Without knowing it all of you golfers with
face balanced putters have been compensating for this movement in the
head of the putter, mostly with the hands. Problem? You bet there is.
Any relaxing of the normal grip pressure however slight will result
in the face of the putter twisting open ever so slightly resulting the
infamous pushed putt. Over compensation with the grip pressure will
result in you pulling the putt. Maintaining exactly the same grip pressure
during the stroke therefore becomes a critical factor in your success
on the greens.
What makes it even more critical is most
of us set up and start the putting stroke with the head resting on the
ground behind the ball. Contact with the ground stops any twisting effect;
we call this position neutral. When we lift the head up and away from
the ball the twisting of the head has even greater impact on a relaxed
grip that is also starting from a neutral position.
So now you have received the bad news about
"face balanced" putters what about all the others. Blade, Heel & Toe
Weighted and Centre Shafted. Its all bad news I'm afraid.
Blade putters are heavily weighted towards
the toe. Our robotic testing concluded the same effect of "face balanced
putters" only worse. If the face was closed a little then that is the
way it turned, open slightly and the face wanted to open all the way.
It was a bit like trying to balance a golf ball on a pinhead.
The result with Heel & Toe Weighted putters
(45° hanger) also wanted to fall open.
Centre Shafted putters are mostly weight
towards the toe and the results were the same as with a Blade putter.
Being a putter manufacturer I decided to
do something about this phenomenon and make a putter that will remain
stable when balanced freely in, and when swung through the plane of
the putting stroke. I have called it "REALITY BALANCED".
What the "Reality Balanced" putter offers
is a chance to start and finish the stroke with the head of the putter
in a totally neutral position. There is no chance of the head of the
putter suddenly becoming active and wanting to twist open. Maintaining
the exact same compensating grip pressure each time is not necessary.
It gives a golfer a great sense of wellbeing knowing that there are
no outside forces at play during the stroke. In fact the "Reality Balanced"
putter will enable the golfer to lighten their grip to the extreme without