When it comes to choosing the correct putter there is a huge choice available, both online and in golf stores. It is great to live in an age where you have such a wide and varied selection of putters available on the market. However, this can also lead to confusion so in this article we are going to take a look at how to choose the correct putter.
The first thing to note is you are choosing the best putter for your style of golf. It does not necessarily matter what someone else thinks or suggests, the putter must be suitable for the way you play.
A playing partner could be sinking putts from all areas of the green with his/her putter but that does not mean it will produce the same results for you. So, the first thing to remember is you are choosing the best putter for you and your style of play.
The two most common type of putter heads are blade and mallet heads. Chances are you will have started using a blade putter and the weight distribution can be found between the heel and the toe of the blade. You will want to use this style of putter head If you putt with an arching stroke and rely on your coordination to keep the putter face square to contact the ball in the centre of the face.
If you like to have a little assistance when trying to keep the putter face square and want some forgiveness on the direction and roll of the putt, a mallet style head would be better for you. However, you must also consider what feels comfortable for you when looking down at the ball and putter at address.
If you find a mallet head off-putting, you may need to choose a blade putter and work on your stroke arc.
Many people do not consider the length of the putter when making a purchase but this is very important. How you set-up when playing a putt will be determined by the length of the shaft. Your eye position over the ball and path of your stroke will both be affected by the length of your putter.
A standard length putter may not be the best fit for the way you putt. The traditional putters range from 32 to 36 inches in length and this may not include a suitable length for your style of putting. Always test various lengths to find the one which is right for you.
Finally, when choosing the best putter for your game, you will need to consider the weight and balance. The weight distribution in a mallet putter is moved away from the front and this helps with forgiveness but not with control and feel.
A face balanced putter is good if you have a straight putting stroke while a toe balanced putter allows the face to open and close during the swing, which is great if you have an arching swing.
You must keep all these factors in mind when picking the best putter plus work within your budget. Perhaps the best advice is to go for a tailored fitting if you can afford one and then you know you are getting the best putter for both your game and money.
Ok so let’s dive straight in to the top rated putters that actually help you putt accurately.
Taylormade TP Red-White Ardmore 3
All eyes were fixed on Jason Day when the former world number one used a red putter for the first time. It has since become common place on the PGA and European Tour. The idea is the red colour of the putter head is clearly viewed against the green colour of the grass when making a putt and this helps with putting alignment.
The wide stretch mallet design and red colour of the putter certainly make the Taylormade TP Red-White Ardmore 3 putter stand out from the crowd. There are two long, white lines on the putter head and this makes for easy alignment when setting up a putt and the red colour does help when doing this.
The Pure Roll insert in the face of the putter head assists the forward role of the ball on impact and prevents the ball from skidding when it leaves the putter. Due to the Pure Roll insert, which is made of soft aluminium, the sound of the ball on contact is not sweet and can sound a little hollow but the results are very good.
There is a choice of six different heads and two types of hosel which changes the balance of the putter. You can put these to the test and see which works best for you before you buy.
There is no doubt the Taylormade TP Red-White Ardmore 3 putter is a nice addition to the putter family. The bold colour and design exude confidence and makes for some very nice putting although the price tag may put a few people off.
Odyssey O-Works Marxman
The Callaway Odyssey O-Works Marxman putter has been designed in both black and red, with the latter being one of the most popular new colours for putters on tour. It has been designed with Micro Face Insert technology which produces great roll at impact, regardless of the quality of contact between the putter face and the ball.
The face of the Callaway Odyssey O-Works Marxman putter features a Thermoplastic Elastomer Feel Layer and this is designed to be soft and give greater feel at impact. There is one, clear white line on the putter head which is bold and helps when aligning putts during set-up.
The design of the club and technology in the face means the Callaway Odyssey O-Works Marxman putter does produce immediate topspin on the ball as it heads towards the hole. The fang shape of the head makes it easy to control the putter and provides good balance through the shot.
There really is very little to dislike about this putter. If you are looking for something which promotes ball roll, regardless of your stroke and lovely balance throughout the swing, the Callaway Odyssey O-Works Marxman putter is a good choice. It even comes in a choice of colours and you can select the one which you prefer.
The price is respectable and the Callaway Odyssey O-Works Marxman putter will appeal to a lot of golfers.
TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Casting your eyes over the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter, there is no doubting the special design of this putter. Even if you are looking at this putter for the first time in terms of viewing it at a store or an online golf shop, you may feel you have seen it somewhere before. That’s because the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter has been created for Jason Day and used by the player on the PGA Tour.
This immediately suggests we have a quality putter on our hands and the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter has been used by several players on the professional circuit. The red colour may not be for everyone but it looks superb, the only aspect missing from the top of the clubhead is an alignment line, which may make it unsuitable for some players.
The TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter is very soft on impact yet the sound the putter makes lets you know when you have contacted the ball. Complete with a high moment of inertia, there is very little twisting at impact when making a poor connection and there is plenty of forgiveness as a result.
The weights which are situated in the heel and the tow of the putter give the club a lovely balance and the aluminium insert on the face of the putter provides a perfect roll, which is great for longer putters.
You will not find any skidding when using the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter and it has fast become one of the best putters available on the market. Its at the top end of the price scale but worth the investment.
Cleveland TFI 2135 Elevado Satin Putter
One of the key aspects of the Cleveland TFI 2135 Elevado Satin Putter is the design. It has been based over the fact Cleveland believe 80% of golfers do not have their eyes directly over the ball when putting. This leads to issues with alignment and the Cleveland TFI 2135 Elevado Satin Putter has the alignment aid raised to match half the size of a golf ball.
The overall design of the putter head is simple and features two fangs, with the weight of the head evenly distributed between them. There is a single alignment stripe which sits at the same height as the centre of the golf ball.
If you are a golfer who struggles when it comes aligning putts or hitting them in the centre of the face, the Cleveland TFI 2135 Elevado Satin Putter will help you overcome those issues. This a putter which may not stand out on the shelf in terms of design and colour but will help you get the basics right when on the green.
The Cleveland TFI 2135 Elevado Satin Putter boasts circular groove technology which promotes a true roll of the ball. That combines with the features above to make the Cleveland TFI 2135 Elevado Satin Putter a good choice for those who may have alignment or confidence issues with their putting and comes in at a very tempting price point.
Wilson Staff 8802
With many of the modern putters taking on new designs, the one immediately noticeable thing about the Wilson Staff 8802 putter is the classic look of the club. With many manufacturers aiming to make a putter with the perfect role and forgiveness, we have seen the production of some quite ugly putter heads.
The Wilson Staff 8802 putter sees a nice return to the classic, simple putter design and there is very little in the way of colour or logos on the putter. In fact, the only additional detail you will find on the head of the putter is a small Wilson Staff shield logo in the corner of the face.
The putter features a milled 304 stainless steel face and this adds to the overall great feel of the club. When playing shots with the Wilson Staff 8802 putter you will receive plenty of feedback and the overall feel is soft.
You will find putters on the market that offer more forgiveness than the Wilson Staff 8802 putter but forgiveness is not the reason why you are buying this putter. You can make many putts using the Wilson Staff 8802 putter and not having the putter fight against you when playing shots is a nice feeling.
Coming in at a very competitive price point, the Wilson Staff 8802 putter looks fantastic and provides great feel on the greens. It may not be the best fit for everyone’s putting stroke but once you have played a putt with the Wilson Staff 8802 putter, it is difficult to go back to anything else.
Ping Sigma Stealth
Towards the end of 2018, Ping released a new line of putters and these are an upgrade on the original Ping Sigma G putters which were released the previous year. The putters have been produced in 10 different head shapes to give you a nice choice of design.
The two key selling points of the Ping Sigma Stealth Putter is the softer feel over the previous version and an adjustable shaft.
The putter features dual-durometer Pebax face material, with a soft front layer designed for short putts and a firmer back layer which is good for longer putting and overall consistency. The two combine to make the Ping Sigma Stealth Putter a good all-round performer.
Ball roll and speeds have been improved thanks to Ping’s True Roll face pattern and this ensures even off-centre hits maintain a nice roll across the green, without any skidding.
The adjustable shaft is easy to use and can be found under the grip. It can be used to customise the length of the shaft between 32″ and 36″ and you can adjust it to suit your stroke and posture. The Ping Sigma 2 Tyne Stealth Putter features a two pronged design in black, with a single white line to help with alignment.
Available at a price which will be affordable to many golfers, the Ping Sigma Stealth Putter is a great choice and the addition of the adjustable shaft takes it to the next level.
PING Vault 2.0 Voss Stealth
The PING Vault 2.0 Voss Stealth Putter certainly has an impressive name but does it live up to expectations aesthetically and on the green?
