Ten of the Best: Putters 2013

We test ten of the latest putters. Five blades take on five mallets but who comes out on top?


Posted: 25 September 2013
by Andy Roberts and Charlie Lemay


In the fourth of a new monthly Golfmagic Club Test series, we survey ten top-end blade and mallet putters launched within the last 12 months.

When buying a new putter, one of the biggest questions to ask yourself is ‘do I want a mallet or a blade?’ Traditional thought was that an arcing stroke is better suited to a blade and a straight-back-straight-forward stroke is suited to a mallet. We spoke to World of Golf PGA Professional Grant Guerin to get his take on mallets v blades. Click the link to read what Grant has to say.

About the test

The test was carried out at the World of Golf in New Malden by Golfmagic's Andy Roberts and Charlie Lemay.

We selected our ten brands and then used five of the latest blades and mallets in standard length to hit 20 putts with each (five from 3-feet, five from 6-feet, five from 10-feet and five from 20-feet). All of the putts were struck on the straightest possible line we could find on the putting green. 

We marked each putter out of ten for appearance, feel and performance. Andy, a seven handicapper, and Charlie, off 12, both scored separately without consultation and the score presented for each putter is an average of the two. This generated an overall score out of 30 and the overall scores and conclusion can be found on the final page of the feature.

With each putter, we have also provided details of set price, loft, lie and head weight. The test is presented in alphabetical order.

Click here to see how our testing went...

(If you would like to skip straight to the results page, click here).


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whilst i cant argue your findings as to your opinions of the putters tested ,i would be interested to know in what order you tested them ,and how much practice beforehand was had prior to your testing. im sure you must agree that the longer you putted on the same line to the same hole ,the later in the test the better that putter would score.

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 21:07

Charlie and I had about five minutes of practice beforehand with each of the ten putters. The test was then carried out in alphabetical order.

Potentially we knew the line better with the putters later in the test, as you mention, but then you could also argue we would have been getting more tired toward the end of the test. I therefore think we carried this out in the fairest and best way possible.

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 22:43

Hardly a scientific test then really?

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 10:16

I don't believe you, send the putters to me and I'll test them out again 

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 19:09

Lol. 

Very tiring that putting business  

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 19:41

Don't see what all the fuss is about folks.

"we survey ten top-end blade and mallet putters"

There's is a Dunlop in there but no Scotty Cameron I would have loaned you mine to make the test more "interesting"     

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 17:56

the obvious question for me is how did you "We selected our ten brands ..." for an article entitled Ten of the Best: Putters 2013......

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 19:44

Unfortunately Titleist did not want to be part of this test

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 21:56

Actual putts holed doesnt seem to have a massive correlation to the results either...

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:25

Andy Roberts wrote (see)
Unfortunately Titleist did not want to be part of this test


Its quite common that Titleist are very reluctant to let any of their prodcts near magazines (paper or online) for testing against others.

They must be scared that their products will be found to be inferior.

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:44

Oddjob: I don't think Mr. Cameron would agree that his putter line is inferior to other products, especially those named above (although Odyssey, Ping and Nike offer exceptional putters); I personally consider his Newport Select line the best. Rated by many golf pros and golf entities as one of the best, too.

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 16:59

BDAgolf wrote (see)
Oddjob: I don't think Mr. Cameron would agree that his putter line is inferior to other products, especially those named above (although Odyssey, Ping and Nike offer exceptional putters); I personally consider his Newport Select line the best. Rated by many golf pros and golf entities as one of the best, too.

I don't think he's saying that.  However, putters are a very personal thing and I know a few people who have bought Scotty's and then went back to their old putters as it was not the panacea they were hoping for.

I think he meant that if they go to the magazines it may burst some of the wonderul mysticism that goes around Scotty Camerons if the mags say yes it's very nice but....

- Brand A performed better in the test

- It's good but not 2 times the price better

- It wasn't that nice to use

A lot of tour pros are also now using Ping, Odyssey, Taylor Made, Rife, etc putters.

Scotty have built up a great image but I don't buy into it.  I am sure they are good but that much better than everyone else?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 17:18

I swapped my Scotty for a Nike Method 1 for one game a couple of weeks ago. My mate went on holiday and he loaned me it to try whilst he was away.

TBH it seemed a half decent putter but I just couldn't get the feel for the ball from it. My previous Scotty (Laguna) had the same neck line so I was pretty familiar with the sight and position of the ball, but the weight of the strike wasn't something I could get right.

I did hole a few straight putts with it from about 3-4 feet but anything with a lot of break was nowhere near the cup.

My prototype has something that the Nike did not have, it's hard to explain, but I never felt confident standing over the ball, it was more of a hit it and hope with the Nike whereas with my Scotty I knew it would be in or very near the hole.

I also have a MD Golf Seve putter that I use in the crappy weather at the end of the year and that is, I'm afraid to say in the lower regions of the putter league, in fact I would put it in the non-league section, its that bad

For me, its going to be a Scotty all day, maybe its a bit of psychology I couldn't say but in all honesty I couldn't play with anything else every week.

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:35

It's all in the mind you know

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:37

Thing I notice about all these tests, drivers irons etc is that they never include the best club from last year so they must assume that progress is made very year!! I dont think any real progress has been made in putters in the last few years so where does the best putter from the last few years come in these tests.. for instance, IF I was in the market for a new putter I would want advice in whether I should buy a mid range priced this year putter or a discounted last year top range, they dont do that, ergo I can only assume that the tests are not neutral but are just a device to sell more units.. I would rather sift through this forums members opinions.

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 11:58

These are 2013 Club Tests - so that is why we are only taking equipment launched within the last 12 months. 

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 22:34

Oddjob (7.6) wrote (see)
Andy Roberts wrote (see)
Unfortunately Titleist did not want to be part of this test


Its quite common that Titleist are very reluctant to let any of their prodcts near magazines (paper or online) for testing against others.

They must be scared that their products will be found to be inferior.

Yeah Bricking themselves no doubt!

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 00:40

BDAgolf wrote (see)
Oddjob: I don't think Mr. Cameron would agree that his putter line is inferior to other products, especially those named above (although Odyssey, Ping and Nike offer exceptional putters); I personally consider his Newport Select line the best. Rated by many golf pros and golf entities as one of the best, too.


I wasnt actually referring to SC specifically but to Titleist in general.

Titleist are renowned for being reluctant to release product for such "group tests" by magazines.

I've heard them comment that they dont feel that their products would be given the best opportunity to perform as well as they can, under the normal style of "hit six balls and measure the results" sort of test that magazines often conduct.

 

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 10:45

Andy, I have been looking at getting the nike method putter mentioned in this review. I see that the review states that the best price was £77. Would you be able to tell me where this was from?

Cheers
Rob

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 18:28

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