There are a number of key considerations when looking for a new putter so take into account the following before choosing your next putter:

Face technology
Many of the new putters on the market now come with some sort of insert or groove technology. While face inserts are designed to change the feel at impact, putter grooves reduce skidding and help produce a more consistent roll. This is achieved by imparting top spin on the ball, helping it to roll end over end when it leaves the face. This produces a more consistent roll and helps you set the ball on the intended line.

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Mallet Vs Blade
While a bladed putter will offer more feedback and could help improve distance control, a modern, large-headed mallet will offer more forgiveness. The majority of weight in a large mallet is situated around the perimeter of the head to help square the putter at impact. This provides added stability, particularly for those who get twitchy on short-range putts. The preference here really comes down to confidence, but don’t be afraid to experiment with modern-looking designs if you are looking to improve your putting.

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Finishes
There are a number of distinctive finishes currently on offer that promise to aid performance as well as suit the eye at address. The distinctive white TaylorMade Ghost is the latest offering, designed to reduce glare as well as aid alignment. Both black and white finishes help distinctive alignment markings to stand out. They also contrast with the grass to help make sure the putter is started on the intended line. Again for those who are looking to go more traditional there are still plenty of classic steel heads that look beautiful behind the ball.

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