Hireko’s Golf Putter Buyers Guide

Choosing the proper golf putter should come down to the player’s tendencies on the green more so than appearance. 

Hireko has a large selection of golf putters available and selecting the right one for your or your customer’s game might sound like an intimidating challenge. Here are a few thoughts I want to share with you for the secrets to the proper selection.

Download Hireko Golf Equipment CatalogAre you left handed?
This might be your most important question to ask.  Why?  Simply because not every model can be produced in left hand and make it profitable no matter what company you are talking about.  If you happen to putt as a southpaw, then you will have fewer choices, but at least those will be among our best-selling models.

What are your golf shot tendencies?
Choosing the proper putter should come down to the player’s tendencies on the green more so than appearance.  However, players who purchase a golf putter often do so by impulse and that is reason garages and basements are cluttered with flatsticks that didn’t make the grade out on the course.

Golf Putter Head weight and size
Forgiveness of a putter is what helps those miss-hit putts fall in rather than lip out and is a simple function of the putter’s weight and its dimensions. Simply put, a heavier putter is less likely to twist on a heel and toe shot than the same sized and shaped putter that is lighter.  Plus if you have two of the same weight putters, the one with more weight toward the heel and toe and back will be more forgiving too.

Remember we talked about tendencies?  Here is a key point.  If one races the ball past the hole all the time, then they need a putter head that weighs less than what they are currently using.  This type of person may have to give up some left and right directional control for distance control.  Conversely, golfers continually short of the hole will benefit from a heavier putter head.  Never up, never in!

Hosel ConfigurationHosel configuration
Hosel configuration can be broken down into two categories; hosel type and shaft axis location.  In each of those categories are subcategories.  For instance the hosel type may feature an offset plumber’s neck, slant neck, long neck, short neck, a tiny post or tang that the shaft fits over or a socket that may require a curved putter shaft. This controls the amount of offset (if any) in the putter that controls side-to-side direction.

A center shafted or heel shafted putter are two examples of the Putter Shaft Axisshaft’s axis location.  But what we are more interested in where upper portion of the shaft would intersect the face.  Even though a curved shaft or plumber’s neck may be located closer to the heel, the shaft axis will pass closer to the middle of the face.

The importance for this has an effect on the amount of toe hang a golf putter may have.   If you balanced your putter over your finger, you will see that either the toe of the putter will point to the ground (toe hang) or it may point straight toward the ceiling (called face balanced).

Golf Putter Toe HangWhile you may have noticed this phenomenon, you may not understand what the importance is. Certain strokes benefit from varying degrees of toe hang.  Golfers that have more of a straight back / straight through stroke will typically putt better with a face balanced or nearly face balanced putter.

The majority of golfers will have a slight arcing putt. This may be referred to as an open gate-close gate swing, inside-square-inside, etc.  Basically the club, as it travels backwards in the takeaway, goes inside and opens. The putter returns along the same path and then at one precise time the face is square (hopefully at impact) before returning on an inside path and the face closing on the follow through.

Golfers who have a pronounced arc path or more of an exaggerated inside-square-inside stroke generally prefer heel-shafted putters, which will have a large amount of toe hang. We have included a chart to categorize each of the putters we offer.

Golf Putting Arc

Style
Once you have selected the grouping of heads that fit your or your customer’s putting stroke and level of forgiveness, now is the time to finalize the selection based on the appearance or special features.  Realize the majority of mallet design putters will be face balanced where anything heel-shafted will have a high toe hang. If you prefer a belly or near-belly length or opt for a broomstick or side saddle stroke, we have putters for that as well. Our Dynacraft SPOT putter is a model in which you can change the hosel offset and shaft axis position to suit all styles of strokes.

Face Treatment
Some of the putters offer different striking surfaces.  For instance, a select number of our putters have inserts that would be softer than the body of the head.  The softest inserts will be in the Bionik 500 series putters, while aluminum will be a little firmer.  The Acer i-Sight series putters have microgroove to help reduce friction for better roll.  Lastly, the two Dynacraft Hindsight putters offer roll face technology and a grooved face for the truest roll of any our putters.

Final thoughts
While you have chosen the proper style of putter head to suit your game, don’t forget about having the length sized correctly so you or your customer is in a comfortable athletic posture and has their eyes over the ball to help with alignment as that is the number one reason for missed putts.  While we talked about head weight, think of overall weight as well.  Golfers that are “wristy” and have directional control issues could benefit from counter-balancing and/or a larger grip.  Hireko offers products to help with both as we have a large selection of putter grips (some of which are heavy and act as a counterbalance) as well counterweights.

Brand

Model

Stroke

Forgiveness

Hand

Weight

Dynacraft

SPOT

All

Medium

RH

355

Value

Two-Way

All

Very Low

RH/LH

300

Acer

I-Sight San Miguel

Pronounced Arc

Medium

RH/LH

350

iBella

Volare

Pronounced Arc

Medium

RH

370

Acer

I-Sight Anacapa

Slight Arc

Medium

RH/LH

350

Acer

I-Sight Santa Barbara

Slight Arc

Medium

RH/LH

350

Bionik

101

Slight Arc

Medium

RH/LH

330

Bionik

105

Slight Arc

Medium

RH

320

Bionik

501

Slight Arc

Medium-High

RH

355

Bionik

502

Slight Arc

Medium-High

RH/LH

330

Bionik

503

Slight Arc

High

RH/LH

330

Bionik

504

Slight Arc

High

RH/LH

335

Bionik

505

Slight Arc

High

RH

360

Bionik

101 Nano

Slight Arc

Medium

RH/LH

330

Bionik

105 Nano

Slight Arc

Medium

RH

320

Value

Black Zinc 506

Slight Arc

Low

RH/LH

295

Value

Black Zinc 509

Slight Arc

Low

RH

295

Value

Black Zinc 515

Slight Arc

Low

RH

295

Value

Black Zinc 520

Slight Arc

Low

RH

305

Value

Brass

Slight Arc

Low

RH

300

Value

Gray Zinc

Slight Arc

Low

RH

295

Acer

I-Sight Santa Cruz

Straight Back / Straight Through

High

RH/LH

450

Acer

I-Sight Santa Rosa

Straight Back / Straight Through

Medium-High

RH/LH

400

Bionik

Bionik 207

Straight Back / Straight Through

Medium-High

RH/LH

335

Bionik

Bionik 207 Belly

Straight Back / Straight Through

High

RH

400

Dynacraft

Hindsight

Straight Back / Straight Through

Medium-High

RH

360

Dynacraft

Hindsight II

Straight Back / Straight Through

Medium-High

RH

360

Dynacraft

On-Line

Straight Back / Straight Through

High

RH

365

Dynacraft

Triple Threat

Straight Back / Straight Through

High

RH

360

iBella

Tiara

Straight Back / Straight Through

High

RH

365

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