Best Putters 2023

Which are the best putters this season? The putter is arguably the most important club in the bag so here is our guide to the top models on the market right now.

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Best Putters

There is always a debate about which are the best putters in the market. There are so many options, styles and types of putters to choose from and finding the right one for your needs as a golfer is imperative. Of course, there is still the choice to be made between different styles of putter and we will highlight the main contenders here. 

Starting with blade style putters, which will tend to suit ‘feel’ players who have a stronger arc to their putting stroke. Then there are mallets, which will suit golfers who require extra alignment assistance and/or have much less rotation in their putting stroke. Mid-mallets then sit somewhere in the middle of the two depending on how they've been designed. In this guide we'll be taking a look at some of our top picks in the putting game, but for more choices check out our best blade putter guide and best mallet putter guide or most forgiving putters guide.

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Best Putters

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Best Value For Money Putters

Inesis High MOI Putter showing off its very cool milled club face

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A high MOI putter that comes at an excellent value price

Reasons to buy

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Clear alignment system
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Sits very well at address
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Forgiving performance

Reasons to avoid

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Face grooves more style than substance

Featuring a face balanced head that offers a high level of stability, the Inesis High MOI Putter offers golfers struggling with the yips on the greens excellent consistency and forgiveness. At just $180 it is one of the best putters for beginners looking for more bang for their buck. It comes with a grey sci-fi look, with the steel clubhead being contrasted with a grey metallic core that looks stunning when you turn the club over to reveal the sole. On its crown the contrast of the silver leading edge with the darker nickel chrome head creates a good alignment aid, which is enhanced by the long sight line and right angles that helped us frame and aim the ball. 

The defining characteristic of this club was its high Moment of Inertia (MOI). For those not familiar with this phrase, MOI is how likely the club is to twist if hit off center, and that makes it more forgiving. This club has a high MOI thanks to the deep weighting system that pushes its mass back to the corners of the club, giving it a stable feel when you putt. Testing also showed us that the feel from the face, thanks to its semi-rigid TPU pad, helped to improve the roll on the ball. It felt solid when struck and we were very impressed by the quality on offer here despite it being one of the cheaper options to feature on this list.

The stunning TaylorMade TP Bandon 3 Putter and its wing-backed design on the golf course

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A stunning golf club that offers excellent forgivness thanks to its high MOI

Reasons to buy

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Classy, premium looks
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Suits a variety of strokes

Reasons to avoid

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Can produce some sun glare

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, which we really enjoyed. This remained consistent when we struck through the ball harder to extend the length of the putt, too, and the speed was enough to impart a short, controlled stroke and still get the ball to the hole.

The club comes with a stunning sandstone finish on its head and for something that looks so raw, we felt it still delivers bags of elegance and premium looks, although it does reflect the sun a little more than we'd have liked. The Bandon 3 has more of a toe hang so is ideal for players who require the forgiveness of a mallet and are perhaps moving from a blade club. For those who prefer a face balanced putter, the Bandon 1 will be the perfect match, especially for those who want a cheap putter that doesn't compromise on performance.

Odyssey White Hot OG Putter showing off its mallet design on a green background

Boasting the iconic Odyssey white face insert, this is an excellent feeling club

Reasons to buy

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Iconic face insert
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Stroke Lab shaft aids feel

Reasons to avoid

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Retro look might not appeal to all

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. It boasts a classic design that, if you like mallet putters, will certainly catch your eye. Its simplistic look combined with the modern red Stroke Lab shaft gives it a very cool design and will fill you with confidence on the course. The club's half-moon shape is contrasted with a clean black sight line and that helps to frame the ball and get the right line on the golf ball.  

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. And we loved the sensation it delivered when you push through the golf ball. There is also a much more premium aesthetic on these putters thanks to the silver PVD finish. We found this club comes in at the value end of the price spectrum with the the putter also available in a blade style with the #1 and #1WS or a mallet style in the 2-Ball, #5 or #7 head, forming some of the best Odyssey putters available right now. All options come with the same fantastic insert, so it's all about picking the head shape that works best for you! 

