If you are a beginner to the game of golf, these putters might suit you best.
Best Putters For Beginners
The putter is arguably the most important club in the bag at every level of the game but it is particularly vital for beginner golfers because countless shots can be saved by holing more putts.
So then, if you are a beginner what, are some of the best putters for you then? Well there are plenty of models below to choose from, each of which have been thoroughly tested, and we have also included some general buying advice at the bottom of this page as well, so you can choose wisely.
Joel Tadman tests 15 of the latest putter ranges in 2021 and picks his favourites
In terms of getting the best putters for beginners, the main thing to think about is forgiveness. Beginners often struggle to consistently strike the ball in the middle of the face and usually they need help maintaining the club face through the stroke, and not twisting it.
As such mallets are the way to go here because they offer forgiveness on offer-centre strikes, have weight that can be distributed around the clubhead to help minimise twisting, and their are also clear alignment benefits to the clubs too.
Bearing all of this in mind below we have looked at some of the best putters for beginners. Additionally we also recommend checking out our guides on the best mallet putters, the best putters for high handicappers, and the most forgiving putters too.
Best Putters For Beginners
Ping 2021 Fetch Putter
+ Soft face ideal for putting on fast greens
+ Convenient to pick the ball up
– Not adjustable like the previous Sigma models
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.
We like the sleek black aesthetic of the whole 2021 range and the shocks of red give it enough colour to pop on the greens.
The Fetch model also has a cool feature on the bottom that allows you to pick up the ball without bending down to get it, hence the name Fetch.
Cleveland Frontline Elevado Putter
+ Easy to align and the S-shape groove pattern regulates ball speed across the face
+ Consistent feel
– It might take a big leap of faith to give it a go
Another worthy inclusion as one of the best putters for beginners is the Elevado from Cleveland.
The brand moved the centre of gravity forward to the front of the head when conventional wisdom says you need to push it back. They’ve done this by developing new forward weighting technology and by having two tungsten weights into the face of the putter – the result being better stability through the impact.
More stability means more consistency, and moving on to looks it is one of our favorites on this list as well.
The fangs that extend back frame the ball nicely and there’s a short white line marking the centre of the clubface. There isn’t a lot going on in terms of alignment aids, but the putter naturally sits very square at address and that simpler look will appeal to many. The black finish really looks great too.
TaylorMade Spider SR Putter
+ Incredibly stable and creates a consistent roll off the face
+ Forgiving across the face
– There are definitely some more subtle putter heads on the market
One of the best TaylorMade putters out right now, the Spider SR is designed to be one of the most stable putters in the Spider family and makes it one of the best putters for beginners in their 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 its an ideal putter.
Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham Putter
+ Like the entire range it’s great value for money
+ Black finish
– Quite a large and busy putter 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 use a claw grip, 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 fractional price and ideal for beginners who don’t want to spend too much on new gear.
Odyssey 2-Ball Ten Putter
+ Powerful alignment aids to help square the face at address and at impact
+ Soft but solid feel
– Not all with enjoy the two ball look
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.
We love this putter and as such we included it in our best Odyssey putters guide.
Cobra King 3D Printed Agera Putter
+ Descending Loft Technology in the face provides consistent ball roll
+ Incredibly forgiving
– Unorthodox design can be quite busy to look down on
Continuing the mallet theme to this guide, another model to mention is the Agera from Cobra. Thanks to its sheer size it has the highest MOI (moment of inertia) of any Cobra putter and uses a 3D printed insert and tungsten weights to achieve this.
It is unqeustionably one of the most forgiving putters on the market and this is further aided by SIK Face Technology which uses descending loft technology to produce more consistent launch and we’ve found it to be a genuine asset in our testing.
If you can get used to how funky and futuristic this putter looks, it will definitely stand out anywhere you go, then we think it could do wonders for the beginner golfers out there.
Evnroll ER11V Putter
+ You’ll struggle to find a putter that helps you more
+ Clear alignment aid
– More compact than old Evnroll mallets, but it is still quite big
The flagship model in the new Evnroll V Series putters is the ER11V, which is a high-performance mallet offering forgiveness and stability with a clean and compact look.
This putter is ideal for those who struggle with producing a consistent roll and pace control, because it has something called ‘Sweet Face Technology’ a mill pattern designed to perform across the entire hitting area.
It is therefore ideal for beginners because there is huge forgiveness on offer in a head shape that whilst still being big, is still more compact than others on this list.
MacGregor MacTec X 003 Putter
+ Incredible value for money, ideal to get you started
– It certainly feels a bit cheaper than others on this list
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. 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. The #3 model also is very easy to align because it has three white lines on the head.
Two 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.
TaylorMade Truss TM 2 Putter
+ Great outside-the-box thinking and should see you picking it off the shelf
+ Technology performs whilst being hidden at address
– A lot of us go by purely looks so this won’t be for everyone
The Truss range is a two-strong collective and is quite polarising with the different look with the hosel.
It’s not there to look weird, rather the idea has been borrowed from bridge makers and, through triangular shapes, added to the neck section of the putters. So there’s a larger area of supported mass and, when you fail to locate sweet spot, the club will stay more square. The longer the putt, the more likely your dispersion will go up and the more help you’ll get.
But when you look down on this putter all you see is a regular fang-shaped mallet and nothing of what’s going on around the neck line. Martin Kaymer uses the other version – the Truss TM1 – which he says he really loves the concept.
What to look out for when buying a putter
If you are a beginner to the game of golf, there are several things you need to think about before purchasing a flatstick. Let’s get into those now
Forgiveness – A new player to the game, with every club in the bag, needs forgiveness because consistency of strike on the golf ball varies so greatly. The same is said for the putter and thankfully there are a whole load of models that have been designed to have high MOI’s, and larger footprints down by the golf ball to inspire confidence. As such, and as the selections above show, a mallet putter is usually the best place to start if you are new to the game.
Looks – A beginner putter may be large and forgiving, but that doesn’t mean you have to hate what it looks like. Every brand creates mallet designs that really stand out and suit all tastes, so simply find one you like the look of in the bag and more importantly, down by the ball and in your hands.
Price – Obviously it goes without saying that price is an important factor in golf. The great thing is though, there are lots of different putters at different price points so you can easily spend however much you want to. If you want the premium offering as a beginner golfer then you can go for that, or if you just want to see if you enjoy the game, then you can get several putters offering good value.
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