Best Ping Putters 2022

A guide to the latest Ping putters on the market

Best Ping Putters

Best Ping Putters

Ping is an iconic golf brand. With world-renowned designs like the Anser, the brand is well known and respected in the golf community for making some of the best putters. In terms of their current range though, Ping has several ranges on offer including the PLD Milled range, the Heppler, the Sigma and the somewhat vaguely named 2021 range.

Launched in 2022, the PLD Milled range is the latest offering in that series of clubs, that have been precision-milled in Ping's factories for over four hours each, with each club being shaped into a high-performance piece of equipment. Before them came the 2021 range, which all have soft inserts in the face that allow for excellent feel and responsiveness on the greens. The Sigma range have an insert and softer feel while the Hepplers have a machined face and it will come off a bit firmer and faster. 

Within each range of club there are a ton of options available to you, whatever your stroke, taste and the type of greens you tend to play on. So bearing all of this in mind, let's take a look at the best Ping putters right now. 

Alternatively, if Ping is not for you, then we have also created guides on other brands, such as the best Scotty Cameron putters (opens in new tab), the best TaylorMade putters (opens in new tab), and even the best Odyssey putters (opens in new tab) currently on sale.

Best Ping Putters

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
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Sleek and sharp finish

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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. Its head is milled from premium forged 303 stainless steel and its face features an aggressive milling pattern that has been shaped to help the putter feel and sound softer at impact. While you might not expect a forged head putter to feel this sweet off the clubface, this putter gives great feedback, no matter what level of golfer you are. 

The putter's DS 72 mallet shape has a very crisp finish to it and 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. Its sleek steel design also features a handy alignment tool on its trailing edge, which sits in a slot that is about the same width as the golf ball to help you line up your putts better. 

The putter also features a straight double-bend hosel that gives you a clear view of the ball and provides a face-balanced putter which will suit golfers with a straighter putting stroke. 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. 

Ping 2022 DS72 Armlock Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Strong silver sight line
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Good feel from face

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Would prefer larger mallet head 
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Quite heavy to wield

Combining the DS72 clubhead with a longer shaft to create this fantastic armlock putter, Ping have here designed a flat stick that delivers excellent stability and control for those who enjoy using armlock putters. The 41.5" steel shaft rises high up to your midriff and can be locked against your leading arm to deliver a high level of control and stability over your putts. It is quite heavy to wield but that can add to the stability the putter offers. We also liked the feel it delivered from the face, offering a solid connection and nice ball roll.

While this is a fantastic putter, we thought Ping could have perhaps put a larger mallet head on it, akin to many of the flatsticks that feature on our best armlock putters guide (opens in new tab). But equally, players can customize this club using Ping's excellent custom fitting service. You can change everything from the loft of the putter to the length of the shaft, to optimize the club so that it suits your putting stroke. The last thing to note is that this putter comes with a very clear alignment tool on the back of its head, which is a very useful addition for any golfer looking to improve their accuracy around the greens. 

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

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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. And the latest version of this classic is jam packed full of technology, combining tungsten weighting with a graphite shaft to make a fantastic blade putter (opens in new tab).

Aesthetically, the putter adds an updated look 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. 

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. It is also a very forgiving putter (opens in new tab), with the club's tungsten toe weights helping to maximize off-center hits. As it is a blade putter though, it's likely to be suitable more to better players than those just starting out.  

Ping 2022 Tomcat 14 Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Very forgiving design
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Solid feel
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Nice grip

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Alignment lines could be visually stronger

Continuing on from the design of the Ping Heppler Tomcat putter (opens in new tab), the 2022 Tomcat 14 builds on the success of Heppler, as a very forgiving high MOI putter that we thought was excellent on the greens. The silver 304 stainless steel sole plate sits below a black aluminum body, continuing the sleek black and silver look used throughout the 2022 range. 

Like the 2022 Ancer, this putter does have a very premium look but is a lot heavier, weighing the same as some of the best mallet putters (opens in new tab) on the market. The Tomcat also has a low center of gravity and pushes the weight of the club back to the corners of the clubhead. That helps to maximize the MOI of the club by reducing the amount that it twists through impact and ensures you strike the ball firmly in the center of the clubface. That makes it one of the most forgiving putters (opens in new tab) on this list and delivers consistent ball speeds off the face. 

Looking down at the putter, you'll see that the ball is framed very nicely by two aluminum bars on the back of the clubhead. They feature two cool dotted alignment lines that helped us visualize the ball's direction. The one drawback of the Tomcat 14 was the sound it made on impact, which we thought gave off a slightly tinny sound thanks to the aluminum top on the club. But that is only a minor issue with what is a very forgiving club that is perfect for anyone struggling with the yips around the greens. 

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 mallet 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. We were very impressed with the performance this putter offered and for that reason, it is listed in our best mallet putters guide

Ping PLD Anser Putter

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Reasons to buy

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Classic design
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Premium materials & feel
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Great grip

Reasons to avoid

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No alignment line

The Ping Anser is the father of the modern blade putter and as no range of Ping putters would be complete without an Anser model, Ping has included not one, but two Ansers in their 2022 PLD range of putters.  And they have produced two stunning-looking putters, the PLD Anser and the PLD Anser 2, which use Ping's new milled steel technology to help the clubs provide a better feel on impact. 

