Best Putters For Beginners 2024

If you are a beginner to the game of golf, these putters might suit you best.

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Best Putters For Beginners

The putter is perhaps one of the most important clubs in your bag. Not just for beginner players, but for every golfer from the very top level, right down to those playing at club level. Let's face it, three-putting is one of the banes of any golfers game. Countless shots can be saved on the greens and when you have a putter that inspires confidence and consistency, you're bound save yourself countless shots off your round. 

Beginners, in particular, can benefit from ensuring they have a flat stick that is right for them. Putters come in all shapes and sizes. Some offer more forgiveness than others, while others are built for a certain swing shape. Ultimately, getting the right club for your needs as a golfer can go a very long way in helping you improve. But what are the best putters for beginner golfers?

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If you're new to the game, one of the biggest things to bear in mind when buying a new putter is forgiveness. Beginners often struggle to consistently strike the ball in the middle of the face and usually, they need help maintaining the clubface through the stroke, and not twisting it. As such mallet putters are the best way to go because they offer forgiveness on off-center strikes, have weight that can be distributed around the clubhead to help minimize twisting. They also tend to offer clear alignment benefits that can help you improve your accuracy on the greens.

So, in this guide, we'll be walking you through some of the top models that we think will benefit those who are relatively new to the game. Each club has been tried and tested by one of our Golf Monthly writers and we've also included some general buying advice lower down that'll help you in your buying decision. While there are plenty of excellent putters on this guide, why not also make sure the rest of your bag is fully stocked by checking out our guides to the best golf drivers for beginners, best wedges for beginners and best golf balls for beginners.

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Best Putters For Beginners

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TaylorMade Spider GT Max Putter

TaylorMade Spider GT Max Putter resting on the putting green showing off its unique weighting system

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A stunning putter that offers excellent forgiveness

Specifications

Length: 34", 35"
Toe hang: Face-Balanced

Reasons to buy

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Adjustable weights easy to use and subtle
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Full flexibility in weight positions
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Great feel from insert

Reasons to avoid

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When weights at back the head tends to sit on its tail

As putters go, this is by far one of the coolest designs on the market right now. Akin to many of the best TaylorMade putters the brand have once again outdone themselves with this exceptional model that oozes class and performance. We loved the sci-fi aesthetic this club offers and that instils bags of confidence as you stand over each shot. It is an update on its winged predecessor, the Spider GT that comes in a similar mallet design that is optimised to push the weight of the club to its extremities. That works to improve the MOI of the putter and helps you hit the golf ball flush with a square face, making it a great flat stick for any beginner looking to strike the ball more fluidly.

During our testing sessions, we loved the feel the putter offered which uses the same Pure Roll 2 insert, found in the equally impressive Spider GTX. That offers up an excellent putting sensation as well as plenty of responsivity through impact - something we really enjoyed with this putter. Behind the face, you'll notice the very clear black and white alignment line that works to frame the ball behind the club, allowing you to hit the sweet-spot on the clubface more consistently. 

Perhaps the biggest highlight here is the intuitive weighting system that you'll find in its sole. We had a great time fiddling with this and adjusting the weight for our swing arc. Ultimately, it allows players to change the center of gravity and toe hang on the club through two 40g sliding tungsten weights that move up and down the wings of the club. The resulting variations to the head performance are quite subtle, but thanks to the consistency of shots the Spider GT Max can help you produce, it matches up nicely with some of the most forgiving putters we've tested of late.

Inesis High MOI Putter

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

Specifications

Length: 33", 34"
Toe hang: Face-balanced

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

An excellent putter that comes with a face-balanced head that delivers plenty of stability, the Inesis High MOI Putter is a brilliant option for any beginner player looking for more forgiveness around the greens. It comes in a very futuristic design with the stainless steel mallet boasting a very cool metal design that has a very handy alignment line on its crown. Beginner players will certainly enjoy the accuracy that it'll give them as well as the larger footprint it has on the green. And at just $180, this is one of the best cheap putters on the market right now! 

But one of the things we loved about this club was its deep weighting system that pushes its mass out to the back and the corners of the club to help increase the club's MOI. That helped deliver a stable and fluid feeling when putting, which was something we really enjoyed with this club. Another big highlight of this club was the feel of the golf ball at impact. The semi-rigid TPU face really helped to improve the roll on the ball when we made contact. It felt really solid when struck and we were very impressed by the quality on offer here, despite it being one of the better value options on this list. For that reason, we'd also rank it as one of the best putters for high handicappers and if you're after more gear from Inesis and Decathlon, why not check out some of the excellent lasers they produce in our best golf rangefinders guide.

