GOLF PUTTERS PUTTING | Blade? Mallet? Symmetric?
Glide Drag hinders putting performance because it adversely reduces stroke momentum and that causes your putts to fall short of the cup. Drag is friction and it increases with the area of the putter head sole that comes into contact with the green during glide -- the more sole area the more friction, and the greater is the glide drag problem. So now that we know the cause, the cure is obvious -- reduce the amount of sole area that comes into contact with the green during glide. Most blade style golf putters have a sole area of about 4 square inches. and many mallet style putters have a sole area of about 16 square inches or even more. One golf putter on the market today embodies a patented glider which reduces the sole area that comes into contact with the green down to fraction of a square inch, thus virtually eliminating the Drag Problem -- the Quantum Golf Putter.
Glide is one of the four aspects of putting (stroke, impact and launch are the others) and it is our opinion that it is the most important for overall putting performance, Good glide requires good stroke momentum which is a function of mass; this so as to mitigate the detrimental effects of the four glide problems: Bite, Drag, LungeDrift. But we should not be satisfied with mitigating problems when they can be eliminated, and that is exactly what our patented Glider does. Here we will discuss GLIDE DRAG.
When the sole area of your putter head is excessive, then the frictional force (drag) that resists good glide, decreases intended stroke momentum; that results in lessened launch force; and that causes the ball to land short of the cup. That makes this problem the next one that needs to be solved.