What is the difference between Static and Dynamic Loft in your putting?
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If you asked the average golfer the difference between static loft and dynamic loft, you would most probably get a blank stare. Most golfers have never heard of these terms. However, if you want to have a good and consistent putting stroke, you need to know how these two lofts affect the way your ball rolls.
Because the moment your ball starts off with backspin on a putt, your distance control is going to be compromised.
Is your putter custom fitted?
By now everyone has heard the benefits of getting your putter — and really, all of your clubs — custom fitted to your stroke/swing. However, many people over look loft when it comes to the putter. In fact, the putter’s loft at impact is one of the major factors involved in how the ball launches, and the ultimate roll on the surface.
But let’s stop for a second and understand that there are actually TWO different lofts within your putter; first, you have your static loft, which is the loft of the blade design. This is the loft of the putter from the factory. Most of the putter today are between 3 to 4 degrees.
Second is the loft you deliver at impact that you control mostly by your hand action at the ball. You can either add or subtract loft. We call this your dynamic loft.
When you hit the ball with the correct amount of dynamic loft the ball will skid very little and begin to roll quickly, as pictured above. But when you hit the ball with too much added loft, you will see the ball jump up into the air, as pictured below.
The Putter in Action!
Here the static loft of the putter is 3 degrees. But when the player hits this particular putt, the shaft is leaning forward 2.3 degrees. Giving us a dynamic loft of 0.7 degrees at impact. That’s a far cry from the starting amount of 3 degrees at address.
Therefore, this player’s dynamics (hand action) during his stroke caused the putter to become de-lofted more than necessary. In fact, in a perfect world, we want to deliver the loft at a constant value that matches your stroke to make your putts more consistent.
Pictures: Golf Wrx
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