There have been many brilliant golf putters released in 2023 which have a variety of technological features to improve your game.
Whether it is the shape of the face, the angle of the neck or the weight of the putter, there are several elements that you need to consider when purchasing a new golf putter.
After recently testing out the best golf drivers for 2023, we have been getting our hands dirty with the best putters in the game.
We have reviewed several different putters from the likes of TaylorMade, Odyssey, Cobra, PING and Cleveland Golf, assessing their strengths and weaknesses.
Now you may prefer a putter with a heavy head, which guides your stroke or you may want a club with a thin head and an angled neck to help with your alignment.
We aim to provide a comprehensive guide to the best putters of 2023. We state each of their best traits and areas we believe need improvement, and we also outline which putter will suit your game depending on your preferences and ability.
Best putter overall: TaylorMade Spider GT
Best putter for customisation: Odyssey Toulon
Best putter technology: Cobra 3D Printed
Best putter for feel: PING DS72 C
Best putter in multi-material design: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K
Best putter from short distances: Sik Golf Pro C-Series Armlock
Best putter for reliability: Evnroll Zero
Best putter for value: Cleveland Frontline
How we test golf putters
GolfMagic Equipment Editor Alex Lodge tests each putter by using them for a prolonged period. Around a month’s use allows him to assess how well each club performs on the green.
In our putter equipment reviews, Alex uses each club from a variety of positions on the green, hitting putts from both long and short ranges to test the overall feel of the club.
After using the putter for about a month, Alex gets used to the grip of the club, the weight of the head and the alignment technology at address. All of these elements are part of our thorough testing process.
Using the putters on a variety of different greens and a variety of different contours to ensure a fair test, Alex received a well-rounded outlook on how each of the putters performs on several different terrains.
We have reviewed the performance of both mallet and blade putters in 2023.
What is a Mallet Putter?
A mallet putter is a putter with a large head shape. They have additional strength in the back of the club which helps with the consistency of your stroke and confidence when you look over the ball.
Mallet putters help with the effortlessness of your putting stroke. With the added weight at the bottom of the club, the face is less likely to deviate from a true line and you don’t need to do as much work to get the club face straight as you connect with the ball.
Mallet putters are commonly used in both professional and amateur games and this is because they offer enhanced performance benefits such as increased forgiveness and stability.
This type of putter is better for beginner golfers. At the start of your golf career, you want stability and steadiness and this is the biggest strength of a mallet putter. Golf beginners should establish a consistent strike with their putter and this is more likely with a mallet putter as opposed to a blade putter.
But many of the world’s best players on the PGA Tour and LIV Golf Tour use a mallet putter, even Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, so mallet putters are certainly for everyone out there.
What is a Blade Putter?
A blade putter has a more traditional look and feel. As you strike the ball, you will feel a harder connection from the face and you are more responsible for the strike and roll you get on your ball.
Blade putters have narrow heads, far smaller than that of a mallet putter. Known as the ‘player’s putter’, a blade putter allows you to have more feel and control over your ball. A mallet putter does a lot of the work for you and arguably separates the feel of the ball from your hands.
If you have a blade putter in your bag, this must be more precise with your putting stroke and it stimulates you to find the middle of the clubface regularly. The alignment aid may be smaller on a blade putter, but this encourages you to use your feel and control to putt well.
Any golfer can use a blade putter, but as it is known as the ‘player’s putter’, it is suited to lower handicappers who back their short game and distance control. Tiger Woods has always used a blade putter during his PGA Tour career, for example.
Putting is very much a personal preference though, so there is no right or wrong putter when it comes to choosing a blade or a mallet. That choice is solely down to what feels best for you.
Best Golf Putters 2023
The latest putters deliver forgiveness, consistent roll and a sweet connection and this is why they are some of the most expensive golf clubs on the market.
But can you put a price on holing more putts and consequently shooting lower scores? That decision likely depends on how seriously you take the sport.
Here’s a selection of what we consider to be the very best golf putters in 2023:
1. TaylorMade Spider GT Putter
- Increased stability with a modern shape
- Improved topspin with PureRoll2 insert
- Steel Side Weight Construction stabilises off-centre strikes
- Enhanced feel and improved dispersion
The TaylorMade Spider GT putter has incredible looks, a superb feel and a true roll. It is certainly up there with one of our favourite putters of 2023 and one of our favourite Spider putters.
This is an aesthetically pleasing, premium putter inside the top price bracket. When we tested this club, we experienced a significant improvement in the consistency of the connection from the club face. This is down to the Fluted Feel Shaft which increases stability in your putting stroke.
We found the standard SuperStroke grip to be extremely comfortable as well. It is vitally important that you find the best grip for your putter because if the club feels uncomfortable in your hands, this will hinder your game on the greens. The whole collection has a vast range of grip options which we advise you to test yourselves.
While testing the putter, we confidently holed putts from short range and we were pleased with our results from around 12 feet too. Whether you are making a birdie or par, confidence over this length of putt is very important and with the Fluted Feel Shaft and PureRoll2 insert, we found that this is a reliable putter that gives you a great chance of success.
