screws that put more weight on the back of the putter.

What most companies are trying to do with mallet designs is that, while a blade putter is usually narrow from face to the back and all of them are the same distance in from heel to toe, a mallet putter can be almost any shape and size.

There are a million different wild designs here, but what the vendors are trying to do with mallets, is actually move the center of gravity further back.

With a blade putter, the center of gravity is right up towards the face of the putter and right behind the center spot. What happens is that when you hit a ball off the heel or toe, the putter will twist, causing you to lose power and the ball to roll off course.

But, with a mallet patter, they’re able to get the center of gravity moved back in the golf club which causes less twisting in the clubface. This same concept is used in almost all clubs, namely, drivers where we are seeing more and more tungsten weights that are putting the center of gravity farther in the back of the club and reducing twisting of the clubface.

With the two big heavy tungsten screws in the Cameron putter, the center of gravity, that moment of inertia, is dramatically increased because that weight is pushed back in the golf club causing the heel or toe to twist far less.

So if you hit the ball with a center of gravity that is farther back then it won’t twist as much on impact with the ball and allow you to hit it as hard as anticipated even if you happen to hit it more on the heel or toe because it requires a lot more energy to cause your club to twist in this case.

Taylor Made Spider

Here is another mallet putter, the Taylor Made Spider Putter. Dustin Johnson and Jason Day made these really famous a couple of years ago and they are actually now available in any color combination that you could want.

This putter is also made of aluminum like the Cameron, very lightweight metal. You’ll also see on this club two black marks that are actually two very heavy tungsten weights that go off the back and that moves that center of gravity back in the golf club and allows you to increase the moment of inertia so that no matter where you hit on the face, it’s going to roll at the same distance and it’s going to roll it straighter.

How to Know Which is Best For You

The beautiful part about putters is that it’s all personal. Some people do not like the idea of using the mallet putters, even though the technology is proven to be able to help you. If you’re looking over it and you don’t have confidence that this is better for you then it won’t work.

With so many different weights, styles, colors, and a number of other variables, the best thing to do is to try them side by side and get fitted with the putter that works best for your skill level and playing style. Hit them side by side and actually narrow down for yourself what you feel most confident with.

How to Get Into the Top 10% With Your Putting: Why People Just Can’t Line It Up!

Putting is one of the most important elements of your golf game, as well as being one of the leading sources of frustration for many. We all know that we need to work on it if we want to have any hope of finally getting our score where we want it (as well as our sanity).

However, many of us are missing very critical elements of our game as a result of starting off on the wrong foot. Working on distance, speed, green reads and all of that is very important, but if you don’t focus on this one thing first then your short game will never be quite right!

This key element is being correctly lined up over the ball.

So many people think that they are positioned correctly over the ball, yet when we actually look at it using modern-day technology (the SAM Putt Lab in the Super Shop here at Haggin Oaks), many of them (including the pros) are way off, causing the face of their club to not be square and your putts to inevitably go off course.

Some sources have said that up to 90% of putts are hit when the golfer isn’t correctly over the ball and the reason that this is so detrimental is that it screws up your perspective and causes you to not be aimed straight at the hole, and in most cases, fairly far from it general direction surprisingly!

So, how can join the elite top 10% of golfers by just lining yourself upright to the ball? Here are a couple of ways to work on this.

1.) Get Fitted at a SAM PuttLab

The SAM PuttLab is a type of machine that shoots a small laser at the face of your putter and shows you how accurately lined up you are to the hole. Having this testing done allows you to better understand your putting game, train more efficiently by training exactly what you need to work on, and give you key insights into what putter would be best for you.

2.) Try a SeeMore Putter

If you want a putter that will let you know exactly when you are square over the club and actually hitting the ball at center, the SeeMore putters are the perfect thing for you.

These putters have a unique red dot on the toe of the club that will disappear from your vision if you are standing perfectly over the club allowing you to putt more consistently and with more confidence.

So many people go in blind with their putting and never know when they are actually lined up. Don’t be like those people. Do everything you can to be able to consistently tell when you are over the ball.

As they say, “be consistently good instead of occasionally great.”

3.) Practice the Two Ball Putt Drill

Another great way to make sure that the face of your putter is square to the ground and that you are accurately lined up is by practicing the 2 ball putting drill where you hit two balls at the same time and if you can make them go the same speed and distance without hitting each other then you know that you are lined up correctly.

To learn more about that drill and see exactly how to do it, click here.

4.) Get a Coach

Lastly, if you really want to make sure you learn how to stay lined up to the ball then you should invest in lessons and work with a coach on your putting game. These lessons are often not as expensive as you think and have incredible benefits on your game!

Overall, that is how you can start to make great strides in improving your putting game by working on just one foundational thing. Let us know how it goes and if being aware of this common problem helps your game!

This one tip will improve your golf game.

The “Hockey” practice drill is a must-try during your next practice session at the Driving Range.

Recently, we spent some time with our Apprentice Professional Hank Vereschzagin to create a video that explains how to incorporate this drill into your game. This is what he had to say.

