By Joel Tadman
Here are some of our favourite putters that will work perfectly for high handicap players.
Best Putters For High Handicappers
For all the talk of adding 20 yards to your drives and playing some irons that get the ball in the air that bit easier, a quicker way to shaving a few shots off your scores is to stop the three putts.
The best putters out there will see your handicap drop because the designs will help negate issues in terms of consistent strikes, forgiveness and alignment.
When trying to find the a putter for a higher handicapper, we think the place to start is in the mallet section of putter design. This is because they offer forgiveness on off-centre strikes and they often have weight that 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.
This weight also stops the twisting of the clubhead and many designs also have alignment on the head too to help higher handicap players line up putts better.
Joel Tadman tests 15 of the latest putter ranges in 2021 and picks his favourites
So what are some of the best putters for high handicappers currently on the market? Well below we have taken a look and we also think you should see our guides on the best putters for beginners, best mallet putters, or the best putting aids as well.
Best Putters For High Handicappers
TaylorMade Spider S Putter
+ Lovely new alignment option on the crown + High levels of forgiveness and stability – Not a whole lot different to last year’s Spider S
Not much has changed versus last year’s Spider S, but the 2021 refresh has brought with it a new alignment tool on the top of the crown and a new, slightly softer face insert.
The new TruPath alignment, which can also be found on the Spider SR, is the exact width of the golf ball and give golfers a great focal point on the putter head in which to consistently line the ball up and strike it out of the centre of the face.
Being a mallet, this a very stable and forgiving putter and the new alignment only helps in striking the ball consistently on the greens.
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.
All Evnroll putters come with patented ‘Sweet Face Technology’, an innovative and unique mill pattern engineered to deliver uniform performance across the entire hitting area. You can really feel this at work in the ER11V too, making it an ideal option for a golfer who struggles with consistent roll and pace control.
The other putters in the V Series have the same innovative technology in the head and come with a number of different shaft bends so golfers can find an Evnroll putter that suits their putting stroke precisely.
Odyssey 2-Ball Ten Putter
+ Try this with Callaway’s Triple Track balls for even more alignment help + Soft but sold feel - The look is quite niche and might not be for the traditionalist
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.
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. As you can see above, it has a large footprint which is a key part of the design because it has been created to offer the highest MOI possible. It does this in part because of the 3D printed inset and tungsten weights.
It is unquestionably 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.
It certainly looks very futuristic with all the different components adding something unique to the design. We think it could take a bit of time to get used to but there are very few putters out there that help players as much as this model does.
Ping Heppler Tyne 3 Putter
+ Sits great and fantastic for short putts + Premium look and solid feel - Loud, clicky feel might put some off
This mallet will suit an arc stroke and has been a big success for Ping.
There is a nice little visual story here; at address it appears that the aluminium 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 centre of gravity and more forgiveness.
This fang-shaped putter offers a lot of stability and the combination of the black and copper aesthetic really looks the part.
Scotty Cameron Special Select Squareback 2 Putter
+ Yet another high-performance putter that is aesthetically pleasing + High levels of forgiveness given the compact profile - Stock grip might not be to everyone's taste
Scotty Cameron putters often require little explanation because of the craftsmanship involved.
The Squareback is for the players who want the crisp design of the Newport 2, but with a wider-bodied, more forgiving profile. It may look like a blade but actually it is more mid-mallet in its design.
Optimal balance was achieved by designing weight into the heel, toe and perimeter by using stainless steel sole weights and a 6061 aircraft aluminum sole plate.
It’s worth noting that all Select putters come with a new Pistolini Plus grip which is larger, thicker and fuller lower hand and heavier than older versions. They used to weigh in at 56g, now they’re 77-80.
If you're a higher handicapper but still want a bladed putter over a mallet, this is one of the more forgiving options out there.
TaylorMade Spider FCG Putter
+ This will suit plenty of players and is really helpful to start the ball online + Stable off the face - The heavier copper insert offers a firmer stroke, more like a blade
This stands for forward centre of gravity and much of the weight here, 70 per cent of it, is in the front as opposed to only 43 per cent in the Spider X. So this is aimed at those players who might have struggled with a mallet in the past and there are three hosel configurations - small slant, L neck and a single bend - to suit different strokes.
This is easy to aim the face up square thanks to the T-shape alignment and, while it will feel different to the rear-weighted Spider X, the performance is right up there when you get used to it.
There is also plenty of premium appeal with the Super Stroke Pistol 1.0 grip and the all-black shaft. Definitely one of the best TaylorMade putters out there.
Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham Putter
+ Premium performance at a cut price + 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, ideal for a higher handicapper.
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.
Cleveland Frontline Elevado Putter
+ Easy to align and the S-shape groove pattern regulates ball speed across the face + Looks great at address - Not most solid sound at impact
This is something different. Cleveland have 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.
This slant neck version is ideal for slight arc strokes, which is what makes it one of the best putters for high handicappers.
Mizuno M-Craft 3 Putter
+ This is an outstanding looking model + Adjustable weights let you alter the feel to match your tempo – There’s no topline alignment
Mizuno are back in the premium putter market with three M-Craft models. The 1 is a square back with a mid slant neck to help with an exaggerated putting arc, the 2 is a classic heel-toe with plumber’s neck and is suited for a moderate putting arc. This model, the M-Craft 3, is a face-balanced mid-mallet and is 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, it also comes in black and white, but this might change your mind.
Odyssey White Hot OG 7 Putter
+ Iconic face insert with plenty of models to choose from + Looks outstanding – Slightly more retro look isn't as striking as some putters currently on the market
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.
There are several excellent models in the range but pictured above is the #7 putter with another iconic Odyssey trait, the 'fang' look which is a great way of lining up the ball and helps you strike it out of the middle of the face as much as possible.
All come with the same fantastic insert so it’s all about picking the head shape that works best for you to get one of the best putters for high handicappers.
What to consider when buying a putter
It goes without saying that the putter is probably the most important club in the bag especially for those high handicappers because it can save so many shots. Therefore there are several factors you should consider before purchasing which we will go into below.
Head Design - Putters come in lots of different head designs whether that be blade, mallet, or mid-mallet and all three have their positives and negatives.
From a higher handicap perspective, we would recommend going for mallets because they tend to be much larger which helps because 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.
Additionally because of this size mallet putters tend to offer larger sweet spots which is beneficial for players who may struggle in terms of consistent strike, as well as offering clear alignment aids.
Feel - This is a very important factor to consider because in putting feel is everything. Some putters offer a firmer feel off the face whilst others are soft, some are heavier than others too so you need to find a model that fits well in your hands.
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 have to like what you are putting with because this will give you confidence standing over the ball in particular. In terms of mallets, there are loads of classic and futuristic designs above so it is purely a case of finding a model you like the look of.
Price - 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, as the selections above show.
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Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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