The weight distribution across the club head is a significant feature that we found to help the consistency of the putting stroke. The lightweight aluminium with a 145g top plate eliminates excess weight in the middle of the putter. As you swing through the ball, this weight distribution makes your stroke feel effortless.
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2. Odyssey Toulon Putter
- Midnight black finish looks great
- Tried and tested on the PGA Tour
- Softer feel off the face
- Improved forward roll at impact
- Reliable and steady putter
- £379 makes this putter one of the most expensive ones on the market
The Odyssey Toulon putter is certainly a direct competitor to the best putters in the game. The Toulon family is extremely impressive and the craftsmanship has made this a very popular option for Tour players.
This club is very forgiving and we believed this comes down to the diamond-milled pattern on the face with full grooves. We found this feature offered a soft connection from the clubface and this promoted a positive roll.
The customised weighting on the bottom of the putter helps with the consistency of your stroke. This feature has made this putter extremely popular out on Tour and it is because you can tailor the club to the tempo and angle of your putting stroke. You can complete this process online before you buy your putter at the Odyssey Toulon Garage.
We experienced the benefits of customised weighting first-hand. Your stroke and your putter feel synchronised and we attributed the success on the greens to this feature.
The black emerald Stroke Lab shaft has been reduced in weight by seven grams. Much like the weighting techniques used with the TaylorMade Spider GT putter, reduction/redistribution helps with the effortlessness of your putting stroke.
We could see that every angle of this putter has been covered from the grip, shaft design and weighting in the club head. We felt the milled finish provided a great aesthetic feature to what is an extremely impressive club in both looks and performance.
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3. Cobra 3D Printed and Vintage Putters
Price: £269 (3D Printed), £199 (Vintage)
- 3D Printed: Sports car design is very attractive
- Increased MOI, increased forgiveness
- Descending Loft Technology increases the quality of ball-striking
- Increased feel
- Vintage: Reasonably priced
- Classic look is aesthetically pleasing
- Vintage: Don’t possess as much technological quality as 3D Printed
Out of both ranges, We preferred the Cobra 3D Printed range (Agera, Supernova and Grandsport) and a large part of this comes from the Descending Loft Technology (DLT). This feature has proven to perform for several players in previous years on the PGA Tour such as Bryson DeChambeau, Brendon todd and Lanto Griffin.
DLT integrates four flat surfaces into one face and each plane goes down in loft by one degree from top to bottom. This putter is designed to deliver a consistent launch angle every time you hit your ball. When we tested the Cobra 3D Printed putter, we found that this technology delivered a solid strike with each putt and this also delivered a satisfying roll.
As ever, weighting is a feature that every brand focuses on. The Nylon Cartridge in this putter head allowed Cobra to reposition the weight and increase MOI. This means that your club is less likely to twist and move away from a true line. After testing this putter we found good consistency and the promise of less club twist is real.
The looks and design of the Vintage putters (Sport, Nova and Stingray) are arguably better than the 3D Printed range. Much like the Odyssey Toulon Garage, you can go online and choose the toe-hang and custom weighting of your new Cobra Vintage putter. The phrase ‘toe-hang’ refers to the shape of the head and different shapes will suit different putting strokes. Cobra encourages you to have a custom fitting session for this reason.
We were huge fans of the design of the Vintage putters. The colour scheme is very pleasing. However, the Cobra 3D Printed putters are a better product and this is why they are more expensive. The Agera model in the Armlock style is the standout model in this range because we found you can rely on DLT to massively improve your putting.
If you prefer blade putters as opposed to mallet putters, we enjoyed testing the Vintage Sport edition. At address and when hitting the ball, the feel was extremely positive and the design is aesthetically pleasing.
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4. PING DS72 C
- Constructed with High MOI and low CG
- Clear alignment line on club head
- Increased feel with shadow milled face and a tungsten insert
- Suits golfers with medium putting tempo
- Some golfers won’t like the centre-shafted design
The PING DS72 C putter is an extremely impressive option which is part of a 10-piece release by the popular company. As a result of such a vast number of products included in one release, PING has catered for golfers of all abilities and putting strokes.
We liked the design of this particular putter. The silver and black divide of the DS72 C model is visually appealing and the clear white alignment aid was very useful too. This is a simple feature on the top of the club that we found useful for your aim at the target.
This putter is designed with a shadow-milled face and a tungsten insert. This is said to improve the feel off the face and improve the connection with your ball.
We thought this was certainly the case and the feel was equally as good as the more expensive clubs on the market that should supposedly perform better.
We were pleasantly surprised at how soft the face of this putter was. As you can see in our video review, the face has a very metallic design and PING has refrained from using any extravagance or overthought. If you are searching for a putter that guarantees a sweet connection, this is the one for you.
PING is one of many brands that strongly urge custom fitting. Especially with a release that includes so many clubs, you need to find the putter that suits your stroke. We reviewed the PING DS72 C model featuring a centre-shafted design. With the shaft positioned in the middle of the club head, this helped us to focus on the middle of the ball and it encouraged general stability.
