GOLF PUTTERS PUTTING | Blade? Mallet? Symmetric?
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 LUNGE.
When the front-to-back (F-B) dimension of a putter head is excessive, as it is with mallet putters, the putting stroke which is suppose to be a nice pendulum curve from the top of the back-stroke to the end of the follow-through, must be flattened during glide so as to prevent leading edge bite and trailing edge lunge -- that is unnatural so it is not good for precision putting (if not flattened, the trailing edge when it contacts the green will cause the leading edge to lunge upward at instant of ball impact thus destroying your touch and even your line). Mallets typically have a F-B dimension of about 3 or 4 inches or more, so they suffer the lunge problem much more than blades which typically have a F-B of about 1 inch. There is one golf putter on the market today that embodies a patented glider which reduces effective F-B dimension down to about 1/2 inch, thus enabling a perfect pendulum stroke -- the Quantum Golf Putter.
When the dimension from the front impact area and the back end of the golf putter head is excessive, the preferred pendulum stroke must be flattened during glide so that the back of the putter does cause glide lunge at the worst possible time - the instant of impact. This adversely affecting putting precision, so that makes it the next problem that needs to be solved.