Statistics reveal that 42% of strokes in a round of golf are taken with the putter - a numbner that certainly drives home the importance of choosing the correct putter to make the most of your game.
This season, some of the leading brands have gone back to the drawing board and unveiled some unusual and exciting-looking models, while others have kept things more traditional.
All, however, have one goal in mind - to eliminate the skip, slide, hop and bounce from our putts and keep them on line.
So here are seven hot putter designs for 2012 that we recommend will help golfers find the bottom of the cup more often and reduce even further that alarming statistic.
This club was the secret weapon used by Hunter Mahan to win the Accenture-sponsored WGC-Matchplay in Arizona.
The Nome, says PING, is precision-milled from high-grade aluminium and features tungsten weighting in the sole that optimise the centre of gravity and make putts more-forgiving.
PING adds that the Nome’s ability to improve your aim is a result of the putter’s black alignment bar and contrasting white sight line.
Available early April in standard length (recommended retail price £209) and belly length (RRP £249) at www.ping.com