The sleek Cobra King Vintage Sport-60 Putter showing off its jet black clubhead on the green and its two adjustable weights

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An adjustable putter that delivers stealthy looks for a value price

Reasons to buy

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Premium looks  
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Consistent performance from all lengths of putt
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Surprisingly stable for a blade

Reasons to avoid

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Firm and clicky sound

Performance, price point and visuals all combined, the Cobra King Vintage Sport-60 Putter is one of the most exciting putters on this list. Starting out with it's aesthetics, this might be one of the best designed clubs on this list, boasting a stealthy look that will inspire a lot of confidence on the golf course. It also boasts several white alignment lines on its crown that we found a great help when framing the ball against the club face.

On testing, we found this putter felt quite firm and offered up a loud, clicky sound off the face, which won't be to everyone's tastes but certainly compliments the best soft feel golf balls. That comes down to the 6061 aluminum face insert that comes with SIK's DLT that features four descending lofts on the face that deliver more consistent roll trajectories, and it seemed to deliver! We enjoyed the roll the club delivered and we were able to adjust the two weights on the sole of the club to improve the MOI of this blade putter to make it more forgiving and suitable for your golf swing. 

Best High MOI Mallet Putters

The grey Odyssey Eleven putter sat behind a triple track golf ballEditors Choice 2022

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A very forgiving putter that delivers a very high MOI and excellent feel off the face

Reasons to buy

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Confidence inspiring shape
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Good alignment line options
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Stunning club head design

Reasons to avoid

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Prefer darker head across all models

The Odyssey Eleven putter, which made our comprehensive list of the best golf clubs, has a composite head design made up of a steel crown with a lightweight TPU & aluminum under-body and heavyweight steel weights in each of the back corners. This gives it a very high MOI to improve forgiveness on off-centre hits. It continues the larger headed mallet shape found in the Odyssey 2-Ball Ten putter, coming with a stunning aluminium crown, that has been carved to improve the weight distribution of the club. 

That works with the majority of the club's weight sitting in the back corners of the Odyssey, that helps to move the center of gravity forward and away from the middle of the club, to deliver a very high MOI that made this feel like a very stable putter during our testing sessions. It is in our opinion one of the most forgiving putters in golf, we loved the White Hot insert, as seen in some of the best Odyssey putters, but despite it looking like a heavy club, we found it was surprisingly light. There is also a choice of different alignment lines on the head and hosels for a straight or arc stroke, another great addition to a club that we loved using on the course. 

The star-shaped Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 2022 Putter resting behind the golf ballEditors Choice 2022

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Face-balanced design and a high MOI gives this club a lot of forgiveness

Reasons to buy

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Easy to align and very stable
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Lighter to use than you think

Reasons to avoid

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No offset hosel option

The Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 2022 putter is one of the best clubs for forgiveness, and like the rest of the high-tech Phantom range, it is a wingback mallet, designed for stability throughout the putting stroke. The flagship model of the Titleist mallet putter range, the 2022 version comes with a cool star-shaped design, that comprises of a matte black aluminium t-shape insert that is supported by a heavier silver 303 stainless steel wings. That increases the MOI of the club moving the center of gravity back to allow you to hit up and put a satisfying roll on the golf ball. 

And we loved how large and inviting this club looked at address, with the feel of the club instantly making it one of the best Scotty Cameron putters of recent times. The surprising thing we found is that the X 12 is a lot lighter than it actually looks and it delivered in a very natural way from short and mid range. Ultimately, if you're looking for more stability and consistency in your putting game, then this is an excellent putter to consider!

Bettinardi Innovai 8.0 showing off its deep milled grooves

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Combining functional style with excellent performance in a compact mallet head

Reasons to buy

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

Reasons to avoid

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Compact head may not suit all

The Bettinardi Inovai 8 Putter boasts a number of changes from previous Inovai models, including a new shape. Visually it is a stunning club, that comes with a shiny Diamond Blast front section in the head that is milled from 303 stainless steel. The cool thing about this face is that it also comes with a handy Roll Control section of grooves that are cut into the face to deliver a better roll on the ball. It also has less points of contact on the golf ball too which helps to create a softer feel and a sound that we loved when we took this putter out on the course. 

