Best Blade Putters 2022

Our guide to the best blade putters on the market this year

Best Blade Putters
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Best Blade Putters

This guide sifts through all the different blade options so you can make an informed choice. Blade putters are still extremely popular among traditional golf players looking for a more classic feel for their putting.

Blade putters also tend to suit players with an arc in their putting stroke because of the heel weighted nature of the club-head. Though they might not offer as much alignment assistance, the levels of forgiveness are increasing every year.

While this guide looks at the best blade putters, we also have specific guides on the best mallet putters, the best putter grips to accompany the club, or if you aren't sure on what you're looking for, the best putters in general.

Watch putter expert Martin Hopley pick his favorite models of 2022

Best Blade Putters

Best Value Blade Putters

Blade putters come in many varieties and you can spend a lot if you want to go premium. However if you are looking for a solid blade putter that won't break the bank then here are some of the best choices from our putter reviews (opens in new tab) or read our list on the best cheap putters (opens in new tab).

Ping 2022 Anser Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Silver top line is great for alignment
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Graphite shaft feels light and stable
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Great feel from the middle

Reasons to avoid

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Not as forgiving as other models in range

The Ancer putter is perhaps one of the most historic and successful putters in Ping's collection. Its classic design harks back to when it was first produced in the 1960s and since then, the brand has continued to celebrate the success of the putter, upgrading it and refreshing it in almost every new range of flatsticks they have released. The Anser is the flagship model of the 2022 Ping putter range, delivering something for everyone, from looks to feel. 

Aesthetically, the putter adds an updated design to the classic Ancer shape. It features a black trailing edge behind a silver chrome leading edge and that helps frame the ball against the clubface. The Ancer comes with a black graphite shaft and a PP58 Mid Pistol grip that adds a premium look to the putter. It is really nicely balanced and the grip feels very nice in your hands too. And while it comes with a very premium look, the latest version of this classic is jam-packed full of technology, combining tungsten weighting at its heel and toe to make it a very forgiving putter (opens in new tab). Those weights help to ensure off-center hits still rolled true and traveled towards the hole.

A clear alignment line dons the back of the clubhead, which is a handy addition that helped improve our accuracy on the greens. Plus, with a 3º loft and a milled pattern on its face, the 2022 Ancer offers a firm feel when you middle the golf ball, which we thought was excellent. As it is a blade putter though, it's likely to be suitable more to better players than those just starting out.  

Odyssey White Hot OG putter with grass background

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Reasons to buy

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Iconic face insert
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Plenty of models to choose from
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Stroke Lab shaft aids feel and timing

Reasons to avoid

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Retro look might not appeal to all

The Odyssey (opens in new tab) White Hot OG range combines the original face insert with today’s technology. The original feel and sound of the White Hot insert has been maintained with the two-part urethane insert bringing the putter right into the 21st century.

There is also a much more premium aesthetic on these putters thanks to the silver PVD finish. The family is available in several blade styles with the #1 and wide sole Double Wide and represent excellent value for money.

taylormade tp hydro blast soto putter

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TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast Soto Putter

Reasons to buy

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Classy, premium looks
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Solid and stable feel

Reasons to avoid

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Sun glare from certain angles

The Soto is the blade from the TaylorMade (opens in new tab) Hydro Blast range of putters and this classic shape features a technology-packed insert.

There are alignment aids in the shape of a clean black line running through the back of the head. The grooves on the face allow the ball to hug the putting surface when struck and the insert is loud but not too clicky, making for great feedback on the greens.

sik dw 2.0 c-series putter product shot with white backgroundEditors Choice 2022

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Reasons to buy

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Easy to align
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Premium visuals
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Consistent roll off the face

Reasons to avoid

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Premium price tag means value is limited

You may wonder what the DW stands for in DW 2.0 C-Series. Well, it stands for ‘double wide’, as the head is essentially the width of two Anser-style blade heads. This helps frame the golf ball quite beautifully at address, with a bright sightline really standing out and helps with alignment. 

Moving to the face of the club and a Descending Loft Technology (DLT) design which again provides superb and easy alignment, as well as delivering excellent and consistent distance control.

The SIK DW 2.0 C-Series is a fantastic performer and earns a worthy spot in our 2022 Editor's Choice (opens in new tab) awards. 

Cobra King Vintage Sport-60 Putter Review

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Reasons to buy

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Embedded Arccos sensor tracks performance
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SIK's Descending Loft Technology on the face

Reasons to avoid

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Some may want a more premium look

Cobra worked with SIK Golf, a company that have developed the Descending Loft Technology, providing Cobra's Vintage Sport-60 with an aluminum face insert that features four descending lofts to produce the most consistent roll trajectory for different putting strokes.

