What are the key qualities of a great putter?

Of all the clubs in a typical golf bag, if there is one that can win, or lose a golf tournament, then without doubt that club is the humble putter.

The relationship between a golfer and their putter can be a very mixed one. South African legend Gary Player once quipped: "It's a marriage. If I had to choose between my wife and my putter, well, I'd miss her."

For other golfers, yet to find that short stick that offers them unparalleled confidence on the green, it is more like a series of one-night stands; with club after club tried and discarded in the quest to find that truly perfect putter.

With that in mind, let’s examine the three key qualities that combine to make a perfect standard length putter.

1. Weight — A key consideration for a golfer is the weight of the club and how it is distributed throughout the putter. Top heavy, or bottom heavy putters can be difficult to wield and somewhat inaccurate and inconsistent on the greens. How the club is weighted from the putter head, through the shaft and into the grip is a key fundamental of a good putter.

2. Feel — A putter may be weighted perfectly but if when a ball is struck the golfer cannot feel how the putt went, then this is not ideal. The feel of a putter, the feedback it gives a golfer as they take a stroke, is another basic fundamental of a good putter.

3. Design — Perhaps less important than how a putter is weighted and the feel when used, is its design. Putters come in a range of designs nowadays, from simple blades, to rather more ornate and spectacular designs. In truth however, most golfers would sacrifice the look of a putter, for one that offered them consistency and accuracy repeatedly on the green.

That is not guaranteed with any putter, or at least it wasn’t until very recently.

However, now for those serious about putting there is a new factor to consider and that is MLA technology, as found on MLA’s superb range of putters.

4. MLA Technology— MLA stands for Multiple Line-detector Activation and refers to how the brain processes sensory information that gauge the pace and direction of a putt and the technology patented by MLA that takes full advantage of this.

In short, the brain uses multiple line detectors to ascertain what is the best line and pace for a putt, however there are 100,000 of these detectors within the brain and activating too many causes competition between the signals.

The result of this is that the brain is not sure which is the correct line or length to hit the putt. The net result of this is more missed putts.

MLA’s putter technology ‘quietens’ the competition between these detectors in the brain, allowing the golfer to subconsciously focus on the key line detectors offering the golfer the right line and pace of a putt.

Therefore, when considering a putter, golfers need to consider more than just the usual three factors. There is a now a range of MLA putters on the market that are perfectly weighted, offer superb feel and feedback and also look superb, but which also have patented technology allowing golfers to hole more putts, more often.

Take a look at the MLA putters in our web store.

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