“There are many ways we can practice, but some of them can be detrimental to improvement. When we go to a session, whether it is the range or practice green, we should have at least two goals. These factors we have decided are most important to us are the highlight of the session. Ben Hogan discussed writing them down before leaving to practice and then grading how well you stayed true to that goal upon returning.”

Let’s say we want to improve contact. When you arrive at the range do you remember your goal or did it become a show of strength or speed (I hit 100 balls in 25 minutes)? If something goes a little awry, did we become frustrated and give up or did we step back and do a couple of drills to regain our form? Are we trying to feel what our bodies are doing during the swing and tapping into whether it is working or not? Are you hesitant to go to the range to practice because of fear of what others may see or that it might not be that great of a session (trust me, I have times on the range I would rather forget, but they were great learning tools.”

Another great way to become a better golfer is to invest in an Orange Whip Trainer.

Whether you are a Tour Player or a beginning golfer, using the Orange Whip Trainer allows you to feel if your swing is actually in rhythm and balance. Providing a low impact workout, the Orange Whip Trainer will increase your flexibility and strengthen your golf muscles. Ask any Tour Player or Golf Instructor and they will tell you it’s the perfect warm-up tool because it properly stretches your golf muscles while perfecting tempo and balance.

Three key components that make up the patented design of the Orange Whip Trainer; a weighted orange ball, a counterweight, and a very flexible shaft. The orange ball replaces the clubhead and allows you to focus on swinging naturally without worrying about the position of the clubface. It’s weighted to promote a fluid swinging motion rather than a jerky hitting motion. 

The counterweight balances the Orange Whip, stabilizing your swing from the start through the finish. It’s essential in providing critical feedback on whether you are loading and unloading the golf club properly. 

Our proprietary shaft naturally promotes the need to swing in rhythm creating synchronization between your arms, upper body, and lower body. The result is a perfect tempo and balanced swing creating more consistent and powerful shot-making on the course. Feedback from the Orange Whip Trainer is instant and any wobble in the swing indicates a need to improve tempo and balance. Swinging it, you will naturally find the tour like motion needed to be a better golfer.

Whether you are a Tour Player or a beginning golfer, using the Orange Whip Trainer allows you to feel if your swing is actually in rhythm and balance. Providing a low impact workout, the Orange Whip Trainer will increase your flexibility and strengthen your golf muscles. Ask any Tour Player or Golf Instructor and they will tell you it’s the perfect warm-up tool because it properly stretches your golf muscles while perfecting tempo and balance. 

Three key components that make up the patented design of the Orange Whip Trainer; a weighted orange ball, a counterweight, and a very flexible shaft. The orange ball replaces the clubhead and allows you to focus on swinging naturally without worrying about the position of the clubface. It’s weighted to promote a fluid swinging motion rather than a jerky hitting motion. 

The counterweight balances the Orange Whip, stabilizing your swing from the start through the finish. It’s essential in providing critical feedback on whether you are loading and unloading the golf club properly. 

Our proprietary shaft naturally promotes the need to swing in rhythm creating synchronization between your arms, upper body, and lower body. The result is a perfect tempo and balanced swing creating more consistent and powerful shot-making on the course. Feedback from the Orange Whip Trainer is instant and any wobble in the swing indicates a need to improve tempo and balance. Swinging it, you will naturally find the tour like motion needed to be a better golfer.

Perfect Your Putting With This Simple Drill

One of the biggest problems that plague golfers is inconsistency with their putting and they often don’t realize the thing that is most likely causing them issues, the alignment of their putts.

Many golfers are missing putts because the face of their putter actually isn’t square which causing them to miss-hit and that is exactly what this drill is made to correct.

This drill, using two golf balls and your putter, is designed to help you know when your putts aren’t lined up and be able to work on understanding the look and feel of a putter that is lined up correctly.

What you do is put the two golf balls side by side and our goal here is to see if we can make the golf balls roll simultaneously together

We want them to roll the same pace and distance and what that’s going to show us is if our putter face is square at impact. It’s really important that it’s not turned one way to the right or to the left and that it’s perfectly square when we strike these golf balls

When we put this we’re going to work on our impact and our centeredness of contact so we’ll set up to the golf ball just like normal and we’ll make our putting stroke to see if we can make the golf balls roll together

Go ahead give that a try and if you commit to practicing this every time you are out practicing your putting, I know that you will start seeing more consistent and reliable putts.

Practice Putting Under Pressure While Maintaining Focus

Shaun Barnes is a PGA Professional who works at Morton Golf Sales’ sister course, the award-winning Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, CA. Barnes is an expert in club-fitting and provides golf lessons to a large clientele in the Sacramento region. Today, he shares his golf tips on how to practice putting.

Practice Putting Under Pressure While Maintaining Focus

Find a straight putt and set tees at 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10 feet. 
All putts must be made before moving on to the next distance.

Make 30 putts from 3 feet
– then 25 putts from 4 feet
– then 15 feet from 5 feet
– then 10 feet from 6 feet
– then 5 from 10 feet

Just as if you were on the course you only get one chance to make the putt. Focus on each putt, go through your routine and stroke each putt with confidence. Stay focused, be patient and make it fun!

Please leave your comments on how this drill performs for you. If there are topics you would like for Shaun to cover in future blog entries, please feel free to leave your suggestions too.