The grip is fitted with lightweight polyurethane Lamkin Sinkfit Connect, making the feel of the club softer than a classic blade putter. The club can also be paired with the Arccos Caddie app to receive a in-depth putting data, due to an embedded sensor in the club that sync with the app.

Mizuno M.Craft OMOI 01 putter

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Reasons to buy

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Adjustable weights give lots of options
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Premium materials and design
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Good grip shape

Reasons to avoid

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Not as balanced as regular putter

The Mizuno M.Craft OMOI 01 putter is one of two blade putter styles that extend the M.Craft range of milled putters, and a worthy inclusion on this list. OMOI means heavy and this reflects the heavier heads that come with this range of putters as standard. But how did this feel and how did the putter test? 

Well it is a quality putter and the milled face on the forged 1025 carbon steel face provides good feedback for a steel head, as well as a cool look. Finally we like how much flexibility there is in the head weighting kit. Each head comes with a set of interchangeable pairs of 3g and 13g weights that can vary the total head weight by 10g up or down from the standard 8g weights in the sole. This allowed us to really dial in the weight and feel that we liked the most. 

Best Hi-Tech Blade Putters

Formally the preserve of mallet putters, weighting and face technology is now firmly featuring in blade putters too. Improvements in manufacturing mean that heads can now have more heel and tie weighting to increase MOI or the latest in face milling or inserts to get the ball rolling better. Here our choice of the latest hi-tech blades on the market.

Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K #2 putter

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Reasons to buy

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Large head easy to line up
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High MOI creates more stability 
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Hi-tech Stroke Lab shaft

Reasons to avoid

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Might not suit arced strokes

The Odyssey Tri-Hot 5k range includes two blade models, the #1 and #2, which differ in trailing edge cosmetics, but both feature the same high MOI story that you don't usually find in blade putters.

Tungsten weights are position in the heel and of the putter to take the MOI over 5000 g/cm2, hence the 5k in the name. This makes the putter more stable and the tech continues with the White Hot face insert and the latest Stroke Lab graphite and steel putter shaft that aims to create more consistency of stroke. That's a lot of tech in a blade putter!

SIK Golf Pro C Putter Review

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Reasons to buy

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Very consistent launch and subsequent roll
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Very easy to judge speed
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Wide choice of shafts and hosels

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't look as premium as it costs

Another worthy addition to this best blade putters guide comes from SIK and the Pro C putter. SIK's Descending Loft Technology means that, no matter how high or low you strike the ball, it will come off the blade at a clean angle, rather than popping up or down into the surface. This creates a consistent roll and is great if for players of all levels to get a better roll on the ball and hole more putts

There is also a wide choice of shaft lengths and hosel options available to ensure that your SIK putter is customized to your putting stroke. 

PXG Battle Ready Brandon Putter lying on the ground with headcoverEditors Choice 2022

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Reasons to buy

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Well balanced head
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Great sound and feel
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Wide range of custom options

Reasons to avoid

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'Battle black' look may not appeal to all

The PXG Battle Ready Brandon might be a milled stainless steel putter that hides a some weighting technology well. In the heel are toe are tungsten weights to increase the MOI and this increases the stability of the head. 

The head size is a little larger than most and the variable grooves on the Pyramid face pattern helps to get the ball rolling more consistently. The Brandon packs a lot into a high quality putter that comes in a worn dark look ready for battle.

Evnroll ER2V Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Exceptional consistency and feel
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Elegant looks
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Minimizes the effects of mishits

Reasons to avoid

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Slow speed imparted takes some time to get used to

Our next model in this best blade putters guide is actually a five-star performer, the Evnroll ER2V. Our tester Joel Tadman loved this putter because it provided a controlled and consistent roll to improve performance from all lengths of putt. The adjustable neck system adds another layer of detail where small gains in face control and timing can make the difference between a good and great round.

The wide blade shape sets up perfectly and sits flush to the ground. The two dots at the front encourages you to get the shaft angle correct, which for us was a little more upright and therefore reducing the rotation of the head during the stroke

Best Premium Milled Blade Putters

Premium milled blades exist because sometimes you want a classic shape to not only feel good, but also look good. Using the best materials, these blades are forged and milled to create putters that not only perform, but are works of art too.

Ping PLD Anser Putter at address with golf ball

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Reasons to buy

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Consistent and easy to align
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Suits those wanting a firmer feel

Reasons to avoid

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No alignment lines

The Ping (opens in new tab) PLD Anser putter is the original design that all of the putters in this guide are based on. The only concession to modern technology is the Deep AMP aggressive milling pattern on the face that improves the feel further of this classic putter design.

Milled from 303 Forged Stainless Steel and finished in a matte black color, everything is original about this Anser including the lack of any alignment lines. For those who need visual aids then the stainless steel PLD Anser 2 is the one for you.

