Did anyone really know what a counter balanced putter was before a few years ago? I sure didn’t. Justin Rose winning the U.S. Open at Merion Country Club in 2013 opened my eyes for sure and opened up a lot of pros eyes up with the impending anchoring ban in 2016. We love to emulate our favourite pro golfers and use the equipment they use including their putters.
If pros are using CB putters then why not us amateurs. We need the help too, right?
Counterbalancing simply means the club builder puts more weight in the butt end of the club to offset the heavier feel of the head.
So much of this lovely game we call golf comes down to putting. You’re one up on the final hole of a heated Saturday match with your buddy or you’re trying to win your club championship. It really all comes down to making putts.
Check the stats on PGATour.com this year and you’ll see the top golfers and winners on the tour are near the top of those all important putting stats. Strokes gained putting and putting averages have so much to do with success for the pros. Just look at Matt Every winning this week at Arnold Palmer Invitational. He made the clutch putts especially on 18 right.
Went to Ted Gallina SPi - Director of Instruction for SeeMore Putters. Ted knows a heck of a lot about putting so who better to ask a few questions about counter balanced putters.
It is one thing to have a giant release from a company, yet another thing entirely for that release to be, well, GIANT! SeeMore has recently introduced their Giant FGP, an incredible take on the ever popular FGP putter and they are incorporating greater MOI, an easier to square face, and a larger sweet spot for golfers who may struggle with the perfect stroke. Between the hype surrounding the release around the PGA Show and the interest from tour players, intrigue lead the way as this putter review began.
Increased MOI and Sweet Spot
Because of the increase in size, SeeMore was also able to increase some of the elements that are enormously valuable for people who struggle to make perfect contact with the putter. Thanks to the 28% increase in face size, this also expands the size of the sweet spot, along with the moment of inertia (MOI). For those unfamiliar with moment of inertia, it relates to the amount of solid contact (and lack of twisting) made at impact. Putters with overly low MOI require extremely accurate contact in the center of the putter head for results that meet expectations. Expanding the MOI on the Giant FGP, along with the sweet spot, allows golfers to be less than perfect on their strikes without as large of a reduction on their overall results potential. It is fascinating, and in testing with the Giant FGP, the putter remains remarkably balanced through contact zone even on subpar strokes.