Looking for a face balanced putter? Don't buy one until you've read this!
Firstly what is a face balanced putter?
When a putter is face balanced like the one on the right in the picture above, it means that the putter head is weighted so that it's perfectly balancedbetween the toe and the heel relative to the point where the shaft enters the head. To test whether your putter is face balanced, lay the shaft of your putter across your palm. If the face lies absolutely horizontal, pointing up at the sky, then it's a face balanced putter.
The point of face balancing is to restrict the amount which the clubface opens and closes as you swing back and through. This can work wonders for your putting, or can be disastrous. Read on to find out whether a face balanced putter is what you need...
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You should try a face balanced putter if ...
You're trying to produce a straight-back, straight through stroke
You have over-active hands, and want to reduce the amount your putter rotates open and closed during the stroke
You're consistently pulling your putts to the left
But not if ...
You're aiming for an open-square-closed stroke like Tiger Woods
You're struggling to release the putter through impact