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2017 Golf Putters

Golf putters make up almost 50% of all shots on the golf course, making it one of the most important clubs in a players’ bag.

If you’re looking to pick up a golf putter for the very first time, or simply want to upgrade to a 2017 model, then this buying guide will give you all the information about putters, its uses and which brands to consider.

Putter balances

Putters have varying balances which offer different performances for players, and this section details what’s available, and what you should be looking for.

Mid-slant

Mid-slant golf putters balance at around 45 degrees, and are the traditional favourite among players. Mid-slant putters have a full shaft offset, encourage less rotation for slighter arc stoke type, and help achieve greater balances in performance. The mid-slant putter was initially brought into the mainstream by PING, and received critical acclaim that drove it towards legendary status. Similar iterations exist today, and any mid-slant putter should be well worth your time.

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Face-balanced

Face-balanced putters point upwards should you balance the shaft on a finger, and this means that centre of gravity is directly below the axis of the shaft. This allows the golf club head to remain in the square position throughout, and straightens the putting stroke during forward flows of motion. They are ideal for straight strokes with a back and through approach.

Toe-down

Toe-down golf putters are immensely popular, especially for golfers with an in-to-out-to-in or very strong arc stroke type. These putters enable you to power through the swing without over-indulging and missing the hole. Interestingly, if you were to lay a toe-down putter down horizontal, the toe would point to the ground; hence the name!

Golf putter shapes

This section explains different putter shapes and how best they perform on the golf course.

Golf putter shapes

This section explains different putter shapes and how best they perform on the golf course.

Blade putters

Blade putters harken back to the golden age of golf, which could be why it’s still very popular today. Lots of golfers will point to the blade putter as being highly effective on the greens and – being the oldest putter still in regular circulation – they have a point. Predominantly blade putters are toe down designed, and because of their relatively small heads and higher centre of gravity, these brilliant clubs offer little margin for error and work well for every level of player.

Some of the very best golf putter ranges available now include the Odyssey Milled RSX Collection #1 Putter, Mizuno Golf MP A309 Putter, Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 8.0 Counterbalanced Putter, Titleist Scotty Cameron 2016 Select Newport 2 Putter and TaylorMade TP Soto Putter.

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Mallet-shaped putters

Mallet putters make putting easier and are ideal for higher handicap golfers who aren’t that confident yet. They have a larger surface area on the crown with plenty of room for varying alignment aids. The mallet putter is normally face-balanced and peripheral weighted to offer the same performance as other putters, only easier.

The Odyssey Milled RSX Collection #7 Putter, PING G Le Olso Ladies Putter, Fazer FP22 410 Putter, Titleist Scotty Cameron 2016 Select Newport M1 Putter and Odyssey White Hot RX 7 Putter are some of the best mallet-shaped golf putters available now for golfers of all skill levels.

Peripheral Weighted

From oldest to newest, modern putters are Peripheral Weighed. They have added weight in the heel and toe for increased MOI (moment of inertia) which measures how much the golf club head twists. The higher the MOI, the less twisting occurs on off-centre hits. This allows for straighter putts even on the occasional miss-hit connection.

Golf Putter Face Technology

This section details golf putter face technologies and how they work.

Groove Face

Groove faces are made from metal that gets the golf ball rolling immediately upon impact. The significant rise in groove face putters is down to them having a lack of any real drawbacks. Grooves also manage to halt the golf ball from skidding, sliding and back spinning; even reducing the risk of ‘hopping’ before the golf ball gets off on a roll down the greens.

Metal Face

Metal face putters give important feedback through feel and sound, immediately allowing you to hear any connection made with the golf ball the moment impact is made. Softer materials limit sounds and give less feedback, too, making this one of the best putters around.

Golf Putter Insert Technology

The ever-evolving world of golf would be nowhere near as interesting without the ever-evolving golf equipment that comes with it. And technology is no exception. From rubber to elastomers, right through to ceramic and composites and other metals, it’s this variety of material that really helps Insert Technology to chisel out the perfect performance. Using lighter materials allows for more MOI to be produced, and this in turn helps to reduce hopping, skidding and other impact issues.