Golf tips with David Pirie

IF you are in the market for a new putter how do you go about choosing the right one?

Probably the first thing to do is to set a price bracket. How much do you want to spend?

There is no point in looking and trying putters at £150, when you only want to spend £50.

As there are literally hundreds to choose from, taking some sound advice from shop manager Joe Gilligan would seem to me like a good idea.

Depending on how you stand next to the ball will determine the lie angle that is good for you.

If for example you prefer to stand slightly further away, then a putter with a flatter lie would suit you better.

If on the other hand you like to stand closer, a more upright lie would be a better choice.

Belly putters are becoming popular again, as they can be anchored against the belly. All the player then has to focus on is rocking the shoulders.

I recall inventing a belly putter in my early years at Whiting Bay on Arran. Being small I rested the butt of the putter against my sternum, rocked my shoulders and regularly had 11 putts in the first nine holes. I reckon I should have patented it all those years ago and I’ve never managed to putt so well since.

Players suffering from the yips normally resort to the belly putter, or in extreme cases the dreaded Broom handle.

Keegan Bradley is, I think, the only player to have won a major using a Belly putter. Another item to look at is the face balanced putters.

They help to keep the face square at the point of impact. In terms of length of putter I think that 34 inches or less is the best way to go. Any longer and it tends to jam into your clothing.

So there we are; seek some good professional advice, decide what you want to spend, and if possible try it out before handing over your hard earned cash. Good luck in your shopping.

Next week: Post angle posture drill.