Ping's Deep AMP aggressive milling pattern, which produces a cool and swirly finish on the clubface, reduces the number of contact points with the ball at impact, giving the PLD Ansers a much softer feel. Thanks also to its plum neck offset hosel and its long head that is counterbalanced with heel and toe weights, the Anser suits players with a slight arc in their stroke. 

The PLD Anser comes in an all-black matte finish and features a black graphite shaft that interestingly does not feel any different from the steel shaft you will find on the PLD Anser 2 model. While this is a very sleek-looking putter, it doesn't feature an alignment tool. If that's a deal-breaker for you, then don't fret, as the PLD Anser 2 model is very similar in design but comes in a brushed steel finish that has a center alignment line on its back to help improve your accuracy. We were so impressed with the PLD Anser models that we have chosen to include them in our best blade putters (opens in new tab) guide.

Ping 2021 Anser 4 Putter

Reasons to buy

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Premium look matches the performance
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11 different head options mean all visual tastes and stroke types are catered for.

Reasons to avoid

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Soft feel doesn't work as well with soft golf balls 

Ping's 2021 putter range features 12 different models of exceptionally designed putters but it is clear from our testing that the Anser 4 is the clear stand out for those who have an arced putting stroke and prefer the use of a blade shape. Despite the relatively small size at address, there is a solid white line through the back of the head which works as a handy sightline for golfers looking to improve their accuracy around the greens. 

The short slant hosel really suited our eye. It also feels incredibly soft off the face but at the same time maintains a good speed on all lengths of putts - an ideal combination for someone who likes a soft feel directly off the face. It is a shame Ping has removed the adjustable element that was available in its Heppler range, but the Anser 4 is a pretty complete package to headline the 2021 range.

Ping 2021 Fetch Putter

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Clean sightline is great for lining up putts
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A very forgiving putter

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Shape takes a bit of getting used to  

Another great model in the Ping 2021 putter range is the Fetch, a mallet putter ideal for those wanting some added forgiveness to off-center strikes and an altogether more stable putter. As you can see, the hole in the bottom of this putter is where it gets the name Fetch, and this hole can be used to fetch the ball from off the ground, rather than having to bend down to pick it up. It is an important part of the design of this putter as well as it being a useful tool. In the Heppler model of the Fetch, you can see this is visible at address, something Ping has removed for the 2021 version to save weight and increase the overall MOI of the putter.

This has created an altogether more appealing look from address as well as a more stable putter. Ping has also added an excellent sightline at the top to help with aiming and striking the ball and, for us, it is the best mallet putter (opens in new tab) in the 2021 range.

Ping 2021 Tyne 4 Putter

Ping 2021 Tyne 4 Putter

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Iconic, Tour-proven shape

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Hard to differentiate in from other Tyne models

The iconic Tyne putter also features on our best Ping putters list. This putter is ideal if you don't like using a much smaller blade head, but want a putter that supports a strongly arced putting stroke. There is a tungsten weight in the heel and a steel weight in the toe to help give the Tyne the toe weighting and these weights also make it a very stable putter at impact. 

The fang shape of the Tyne is also a great guide for lining up the ball on the green and provides a much better cue at address than a standard blade. It also distributes the weight of the putter away from the center of the club, providing a higher MOI and greater forgiveness as you hit through the golf ball. We'd recommend this putter if you are after a putter with the stability of a mallet and have a strong arc in your putting stroke. 

Ping Heppler Fetch Putter

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Will help with consistency
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Provides great forgiveness
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Helpful over longer putts

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The look won’t be for everyone

This has been a really big success for the brand and Lee Westwood has used both the Heppler and Sigma Fetch depending on the speed of the greens. The center cut-out means you can pick the ball out of the hole (when we’re finally allowed to take the flagstick out) and this and the color-contrasting are great to help with your alignment. This will generally suit a straight stoke and has a high forgiveness which should help with longer putts on the greens. 

Ping Heppler Ketsch Putter

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Brilliant for alignment 
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Suitable from straight arc strokes

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It’s not the cheapest putter

This is the only putter in the nine-strong Heppler family that has three alignment lines which really help to frame the ball. As opposed to the Vault 2.0 Ketsch this is far more forgiving given its half steel, half aluminum make-up. This mallet will generally suit a straight and slight arc stroke, and if you like this type of look, then this is an excellent option.

Ping Heppler Piper Armlock Putter

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Great style head
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Well balanced putter
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Very forgiving

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Putting armlock takes a bit of getting used too

The Piper comes in both a center shaft and armlock model with the latter being a non-adjustable double-bend shaft with a 21-inch grip. This mid-mallet has a high MOI and 6˚ of standard loft. Like the rest of the Heppler family there is plenty of visual interest and the classic head shape will appeal to plenty. We liked it so much, it was also included in our best mallet putters (opens in new tab) guide.

