Best Putters For High Handicappers 2024

Here are some of our favorite putters that will work perfectly for high handicap players.

Best Putters For High Handicappers
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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 shave a few shots off your scores is to stop three-putting. The bane of most golfers is making it to the green in regulation and failing to putt-out for par or birdie because you took more than two shots. 

For that reason, putting is perhaps one of the most important areas of the game amateur players should look to improve on the most. And while the best way to really improve your putting stroke is by spending a lot of time on the practice greens, you can also improve your performance by making sure you are using the right equipment that is suitable for your ability and putting stroke. Some of the best putters currently on the market can help players cut down their handicaps thanks to their forgiving designs that can help you strike the ball more consistently and with better alignment. 

When trying to find a putter for a higher handicapper, we think the place to start is in the mallet section of putter design. This is because the best mallet putters give greater forgiveness on off-center strikes. The center of gravity of a mallet putter is also often moved to the perimeter of the club-head and that offers much better balance than what you will receive from a blade putter. 

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So what are some of the best putters for high handicappers currently on the market? Well, we have set out a list below of our top choices, but if you're also thinking about buying a set of irons or a new driver, why not take a look at our guides on the best golf clubs for high handicappers or our guide on the best drivers for high handicappers.

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Best Putters For High Handicappers

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Top pick

Odyssey Eleven putter

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Specifications

Face design: White hot insert
Toe hang: Toe balanced
Adjustable weights?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Confidence inspiring shape
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Good alignment line options
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Great grip

Reasons to avoid

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Prefer darker head across all models

A very stable and high MOI putter with a good choice of hosels, the Odyssey is a must consider if you're a high handicapper who is looking to shave some shots off your round. The putter simply looks and feels the part. Its brushed-steel finish, sleek design and handy alignment tool all combine to make this club visually a very good-looking piece of kit. 

In terms of its performance, the putter boasts a traditional, White Hot face insert that provides an excellent feel and seems to suit mallet putters very well. Meanwhile, the clubhead features several heavyweight steel weights in each of its back corners, which aim to keep the center of gravity on the club forward, which helps to produce a smooth ball roll off the face of the club. 

The club's shaft joins a graphite top section with a steel tip to improve stroke consistency, accuracy and stability. That also means it is a lot lighter than a steel shaft and combines well with the Eleven clubhead to produce a fluid putting stroke. As one of the best Odyssey putters on the market, it is both a very forgiving and stylish club that high-handicappers can benefit from. 

Best unique tech

cobra agera armlock putter

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Specifications

Face design: SIK Face Technology
Toe hang: Face-balanced
Adjustable weights?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Face design provides consistent ball roll
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Extremely forgiving

Reasons to avoid

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Unorthodox design won't appeal to all players
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Metal top section does produce sun glare

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 consistent stroke through the ball. And we’ve found that technology 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.

Best premium model

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 2022 PutterEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Face design: 6061 aircraft aluminum face
Toe hang: Face-balanced
Adjustable weights?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High MOI design
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Feels light to use
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Better alignment design
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All metal face design

Reasons to avoid

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No choice of hosel options

The flagship model of their 2022 range of putters, the Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 putter is one of the highest MOI clubs on this list. While this is one of the best Scotty Cameron putters in recent memory, if you're keen to check out some of the other putters the brand has on sale, take a look at our guide on the best Scotty Cameron putters on the market. As you can see from the image above, the putter has a star-shaped design that features a black aluminum face that is supported by heavier stainless steel sections on either side. This distributes the weight of the club out to its extremities, moving the center of gravity away from its center, providing superb forgiveness and a superb feeling on impact. 

That combination of brushed steel and black metal also gives the club a very crisp and stylish finish. The putter also has a very clear alignment tool stretching right the way down its back and that can be used in conjunction with its T-shaped aluminum body to help strike more square through the ball. Overall this is one of the best-looking mallet putters on the market that provides exceptional forgiveness and a brilliant feel of the clubface. 

Best adjustability

TaylorMade Spider GT Max Putter on the green

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Specifications

Face design: Pure Roll 2 insert
Toe hang: Face-balanced
Adjustable weights?: Yes

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

The TaylorMade Spider GT Max putter is one of the latest mallet designs from the American brand and is one of the most adjustable putters on this list. It comes with plenty of versatility, with this stylish and innovative offering looking the part on the course too. It is one of the best mallet putters on the market, offering up a very cool sci-fi design that will sits large behind the golf ball. That all combines to deliver confidence inspiring club that many players will enjoy playing with. 

It does offer up a very similar design to the Spider GT, another forgiving putter, that also uses the same Pure Roll 2 insert that you'll find here. It delivers an excellent sound and feedback when you strike the golf ball and feels great even when you don't strike the ball out of the middle.  

The highlight here though is the intuitive weighting system that you'll find on its sole. It allows players to fine tune the CG placement and toe hang of the club through two 40g tungsten weights that sit on the wings of the club. Simply unscrew the weights and place them in either one of the three positions up and down the wings to deliver the right balance for your stroke. The resulting variations to the head performance are quite subtle, but that does make it one of the best putters for forgiveness that we've tested of late, thanks to the consistency of shots it can help you produce. 

Best value

Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham Putter Review

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Specifications

Face balanced: Double-Milled Face
Toe hang: Face balanced
Adjustable weights?: No

Reasons to buy

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Premium performance at a cut price
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Black finish

Reasons to avoid

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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 features a very recognizable head shape that has become very 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.

Best large footprint

Ping 2022 Tomcat 14 Putter address

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Specifications

Face design: Flat aluminum face
Toe hang: Face balanced
Adjustable weights?: No

Reasons to buy

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Very forgiving design
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Solid feel
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Nice grip

Reasons to avoid

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Alignment lines could be visually stronger

Continuing on from the design of the Ping Heppler Tomcat putter, the 2022 Tomcat 14 builds on the success of Heppler, as a very forgiving high MOI putter that we thought was excellent on the greens. The silver 304 stainless steel sole plate sits below a black aluminum body, continuing the sleek black and silver look used throughout the 2022 range. 

Like the 2022 Ancer, this putter does have a very premium look but is a lot heavier, weighing the same as some of the best mallet putters on the market. The Tomcat also has a low center of gravity and pushes the weight of the club back to the corners of the clubhead. That helps to maximize the MOI of the club by reducing the amount that it twists through impact and ensures you strike the ball firmly in the center of the clubface. That makes it one of the most forgiving putters on this list and delivers consistent ball speeds off the face. 

Looking down at the putter, you'll see that the ball is framed very nicely by two aluminum bars on the back of the clubhead. They feature two cool dotted alignment lines that helped us visualize the ball's direction. The one drawback of the Tomcat 14 was the sound it made on impact, which we thought gave off a slightly tinny sound thanks to the aluminum top on the club. But that is only a minor issue with what is a very forgiving club that is perfect for anyone struggling with the yips around the greens. 

Best face

Evnroll Zero Putter

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Specifications

Face design: CNC Milled
Toe hang: Toe balanced
Adjustable weights?: Yes