Best Putters

Read our guide on the best putters out right now

Best Putters
(Image credit: Golf Monthly)

Widely renowned as the most important club in the bag, countless shots can be saved with the putter. Therefore, finding the right one for you is imperative and because there are so many options and styles to choose from, we have put together this handy guide to the best putters on the market.

Many manufacturers are actually reducing the number of head shapes in their ranges and focusing on improved looks, feel and roll from their more compact collections.

best-putters-2021

Of course, there is still the choice to be made between different styles of putter - a blade, mid-mallet or mallet. Blade style putters tend to suit ‘feel’ players with a stronger arc to their putting stroke, moving up into mallets that suit golfers who require extra alignment assistance and/or have much less rotation in their putting stroke.

We’ve recently tested the leading putters currently available, and these are our picks of the best. All the putters here have been reviewed by our team, which means testing over multiple rounds out on the course, and this guide is updated on a regular basis to make sure it includes the latest releases.

Joel Tadman tests 15 of the latest putter ranges in 2021 and picks his favourites

Additionally we have also created specific guides on the best mallet putters, the best women's putters and if you are just starting in the game, the best putters for beginners, should you be looking for something more specific.

Quick Links

Best Putters

scotty-cameron-phantom-x-11.5-putter

Undoubtedly one of the best looking putters that is also very user friendly

Reasons to buy
+Easy to align and very stable+Popular on tour
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t perform noticeably better than less expensive options 

Scotty Cameron is the go-to putter for those who want a hand crafted and premium putter in their bag.

The Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5, one of the most forgiving putters out there, is the newest addition to the acclaimed, high-tech Phantom range and is a wingback mallet, designed for stability throughout the putting stroke.

This is an ideal mallet putter for those who like to have an arc in their putting stroke as the low bend shaft creates a nice amount of toe flow mixed with stability. There is further stability from the wings and despite its larger profile, these wings are not distracting to the eye and the clean white line running through the crown is a great alignment tool.

If you don’t tend to have an arc on your putting stroke, we’d recommend the Scotty Cameron Phantom 11, which is identical in the head to the Phantom X 11.5 but with a different shaft that creates a face balance.

evnroll-er2v-putter-review

The putter we crowned our overall favourite of 2021

Reasons to buy
+Premium looks and a soft feel+Interchangeable neck system for a custom fit
Reasons to avoid
-Ball comes off slower than most other putters

Evnroll has determined that golfers can significantly improve their putting by simply having a putter with the correct hosel to create optimized offset, toe hang and visual setup behind the ball at address.

Armed with this knowledge, Evnroll has created the V-Series to offer golfers their preferred hosel on their preferred Evnroll head design in order to customize toe hang to match their stroke arc.

This was our favourite overall putter of 2021, making it a compelling option should you be looking to upgrade. Within the range there are three models each in four neck options, so you should be able to find one that suits your stroke.

Do that and you're certain to enjoy the roll and consistency of these putters.

odyssey-2ball-ten-putter-hero-web

One of the very best for easy alignment, roll and forgiveness

Reasons to buy
+Incredibly easy to line up+Very stable off centre
Reasons to avoid
-Might not suit arced strokes

While this putter doesn’t swing itself, it pretty much does the rest for you. Odyssey’s 2-Ball Ten has added some incredibly useful alignment tools to a putter that is surprisingly lightweight, easy to roll and forgiving across the face

The new 2-Ball Ten comes with Odyssey’s famous 2-Ball alignment and it really helped us with making sure the ball was lined up correctly and the face came in square at the point of impact; a very useful tool for those who tend to push or pull lots of putts.

Being a mallet, this is also a very forgiving putter and mishits aren’t too punishing so this is ideal for the golfer who struggles with consistent strike. The feel off the face is nice and soft too and that feel is mirrored in the sound it makes off the face.

The 2-Ball Ten is also available with Odyssey’s Triple Track alignment and this works very well with Callaway’s Triple Track balls for even more help with alignment.

TaylorMade-Spider-EX-putter-address-web

Prioritises forgiveness for distance control on long putts and easy alignment

Reasons to buy
+Forgiveness helps with consistency+Alignment aids very helpful+Comes in three colour options (blue, silver and white)
Reasons to avoid
-All-white option is overpowering in sunlight

The TaylorMade Spider EX is another great addition to the incredibly popular Spider family of putters and there are some key inclusions that make it stand out.

The new True Path system on the top of the head makes it much easier to aim thanks to the reflective white dots that dominate the eye-line. These three dots between the dual rail also make lining up the ball super simple and also helps keep the face square at impact.

Away from alignment, the Spider EX is also a remarkably forgiving putter when you don’t strike it out of the centre. This is thanks to the aluminium frame and carbon composite head that increases the MOI for a more consistent roll and that all important forgiveness across the face.

