Address your putting woes with a putter fitting

Forty percent of the average golfer’s strokes are putts. Yet most golfers spend much more time working on their full swings than their putting strokes.

Even fewer players actually take the time to get fitted for a putter that matches their stroke.

And let’s be honest, no matter what you’re doing, it's hard to get the job done if you're using the wrong tool.

We met up with SwingFix instructor George Connor, an expert in putter fitting, at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando to ask him a few questions about how the average golfer can wade through the plethora of putter styles and shapes to find one that will help lower their scores.

SWINGFIX: First of all, is there a single putter that works best for everyone?

CONNOR: Absolutely not. There's no perfect putter for everyone.

SWINGFIX: What can a golfer who is struggling with putting do with respect to his or her equipment?

CONNOR: The first thing to look at is how you aim. The look and optics of the putter can really influence aim. The shape has a lot to do with aim. Anser-style putters have a straight face and straight back, whereas most mallet-style putters have a straight face and a rounded back.

SWINGFIX: What does the shape of the clubhead have to do with aim?

CONNOR: There's not one optimal place to focus the eyes. Left-aimers tend to focus on the front of the putter head (i.e., the face). Right-aimers tend to focus more toward the back. Depending on where you are missing, you might want a putter that moves your eyes toward a different spot on the putter head during setup.

SWINGFIX: Does toe-hang, or face- vs. toe-balance, make any difference?

CONNOR: Face-balanced doesn't really mean face-balanced, because when the putter is set down on the ground, the lie angle will kick out the toe anyway. But a more face-balanced putter could help if you're opening the putter face too much during the swing.

Take an online lesson with George Connor.

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