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What is your favorite putter recommendation and why?

What is your favorite putter recommendation and why?
With all the new options on the market for putters, it can be hard to determine which flatstick is best for you. Our professionals give their insight to help you get the ball rolling better on the greens.

16 Professionals Contributed

I just got fitted for an Evnroll by Guerrin Rife

I just got fitted for an Evnroll by Guerrin Rife. I was using a Rife answer type blade before & am now in a mallet. Why? Because we discovered during the fitting I was aiming high & left, but then switched to the mallet & wow, right on line & making more putts! In the last 3 rounds, 25, 30, 31 putts. It rolls out very nicely.
I highly recommend getting a putter fitting!

Brookshire Golf Club

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Putting is such an individual preference and is as much about confidence as it is technique.

Putting is such an individual preference and is as much about confidence as it is technique. It can also be about how the putter looks to your eye. I personally prefer a blade style putter. I have used mallet styles in the past but always seem to come back to a blade.
However when asked I believe many beginners and higher handicap golfers would benefit more from a mallet style putter. They have a higher MOI, reduced twisting on miss hits and bigger sweet spot, than a traditional blade style. For better or worse it is easier for people to grasp the concept of taking the putter straight back and straight through with minimal face rotation.
More experienced players that understand and prefer the concept of releasing the putter head through impact would be better off with a blade style putter.
I am not saying mallet styled putters are only for beginners, look at how many Touring Professionals are using mallet putters, I just believe in the beginning they would be the easiest for most people to use.

Flagler Golf Academy

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TaylorMade Spider X

My favorite putter recommendation is the TaylorMade Spider X. I normally don’t recommend a particular putter to students because they should get what works for their stroke and their eye. With the stability and ease of alignment, the Spider X putter is easy to recommend. TaylorMade did a great job in creating a putter that is weighted well, gives a great roll and is fully customizable.

El Caballero Country Club

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The putter must fit the eye of the golfer, as well as the stroke of the golfer.

The putter must fit the eye of the golfer, as well as the stroke of the golfer. The player should like the look and easily be able to align the putter properly. The stroke of the player should match the technology of putter also. Example being a player with more face rotation would want more of a blade with a good amount of toe hang.

Recommendations:

  • Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  • Taylormade MySpider Tour

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Hold tryouts

For an accomplished player with good fundamentals( Solid posture and square set up, eyes above the ball, etc) I recommend hold tryouts for the “putter position” without brand loyalty and see what looks, feels, and performs the best. An example: the number of made three footers in a row, the number of made putts out of ten 10 footers, the number of long lags within a foot out of five attempts, etc.
This will give you a reasonable idea of how that magic wand will perform when it counts on the course. Further, I recommend you find the right one and stick with it. The value of using the same putter for a long time cannot be overstated. Learning your tendencies and building confidence takes practice and time!!!! I do recommend center shafted and an upright lie when selecting a putter.
For new players, a 30-minute putting lesson/fitting session with a PGA Professional or qualified teaching Pro will make a world of difference, and the game much more enjoyable and satisfying.

Olde School Golf School

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Whichever one puts the ball in the hole in the least putts possible

Easiest answer, whichever one puts the ball in the hole in the least putts possible. Putters are unique to each individual. I myself prefer a firmer feeling putter, it gives me a good feedback off the face. I’ve used both blade and mallet style putters and have found success with both styles. If you have not been fit for a putter before, I highly recommend you do. A properly fit putter will allow you to get the ball rolling much quicker and the quicker the ball enters its roll the more likely it is to hold its line. A fitting will cover proper length, preferred head shape and hosel design. Hosel design will determine the putters toe flow and the amount of toe flow is specific to each player. Once properly fit you will start seeing your putts roll in more often!

PGA Golf Professional

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My number one recommendation is about length.

Everybody is going to like the look and feel of different putters–blades, mallets, toe-hang, toe-balance, etc. My number one recommendation is about length. I’m 5’10” and play a 33.5″ putter 2° flat. Most putters you can buy off the rack are 34″ or 35″.

I think most people play putters that are too long for them. As a result they stand too upright and don’t get their eyes over the ball at address. My piece of advice is to get whatever putter you like the look and feel of but GET FIT for it before you buy. Best putting starts with a good setup and to achieve that you might need some lie adjustments and likely need a length adjustment.

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Putters are such an important instrument.

Putters are such an important instrument. Some things we just can’t compromise even though they “are all flat on the front.”

1. We have to be able to line in up and then roll the ball where we are aimed. Usually our eyes need to be above the target line or slightly inside to accomplish this.

2. Length and weight are important for distance control. Bad speed leads to misses on putts stroked on line and three putt greens.

3. Match the head design to your stroke (face-balanced versus arced strokes). Getting a fitting from a Professional will benefit you in this area.

The latest or newest putter trends aren’t always the best idea. If you are an excellent putter, why would you switch. My putter is a 21 year old BeCu Ping and at 51 years old I still get complimented on my stroke and putting. The ‘old friend’ is a large part of that success!!

Arsenal Island Golf Course

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I personally like the SeeMore putters.

I personally like the SeeMore putters. They provide me with a center shaft and alignment spot to make sure that I have the putter head in the right position to maximize the contact of the ball. They have many models that use the alignment spot and with a variety of heads so that anyone can fine an putter pleasing to the eye. It’s also very important to get the right length to the player to provide the best feel.

Woodland Hills Country Club

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A “fitted” one!!

A “fitted” one!!
Much more important to have proper fitting than which manufacturer.

Steve Bosdosh Golf Academy

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...a lot depends on the player and their ability.

Putter recommendations are very difficult, a lot depends on the player and their ability. I do not have a “go to” putter, I will have my client/customer try an assortment and work with them once they have narrowed it down to what they like. It has to be a great feel, a great look and most of all has to be the right fit for their pocketbook.

There are a lot of great companies putting out wonderful putters so why only talk about a few. I will make sure we have right length and correct lie angle but from there they choose what the want to use.

Good luck in finding YOUR perfect fitting putter!

Rob Elliott Golf Academy

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I'm really fond of just about all of the new Stroke Lab putters from Odyssey

I’m really fond of just about all of the new Stroke Lab putters from Odyssey. Particularly like the Indy model, but they’re all so balanced. I’ve always liked the balanced feel of counter-weighted putters, but not the additional length it takes to get that balance. The Stroke-Lab putters are like the best of both worlds. The balance of counter-weighted, with more traditional lengths, and enough different head styles to fit just about anyone’s particular preferences.

Oakdale Golf & Country Club

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Find a qualified putter fitter

I would recommend each golfer find a qualified putter fitter. Over the years the golf industry has begun to acknowledge that Equipment Effects Motion. So, if that’s the case, which I believe it is, shouldn’t we be testing how golfers aim and swing with different club types? Head shape, hosel type, sightline, length and lie angle all have an influence on how you aim. So the putter I recommend is a fitted putter that you can aim perfectly straight. Then your coach can teach you the proper putting stroke and the putter will reward that stroke. #Fit2Aim #marcumgolfacademy #pfagolf

Marcum Golf Academy

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Mate the putter design to your natural stroke.

Mate the putter design to your natural stroke. If you are a pendulum putter, a forward (toward the face) center of gravity wants to open and close like a screen door and you’ll fight that type of design. If you are an open/closed stroke putter, the larger headed putter designs are not for you, nor are the large SuperStroke type of grips, which neutralize the open/closed action. With this in mind, choose whatever appeals to you. Personally, I like an Anser style without alignment aids, which only distract me, and a pistol grip. I have a gentle open/closed action, and the COG is not too deep, but back just enough so the face doesn’t try to roll open on longer strokes.

Moses Lake Golf Club

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...any putter that gives you the most confidence to make putts

My favorite putter recommendation is any putter that gives you the most confidence to make putts. There is however a distinct physical advantage with any putter that is face balanced (mostly mallets) for off-center hits aren’t affected nearly as much. Lastly, I’ve learned someone who is a good putter is a good putter with any type of putter. So practice making putts!

Big Picture Golf

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It all depends on what fits your eye.

It all depends on what fits your eye. I would say for sure go with a bigger grip so your hands become less active. Odyssey stroke lab is a good place to start.

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