Looking behind the leading edge, you'll notice the black 6061 military grade aluminium body that is hollowed out on the underside to push weight to the edges and improve the MOI of the putter. We found that helps deliver greater stability and forgiveness and felt excellent during our testing sessions. Looking down at this club at address, it almost looks like Bettinardi have glued a mallet design onto the back of a blade putter, and as mallets go, it is more compact than most - similar to the the TaylorMade Spider X putter in size. 

Best Compact Mallet Putters

Odyssey White Hot Versa 12 Putter Review showing off its White Hot insert and black club head on the golf course

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A stunning compact mallet design that features Odyssey's White Hot face insert

Reasons to buy

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Easy to align
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Super responsive feel
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Encourages a pendulum-style rocking action

Reasons to avoid

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Some may want a firmer feel with more speed

The Odyssey White Hot Versa 12 S putter features the brand's patented Versa alignment technology that has been created following feedback from short game coach, Phil Kenyon, as well as a number of the world's top professionals. This is a stunning compact mallet, boasting a cool black colorway that is contrasted by the White Hot insert on the face of the club. It has a mid-sized footprint which fills the void between blade and mallet perfectly, although we would personally say it's closer to a mallet style. It's worth noting that the unusual shape won’t suit everyone’s taste, but the bigger head gave us a greater awareness of where putts were being struck. It’s bold and beautiful, placing it comfortably among the best Odyssey putters on the market.

Aesthetically then the Versa 12 S delivers and, feel wise, it also provides a premium feel, with the urethane material and White Hot insert delivering a pleasing sound and weighty feel that makes the face feel very stable. We enjoyed the weighty feel on the club which helped to make it feel very stable and encouraged a pendulum-style putting stroke. The Versa is also fitted with Odyssey's latest Stroke Lab shaft, that are 40g lighter than traditional shafts, allowing weight to be pushed to the putter head and grip. That again improves the consistency of your backswing timing and face-angle at impact. Ultimately, this is perhaps one of the best mallet putters on the market right now!

The excellent TaylorMade Spider GT Putter showing off its winged aluminium designEditors Choice 2022

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A tour quality putter that offers a stable and consistent putting experience

Reasons to buy

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Very stable and consistent
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Cavity design helps alignment

Reasons to avoid

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Not suited well to arced putting strokes

The latest generation of the Spider family is designed to be one of the most stable compact mallet putters. And during our testing sessions, we certainly found that to be true. It extends the range of Spider putters that aim to deliver high MOI designs to a compact head, and visually this club is stunning. Where the TaylorMade Spider X had a predominantly steel frame with tungsten weights, the Spider GT pushes the steel sections to the black outer wings of the putter with these steel bars weighing just 90g, moving the mass of the club away from the center of the head, again improving stability and MOI of the club. 

The crown is distinctive and comes with a 6061 matte aluminium top plate which sits on top of the club to deliver a futuristic, sci-fi look. On the underside you'll see the classic red and black TaylorMade Spider logo, that adds to the premium feel of the club. The face features a Pureroll 2 insert which is made of TPU and aluminium beams that boast a 45º angle to improve the roll on the ball. The GT produced a really solid feel and sound on the ball, and for its size, TaylorMade have done a top job of making this club feel very stable. It is one of the best TaylorMade putters available right now.

Odyssey White Hot OG #7 Nano Putter with its winged design sat behind the golf ball

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Offering a compact high MOI design

Reasons to buy

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Compact version of classic shape
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Very forgiving for size

Reasons to avoid

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Quite compact for modern putter

The Odyssey #7 shape has become a modern classic and the White Hot OG Nano #7 putter combines the distinctive design 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 that we loved playing with on the course. It comes with an excellent finish and a very handy alignment line on the leading edge that makes it great for lining up putts. 

The club comes with a good feel thanks to its White Hot Face insert and is a little softer than the Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K putter. The new Odyssey pistol grip is worthy of a special mention as the oval shape with the wider pistol top section really fits your hand well and looks durable enough to stand the test of time. Plus everyone will enjoy the competitive price tag that comes with the excellent #7 Nano. 