Much like the original PING Vault Putter, the PING Vault 2.0 Voss Stealth Putter is milled from a single block of 303 stainless steel. However, this putter comes with a new weighting system and there are two weights which can be changed during a custom fitting. You can select from heavier tungsten weights or lighter aluminium weights.
The face of the PING Vault 2.0 Voss Stealth Putter features True Roll technology and the pattern on the face of the club means the ball will roll truly, wherever on the face it is struck. The grooves are deeper in the middle and shallower towards the edges, which makes up for the loss of speed if you miss the centre of the putter.
The sound when hitting the ball is perhaps not as sweeter as some other similarly priced putters but the PING Vault 2.0 Voss Stealth Putter offers plenty of feel. There is enough sound on impact to provide some feedback, it just sounds a little hollow.
The PING Vault 2.0 Voss Stealth Putter looks great and you have a choice of three grips which you can have applied before purchase.
In conclusion, the PING Vault 2.0 Voss Stealth Putter not only looks the business but plays well too. The True Roll technology means you can approach any putt with confidence and it comes highly recommended for players of all abilities.
Bettinardi Inovai 5.0
The one thing which immediately stands out when looking at the Bettinardi Inovai 5.0 Putter on the shelf is the design of the putter head. The Bettinardi Inovai 5.0 Putter features an MOI design which means Moment of Inertia.
Basically, this means the design of the head should prevent the putter head from twisting when hitting the ball off centre. Previous models of Bettinardi Inovai putters have had two fangs at the rear of the head but the Bettinardi Inovai 5.0 Putter is complete and the colour scheme is two-tone black and silver.
The deep groves on the face the putter are Bettinardi’s own F.I.T technology, meaning Feel Impact Technology. The feel is consistent across the face of the putter and while you will not receive a great deal of feedback from off-centre strikes, the overall results are very good. The MOI design does prevent the putter from twisting when missing the centre of the face.
The Bettinardi Inovai 5.0 Putter is well balanced and the white line on the top plus the two black lines on the body help with alignment. There is plenty of forgiveness when using this putter and if you are unconcerned about feedback on your putts, you cannot go wrong with the Bettinardi Inovai 5.0 Putter.
The price is reasonable and this putter will appeal to those looking for a quality putter away from the major brands.
Titleist Scotty Cameron
As far as top putter designers are concerned, the name Scotty Cameron is up there with the best of them. He has spent time working with some the top players in the world to produce his putters and they are some of the most popular on the PGA Tour.
The Titleist Scotty Cameron Putter is a mallet putter but with a smaller head than many of the top mallet putters available on the market today. The design of the putter is such that you will enjoy great stability when playing putts. The soft wrap around aluminium insert and sole help to increase the moment of inertia which prevents the putter head from twisting, even on off-centre shots.
The feel of the Titleist Scotty Cameron Putter is tremendous and although there is no face grove technology like many of today’s putters, most players will not have any trouble with the roll of their putts.
The Newport M1, which was Scotty Cameron’s Putter design last year, featured a pop-through ‘cross-hair’ which was there to aid alignment. However, the Titleist Scotty Cameron Putter has been produced with a single sightline and keeping it simple is seen as an improvement in the mind of most golfers who have used this putter.
The Titleist Scotty Cameron Putter does not come cheap but you get a stable, premium feel and design putter which will certainly see you stand out from the crowd at your local golf course.
Evnroll may be a new name to some golfers and the company has been running for a few years under the guidance of Guerin Rife. He is the chief designer and owner of the business and arguably the main selling point of the Evnroll ER2 Putter is the face milling pattern.
In the words of Rife himself, the face milling pattern on the Evnroll ER2 Putter gives the putter increased performance, especially for off-centre putts. The technology makes putts that are hit off-centre roll virtually the same distance as those on-centre due to positive energy transfer.
This means you will see higher levels of accuracy and consistency when using the Evnroll ER2 Putter.
The putter is made from a single block of 303 stainless steel and hand finished in California. The moment on inertia and forgiveness is high and the mid-blade putter design is nice on the eye, with a single while line to assist with set-up and alignment.
While it is too early to say if the Evnroll ER2 Putter design is going to be something which takes off among amateur and professional golfers, it is very impressive. It is not cheap by any means but for those who are willing to spend money and try something new, you are sure to be pleasantly surprised by the Evnroll ER2 Putter.