The adjusted Pure Roll insert has a softer feel and the new Fluted Feel shaft made in conjunction with KBS has added to the altogether lovely and comfortable feel of this putter. It is slightly less angular than last year’s Spider X and if this suits your eye then this is a very forgiving and easy to align mallet putter.

ping-anser-4-hero-outdoor-web

Ideal for golfers that prefer a soft feel and dark finish

Reasons to buy
+Soft feel with good speed+Lots of head and grip options
Reasons to avoid
-Stock grip no longer adjusts shaft length

Ping's new 2021 range comprises 12 models across blades, mid-mallets and mallets that also benefit from new levels of forgiveness thanks to use of at least three materials in each head.

To balance feel, roll and ball speed, Ping has introduced a new dual-durometer Pebax face insert. The front layer is softer for precision on shorter putts while the back layer is firmer to provide good speed and distance control.

The face also has shallow, uniform grooves said to provide more consistent distance control across the face and sit in between a solid flat face (seen on the Heppler range) and TR grooves (seen on Sigma 2 putters) in terms of ball speed from centred hits.

The Anser 4 is a pure blade with a short slant hosel that sets up really nicely behind the ball. The small white sightline really stands out and the soft feel off the face married with good speed and roll properties really impressed us.

cobra-king-3d-printer-agera-putter-review-web

Arguably the most stable putter on the market

Reasons to buy
+Extremely forgiving regardless of head size+Consistent distance and a solid feel
Reasons to avoid
-Unusual shape to look down on

You'll struggle to find a more forgiving putter than those found in Cobra's 3D Printed range. Such is the level of stability in the Agera model, you barely feel anything through your hands when you strike the ball, even out of the heel or toe.

This translates into very consistent distance control, especially from long range. So if you can learn over time to consistently square the face, the number of the three putts you have during a round should reduce. We say if, because this putter (and all the putters in the range) are unusual to look down on and don't offer that much alignment assistance, but the performance for the price here makes for excellent value for money.

odyssey-white-hot-og-putter

Tour-preferred feel with a simple, classic look

Reasons to buy
+Iconic face insert+Stroke Lab shaft aids feel
Reasons to avoid
-Retro look might not appeal to all

The White Hot moniker is the stuff of legend in golf and the original White Hot putters made by Odyssey are still some of the best putters that have ever been made.

Odyssey has brought the White Hot name and its legendary appeal back for 2021 with a range of putters that are made to feel, sound and perform like the White Hot putter of old, but with today’s technology.

The original feel and sound of the old 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 a blade style with the #1 and #1WS or a mallet style in the 2-Ball, #5 or #7 head. All come with the same fantastic insert so it's all about picking the head shape that works best for you.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast Bandon 3 Putter

Reasons to buy
+Classy, premium looks+Suits a variety of strokes
Reasons to avoid
-Can produce some sun glare

This is certainly one of the more subtle looking putters in this list and this is a huge plus point for the TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast Bandon 3.

It’s still as forgiving as some of the more funky shapes and this putter comes with clean, clear alignment aids and a flush fit to the ground.

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. This remained consistent across its length, though, and the speed was enough to impart a short, controlled stroke and still get the ball to the hole.

The Bandon 3 has more of a toe hang so is ideal for players who want to have the forgivness of a mallet and are perhaps moving from a blade.

For those who prefer a face balanced putter, the Bandon 1 will be the perfect match.

Mizuno M.Craft 4 Putter

Soft but solid feel, a choice of three finishes and adjustable sole weights

Reasons to buy
+Elegant looks with a soft feel+Three finish options available
Reasons to avoid
-All-blue finish could deter some

Mizuno is back in the premium putter market with six M-Craft models. The 4 is a wide blade with a short slant hosel suitable for those with less arc in their stroke.

They are all forged from premium carbon steel and then beautifully CNC-milled and the results are exquisite – there are also adjustable sole weights for added customisation.

You might not have considered a blue finish before but this might change your mind, especially how well it performs – we rated it as second overall in our 2021 putter test.

sik-golf-pro-c-putter

Consistent launch and roll performance thanks to special face design

Reasons to buy
+Consistent performance+Firm but solid, pleasing feel
Reasons to avoid
-Raw finish doesn’t look premium

Technology is at the heart of the putter brand used by Bryson DeChambeau. The Pro C is a traditional blade-style profile with a raw-looking finish that doesn’t have the premium look you expect given the price tag.

It feels firm but still very pleasant, was noticeably solid from a wide area and consistent in terms of roll and speed from long range when our stroke got longer and delivery into the ball wasn’t as consistent.

This was in part down to the descending lofts vertically on the face helping to produce more consistent launch angles and consequent roll on different lengths of putt.

