The above is from Ralph Maltby and is for the golf guys I was playing with on a very recent trip to Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
Having suffered yet another horrific day of putting. Come the final day I used a "cheapie" putter; TaylorMade copy I'm told, that I'd bought the previous day before departing the course.
Of course I putted well. Isn't that always the case until reality kicks in, in later rounds?
It's too early to say if I'll meet with enduring success with my new putter however what did surprise me was the reaction from the golf guys in my group. And their ignorance of the pros and cons of putter loft.
The "Flat stick" isn't flat
Maybe because it's frequently called the 'flat stick" most golfers assume that it has a flat, zero degree face but not so. And for some time I've had the feeling that my present putter, a TaylorMade Rossa Spider has too flat a face. So the first thing I checked out before buying my "cheapie" putter was the degree of loft and I'm picking it has 5 degrees of loft to the 1 degree of my TaylorMade.
And it's just struck me. Why don't golf club manufacturers state the putter loft on their products?
Skidding doesn't suck
Every golfer I've ever talked to on matters involving putting have said the best putters invariably get the ball rolling much quicker than the average poor putter. However Ralph suggests it isn't that simple.
What's important is to perfect your skid/roll percentage.
Ralph writes, "It is important to realize that at impact the golfer needs the correct effective loft of 4 degrees and a very consistent putting arc coming into the ball. Another reason to develop this consistency of skid on every putt is that the putted ball is actually slowing down at a faster rate in skid (more friction) than it is when it is rolling (less friction). Here is the bottom line: If you can be consistent in skid percentage vs. roll percentage you will be more consistent in distance control on the greens."
Footnote so I don't forget
Don't ever forget that although the loft of my new putter is around 4-5 and may well improve my putting. Please remember that it's at impact where 4 degrees of loft is important.
Here's the link to Ralph
Quote of the Day
"Of course, skid vs. roll percentage has a lot to do with the type of grass and the putting surface. The goal is to be consistent from green to green on the surface you are putting on at the time."