Measuring the length of a putter involves far more than just taking out a tape measure, starting at the grip, and picking a random spot at the bottom of your putter head. With golf being a game of inches, and putting a skill of centimeters, you need to be precise. Knowing how to measure putter length and pick the right length for you are two major components of shaving strokes off your score.
How to Measure Putter Length
If you know how to measure a golf club, that’s great, but it doesn’t mean you can properly measure a putter. Since putters have various neck shapes and sizes, it’s more complicated than just grip to heel.
In general, putters are between 33 and 36 inches. To measure one, you’ll need a tape measure or yard stick. Unless you have an arm lock putter or long putter, you’ll be okay with either of these measuring tools, but a tape measure is necessary for the longer ones.
- Place your putter so that the head is flush with the ground.
- Place one end of your measuring device at the top of the grip.
- Measure downwards to the middle of the putter head.
- Take a measurement of the line from the top of your grip to the center of your putter head and that’s the length.
A couple of notes:
- When getting the putter to sit flush in step one, it’s sometime helpful to have a second person. If you are alone, find a wall so that the putter stays in place, but you are free to move and use both hands.
- You are not measuring down the shaft, but instead creating a line through the air to your putter head.
- The only time you would measure down the shaft is with a center-shaft putter.
- If you’re new to this, it’s helpful to start with a putter you know the length of, and working until you get the correct number.