Best Mallet Putters 2022

Looking for more help on the greens? Our guide to the best mallet putters is the ideal place to start

Best Mallet Putters
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Best Mallet Putters

The best mallet putters tend to be much larger than blade putters and they usually come in various shapes and size, which helps in a number of ways. A lot of the time most of the weight in a mallet putter can be found in the club face however because of its design, weight can then be redistributed to other parts of the head to help stabilize and create balance for your stroke.

Best Mallet Putters 2022

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Mallet designs are also the most forgiving putters (opens in new tab) because they tend to have a larger sweet spot, whilst the weight in the club head also helps diminish twisting throughout the strike. Additionally if you struggle with alignment, a mallet putter could be the way to go. Below we have the best mallets from our putter reviews (opens in new tab). Additionally we also recommend checking out our specific guides on the best women's putters and best putters for beginners too.

Watch putter expert Martin Hopley pick his favorite models of 2022

Best Mallet Putters

Best High MOI Mallet Putters

High MOI mallet putters have driven the shape of this sector for many years as the larger head size allows weight to be placed deep in the corners to maximise the resistance to twisting on off-centre hits. The latest designs take this to the next level with multi-material heads that mange the weight distribution more effectively, yet still keep the putter light and easy to use. Here are our favourites.

Odyssey Eleven putterEditors Choice 2022

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Reasons to buy

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Confidence inspiring shape
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Good alignment line options

Reasons to avoid

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Prefer darker head of Triple Track version

The Odyssey Eleven putter has a very high MOI to improve forgiveness on off-centre hits. Made from a composite head design using a steel crown with a lightweight TPU & aluminum under-body the forgiveness comes from heavyweight steel weights in each of the back corners. 

There are different alignment line options on the head and and a choice of hosels for a straight or an arc stroke. The latest generation Stroke Lab shaft stimulates a better stroke tempo and the White Hot insert in the face improves the roll to help you make more putts. 

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 2022 Putter

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Reasons to buy

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High MOI design feels light to use
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Better alignment design
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All metal face design

Reasons to avoid

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No choice of hosel options

One of the best Scotty Cameron putters, the Phantom X range is ideal for those who want premium mallet putter. The Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 putter is the highest MOI mallet and for the latest range is now the only one with a black aluminum face. Combining this lighter material in the face with the heavier silver steel wings means that more weight is around the perimeter of the head which improves the forgiveness.

With a long alignment line and excellent Pistolero grip the Phantom X 12 is light to use and very stable through impact and will be ideal for those who want a face balanced putter with more margin for error.

Evnroll ER11vx PutterEditors Choice 2022

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Sweet face offers superb forgiveness

Reasons to buy

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Sweet Face grooves for consistent ball speeds
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Large clear alignment lines
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Forgiving head

Reasons to avoid

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Sound a little on hollow side

The extended version of the ER11v putter, the Evnroll ER11vx comprises of a large mallet head with additional 303 stainless steel weights in the rear corners of each side. This therefore increases the MOI further, making it more stable and forgiving on off centre hits and one of the best putters (opens in new tab) on the market.

Like all Evnroll putters there is a choice of hosel options, with the latest addition of a short slant hosel creating 15° of toe hang which, combined with the high MOI head that is made from black anodized 6061 aluminum, and the ER11vx has one of the highest MOI's on the market, giving it a worthy spot in our 2022 Editor's Choice (opens in new tab)Awards.

cobra agera armlock putter

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Reasons to buy

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Very forgiving putter
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Good distance control and consistency

Reasons to avoid

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Unorthodox design takes some getting used to.

The Cobra King Agera is about as futuristic as mallet putters come. At address, the shape is very square and you can see the 3D Printed lattice structure poking out the sides. Whilst the sight line could've be clearer to see, the contrasting colors do help you to set the face square.

It is surprisingly lightweight for such a large putter head and feels very solid and stable. This delivers more forgiveness and more consistency especially on those longer putts, which should you three-putt less.

Bettinardi Innovai 8.0 PutterEditors Choice 2022

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Reasons to buy

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Clean head with good alignment lines
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Quality milled face gives good feel

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively small head for mallet

The Bettinardi Inovai 8.0 putter is their milled face balanced mallet that offers a high degree of forgiveness for the size of head. The chrome leading edge combines with a dark 6061 military grade aluminum body to create some distinctive alignment lines.

As you would expect from Bettinardi, the feel is very good thanks to the milled grooves in the face. There is a wide choice of shaft lengths, grips and hosel types so you can customize the Inovai 8.0 to your putting stroke.

SIK Flo C-Series Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Variable loft face improves roll
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Milled from single block 303 steel for great feel
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Lots of custom options for hosel and length

Reasons to avoid

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Back of putter feels a bit lightweight

The SIK Flo C-Series putter, like rest of the SIK range, is based around a single main feature called descending loft technology whereby the top of the putter face has 4° of loft and this is slowly decreased in bands as you go down the face until there is 1° of loft on the bottom of the face. Why? 