Cleveland HB Soft Milled 14 Putter and its fantastic leather head cover

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Excellent balance and weighting make this a fantastic putter for anyone looking for more consistency

Reasons to buy

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Clear alignment lines
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Large forgiving head
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Great feel from face

Reasons to avoid

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Feels slightly heavier than most putters

Offering excellent value for a milled face mallet putter, this is an exciting addition to this list, designed by master golf manufacturers Cleveland. The HB Soft Milled 14 putter delivers excellent balance and clear alignment lines, making it a fantastic one of the best putters for mid or high handicappers looking to save shots on the greens. 

Boasting a 3º face loft, Cleveland have added their Speed Optimised Face Technology to this putter which ensures a consistent speed off the clubface when you strike the ball. It does feel a little heavier than the other putters in the HB range and for that reason, has a solid feel. But that also makes it quite forgiving, and if anything, confidence inspiring, and the excellent alignment lines on the back of the clubhead help to frame the ball nicely on the green. 

Best Blade Putters

Wilson Staff Model BL22 Putter and its cool black head cover resting on the course

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An excellent blade putter that offers classy looks and a great feel

Reasons to buy

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Milled feel is very good
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Classy looks
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Great feeling grip

Reasons to avoid

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Could be more forgiving

The Wilson Staff Model BL22 putter is an excellent looking flat stick that delivers nice feel off its face as well as some handy adjustability settings. Akin to many of the Anser style offerings found on our best blade putters guide, the BL22 boasts a stunning 304 stainless steel finish that gives the club a very classy look and feel. We particularly liked the milling on the face of the club, that contributes to its overall soft feel, which ensures there are less points of contact on the ball at impact. 

At address the club has a long profile with a short, black alignment line that sits right behind the center of the face. The leading edge is relatively narrow, something more experienced players will enjoy. The BL22 is well balanced and its heel/toe design will suit players with an arc in their putting stroke. One cool point to note here is the two adjustable weights on the sole of the club that can be altered to suit your needs. Overall, this is an excellent putter that looks the business but feels excellent too! 

The sleek Evnroll ER2V Putter with grass background

A sleek putter that offers a soft feel

Reasons to buy

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Premium looks and a soft feel
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Interchangeable neck system for a custom fit

Reasons to avoid

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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 favorite overall putter of 2021, making it a compelling option should you be looking for one of the best blade putters on the market. 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 offer, as in our testing session, we loved the consistent and playable feel the ER2V offered. 

Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K #2 putter and its black and silver finish sat behind the golf ball

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A stunning blade putter that can help to improve your putting tempo

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 putter is so named because the MOI of the head is over 5000 g/cm2, which makes it very forgiving for a blade putter that you should definitely consider if you're in the market for a new blade design. This is due to tungsten weights in the heel and toe of the club head that help those players with an arc in their stroke keep the face open on impact. That also helps to make this a much more stable putter, which we found during our testing sessions. 

There are a choice of other head styles available and they all come with the renowned White Hot insert for better roll that helps to inspire confidence at address. The sound off the face is very satisfying, although a little on the hollow side. It also comes with the latest version of Odyssey's Stroke Lab shaft that promotes a more consistent tempo through the golf ball. 

SIK Pro C Putter and its cool sole design contrasted against a grass background

A trendy blade putter that comes with a solid, pleasing feel

Reasons to buy

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Consistent performance
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Firm but solid, pleasing feel

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't look as premium as it costs

Technology is at the heart of the putter brand used by Bryson DeChambeau. The Pro C by SIK comes with a traditional blade-style design with a raw-looking finish that doesn’t have the premium look you expect given the price tag and will split opinions among golfers. The shape though was perfectly pleasing during our testing sessions, and the rounded corners contrasted by the clean lines, finish off a classic Anser-style putter that boasts a lot of alignment assistance. 

Performance wise, there was a lot to like about the SIK putter. The descending loft on the face helps to produce more consistent launch angles and consequent roll on different lengths of putt, something we really enjoyed on the greens. SIK putters are premium priced, but deliver the performance to match. The adjustable shaft/hosel option plus the big focus on custom fitting means golfers can get more dialed in with what suits their stroke. SIK encourage you to get fitted for your putter because of the adjustable shaft system where you can swap out different hosel options to suit your stroke the best. SO get down to your local club shop and try it out!

Best Premium Milled Putters

Ping PLD Anser Putter and its stunning blade design sat behind the ball on the green

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An iconic putter that boasts stunning visuals and excellent feel

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 PLD Anser is the premium re-incarnation of the classic original blade putter. Milled from 303 Forged Stainless Steel to give a high premium feel and finish to match the high premium price. We've been big fans of the Anser range for many years, and this update on our testing sessions was one of the best yet. It is a high quality design that comes Ping's Deep AMP aggressive milling pattern that gives the putter a softer feel that reduces the number of contact points on the ball at impact.  

The dark looks are topped off by a matching shaft and tacky grip that makes the Anser sit perfectly in your hands. There are no alignment markings on this version, but the silver PLD Anser 2 version has them to point you in the right direction. It is one of the best blade putters on the market right now.

PXG Battle Ready Brandon Putter and its very cool adjustable sole plateEditors Choice 2022

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A stunning putter that comes with some brilliant adjustability settings

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 is another milled stainless steel 100% milled putter based on the Anser style, but it is a little large than average with some tech built in. In the heel are toe are tungsten weights to increase the MOI and this increases the stability of the head, and we were able to adjust these to improve the MOI of the club to make it more stable for our swing. Combine this with the variable groove Pyramid face pattern to ensure consistent speed and we found this to be a high quality putter in a worn dark look ready for battle on the greens. 

The face features what PXG call a Pyramid face pattern where the criss-cross grooves vary in depth and spacing. This is not only meant to look good, but aims to ensure a consistent initial velocity across a wider area of the face so that pace is more consistent and the putter is therefore more forgiving. It provides a very good sound and feel that we really enjoyed when playing on the greens. 

Scotty Cameron Special Select Putter and its shiny sole plate


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A stunning and adjustble putter that offers a soft feel

Reasons to buy

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Stunning, premium looks
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Solid feel with excellent feedback

Reasons to avoid

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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 milled Special Select range. Given the option of sole weights on offer here and shaft lengths, we think it's definitely wise to get a custom fitting to make the most of what is a hefty investment. Yet, this club boasts a classic and classy design with a very cool half-moon clubface that is synonymous with some of the best golf clubs on the market. 

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. The shallow milling makes the face feel quite firm which some may not like, yet we enjoyed the initial speed and solid sensation it delivered. We also found distance control to be a standout feature and off-center hits travelled further than expected. Ultimately, it is a great club that will offer a lot of forgiveness around the greens. 

Odyssey Toulon Design Las Vegas 2022 Putter

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A stunning looking design on a great feeling putter

Reasons to buy

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High quality milled putter
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Stroke lab shaft for more consistency
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Great grip

Reasons to avoid

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Feels lighter than steel shafted putter

The Toulon Design range is milled from premium steel and feature Odyssey’s Stroke Lab technology for more consistent tempo. There are several shapes and the Las Vegas takes inspiration from the Odyssey #7 to create a premium milled mallet putter. The new deep diamond face grooves create a soft feel and a lovely roll while the midnight black finish gives a premium look to the Toulon Design family. 

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. 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. To learn more on our methodology, see how Golf Monthly tests products in our guide. 

How to choose 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?

1. 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 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 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 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.

2. 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.

Having the best 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 advice on getting the right putter for your needs as a golfer, why not also check out our guides to the best left handed putters, best putters for beginners and best arm lock putters.

FAQ

Which Putters Do Most Pros Use?

Most professional golfers tend to use a blade putter as they tend to prefer the toe weighted designs that favor an arc in the putting stroke. However the trend is moving towards mallets as they offer more forgiveness, especially those with short hosels to create that arc in the stroke. Some use longer shafts with the Arm Lock method. 

What Are The Most Forgiving Putters?

The most forgiving putters tend to be mallet putters that have deep heads with weighting in the heel and toe and in the rear of the putter. This reduces any twisting of the head on mis-hits and improves accuracy. 

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Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.


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He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer/adidas Tour 360 22