How to choose the right putter for you

Scotty Cameron explains how length dictates the correct putter for your stroke

How to choose the right putter

Master Craftsman Scotty Cameron explains how to choose the right putter for your game and how getting the right length and weighting for your stroke is key

Choosing a putter can be a minefield. With so many styles, sizes and technologies to choose from, it can be difficult to know how to choose the right putter for your stroke.

We spoke to Scotty Cameron, who has over 20 years experience working with elite amateur golfers and tour players about what he has learned about model selection and what dictates the putters that you should consider when deciding.

Scotty Cameron putters are some of the most refined, premium offerings on the market, enforced by the recent launch of the new Select line.

When choosing a putter, it is first important to get the right shaft length. Most putters come as standard in 34-inches but 33 and 35 shafts are available. Generally speaking, taller golfers will require a longer putter but much of it comes down to the golfer’s stance and posture. If you are more bent over the ball, you may need a shorter putter.

The length of the putter dictates where your eyes will be at address. Generally speaking, a golfer’s eyes will be directly over the ball or just inside it. This helps to see where the putter face is aligned more easily.

If your putter is too long, you’ll have the tendency to take it more to the inside because your head will be positioned significantly inside the ball. If your putter is too short, the putter will travel on a much straighter arc.

It’s important to use a style of putter that matches up with the arc of your stroke. For example, if you’re a feel putter that relies on hand-eye co-ordination to square the putter face on a rounded arc, you need a putter with more toe-hang to compliment this action. If you like help in keeping the putter face square during your stroke, you will be better suited to a face-balanced putter, which usually come in the form or larger mallet style putters.

One final thought to take away is that personal preference is also very important. Looking down at the putter, you need to like the shape, finish and sightlines that are visible as well as the weight and feel of the grip. All these factors contribute to how comfortable you feel over the ball. The more comfortable you feel, the more likely you will be to hole the putt.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x