With Arccos’ Enhanced Putting Stats, players have more data than ever and it’s right at their fingertips. Putting stats can be broken down into make percentages and 3 putting percentages from certain distances; tracking data at this minuscule level can help players determine if their putting needs some assistance or… if that putter needs to be sent to the graveyard.
Arccos tracks the memories you have with your putter, good and bad. We remember sinking putts in high-stress situations and hanging up a putter after a few too many burned edges. If you’re looking at your Arccos putting stats and are seeing that there is little to no improvement, it might be time to head to your nearest fitter to see if your putter is the right fit for you.
One of golf’s most hair-pulling frustrations is that you can be behind the 8 ball without even starting your stroke. An example: you have a poorly fitted putter and you don’t even know it. We’ve told you to get fitted before, but this time we want to highlight the most used club in your bag: the putter.
Let’s say you’re new to putter fittings. Your fitter will introduce a bunch of different types of putters; blades, mallets, belly putters, short putters, etc. And with your Arccos stats, you are taking the guessing out. The fitter will know exactly what distances you are missing and making putts, to give you a more in-depth fitting and narrow in on what putter might be the best fit for you.
Here are some terms that can help you make the most of your fitting.
Toe hang is the way the club naturally hangs with the toe pointed down when balanced. A putter with more toe hang is better for players with arcing style putting strokes with a lot of toe rotation. Toe hang allows the putter to be delivered back to square at impact, even with an inconsistent stroke.
Face-balanced putters will point with the face upward when balanced. These are better for a more straight-putting stroke.
LOFT AND LIE
Much like with irons, a putter’s loft dictates the launch and spin of your putt. Players can predict a putt’s roll and speed with the proper launch. Most putters have a standard loft of 4 degrees but remember that every player has a different way of delivering the putter. Some players might need 2 degrees, some might need 6 degrees.
Lie angle helps players get putts on their intended lines and centeredness of contact. Players can be upright or flat with their putts, just like they can be with full swings and a properly fitted putter can support those habits.
Players come in all shapes and sizes and so do putters. The properly fitted length allows players to stay in their correct posture and alignment during their stroke.
Too tall of a putter, the putter will sit too upright and the heel of the putter will be too high. Too short of a putter will cause the lie angle to be too flat. These mistakes could result in poor contact during a player’s putting stroke.
While these correlations are helpful to know, your fitter will help you determine what stroke you tend to have and what putter works best for you. Make sure that your putter style matches your stroke style- opposites do not attract in the putting world.
Putters are sentimental. The memories that you make with your putter will be there for you to relive on Arccos. You can always pull up the round that you putted lights out on to win your club championship.