How to Measure Putter Shaft Length? A Step by Step Guide

Any golfer trying to raise their putting game must first consider the appropriate length of a putter. A wrong putter golf shaft ength could cause poor posture and irregular strokes. Accurate measurement of the putter shaft guarantees that it will match your height, viewpoint, and stroke technique, helping you to personalize your golf equipment.

Introduction 

Although it's a sometimes disregarded factor of playing, the length of the putter shaft significantly affects your posture and hence, the performance of your putting stroke. An excessively short putter would cause you to bend over, strain your back and cause irregular strokes.

On the other hand, a too-lengthy putter might lead to a too-straight posture, making it challenging to keep appropriate balance and stroke control. Ensuring your putter shafts length fits your body type can help you design a setup that supports proper posture, enabling consistent and confident playing.

Materials Required

Measure your putter shafts by compiling the necessary instruments.

  • Either a long ruler or a flexible measuring tape
  • Lay the putter on a level, stable surface using masking tape; optional markers for measuring are here.
  • An optional reference putter fitting chart

Measurement Strategies

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Before you start, check your putter for cleanliness and the absence of trash. This guarantees proper accuracy in your measurements. Set your putter's current marks or changeable characteristics to their default or desired settings.

Standard Measurement Approach

1- Set the Putter shafts position

     Set your putter on a level area and align the sole(bottom) of the head flat against the ground.

    2- Calculate

      Using a measuring tape or ruler, find the upper end of the grip from the sole of the putter head. Make sure the tape's curve matches the shaft's and is straight.

      3- Record the measurements

        Record the measurement, rounded to the closest 1/16th of an inch or millimeter.

        Tip 

        If you're worried about the tape slipping when measuring, mark the top of the grip with masking tape.

        Customized Approach of Measurement

        Assume Your Position

        Holding the putter as you would during a game, stand in your natural putting position.

        Specify the grip position

        Mark the spot on the shaft where your hands naturally grab the putter using help from a mirror or friend.

        Count from the Sole to the Mark

        Find the distance to the designated spot from the putter head's sole. This customized measuring considers your particular posture and stroke technique.

        Making Good Use of a Measuring Tape Requires

        Attach the Tape

        Mark the end of the tape at the putter head's sole.

        Align the Tape

        Run the tape straight and tight across the shaft.

        Evaluate the measurement

        Face straight ahead toward the top of the grip to get the measurement. Avoid viewing at angles to avoid a parallax mistake.

        Typical Mistakes to Avoid

        • Not laying the putter on a level ground.
        • Let the tape twist or bend.
        • Assessing the measurement from an angle

        Things That Affect the Ideal Length

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        (height, arm length, and posture)

        Usually above average height, taller golfers often need longer putters (between 34 and 35 inches) to maintain correct posture during their putting stroke. A longer putter lets them stand taller with their arms hanging comfortably, preventing them from bending over the ball. 

        Players below average height may succeed more with putters (around 33–34 inches) on the shorter end of the range. A shorter putter helps them maintain excellent posture by preventing an unnaturally straight posture that can cause balance and swing plane problems.

        Still, another essential consideration is arm's length. Longer-arm golfers can benefit from somewhat longer putters by maintaining a comfortable posture where their arms aren't too bent at address. alternatively, shorter-arm golfers may find that a shorter putter lets them position their elbows closer to their body, encouraging a more controlled and stable putting stroke.

        To learn more about the measuring golf shaft length, check out our blog. HOW TO MEASURE GOLF SHAFT LENGTH

        Beyond Measurement: 

        (Ball Drop Test) Postural Check-up

        Although an important parameter, your putting posture can be affected by several factors, including the length of the putter shaft. You can do a basic ball drop test to adjust your setup and guarantee that the putter length you choose encourages appropriate posture throughout your putting stroke.

        Here's how you can do this

        • As if you were about to putt, stand in your regular putting position with the putter in hand and replicate your address position.
        • Hold another ball straight over the bridge of your nose between your eyes. This ball shows your putting eye position.
        • Drop the ball straight down without rotating your head or posture. The ball should preferably land close to the shaft and near the sole of the putter.

        The ball's landing point relative to the putter shaft offers an insightful analysis of your posture.

        • If the ball falls noticeably in front of the putter, particularly near the toe and the front end of the putter head, your putter may be too short. An overly short putter can cause you to bend down, strain your back and result in an inconsistent stroke.
        • On the other hand, if the ball falls considerably behind the putter toward the heel and rear end of the head, it indicates that your putter might be overly lengthy. An excessively protracted putter might lead to a too-straight posture, making it difficult to maintain correct balance and regulate your stroke.
        • The ball drop test helps you find posture problems resulting from putter length and make corrections. If the ball regularly lands in the sweet spot (the ideal landing zone near the shaft), you have probably found a putter length that supports excellent posture for your putting style.

        Ensuring Correctness

        Go over the measurement again to be sure. Comparing your measured length with standard putter lengths in putter fitting charts also helps. Should your measurement vary greatly, re-measure to guarantee accuracy.

        Verifying Accuracy Two Times

        Repeating the technique helps you double-check your measurements and is always good practice. Match your measurement to standard lengths found in putter fitting charts. Remeasure to validate a notable difference.

        Summary

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        Measuring the length of your putter shafts accurately is an essential step in customizing your golf gear. By taking these measures, you can ensure your putter fits your body type and putting stroke, which will help you play the game better. It's also advisable to remeasure frequently because your posture and stroke may change over time.

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        Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

        What is the average length of a putter?

        The putter's typical length is between 33 and 35 inches, but this can change depending on the golfer's height and preferences.

        How does my putting change with varying putter lengths?

        The putter's length affects posture, alignment, and stroke consistency either a too-long or too short putter results in poor performance.

        How often should I check the length of my putter shaft?

        Regularly measuring your putter shaft length is a smart idea, particularly if your posture or style changes. Re-measuring annually or every two years helps preserve the best performance.