Cleveland Frontline Elite Rho Putter

Cleveland Frontline Elite Rho Putter Review

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A very forgiving putter that offers an excellent feel

Specifications

Length: 34", 35"
Toe hang: Face balanced/Moderate

Reasons to buy

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Lot of technology for the money
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Simple visual alignment
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Forgiving on off centre hits

Reasons to avoid

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Feel could be firmer
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Wants to sit back at address

One of the new mallet putter shapes in the Frontline range from Cleveland, this is a very forgiving flat stick that offers a lot of support for those looking for a little bit of help keeping the clubface open at impact. Akin to many of the best mallet putters, this club pushes the weight to the extremities of its head thanks to its winged design and two tungsten inserts that sit behind the face. Interestingly, while most putters would tend to sit these further away from the face, these adjustable weights sit close to the insert and prevent the face from rotating on impact. That makes it one of the most forgiving putters on the market.

Visually, the Rho's sole has a lovely contoured look to it and allows the Rho to sit very well at address as long as you get your hands in the right position as the weighting means it does want to sit back on its tail. The other great thing here is it comes in a number of different shaft options to help you maintain your rhythm and a fluid swing. The single bend shaft is great straight-arc putters, while the slant-neck shaft is better for arced putting strokes. 

It does feel a little heavy in your hands, which for some beginners is a great way to help steady your stroke. But overall, this putter, rather cleverly if we may say so, has packed a lot of technology into a decent mid-sized head to maximise forgiveness for those struggling to hit the sweet spot on their flat stick consistently. 

Wilson Staff Model TM22 Putter

Wilson Staff Model TM22 Putter

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A premium putter that delivers bags of performance

Specifications

Length: 33", 34", 35"
Toe hang: Face balanced

Reasons to buy

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Forgiving head on slight arc hosel
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Premium feel and performance
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Lovely grip

Reasons to avoid

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Head a little on compact side

The TM22 boasts some excellent features which make it one of the best mallet putters on the market. We feel that Wilson has surpassed themselves here, employing a clever use of milling lines to create visual differences for alignments and a putter that comes with some very classy looks. It is made from a 304 block of stainless steel and looks fantastic at the address, framing the ball against the club face thanks to the fangs and different milling patterns you'll see on the club. 

The subtle alignment lines improve the overall aesthetic of this putter, making it a great tool to use if you're looking for more accuracy around the greens. It's also great for those who have a small arc in their swing, thanks to the slight overhang the club's hosel boasts. Combine that with the milling pattern on the club's 3º lofted face and you'll really feel the premium feedback it delivers, even when you hit your shot slightly off center. 

Compared to other putters of this style the head looks a little on the compact side behind the ball, but played a little bigger than it looks. Not shown above is the premium leather pistol handle that also comes with the club which has some smart contouring around the upper part of the handle which will complement whatever grip style you employ. It is ultimately, one of the best Wilson golf clubs on the market right now.

TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast Bandon 3 Putter

taylormade tp bandon 3 putter showing off its stainless steel clubhead on the golf course

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A reliable putter that is perfect for beginner players

Specifications

Length: 34"
Toe hang: Toe-balanced

Reasons to buy

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Premium looks
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Suits a variety of strokes
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Great for high handicap golfers

Reasons to avoid

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Can produce some sun glare

Off the face, TaylorMade TP Hydro Blast Bandon 3 feels solid and offers up a surprisingly firm and loud sound at impact given the deep grooves on the face insert.  We loved the responsive feel it delivered and helped us produce a nice roll on the golf ball. 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. For that reason we'd also rank it amongst some of the best Putters for High Handicappers, helping players consistently produce true and fluid rolls on the golf ball. 

The Bandon 3 has more of a toe hang so is ideal for players who want to have the forgiveness of a mallet and are perhaps moving towwards using a blade. If you are one of those players, then why not also check out our guide to the best blade putters here. The sandstone finish on Bandon 3's head is absolutely stunning. For something that looks so raw, it still manages to be elegant and premium, although it does reflect the sun more than we’d have liked when putting in a certain direction.

Ping 2022 Mundy Putter

Ping 2022 Mundy Putter on a green background

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A well-balanced putter that frames the ball very nicely

Specifications

Length: 35"
Toe hang: Toe balanced