Bettinardi BB-1 2022 Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Premium milled head
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Classy looks
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Long forgiving blade

Reasons to avoid

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Sound is a bit 'thin'

Next up is the BB1 2022 putter from Bettinardi which has been improved from the previous generation. It is now milled from a single block of 303 Stainless Steel for better feel and more durability.The face has also come in for some extra treatment as the new Aggressive Flymill face features a flat face with deeper grooves that will create a softer feel. In testing we noticed this feel at impact, and it did feel solid out of the middle so you will definitely know if you mishit it. 

At address the Bettinardi BB1 2022 putter has a dark grey PVD finish which looks great, and it seems to have quite a long blade length which helps the forgiveness as well.

Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 putter with white background

Reasons to buy

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Stunning, premium looks
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Solid feed with excellent feedback

Reasons to avoid

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Reputation affords premium prices

One Scotty Cameron Newport 2 is one of eight classic, tour-inspired shapes in the Special Select range. It first came out in 1997 compared to the original the width of the putter is thinner and compared to the 2018 Select, it is more stripped down and sleek.  All that try it will love the solid feel, elegant looks and consistent performance.

Odyssey Toulon Design Chicago Putter with grass background

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Reasons to buy

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Premium, elegant finish
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Soft feel off the face 
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Stroke lab shaft for more consistency

Reasons to avoid

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Some may want more stability

Our final pick in the guide on the best blade putters is the Chicago from Odyssey. Odyssey's Toulon Design range features Stroke Lab shaft technology and each putter comes with different weight options for a lighter or heavier feel. There are nine models and this is very simple and beautiful wide Chicago blade is inspired by Odyssey’s One Wide.

The deep diamond grooves on the milled face create a soft, crisp feel and a lovely roll, while the stunning Black Emerald finish creates a premium look. 

How We test Putters

When it comes to product testing (opens in new tab), our reviews and buyers' guides are built upon a rigorous testing procedure as well as the knowledge and experience of the test team. 

The putter section is headed up by Martin Hopley, one of the foremost UK equipment reviewers with over 20 years' experience. Other members of the Golf Monthly team contribute to the putter tests as well, and all writers are able to efficiently test the vast majority of the biggest product releases and convey the pros and cons eloquently.

Getting into specifics, we test the putters outdoors on real greens with premium golf balls to get a thorough understanding of design features, feel, sound and looks.  

Ultimately, we aim to be as insightful and honest as possible in our reviews so it is important to acknowledge that no manufacturer can buy a good review. This is because our team tells it how it is.

What to consider when buying a blade putter?

When it comes to arguably the most important golf club in the bag, you need to think about what you want and what you like to use when it comes to the putter. A confidence-inspiring design that suits your eye and suits your stroke can save countless shots on the greens and a good flatstick is often a quick way of bringing the handicap down.

So then what are the things you need to mull over before purchasing? Here's what you need to consider when choosing the best blade putters.

Feel

Here, we’re talking not just about the feel and sound the ball makes coming off the face but how the putter feels in your hands.

A quieter sound contributes to a softer feel, whereas a louder sound usually translates into a firmer feel. A firmer feel is often the product of shallow grooves or no grooves at all on the face, where sound can’t be dissipated as effectively. They work better with softer feeling golf balls, where as soft-feeling putters work best with firmer golf balls.

You can get putters with adjustable weights in the sole that will alter the feel of the putter. For example, if your stroke is quite smooth and slow, a heavier putter will encourage that more. Jerky putters may prefer a lighter putter, although opting for more weight may reduce it, depending on what your goals are.

The putter grip plays a huge roll in the confidence you feel with a putter. Get one that feels right and sits in your hands comfortably while allowing you to return the putter back to the ball squarely and consistently.

Looks

You should get a putter that you like the look of as the aesthetics can play a role in inspiring or diminishing confidence on the greens. Blades won't offer as much alignment assistance, but are still popular because of how they feel and the levels of forgiveness (opens in new tab) are increasing every year. There also different styles of blade as you can see above so have a think about what you like to look down on. 

Value

Our final tip is to think about price for the best blade putters, because while there are some premium designs out there, there are also some models which offer excellent value.

All blade putters will propel the ball towards the hole, but they do it in different ways. If performance is more important than looks or feel, there are lots of cut-price options out there that will do a good job and you can spend more money on other areas of your bag.

FAQ's

Are Blade Putters Any Good?

Blade putters are designed for players who have a slight arc in their stroke rather than a straight back and through stroke. They tend to be favoured by better players, although any handicap can use them

Are Blade Putters Harder To Hit?

Blade putters are not harder to hit but they may not be as consistent as a mallet putter. This is because the heads usually have less stability to them but this is improving in blades all the time. They key is to get the right type of face balance for your stroke and then pick a head size you like.

Do Most Pro Golfers Use Blade Putters?

Whilst many pro golfers use a blade putter, these days the majority use a mallet putter of some description due to the greater MOI of the head design.