Ping Heppler Tomcat 14 Putter

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High MOI putter
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Produces nice roll on the golf ball
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Good alignment system

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Styling may be divisive

This is another that should suit plenty of strokes and tastes. One of the most forgiving putters (opens in new tab) on the market, this has the most forgiveness in the Heppler family and there is plenty going on with the airport runway lights catching the eye and the imagination. The dots actually get closer together from front to back to simulate motion. More forgiveness is becoming more popular in putters these days and this should really help with your pace putting. 

Ping Heppler Tyne 3 Putter

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Sits great at address
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Excellent over short putts
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Very forgiving putter

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Not the cheapest putter on the market

This mallet will suit an arced stroke and has been a big success for Ping. There is a nice little visual story here; at address, it appears that the aluminum and steel are 50-50 but the steel, created by a thick back flange, accounts for 2/3 of the weight which means there is a lower center of gravity and more forgiveness. This fang-shaped putter offers a lot of stability, and as such, we included it in our guide on the best putters for high handicappers.

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Heavy putters are quite niche and need some getting used to

This counter-balanced mallet offers a 15-inch grip, 38’’ shaft and with a 400-gram head is the heaviest in the 11-model family. Fifty grams has been added to the butt end to encourage a pendulum-like stroke and this is the most forgiving putter in the Sigma range and is one of the best putters for high handicap golfers (opens in new tab). It also fits either type of stroke and, if you like your putter to have a simple look to it, then this should appeal. 

Ping Sigma 2 Anser Putter

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Looks amazing and guaranteed to inspire

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Not as forgiving as many so you’ll need a tidy stroke

The Anser has always been crucial to the Ping family – the model turned 50 in 2016 – and this is the Sigma 2 version. This features the traditional heel-toe ballast and is so easy on the eye it’s always a delight. The alignment line sees you set up to the ball easily and, while it might not boast huge forgiveness, that’s not really why you’d be giving this a go. If you want to feel good about yourself standing over a putt and looking down on something special this ticks that box. Also comes in a Stealth finish.

How We Test Putters

When it comes to product testing, our reviews and buyers' guides are built upon a rigorous testing procedure as well as the knowledge and experience of the test team. 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. To learn more about testing methodology, see how Golf Monthly tests products(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) in our guide. Putter testing is also headed up by Golf Monthly writer Martin Topley(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab), who is ably assisted by other members of the team including Technical Editor Joel Tadman(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab).

What to consider when purchasing your next Ping putter

Considering the greens are where golfers gain the most shots, the putter is arguably the most crucial clubs in your bag. We cannot stress the importance of having a good putter that gives you confidence when you address the golf ball and helps you sink putts. While Ping is one of the best putter manufacturers in golf, with several of their putters on the list above providing high-performance alternatives for golfers, there are a number of things every golfer needs to look out for when looking to purchase a new putter. 

Head Design

Putters come in a traditional blade, mid-mallet or a mallet design. All three styles have positives and negatives to them for every player and luckily lots of brands implement technologies across all three.

Mallet putters tend to be much larger than blades and they usually come in various shapes and sizes. This helps in a number of ways. A lot of the time most of the weight in a mallet putter can be found in the clubface however because of its design, weight can then be redistributed to other parts of the head which can help stabilize your stroke. The weight of the putter in the perimeter of the club-head offers better balance than what can be offered from a blade putter.

Mallet putters tend to also have a larger sweet spot which can be beneficial if you are a player who struggles to consistently strike your putts out of the middle of the face. The weight in the clubhead also helps here because it diminishes the twisting of the putter throughout the stroke too.

Additionally, if you struggle with alignment, a mallet putter could be the way to go as they usually have longer alignment lines. Alignment plays a crucial part in putting because it is all about accuracy and a mallet putter can be beneficial here by helping your eyes line up the putt.

A blade putter is a lot simpler in terms of design and will suit the traditionalists among you a lot more than some of the mallet putters pictured above. Blade putters also tend to suit players with an arc in their putting stroke because of the toe-weighted nature of the club-head.

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, whereas 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 are increasing every year.

Mallet putters have more real estate, and can therefore provide more help to set the face squarely. Mid mallets are somewhere in the middle, offering a decent level of assistance without looking too cumbersome.

Value

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

For more examples of some of the best putters on the market, take a look at our buyers guides on the best putters for high handicappers (opens in new tab), our list of the most forgiving putters (opens in new tab), or why not take a look at our guide on the best putters on the market in 2022 (opens in new tab)

FAQs

Who uses Ping putters on the PGA Tour?

As Ping are renowned for producing high-performance putters, many PGA Tour Pros use their putters on tour. For example, Cameron Champ,
Corey Conners, Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland, Joaquin Niemann and Louis Oosthuizen. 


What is the difference between a Ping Anser and a Ping Anser 2?

The Ping Anser 2 has a slightly longer and narrower profile than the Ping Anser. It has slightly sharper edges, but overall shares the same center alignment and geometrics as its namesake. 

How do I choose the right Ping putter for my stroke style?

Ping models are designed for different strokes depending on the balance of the face. If you have a straight stroke, you'll want to try one of their face-balanced putters. If you have a slight arc, then try a mid-hang putter and if you have a strong arc, try a toe down putter.