It can be difficult to find the right club when you are a left-handed golfer. Left-handed people make up only 12 percent of the general population and only 5-7 percent of golfers. As such, companies who make golfing equipment are not as motivated to cater to your needs. Unfortunately, you don’t have much choice but to deal with this problem and choose the best thing that you can find. As you will see from today’s article, you don’t have to settle for a low-quality club.
Let’s take a look at the five best left-handed putters that we could find online. These products are presented in no particular order.
For high handicappers
|Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Putter|
|S7K Standing Putter|
|Odyssey 2018 Red O-Works Putters|
Best for Money
|Pinemeadow Golf Men's PGX Putter|
Best for Beginners
|Wilson Harmonized Golf Putter|
This club is a middle ground between blade and club, having enough weight to deliver a solid stroke while being light enough for a fast and correctable swing. The shaft offset is great for left-handed players, as it aims to turn your left-handedness into an advantage. The whole thing is very lightweight and well-balanced. You can twirl this thing in your fingers in between shots, as the balance makes it easy to move.
The stiff steel shaft provides a crisp, clean feel. For short shots, it offers great control and immense precision. Finally, we might mention that extra-thick grip. When you grab this thing, your hands can really sink into this grip for maximum retention. The smooth clubface takes a little getting used to, but it works fine after you take the time to familiarize yourself.
We do have some concerns about the long-term durability of this product. Its construction seems to be too thin overall, especially where the club meets the shaft. This area, called the hosel, is a key stress point in any club and this one is quite thin. Considering that this is one of the more expensive clubs on the list, that is a serious concern.
This is a non-standard putter that is primarily designed for easy shot alignment. The weird half-H shape of the clubhead may throw you off at first, but it does offer some practical advantages that make it worth the extra practice. Instead of one guideline, you have three. This can be very handy for those who want to improve their hook shots. Learning the hook shot can be a tricky affair, and these lines give you some reference points that are quite helpful.
This one has a vertical offset, which makes it so that the club is held at the correct angle with less bending on your part. If you like to keep your waist a little straighter, this one will suit you very well.
Our only complaint with this model comes from its balance. This club is a little bit too heavy in the head, and that could throw off your game. As we said, it will probably require a few sessions at the driving range before you get used to the feel. Still, the aerodynamic nature of the head is sure to help you along in that endeavor.
This is another “Half H” shaped club, and it seems to have a very good reputation. We were not able to find any negative reviews, so that speaks well for this club. The aerodynamic shape glides smoothly once the swing begins, even though the shape feels a little awkward on the initial setup.
The signature feature of this club is a micro-hinged face. When you hit the ball, the face will collapse inward just a little bit, providing an extra boost of spin when it springs back at the end of the impact. This gives it the ability to hit longer putts with less force. This is an uncommon feature that gives this club a serious one-up on the competition. We are pretty sure that this feature is legal for most (if not all) competitions.
Other than being a somewhat expensive club, this one offers a lot of benefits. It has three guidelines, although two of them are a little harder to use. It also has a very slight offset, which will be a little bit of an advantage for taller players who don’t need to bend so far.
This is a budget model that should serve the needs of any golfer. Right away, its lower price tag is quite appealing. The hollowed-out design of the clubhead looks really cool, and the bright white stands out from the pack. In addition, that hollowed-out design makes it lighter than we would have expected.
The face tread of this club is very nice. It imparts spin to the ball, but it seems to be a forward spin that doesn’t make the ball want to hook one way or the other. All in all, it’s hard to have a problem with this club.
As far as problems go, we do see a few. The clubhead is not made of steel, but some kind of resin or plastic. It does seem very solid, but there’s no way that it will hold up better than steel. Also, the shaft of this thing is exceptionally thick. That’s an upside in terms of durability, but a rather serious downside in terms of balance.
This is easily one of the most inexpensive clubs on our list, but it seems to get pretty good reviews, so Wilson must have done something right here. The semi-smooth face imparts very little spin to the ball, so it’s great for those who don’t like to fool around with that aspect of the game. We also like the guidelines, which are always a plus.
Perhaps the most distinctive thing about this club is the inwardly-curved clubface. This dipped-in surface is very forgiving and makes it much easier to hit the ball right in the middle of the face. However, it could cause you some issues when you try to make off-center hits.
In all, the only concern we have with this club comes from potential durability issues. The construction just doesn’t look very tough, and the intersection between the club and shaft is somewhat flimsy-looking. We probably don’t have to tell you how bad it can be when the head of your club detaches from the end of the shaft and goes flying along with the ball.
Now that we have seen a few good examples, let’s think a little more about the qualities of a good left-handed putter.
The length of a golf club is one of the key factors that must be considered. Even an otherwise excellent club might be inadequate if the length is wrong for you. To find out if your club is too long or too short, just take a normal pre-swing stance and line the head up with the ball. You should be able to take a comfortable and familiar position when setting up for the swing. If you find that you have to grip the shaft in an awkward way just to get a comfortable setup, you probably need a different length. Use this article to match your length to your height.
When buying online, you will need to know exactly how long a shaft you want, as you will not be able to pick up the product and try it out. We would recommend that you go to a store with a good selection of golfing equipment and do some experimenting. Once you know which length of club you prefer, online buying becomes easier. Besides, this is a piece of information that you will need again.
Putters are made with either a club-style head or a blade-style head. Both these types of clubhead are known to be effective, but there is a difference in how they feel and how they perform. A club-style head has a little more weight, and that makes it easier to hit longer putts with less effort. The extra weight also imparts a little extra velocity to the ball, giving it a little more distance. However, some players find that this style of clubhead leads them to hit too hard and overshoot their target.
A blade-style putter is ideal for those who prefer to arc their putt. Some players find that it gives them a greater degree of control and a little more directional control. Blade putters also don’t have any place for a sightline. Not all players want or need a sightline, but it can be helpful for some.
Golf club shafts are made in a variety of materials, but the most common are steel, aluminum, and graphite. All of these materials are strong, but they are chosen for golf clubs due to their flexibility level. Obviously, steel is the least flexible of the three, and graphite is the most flexible.
Some players will benefit from a little bit of flexion in the shaft. Those who don’t have a hugely strong hit will find that the spring-action of a flexible shaft will add a little bit of extra distance to the ball. Likewise, a stiff shaft can deliver a harder hit. This is the case because all of its force is going to one location: The ball. There is no flex in the shaft to absorb any of the force from your swing, and so a stiff shaft can give the longest shots when used correctly.
Weight And Balance
Weight is a little bit of a factor, but it’s not a huge consideration. Chances are, you will not spend large amounts of time carrying your putter, so it doesn’t matter if it’s a little heavy. However, one thing that does matter quite a bit is the balance of the putter.
To find the balance of your putter, just hold it in one hand with the shaft parallel to the ground. Hold it loosely and let the head hang down in whatever way that gravity dictates. Now, look at the head: Is the face facing the ground, or is the toe facing the ground?
If the toe is facing the ground, you have a toe-balanced putter. It will be better to angled shots. If the face is facing the ground, you have a face-balanced putter. It will be better for straight putts.
As you can see, finding a good left-handed putter is not as hard as you might have thought. Although these products are definitely in the minority (just like you, as a left-handed golfer, are in the minority) but that is no reason to compromise on quality. In fact, several of our options offer a great level of functionality at a low price. This is good because some companies will try to charge more for left-handed putters just because they don’t manufacture as many of them. We enjoyed writing this article for you, and we hope that you have enjoyed reading our work. We wish all you lefties a great time out there on the green!