There’s more to choosing a putter then just going to the store and grabbing one. One of the most important things that you need to consider is the size of the putter. Most putter brands make putters in three different styles and they are standard, long and belly putters.
You need to have a putter that fits your length because length of your putter will affect your control of the ball. One thing you will notice when selecting a putter is that most companies will have a golf putter length chart. These charts are just a guideline, but it’s an excellent place to start.
There are a couple of different things you need to look at when considering size. The biggest thing is your height. You also need to consider the way you stand, your posture and your stroke.
Below we will go into more detail about the three different putter styles. This will help you understand the styles and sizing guidelines of each one.
Standard putter length chart
The standard style putter is the most common putter on the market. The length of the putter is based on the average sized person. The putter length carries from 31 to 35 inches.
So how do you find the right length for you? Below you will find a basic chart that will help you understand the sizing guidelines.
Height Putter length
6 feet or taller 34.5 inch
5 feet 10 to 5 feet 11 34 inch
5 feet 9 to 5 feet 10. 33.5 inch
5 feet 5 to 5 feet 8. 33 inch
5 feet 3 to 5 feet 4. 32.5 inch
5 feet 1 to 5 feet 2. 32 inch
4 feet 11 to 5 feet 31.5 inch
4 feet 10 and shorter. 31 inch
This is just a basic guideline, but it will give you a place to start.
Belly Putter guidelines
A belly putter has a longer shaft that usually measures between 38 to 47 inches. The reason for the name is because the longer shaft touches your midsection, which will help you help have more control of your putter.
This type of putter is best for someone that is a beginner and doesn’t have great wrist control yet. Below you will find a basic sizing chart for the belly putter.
Height putter length
6 feet 2 or taller 54 to 47 inches
5 feet 9 to 6 feet 1 41 to 44 inches
5 feet 8 or shorter 38.5 to 40 inches
As you can see this is a very basic chart, but it will give you a starting point.
Long putter guidelines
Long putters are longer then both the standard and belly putter. They range in length from 46 inches to 53 inches. There is more than just the length when it comes a long putter. You should look at the grip on a long putter.
The grip is different than other grips. The grip is split meaning that you will have a grip on the butt of the putter and then there will be a break in the grip. At about the halfway point there will be another grip for your other hand.
This type of putting style is great if you have a pendulum swing. It will help to anchor your top hand, which will make your putting more accurate. Below you will find a basic guideline that will help you narrow down the size you need.
Height Putter length
6 feet 2 or taller 54 inch
6 feet to 6 feet 1 52 inch
6 feet to 5 feet 11 51 inch
5 feet 10 to 5 feet 11 50 inch
5 feet 9 to 5 feet 11 49 inch
5 feet 8 to 5 feet 9 48 inch
5 feet 7 to 5 feet 8 47 inch
5 feet 6 and shorter 45 inch
This is just a guideline to get you in the general area of what size putter you will need.
Finding your specific measurement
Now that you know about the different putter styles and the basic guidelines on sizing we can now talk about how to find your specific measurement so that you can have the perfect putter.
There’s a simple method that you can use. Follow the steps below to help you find your perfect measurements.
The first thing you need to do is to stand on a flat surface with regular sneakers on. Make sure that your arms and hands are relaxed and loose at your sides.
Next, you need to measure from your wrist to the floor. The easiest way to do this is for you to find someone to help you. This way you will get a more accurate measurement.
If you don’t know your exact height, then now would be a good time to take it. Once you have these measurements you can go and look at a golf putter length chart to see exactly what size putter you should be using. You can do this no matter what kind of putting style you use.