SIK putters are premium priced (the Flo mallet is £469) but deliver the performance to match. The adjustable shaft/hosel option plus the big focus on custom fitting means golfers can get more dialled in with what suits their stroke.

bettinardi-studio-stock-18-putter

Bettinardi Studio Stock 18 Putter

Produces some of the best roll from a premium, elegant shape

Reasons to buy
+Beautiful from all angles+Grooves provide a soft feel
Reasons to avoid
-Not many blade options available 

Expertly handcrafted, the Bettinardi Studio Stock 18 putter is the ideal for the player looking for a blade putter with strong visual cues on the green.

There aren’t that many mid-mallet options on the market, with brands either going for a full blade or a full mallet, and Bettinardi has created one of the best examples of why this can be such a great style of putter.

The classic shape makes it very easy to line up the ball and also provides the sort of stability through the stroke you’d expect from a mid mallet.

Made with impeccable attention to detail, this putter feels comfortable and effortless to use. Being a Bettinardi, it also comes with a Lamkin Sink Fit grip and a smart headcover to match.

TaylorMade-Spider-FCG-putter-outdoor-web-630×473

(Image credit: Golf Monthly)

T-shaped alignment system is effective in a compact mallet shape

Reasons to buy
+Blade-like feel with mallet-like assistance+Grooved face assists with roll
Reasons to avoid
-Limited options

Another great addition to the Spider family of putters, the Spider FCG is a great option if you like the looks and feel of the Spider EX or Spider X, but want something to look and feel a bit more blade-like.

The T-shape alignment on the top of the club is arguably easier to aim than other models in the Spider family and it's definitely easier for the eye to focus on the less busy putter head.

FCG stands for forward centre of gravity and this is made true by the copper weight close to the blade that gives the FCG the feel and release of a blade, while having the MOI of a mallet.

The adjustable weights in the sole allows golfers to create a very precise and specific feel with this putter which isn’t available in many others on the market. It is probably less forgiving than a traditional mallet, but if you are after a putter that neatly incorporates the best features of a blade and the best features of a mallet, this is a great option.

Scotty-Cameron-Fast-back-1.5-address-outdoor-web

A view of the Special Select Fastback 1.5 in the playing position

Legendary putter craftsmanship produces the ultimate in feel

Reasons to buy
+Stunning, premium looks+Solid feel with excellent feedback
Reasons to avoid
-Premium prices

One of the best Scotty Cameron putters out right now, the Fastback 1.5 is one of eight classic, tour-inspired shapes in the Special Select range.

The mid-mallet shape has a long black sightline that helps with alignment very well. The topline had become thicker over the years to incorporate the weight but the tour stars wanted the putter to sit flatter on the ground and be thinner looking and this is the result.

It’s subtle and Cameron says it’s the most tour-like product they’ve ever made for everyone. All that try it will love the solid feel, elegant looks and consistent performance.

ping-heppler-putters-outdoor-web

Stands out visually and is easy to align

Reasons to buy
+Consistent and easy to align+Suits those wanting a firmer feel
Reasons to avoid
-Copper look won’t be for everyone

The Heppler putters have solid, machined faces with no grooves and as such the ball will come off a bit firmer and faster. There are nine shapes to choose from to suit different tastes.

One of the best Ping putters in this range is the Tomcat 14, on which Ping combined the lighter aluminium with steel through strategic shaping and weight placement to produce extremely high MOI (Moment of Inertia) designs.

The Tomcat 14 design has the highest MOI of all the putters in the range and it also has a 14-dot alignment aid which was inspired by the lights on an airport runway.

axis-1-rose-putter

As used by Justin Rose, this unusually weighted putter claims to reduce face rotation

Reasons to buy
+Forgiving on mishits+Squares up consistently at impact
Reasons to avoid
-Unusual hosel design takes getting used to

When this was launched it was said to be the world’s first ‘Perfect balance/Torque free’ mallet putter. This was done by placing the centre of gravity exactly in the centre of the face and in line with the axis of the shaft which is said to create a perfectly balanced putter.

Justin Rose said of the putter: “I’d been wanting to use Axis 1 for a couple of years but hadn’t been able to. That was a big part of my decision and why I changed equipment (from TaylorMade to Honma).”

The putter remains in the bag, unlike Rose’s association with Honma, and he was the best putter at the 2021 PGA Championship, leading the field in Strokes Gained: Putting, so it must work.

wilson-staff-infinite-buckingham-putter

Ideal for beginners looking to hide their inconsistency through forgiveness

Reasons to buy
+Impressive performance at a lower price+Lots of shapes available
Reasons to avoid
-Large and busy head which won’t suit all 

This putter is an addition to the excellent Wilson Staff Infinite range of putters and very recognisable head shape that has become increasingly popular in mallet putters across the market.

