For a club that does the most amount of work for the least amount of distance, it's not surprising that most golfers have a special affinity for their putter. Or maybe not, as we found out when we asked readers on Facebook to tell us a bit more about their favorite putter and how it came to have that status in their bags.
YOUR PERFECT PUTTER: Add your thoughts to the Facebook discussion
Consider these words of advice on how a golfer's putter is more than just a hunk of metal with a flat face:
Josef Von Sternberg: A putter is like an elegant woman ... You must nurture it .. Converse with it .. Shelter it .. Spend time with .. Fondle it .. Adore it ... Or gentlemen, it will turn on you at a critical moment !!
Yanni Foundaki: Putters are like girlfriends. Some get hot, some cold and you can never have too many.
Because it's the only club you use on nearly every hole (unless you're lucky enough to hole out from off the green), most golfers find a flat stick that they love, and it becomes a long-term relationship, as evidenced by these comments. It doesn't matter how old it may look, or how scarred, as long as it does the job:
Victor Williams: Putters are like magic wands: They choose you and once you find the one for you no amount of technological advance can trump it.
Richard Wonnacott: Purchased a Taylor Made Roho 3 in 1996 and it is still in the bag today.
Trevor Jacklin: Mine is custom made with a little longer handle due to my arthritis. Most importantly, it has a Denver Bronco grip.
Kyle Graves: Odyssey White Hot XG #9. My all-time favorite!
Bart Hatch: Still use my ping anser 2.
Mike Osterbur: I have a putter that looks a lot like the Billy Baroo. It's a Helen Hicks model #9 from Wilson Staff I believe circa 1930's. I used it for 35 years but put it away for a Odyssey White Hot. Won't trade that flat blade for anything in the world.
Jeremy Ashline: I got a scotty cameron Newport 2 teryllium when I was 16....still in the bag today. Now I'm 33.
Butch Matos: Ping my echo. Love it
Bill Galinas: Arnold Palmer Original. First time I used it won eight skins, including one won with a sixty footer for birdie!
Anthony Lee: Scotty Cameron American Classic III, can hit it right or left handed. My favorite club I have!
Jeremy Jon: Jacobs Scotty Cameron Button Back Newport Two. Butter.
Terry Eklund: The "Thing" made by Natural Golf in the early 90's .. best flatstick around.
Kyle Carey: Got the first Scotty Cameron Teryllium with the dots on the back, first one Tiger used on tour for teaching a junior golf camp when I was 17, it has never left my bag it will eventually be my son's but mine 'til I'm in the ground.
Jamie McCann: Been using the same putter, Hogan "Immortal" since 1976 ... not changing now!
Travis Koch: Scotty Cameron studio select square back #2. I've tried to find something better but when there's a tournament or money on the line that's the flat stick that finds its way into my bag
Scott McEntire: Yes! Marilyn model. Immediate forward roll and true to the touch. If I only had a Marilyn Monroe head cover for it.
Will Potts: Odyssey White Ice 9. Just such a good stick.
Tom Riesen: Tom Watson memorial I bought in 1995.
Kevin Montonario: Used a wooden putter for years, loved it then went to a Odyssey belly putter change my game for much better.
Dave Cray: I have the original teardrop putter, it's the only thing in my bag that hasn't changed in 15 years.
Cindy N Randy Knight: Still use the ole "Bullseye" and still love it to death!
FLAT STICK FANS: Readers provide pics of their favorite putters
In many cases, the reason why you love your putter is because it's a treasured heirloom, handed down from generation to generation:
Paul Dybedal: I'm 51and still putt with the putter my godfather gave me when I was 7.
Jordan Taylor: My first job at a course after graduating is where my dad's family used to play years ago. I found an old warped hickory shafted putter in my garage with Morris Park and my grandma's name labeled under the grip.
Gary O'Steen: I putt with my dad's Ping, he passed away 35 years ago. I will pass it on to my grandson, he is a lefty, also.
Josh Journey: Ping Anser 4 that my grandpa gave my dad and my dad gave to me. Played two seasons of high school golf with it, and have drained some of the best putts on friendly bets that I have won. Needless to say, we are meant to be on the course
Jack Estes: I received the Arnold Palmer blade putter when I was about 8 while celebrating my birthday in Florida. I opened it at my grandparents place. I lived in Indiana and I was so happy that I was in Florida and could use it at the local course. I'm 42 now and still use it ... Well since I've had children I really don't play much anymore but it's in my bag ... I've had a few different putters during the years but that one would always find its way back in the bag.
Gordon Richard: My Slotline is about 35 years old. It was a gift from my brother-in-law's father who ran a pro shop at a local course... I will use it forever.
Chuck Posten: I've used the same Ping Pal putter for 20+ years. Can't find one I like better. Like a good woman, I'm keeping her!
Joe Zvanut: In 1972 I bought a left-hand Ping Anser. Been reshafted once and regripped more times tham I can count. But I have won't change it after sinking thousands of 5-footers! My son, a PGA professional, says: "My Dad's a 23 handicap , but he putts like a 2!"
Robert William Amburn: Byron Nelson Tourney green shaft given to me by old friend and still works on my putting strip but not has well as my Odyssey DF 992 on the greens.
Cari Carnahan: Ping Cushin 4 about 30 years old. But I have to say my Gene Sarazen Ladyette Blade was a great putter to learn with, inherited from my nana, and I still have it!
Tim Young: I'm playing a Ping Anser that my father bought the first year of issue. I finally regripped it because the original grip turned to petrified rubber!
Sometimes you find your true putter love in a second-hand kind of way:
Tom Van Pelt: Had a member with a temper break both his ping putter and custom graphite shafted driver in 1976, I reshafted the putter with what was left of the driver shaft and gave it to him. He refused it and I have been putting with since then.
Craig Lyndsie: Went to play a few weeks ago and a couple days before I practiced putting and so I had forgot my putter at home. When I find out I went and found the cheapest used putter they had. It was $15 but the pro said I could just borrow it for the round. I come back to the pro shop after the round and buy it. The pro asked why and I said 5 for 5 inside of 10 feet and 4 outside of 20 feet. I shot 69 and the $15 putter beat out 4 Scott's in my bag
Of course, just like real love, there are the eventual breakups and sob stories, too:
Ray Boomer Janowski: I had a Wilson 8802 I bought when I was 13 and gave it up when I was 28, my marriage with my ex-wife lasted 13 years. So my relationship with my favorite putter lasted longer then my marriage. I wish I had that putter back.
Jon Melling: I had a putter called "Lucky Dog." It was a blade putter with a brass head. I accidentally broke it back in the '80s and have never found another one although have searched on Google and eBay. I was a great putter with it and have struggled ever since!
Tristan Booker: 7 putters. When one acts up, I switch it out.