Different types of putter necks

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Plumber's neck, center-shafted... what else?
Hey everyone,



I am looking at putters and find myself thoroughly confused by all the different types of necks. Can someone explain what they all are?



Thanks, from a putting noob. image/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • nosilnosil Members  798WRX Points: 67Posts: 798 Golden Tee
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    Baraethon wrote on Jan 24 2009, 12:51 AM:
    Hey everyone,



    I am looking at putters and find myself thoroughly confused by all the different types of necks. Can someone explain what they all are?



    Thanks, from a putting noob. image/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    Found this online and it should get you started. (http://www.golftipsmag.com/equipment/putters/putters-buyers-guide-2006.html):



    1. Plumber-Neck The plumber-neck is characterized by a horizontal bend just below where the end of the shaft and the hosel meet. This design, which generally provides a medium amount of offset, does a great job of keeping the hands ahead of the clubhead through impact. This tends to make the putter more forgiving and easier to use, which is the reason it’s so popular. Putters with plumber-neck hosels tend to be somewhat toe-down in their weighting scheme, which encourages a slightly inside-square-inside stroke.



    2. Flare-Tip The flare-tip is typically a “shaft-over” hosel, meaning the shaft covers the top of the hosel where the two connect. Putters with flare-tip hosels generally have less offset and are more blade-like in their design. These putters tend to be quite a bit toe-down in their weighting scheme and usually work best for golfers who like to rotate the blade open and shut through the stroke.



    3. No Hosel Face-balanced putters often have no hosel, but instead an S-bend shaft that goes directly into the putterhead. These putters are designed specifically for golfers who want to take the club straight back and straight through in a piston-like motion. If you typically like to rotate the clubhead during your stroke, these types of putters probably won’t work as well for you, although there are no absolutes in this regard.



    4. Long Hosel These designs are usually elongated plumber-necks and are used to create face-balancing. Although they look very similar to the standard plumber-neck design, the extra length definitely creates a different feel, which you should take into consideration before selecting a putter with this type of hosel structure. Be aware that the elongated plumber-neck design doesn’t always result in face-balancing; many, in fact, are toe-balanced.



    5. Slant-Neck These hosels often are plumber-necks that bend back from the shaft line. Usually, this type of putter is used to create a more substantial amount of offset, which promotes more of an upward strike into the golf ball. Another beneficial aspect of the slant-neck design is the position it places the hands in just prior to, and through, impact—just slightly in front of the golf ball.



    6. Center-Shaft The majority of putter models feature shafts that enter the putterhead near the heel. Some, however, feature a more centered shaft insert position. This design typically is associated with a flatter lie angle, promoting a low-hands position. Also, the center-shaft position places the swing axis closer to the golf ball, eliciting extra control and a feel many golfers prefer
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  • BaraethonBaraethon Jr. Boomers  298WRX Points: 0Posts: 298
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    Perfect. I need a face balanced putter, but the company I like doesn't offer any center-shafted models, which is the kind I prefer. I was looking for the other types that are usually face-balanced, and you answered my question perfectly. Thanks!
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  • daydreamerdaydreamer Members  629WRX Points: 0Posts: 629
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    for a face balanced putter option, try looking at a double bend shafted putter. Some have offset like Byron's 008x.
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  • nosilnosil Members  798WRX Points: 67Posts: 798 Golden Tee
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    Baraethon wrote on Jan 24 2009, 01:42 PM:
    Perfect. I need a face balanced putter, but the company I like doesn't offer any center-shafted models, which is the kind I prefer. I was looking for the other types that are usually face-balanced, and you answered my question perfectly. Thanks!




    What company do you like and what are you looking for? Mallet or blade? Maybe if you give us an idea of what you are looking for and how much you want to spend, we could give some alternative selections
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  • BaraethonBaraethon Jr. Boomers  298WRX Points: 0Posts: 298
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    I'm looking at the Lux cast models, not the milled ones.I'd like a Surfside, but it's a bit out of my budget. The cast one's, however, are perfect. I am looking currently at the Caswell model, it is face-balanced, but has some offset. It is, however, closer to center shafted than some other models.



    website is www.ssbeachgolf.com



    Unfortunately, my price range is really limited. 150 is about the most I can go...



    Edit: I like blade putters, the look of my XG 7 is a bit strange, I seem to put better with a smaller putter.
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  • nobreak1970nobreak1970 Members  586WRX Points: 0Posts: 586
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    I've been talking to Chris and I'm getting a Lux Wrightsville very very soon.

    Long neck hosel on that model. 4 o'clock toe hang.





    Peace
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  • BaraethonBaraethon Jr. Boomers  298WRX Points: 0Posts: 298
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    Sound amazing, congratz. Post pics when you get it!
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