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Heavier or Lighter

Heavier or Lighter

The swing weight of your putter should be close to the swing weight of the rest of your golf clubs. Industry standard for men's swing weight is D0-D2. Women's is C6-C8. Whenever you alter the length of a golf club by cutting it down, gripping down on it or even adding length to it, you change the swing weight. When you shorten a club, you decrease swing weight. When you lengthen a club you add swing weight. For every inch you alter the length of a golf club, you change the swing weight by 6 points: 1 swing weight equals 2 grams of weight. Ultimately, if you have shortened your putter or even grip down on your putter by one inch, you decrease its swing weight by 6 points or 12 grams of weight. Six swing weights are enough to drastically change the feel of your putter, your tempo and your stroke. Another factor that most people aren't aware of is that when you buy a 33 or 34 inch putter off the shelf, the majority of computers use the same head gram weight no matter what length, which serves their purposes for reducing inventory of putter heads and increasing their profit margin. Using the same putter heads benefits the manufacturer, however it is a detriment to the player. It is important to get fit because then the proper length and weight putter can be ordered -- custom built to help you make your best stroke possible.

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