As with all the Infinite range, the Buckingham features counterbalance technology which combines a heavier head and grip weights, moving 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 adopt the claw method, or golfers who find themselves gripping too hard on a thin grip and want a softer feel.

At a very competitive retail price with a premium look and feel, the Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham is a great option at a low price.

Read our full Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham Putter review

TaylorMade-Spider-SR-putter

Very stable for a small mallet, offers good value

Reasons to buy
+Incredibly stable and consistent+Cavity design helps alignment
Reasons to avoid
-Not suited well to arced putting strokes

The third member of the Spider putter family to make our best putters list, the Spider SR, is designed to be one of the most stable putters in the Spider range.

SR stands for Stability Refined and the stability comes from the Tour-inspired winged shape which features two back weights for the highest MOI performance.

The Spider SR has the same TPU Pure Roll face insert that is used in the Spider EX, making for a soft feel with consistent roll allowing golfers to maximise their pace control on the greens.

The biggest difference between the Spider SR and the rest of the Spider range is of course the looks and the SR’s arrow alignment tool is very helpful at keeping the blade square through impact. If you’re after a forgiving mallet and like the shape of the Spider SR, it's an ideal putter.

Also for more equipment that helps your stroke, check out our guide on the best putting aids too.

Odyssey Toulon Chicago Putter

Odyssey Toulon Chicago Putter

Exceptionally beautiful design and very well balanced

Reasons to buy
+Premium, elegant finish+Soft feel off the face
Reasons to avoid
-Some may prefer more stability

The Toulon range all feature Odyssey’s Stroke Lab technology and each putter comes with a 20-gram weight – and there are 7 and 40-gram options depending if you want a lighter or heavier feel. There are nine models and this is a very simple and beautiful wide blade which is inspired by Odyssey’s One Wide.

The deep diamond grooves create a soft but crisp feel and a lovely roll while the stunning charcoal smoke finish is a feature of the Toulon family. Given the outstanding quality, the Toulon Design models are definitely the best Odyssey putters you can buy.

evnroll-er5v-midlock-putter

Evnroll ER5v Midlock Putter

A new take on the Armlock method that feels surprisingly comfortable

Reasons to buy
+Sky-high forgiveness+Plenty of shapes in the range
Reasons to avoid
-Armlock style won’t please traditionalists

‘Armlock made easy’, says the tag. This is a fascinating concept and it comes from putter design expert Guerin Rife.

The Midlock Grip works like this; it features a patented grip design which has the deepest pistol dimension allowed by the USGA. It positions the grip sideways which pushes the shaft angle away from the mid forearm.

This reduces the typical nine degrees of loft to just four which is similar to a simple forward press. And this then leads to a set-up which should encourage an effortless one-piece putting stroke with no moving parts, eliminating all unwanted wrist movement.

If you’ve not tried an Armlock-style putter before, we think this putter could provide the Eureka moment you’re after if you struggle with inconsistency on the greens.

MacGregor MacTec X 004 Putter, putter with grass background

MacGregor Mactec X 003 Putter

Best value putter

Reasons to buy
+Incredible value for money, ideal to get you started+Simple but effective
Reasons to avoid
-Has a firm and clicky feel

This is one of the best putters for beginners if you are simply looking for a decent putter to get you started on the greens that doesn't burn a hole in the wallet. We've tested the #4 model but the #3 has a similar design and performance characteristics.

It is a mallet putter, giving you stability through the stroke and isn’t too punishing on off-centre strikes. The ‘fang’ design is a very popular head shape across some premium brands and it works to great effect here with a useful white line to help alignment.

A great and affordable options to get you started on the greens and gain some confidence on what is one of the hardest parts of the game of golf.

What to consider when buying a new 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?

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 club face however because of its design, weight can then be redistributed to other parts of the head which can help stabilise 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 club-head 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. 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, 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 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.

We hope you enjoyed this guide to the best putters.

Dan Parker
Dan Parker

Dan is a recent graduate based in Solihull. Dan completed a Masters degree in International Journalism at the University of Sussex, where he started his own cricket podcast and website.

Throughout his studies, Dan worked for American Golf branches in West Sussex and Coventry, becoming a custom fit specialist during his two years with the company.

Dan primarily looks after buyer's guides and equipment reviews on the Golf Monthly website, but also can be found on the occasional opinion piece online. 

Dan is a left handed golfer, has a handicap index of 10 and is a member at Fulford Heath Golf Club in Worcestershire.

Dan is currently playing: Driver: Cobra King Speedzone Fairway: Cobra King Speedzone Hybrid: TaylorMade Rocketballz 21° Irons: Wilson Staff D7 (5-GW) Wedges: Cleveland RTX 3 52°, 56° Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham