The Best Putters Reviewed In 2021
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- 1 The Best Putters Reviewed In 2021
- 1.1 TaylorMade Spider Tour Platinum
- 1.2 S7K Standing Putter for Men and Women
- 1.3 Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Blade Putter
- 1.4 Pinemeadow Golf PGX SL Putter
- 1.5 Cleveland Golf 2019 Huntington Beach SOFT Putter
- 1.6 Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Ten Putter
- 1.7 Wilson Harmonized M5
- 1.8 Wilson Staff Infinite South Side Golf Putter
- 1.9 How Do I Pick the Right Putter Length?
- 1.10 Which Putter Head Should I Choose?
- 1.11 Our Verdict
Putters are far more difficult to analyze and measure than other golf clubs. With the rest of your bag, we can look at launch angles and air speed, break down macro swing mechanics, and compare distances. The best putter is harder to put your finger on because… putting is much less subjective than the rest of your game.
We can argue about which iron, hybrid, or driver is the best tool for the job on any given hole. But once you hit the green, your putter is your putter. Nobody plays golf competitively with more than one putter in their bag. Picking the right one is critical to your success.
These days, even the best putters come in all different shapes and sizes. We’ve narrowed the field down to our top eight favorites.
Spider Tour Platinum is a tour-quality putter with features designed to optimize performance for golfers of any level. You don’t want to pass up this TaylorMade innovation. While the price tag is nothing to sneeze at, this putter has helped to claim PGA Tour victories in the hands of elite golf pros like Dustin Johnson and Jason Day.
This modern mallet putter is designed to improve MOI, making it more stable through your swing, leading to cleaner ball movement. The aluminum core is made from a stainless steel aluminum frame, further helping the head maintain a nice, even balance through your putting stroke. The head’s weight itself helps to guide your shot on a perfect line through the golf ball.
A well-fired putt will sound and feel just right, thanks to the polyurethane foam damper that separates the frame from the body. Like a spider, the club is tactile; a perfect choice for the sensitive golfer.
The face of the putter is built with milled aluminum in a style that TaylorMade calls the Pure Roll. This adds some springiness and downward motion to the ball, kick-starting the ball’s forward roll to avoid backspin or catching a blemish in the green.
The S7K standing putter is sort of an oddity among competition putters. We kind of chuckled the first time we saw it in action. This club is perfectly balanced to freely stand on its own, allowing you to address the golf ball, aim your shot, and then examine your line from any angle.
Every single bit of this butter is precision engineered to achieve the perfect freestanding balance. The lightweight grip and shaft, plus a carefully sculpted & weighted sole shape, let you set the club down and step away on any green.
The putter’s balance point rests low in the head, just above and inside of the shaft. The head balances perfectly in the center as a good putter should. This low balance point enhances acceleration through the golf ball while maintaining a clean line. The competitive MOI also makes it a forgiving putter if your putting stroke is misaligned.
S7K features a fly-cut milling pattern that the manufacturer calls “buttery soft on impact.” The sound & feel of each stroke is highly responsive, whether you’re putting from 3 feet or 30 feet.
A quick note: if you re-grip your S7K, it will lose its perfect balance and won’t stand freely.
While this putter comes with the Odyssey branding, it’s a trusty Callaway property that’s considered one of the best putters among amateur and journeyman hackers. Built to competitive performance specs, it’s a blade putter that’s in demand all over the world.
The inserts behind the club face are laser milled, helping improve tolerance on high impact shots to help maintain performance regardless of where you lie on the green.
The weighting between the toe and heel is balanced to keep the club even, particularly through poor swings. This forgiveness is paired with a responsive feel and sound off the face that tells you just how well (or not) you hit the golf ball.
The blade style putter head is a classic choice for amateur players. It’s a simple & easy club to swing without too much complicated technology to account for. Plus, not only is it available in this slick black finish, but Callaway even offers custom logo finishes you can order for your next event.
One of our preferred budget selections is the PGX SL by Pinemeadow, from their best-selling line of PGX putters. The alignment system is rather pronounced, featuring a double-orb visual guide that makes lining up your show as simple as it’s ever been.
The hosel is offset in a “plumber’s neck” shape, offsetting the head at just the right angle to keep your putt drifting along its intended path all the way through.
Given the neck shape, the weighting of the head is pushed a little bit more forward, but still centered, also helping to hold the putter on its line through your stroke. The face of the club has a padded insert that helps initiate the rolling motion on the ball, keeping it from jumping off the green.
Pinemeadow engineered a special grip for the PGX SL, their black & green spider grip. Its PU fibers maintain a firm grip while resting comfortably in your hands. The feel of this putter is light as a feather, with the layering of the grip distributing the force away from your hands.
|Loft||Lie||Length||Head Weight||3°||72°||Men's 34" / Ladies 33"||340g|
Cleveland Golf has experimented with the “plumber’s neck” orientation, like Pinemeadow, contributing to this ultra-soft putter’s perfect center of gravity.
Utilizing their patented Speed Optimized Face Technology, Cleveland’s putter keeps strokes consistent no matter where you strike the golf ball along the face. The club’s innovative diamond CNC milling pattern flares out from the center, a design which accommodates imperfect shots and normalizes roll, speed, and distance.
The alignment guide is a simple stroke across the rear center, which makes lining up your putting stroke effortless when addressing the ball properly. The head is made with a soft 304 stainless steel, creating a delicate feel that helps you play a controlled game on the greens. An over sized grip enhances this effect, and is refreshingly comfortable on the hands.
Another Odyssey putter reaches our top list for its innovations in performance-enhancing technology. The line is engineered with state-of-the-art technology and polished with a rich black PVD finish to give them a luxurious appeal while performing a cut above the competition.
Odyssey’s special sauce is Stroke Lab’s secret weighting scheme. It starts with a featherweight composite shaft that’s up to 40 grams lighter than a typical mallet putter. Instead, the weight is distributed to the grip and the head, giving it a unique vertical balance that helps you control timing and consistency.
The club face insert is Stroke Lab’s proprietary “Microhinge Star,” which, unlike the softer clubs on our list, creates a much firmer feel and a more powerful sound. This bolstered responsiveness is particularly effective for the golfer with a firmer grip and less soft hands.
Another great budget choice on our top list comes from Wilson’s Harmonized line. The latest iteration is the M5, a mallet putter boasting a widened grip for greater comfort.
It features a micro-injected polymer insert in the club head that pads your putts to reduce bounciness and keep the golf ball rolling smoothly on the green. Its responsiveness is impressive for its low price point. This is thanks to the grip, which has minimal shock absorption to increase your read on your putts.
The M5 is finished with a contrasting color scheme to help improve your address and alignment. It’s the perfect recreational club for amateur or casual level players. It’s not action-packed with the latest and greatest mallet putter technologies, but it comes at an advantageous price point that’s accessible to new golfers with lower budgets.
*Detailed manufacturer specs not released by Wilson
On the higher end of the Wilson spectrum, we have the Infinite series. If you look around, you’ll find that this putter is offered in multiple configurations (as are a few of the others on our list). Don’t worry – we’re still only picking the best putters here. With other things being relatively equal, the South Side model has the most even weight distribution in the head making this mallet putter our favorite version of the Wilson Staff Infinite.
The double milled face enhances your distance, and keeps your roll smooth and even. It offers you consistent impact, even on imperfect putts, making it a highly forgiving putter.
However, you’ll find that you don’t hit nearly as many imperfect putts thanks to the counterbalanced weighting. The shaft’s center of gravity is higher up, closer to the hands. This forces you to be more deliberate and exercise more control through your putt, leading to a slower, more controlled & consistent motion.
The oversize perforated grip is a pretty classic style, a tried-and-true grip for comfort and playability. However, it’s heavy-weighted to contribute to the counterbalanced weighting that keeps you swinging with excellent control.
|Loft||Lie||Length||Head Weight||3°||71°||34",35" (LH 35" only)||365g|
How Do I Pick the Right Putter Length?
As you shop, you’ll notice putters are offered in different lengths to suit your needs and preferences. You can fine-tune your perfect length, but, a putter that’s too long or too short will simply throw you off your putting line.
Putters are generally available between 32″ – 52″, with the key being visibility. You want to have a clear sight line on the golf ball and the right angle to view it from.
The most common mistake golfers make is to play with putters that are too long for their bodies. If you find yourself choking up on your putter as you would a baseball bat, then, your putters are too long. However, if you find yourself hunching over or experiencing back pain when putting, then your putters are too short.
There’s a quick and easy way to find the perfect putter shaft length for your height.
Simply line up in your putting stance. Put a golf ball on the ground to help you visualize it correctly. Let your arms hang naturally in front of you, as you would when gripping a club. The key here is… you have to have a well-practiced putting stance to line this up properly. Then, have a partner measure from the top of your hands to the ground. This is how long your putter shaft should be.
Which Putter Head Should I Choose?
Mallet putters are the putters you see with rounded heads behind a slightly curved club face. They’re often evenly-balanced to assist with consistent swings and control. However, because the club head does most of the work, mallet putters are less customizable. Mallet putters are favored more among high-handicappers for their playability.
Blade putters are somewhat more well known to the casual player, but are often very popular among serious, low-handicap golfers. They have a flat, narrow club head that offer high responsiveness for fine-tuned control. The neck and hosel of blade putters can vary from club to club, to optimize different points of impact or lines of sight. We included at least one blade putter on our list in the Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0.
Still not sure which choice you like from our “best putters” top list? Let’s boil it down to the essentials.
For forgiveness and playability, go with the Wilson Staff Infinite putter.
If you’re on a budget or want the best bargain club, you can’t go wrong with the Pinemeadow Golf PGX SL putter.
Our top pick? The TaylorMade Spider Tour Platinum is without a doubt the latest and greatest innovation in putting technology.