Flat Stick

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2024

What does "Flat Stick" mean in golf?

A "flat stick" is a common golf jargon that refers to a player's putter (a type of golf club). A putter's face is relatively flat, unlike other clubs.

Written By: Zach Gollwitzer

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"Flat Stick" is common golf slang for a putter (type of golf club). Since a putter has a relatively flat face (usually around 4 degrees of loft), we call it a "flat stick" since other clubs have significantly more loft than this.

how it's used in a sentence

Hey, let me see that flat stick you got there, I want to try it out on the greens today.

Synonyms to term: Flat Stick

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