Putters are so personal. But on the whole there are some that outshine the rest.
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And these are the wands we think are the best on the market for 2017.
If you're on the prowl for a new mallet this season, these should tickle your fancy.
A face balanced putter with perimeter weighting. This traditional mallet has a large sweet spot, and an extended sight line. Made from mild carbon steel, it weighs in at 250 grams, and boasts the famous HoneyComb insert.
Key technology: Hyper-Honeycomb face, perimeter weighting.
A funky design, made of aluminum and stainless steal. Aluminum in the face creates a soft feel, while a stainless steel back achieves a desired weight. Has a slight toe hang, and high MOI for a stable stroke. Weighs 358 grams, and enjoys FIT in the face.
Key technology: Aluminum face insert creates a soft feel at impact, Milled from a proprietary blend of soft carbon steel
This classic mid-mallet putter is designed to offer a soft feel. A precision milled face combines with a double bend shaft. Head weight is 360 grams.
Key technology: Precision Milled Diamond Pattern Face, Soft 304 Stainless Steel
Boasting Visual Performance to help golfers line up correctly, thanks to a raised alignment line. True Feel Technology combines a Milled Copper Infused Face Cap and Copolymer Insert for feel and consistency. Head weighs 360 grams.
Key technology: 2135 Technology, True Feel Innovation (TFI), Half Mallet Design
Sweet Face Technology is trumpeted as revolutionary forgiveness in Evnroll putters. Face milling provides more energy tranfer on off centre hits, allowing mis-hits to roll the same as well struck shots. This rear perimeter weighted full mallet is milled from 303 stainless steel. Features a prominent centre sightline, the connection of three parallel steps is designed to give sense of motion towards the target. Shaft has a single bend mounted directly to head – 35 inch 355 grams, 34 inch 370 grams, 33 inch 385 grams.
Key technology: Rear perimeter weighted full mallet, milled, 303 stainless steel, Evnroll face
Same forgiveness technology as ER7. A classic mid-size mallet, also milled from stainless steel. More compact compared to the ER7, with a larger toe for a balanced look at address. A rounded topline is designed to look more appealing. Single bend shaft, with same head weights as ER7.
Key technology: mid-sized mallet, milled, 303 stainless steel, Evnroll face
Microhinge Face Insert has hinge plate in face for increased topspin and better roll. Combined with Thermoplastic Elastomer Feel Layer for improved feel, while Versa Alignment Technology aims to help players line up thanks to high contrast. Tank design is high MOI for stable stroke – head weighs 375 grams.
Key technology: Microhinge Face Insert, Versa Alignment Technology
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Boasting a new and improved White Hot Insert, this flat stick is laser milled. Toe weighted and heel shafted, the putter is a flanged blade with a half-shaft offset. A Tour proven shape.
Key technology: Laser milling cutting process, White Hot Insert
Featuring a muti-piece insert combining Pebax elastomer and milled aluminum face for heaps of forgiveness. Also has PING’s famous True Roll Face Technology. Milled from 6061 aerospace-grade aluminum. Weight moved to perimeter for forgiveness. 370 gram head weight.
Key technology: Multi-layer face design & New True Roll face Technology, Contrasting full-face insert aids in alignment
Precision milled with TR face technology for speed on off-centre hits. Heel-toe weighted mallet with single sight line and single bend in shaft. Head weight comes in at 365 grams.
Key technology: precision milled, TR face technology
This update to the popular Futura X5 adds multi-material face-sole technology and enhanced dual purpose alignment features that frame the ball and aligns the sweet spot with white flange lines placed parallel to each wing.
Combining some of the best MOI-enhancing design cues of the Futura X and the Futura X7, the Futura 6M offers forgiveness and resistance to twisting on off-centre strikes.
Key technology: Multi-Material Technology, Dual-Purpose Alignment, MOI-enhancing design
Designed for Jason Day and Dustin Johnson – and in the bag of Rory McIlroy for a stint – the putter has a smooth crown and no sightline. The short slant neck expands visibility of the face and toe hand. 304 stainless steel body has high MOI, while black insert offers smooth, soft feel. Boasts vibration dampening PU foam between body and frame. 355 gram head weight.
Key technology: Vibration-dampening PU foam embedded between the body and frame, smooth crown and no sightline, Pure Roll technology
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Featuring a new milled gunmetal 6061 aluminum pure roll insert, the putter has adjustable sole weights. Milled from 303 stainless steel, it has a double shaft bend and full shaft offset. Head weight 345 grams.
Key technology: Milled 303 Stainless Steel Head, Adjustable Sole Weights
This counterbalance putter puts weight in the head and grip moves balance point closer to the hands for higher MOI. Milled face promotes smooth roll.
Key technology: Tour Proven Design & Milled Face, Counterbalance Design, Grip Weight Technology
Counterbalanced putter like above, and also featuring milled face.
Key technology: Counterbalance Technology