Well it is all about getting the ball to roll properly and we really felt it working. No matter how far we moved our hands behind or ahead of the ball, the ball rolled out nicely. 

The SIK Flo C-Series has a shape many of your will recognize with a leading edge that flows out into a high MOI style head. The long alignment line works well and we liked the fact that it continues up the back of the leading edge so that whatever your hand or eye position the line appears continuous, although it would be good to see it continue through the leading edge.

Best Compact Mallet Putters

Ping 2022 Mundy Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Excellent feel
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Compact design with good forgiveness
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Strong alignment lines

Reasons to avoid

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Head could be slightly larger

The Mundy putter is one of the new shapes in the Ping 2022 range. It is a mid-sized, round mallet putter that is an excellent option for any high-handicap golfer looking to hole more putts. It boasts a very sleek look featuring a black and silver colorway, which is topped off by the fantastic 3D embroidered headcover that adds to the overall quality of the putter. It was one of our favorites in the Ping 2020 range for its excellent looks and its brilliant performance, with its upright nature and low camber base helping players deliver a consistent roll on the golf ball. 

That helps to improve your posture, as it forces players to keep their eyes over the ball to get the best strike possible. As mallet putters go, we like to feel a little bit of weight in the clubhead and this putter certainly delivered that. Made from a 304 stainless steel, Ping has moved the club's center of gravity towards the back of its clubhead. That helps to improve your putting consistency making this a very forgiving putter (opens in new tab)

Interestingly, Ping has also added a synthetic Pebax material on the face of the club. This material is milled with grooves and we loved the sound and feel it created on impact, which was much better than many other aluminum faces. The putter also features three very useful alignment lines on its top face, which help to frame the ball nicely against the club face but also assist players to visualize the line of the ball to the hole.  

Initially most mallet putters where quite large to take advantage of the higher MOI of the bigger shape. As technology progresses the same benefits can be made in more compact mallet putters where the smaller profile appeals more to better players. There are also options to have short hosels to blend a forgiving head with a putter than favors a stroke with an arc rather than the traditional straight back and through putt. Check out these recommended compact mallets.

Odyssey White Hot OG #7 Nano Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Classic putter shape with a modern upgrade
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Cleare view of the ball at address

Reasons to avoid

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Some may dislike the red shaft and thin grip

The Odyssey White Hot OG Nano #7 putter combines a recognizable shape with a white hot insert in a compact head. Don't be fooled by its size and short offset hosel, as this is a very well balanced putter than packs in a lot of forgiveness.

The White Hot OG range also has a number of larger mallets which provide similar benefits such as the standard size #7, #7 Bird, 2-Ball and Rossie. It might not be the best Odyssey putter on the market, but it certainly offers excellent value given the feel and forgiveness on offer.

TaylorMade Spider GT PutterEditors Choice 2022

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Reasons to buy

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Very stable and consistent
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Futuristic design

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively short alignment line

The TaylorMade Spider GT has a Pure Roll 2 face insert of aluminum and TPU for a soft feel with consistent roll allowing golfers to maximize their pace control on the greens. The 'wings' on each side are made from heavier steel and the centre section from lighter aluminum to raise the MOI and with a choice of different GT head shapes and hosels you are sure to find the right one for your game.

This latest generation of the Spider family also includes some larger mallets such as the Spider GT Notchback putter (opens in new tab) and the Spider GT Rollback putter (opens in new tab) , both of which are among the best TaylorMade putters on the market right now and some models within the GT range are already finding their way into many tour players' bags.

Ping PLD DS 72 Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Excellent feel
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Clear alignment lines

Reasons to avoid

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No offset hosel option

Combining the style of classic Ping putters with a modern shape, the PLD DS 72 putter is a forgiving yet high-performance putter that all golfers can benefit from. While you might not expect a forged head putter to feel this sweet off the clubface, this putter gives great feedback and has a very crisp finish to it. Additionally it features a subtly colored Ping logo on its back and is protected by a white head cover that features some less restrained designs and pops of color.

While it doesn't come cheap, thanks mostly due to this being a milled all-metal putter, it is one of the best putters for forgiveness (opens in new tab) on this list and provides an excellent feel through impact. 

Best Value Mallet Putters

There are some great value mallet putters from the main manufacturers that bring all the benefits of perimeter weighting and the latest face technology to a variety of putter head shapes such as these:

Zebra AIT 1 Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Great alignment lines
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Solid sound and feel
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Good value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Simplicity of design may lack wow factor

An iconic design in the world of golf, Zebra has introduced the AIT 1 putter to harken back to the days of the Ram Zebra design which won Major titles. Compared to the original, the face is deeper with an insert and the head is larger and rounder to create more forgiveness. In a nod to the past, the AIT 1 sole plate still features the Zebra turning its head and of course the distinctive alignment lines on the crown.

