Why do golf putters have loft?

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“The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.”Ernest Hemingway

By Ian Hardie

I was talking to a golfer recently about the many types of golf putters that are available on the market these days and as I was explaining the relative merits of one design over another to the golfer I mentioned the fact that even though

The putters we were discussing looked similar, they all had slightly different lofts

I could see the golfer was a bit puzzled about something that I was saying and it wasn’t long until they asked the question;

“Why do golf putters have loft?”

Like most other golfers around the world, the golfer knew that all the other clubs in their bag were made with the faces at different angles to help produce different distances and shots during a…

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