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PGA Tour players can select a wide range of putter weights.
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The equipment used by players on the PGA tour must conform to the U.S. Golf Association's rules. These rules can be strict and cover almost every element of equipment. But you may be surprised to find out that the rules for the weight of putters are surprisingly lax. Nonetheless, putters still need to conform to strict standards overall.
The USGA's rules do not place a limit on the weight of putters. In fact there are no rules for maximum or minimum weights for any type of club. The only rule regarding the weight of clubs is for adjustable clubs -- clubs that you can add weight to. This rule simply states that clubs can have an adjustable weight, but the adjustment cannot be readily made and adjustable parts must be firmly fixed. This simply means that you cannot adjust the weight of your clubs during play.
While there are no weight restrictions on clubs, they still need to conform to size standards that can effectively limit the weight of the club. The overall length of a club cannot exceed 48 inches. Putters are exempt from these length limitations, however. But starting in 2016, a variety of extra-long putter, known as a belly putter, will be partially prohibited. While not banning the clubs, anchored putting strokes will no longer be allowed. Belly putters have an extended shaft that anchors against the golfer's abdomen.
You can know for certain if a putter is allowed in PGA play if the manufacturer states that it meets the standards of the USGA's rule of golf. According to the USGA, only clubs that have been successfully tested at the USGA Research and Test Center in Far Hills, New Jersey can make this claim. As of 2013 the USGA charges a fee of $50 for manufacturers to have their putters tested.
Although there are no rules to limit a putter's weight, there is a limited range of typical putter weights. On the low end, a light putter will have a head weight of a little less than 10 ounces and on the high end a putter's head weight will be just under 16 ounces. The shaft will add more weight; a standard putter is 34 inches long and has a dead weight of nearly 19 ounces.
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