These are now grey on black instead of black on grey, which helps to make the central white line stand out more. The deeper head allows the lines to be longer and this combination creates an alignment aid at address with a strong visual look. Performance wasn't just about looks though as the roll and sound form the Zebra AIT 1 putter was very good.

Mizuno M.Craft OMOI 03 putter

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Reasons to buy

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Well balanced head
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Good adjustability options
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Blue colour create cool alignment shadows

Reasons to avoid

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Head shape a bit compact

Next up is the OMOI 03 putter from Mizuno which is the only mallet in the new range. OMOI is a Japanese adjective for ‘heavy’ and as such the putter is 383 grams, the reason for this is that with the standard Mizuno M.Craft putter, Mizuno found that most users made their putters heavier by using the bigger weights from the supplied adjustable kit. You can still do this with the M.Craft OMOI 03 putter as there are two 3g and 13g weights to replace the standard 8g weights in the sole to vary the weight across a range of 20g.

Looks wise the mallet is rather compact and the blade length quite short, whilst the blue finish was very cool. There is also Black Ion and Double Nickel finishes as well. All in all the face balanced design does create a very stable, forgiving putter for those who can get a little lively with their hands.

taylormade tp bandon 3 putter

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Reasons to buy

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Classy, premium looks and a solid, stable feel
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Squares up naturally and will suit a variety of strokes

Reasons to avoid

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Produces sun glare from certain directions

The Bandon 3 mallet from TaylorMade has a short neck hosel, which provides a little more toe hang than the plumbers neck found on the Bandon 1. It sits completely flush to the ground and while the alignment assistance on offer from the short black sight line is limited, the winged shape helped us present it squarely to the ball.

Overall we felt it had a similar feel to a blade putter but in a mallet form which means it may suit a wide range of players. Off the face, it feels solid and offers up a surprisingly firm and loud sound at impact given the deep grooves on the face insert.

Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham Putter Review

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Reasons to buy

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Premium performance at a cut price
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Black finish

Reasons to avoid

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Quite a large putter and busy head which won't suit all

The Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham putter has a very recognizable head shape that features counterbalance technology. This combines a heavier head and grip weights to move the balance point closer to the hands for a smoother and more controlled putting stroke.

The Buckingham also comes with an oversize grip as standard which is great for golfers who use a claw grip, or golfers who find themselves gripping too hard on a thin grip and want a softer feel.

Cleveland Frontline Elevado putter

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Reasons to buy

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Easy to align and the S-shape groove pattern regulates ball speed across the face
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Stock grip is excellent

Reasons to avoid

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Not most solid sound at impact

Cleveland have moved the centre of gravity forward to the front of the head when conventional wisdom says you need to push it back. They’ve done this by developing new forward weighting technology and by having two tungsten weights into the face of the putter. The result is better stability through impact on off-centre hits. This slant neck version is ideal for slight arc strokes.

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 look for when buying a mallet putter

When trying to find one of the best mallet putters, there are several things to consider...

Size

So you want a mallet putter right? Well it is up to you what size of mallet you want because some of the models above are large to aid MOI and forgiveness, whilst some others are more mid-mallet in shape and have smaller footprints.

Looks

The putter has to inspire confidence so you have to enjoy looking down on it that's for sure. Manufacturers are aware of this and so have designed a wide range of looks to choose from and therefore you just need to look at the designs you like the aesthetics of.

Feel

This is a really important factor to consider because on the market right now are a wide range of firm and soft feeling putters to choose from. One thing we do recommend is how fast or slow are the greens you play on? If you typically putt on slow greens, a firmer feeling face will suit you more whereas if you putt on ultra-fast greens a softer feel will work more efficiently and help you control distance.

Arc Strength

For some players, their stroke tends to be fairly straight back and through whereas some golfers tend to putt more in, to square, to in, which would be referred to as a stronger arc. Finding out what kind of arc you have is vital to picking the right putter for your stroke.

Price

In our guide to the best putters (opens in new tab) on the market right now, we featured 18 putters that range in price. This tells you a little bit about the range of putters there are out there today but this can also help you narrow your search down a bit further. Why is there so much difference in price? This comes down to factors like technology, craftsmanship and the brand.

FAQ's

Are Mallet Putters Good?

Mallet putters are designed to be forgiving due to their large head shape and they come in a variety of shapes with good alignment options so are good for types of golfer.

Are Mallet Putters Better For High Handicappers?

Mallet putters are better for players who don't consistently hit the middle of the face with their putts. The larger size helps with alignment and forgiveness so that could be players of any handicap, but they will suit higher handicappers more.

How Do You Line Up A Mallet Putter?

If your mallet putters has an alignment line on the top, then place this behind the ball and aim at your target. Sometimes golf balls have lines on them that you can align with the design on the putter to provide a visual aid for your stroke. See our guide for How To Practise Putting.