When a golf putter embodies impact pads or grooving, touch is diminished; and worse yet the diminishment can be uncertain so it cannot be compensated for. Obviously none of this is good for precision putting, so that makes this a major problem in need of solution.
Many golf putter designers have embodied texturing on the impact area, claiming that somehow improves ball launch. But what texturing really does is bite into the ball surface which slightly increases impact dwell and results in increased ball skid at launch. It is not enough to worry about, but it does no good either, One golf putter on the market has a smooth hard impact surface which eliminates dwell and skid entirely -- the Quantum Golf Putter.
Detrimental impact padding is bad, but it can get worse. When the soft impact pad is surrounded by a hard margin, impact uncertainty is added to the mix. If the ball is impacted by the soft pad, momentum transfer is reduced by the pad absorbing power; but when the ball is impacted by the hard margin as will often happen, there is no reduction in momentum transfer. So from one putt to the next impact power is always an uncertainty - that is touch detriment at its worst.
Obviously, golfers want golf putters to preserve intended touch during ball impact. But if the golf putter embodies impact pads, intended touch is always diminished. Diminishing touch is the opposite of what a golfer wants (touch preservation), so one has to wonder why any golf putter designer would pad or grove a putter's impact surface. The truth is that soft impact pads are used by the designers of golf putters as a cover-up for annoying shaft vibration upon impact. How does that work? Well, padding changes the high frequency shaft vibration to a lower frequency shaft reverberation, and makes it less annoying. But this cover-up comes at a price - soft pads diminish the momentum transfer from the putter head to the ball by absorbing some of the stroke power. Unless this is compensated for by applying more stroke power, the ball will tend to land short of the cup. Long putts will need more compensation than short putts, and that is an additional complication nobody needs on the golf green.
A better solution to the vibration problem would be to correct is cause of it; then the detrimental padding would become entirely unnecessary. The cause and cure for detrimental shaft vibration is discussed in the topic entitled, "SOLVING SHAFT DEFECTS". Suffice it to say here that a well designed golf putter like the Quantum Golf Putter, suffers absolutely no shaft vibration in the first place; so in the second place, it has no need whatsoever for any detrimental impact area padding -- Its impact surface is hard and smooth so the transfer of momentum from the putter head to the ball is absolutely perfect.
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