To continue with my golf theme of the week in honor of the Players Championship being in town, my ABC Wednesday choice this week is Putters and Putting.
In golf, the putter is the club used when on the green to gently roll the ball into the cup to finish out the hole. They are generally the shortest club in the bag (34-35 inches is standard length). The head of the club has very low loft - only 2-6 degrees - to get the ball rolling on the ground quickly after impact (they are not completely flat, or 0 degree loft, as some people think).
Nobody knows where the name "putter" came from or why it was applied to this particular club - and hence the stroke made when using it (putting) - but one good theory is that it derives from the Dutch verb "putten", meaning "to roll". The idea fits since the club is intended to roll the ball, as opposed to the other clubs which hit it into the air.
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