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5. Odyssey Tri-Hot 5k Putter
- Improved overall performance via small refinements
- Higher MOI and therefore, higher forgiveness
- Reduced spin of off-centre hits
- Thorough and impressive design
- Good feedback from off-centre hits
- £379 is too expensive. They are good putters, but there are cheaper and better options.
The Odyssey Tri-Hot 5k putter was one of five putters that the brand brought out at the beginning of 2023. Odyssey promised that the refinements they’ve made have resulted in vast improvements and one of these is the forgiveness of off-centre hits.
These new putters have been made with more than 5000 MOI. This refinement was made to reduce the sidespin on your ball and instil stability in your putting stroke. This level of MOI isn’t common in blade putters because this level of forgiveness is usually associated with mallet heads.
We found that when we hit putts out of the toe and the heel, we received good feedback from the face of the club and received forgiving results on the green. It is important to note that with off-centre strikes, the feel wasn’t good. You could argue this isn’t a surprise, but you need a putter that has an optimised feel across the face.
We found the feel to be rather hollow. As most golfers aren’t professionals, we want as much forgiveness as possible and although our results didn’t diminish, we think the feel of the club could be better.
There is tungsten weighting in the heel and toe and there is stainless steel at the front of the club too. We were really happy with the look of this club. The multi-material finish gives the Odyssey Tri-Hot 5k an aesthetically pleasing outlook. Although this doesn’t count towards performance so much, we think the construction of the head is visually satisfying.
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6. Sik Golf Pro C-Series Armlock Putter
- Solid and steady stroke using DLT technology
- Consistent launch angles bring consistency
- Increased face control
- Increased stability through impact
- Extra stiff shaft enhances ‘buttery feel’
- This new putting style and different grip will take time to get used to
- £449 is very expensive
The Sik Golf Pro C-Series Armlock putter comes in several different lengths and it has become an extremely popular option on the PGA Tour due to the same Descending Loft Technology that is found in the Cobra 3D Printed putters.
This putter has a solid design and when you purchase one of Sik Golf’s products, you can customise different features of the club. Based on your height, putting stroke and lie angle, Sik Golf can customise your putter as you can with Odyssey and Cobra.
The grip and the design of the Sik Golf Pro C-Series Armlock putter eliminate the movement of your wrists in your putting stroke. The putter promotes the use of your arms and shoulders which increases stability. After two or three rounds of use, we found positive results and a general improvement on the greens. Despite the controversial nature of this club, it encourages stability and we experienced this first-hand.
If you are someone who struggles to reproduce a solid stroke over important putts, Sik Golf has certainly manufactured a wide range of putters which can improve your game. We found that this putter, and the technique that it instils, improve your putting from short range more than it does from long range.
We found that the Sik Golf Pro-C Series putter encourages less wrist movement and rocking the chest instead. A player such as Bryson DeChambeau mastered this motion with this putter. He was ranked 20th in strokes gained in putting on the PGA Tour in 2021.
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7. Evnroll Zero Putter
- Increased inconsistency
- Increased forgiveness across the face with even weighting
- Increased practicality with gravity grip
- Improved roll with Sweetface technology
- Increased heaviness helps with a steady stroke
- The shaft angle is off-putting
- £449 is an expensive price tag
The Evnroll Zero Putter may not have the most attractive design on the market, but it comes packed with technology which is meant to improve the weighting, the impact and the consistent roll.
The Face Forward Technology creates a shaft lean which isn’t common and can be off-putting, but we found this to be a good feature. Some golfers like to press their shafts forward with their putters to increase stability in their strokes. The Evnroll Zero putter has this position manufactured for you and we were confident of hitting straight and accurate putts with this design.
This unique design left us with one more thought: Can we read the putt correctly? This putter allows you not to worry about the consistency of your stroke. We found it very reliable and as long as you read your putts well, the club will always deliver a true roll.
Although we liked the gravity grip at the top of the club and we enjoyed the strength and control it gives you, the shaft inserts into the right side of the grip to promote the Face Forward Technology. This hinders the variation of grip that you can have on your putter which is one downside that we identified.
The grooves are optimised from the centre of the club to the toe and the heel to improve the roll. This is called Sweetface Technology and we found that although this is hard to test, we were pleased with the roll and connection with off-centre hits. We discovered that all of these technological features will improve the consistency of your putting.
The Evnroll Zero putter may not be produced by one of the mainstream brands, but this doesn’t take away from its performance and consistency. The club is packed with technology to make sure your bad strokes are forgiven and your good strokes are rewarded.
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8. Cleveland Frontline Putter
- Appealing dark colour design
- Reduced ‘Gear Effect’ on off-centre hits
- Shifting weight means straighter putts
- Increased speed on off-centre strikes
- Best line of putters that we’ve seen from Cleveland
- Higher quality market rivals
The Cleveland Frontline putter line is the best that the brand has ever produced. Having tested the Frontline 2.0 Flow Neck and the Frontline Elevado Plumber’s Neck putters, we found that the technology packed into these putters will immediately help your short game.
The 2.0 Flow Neck is better suited to golfers with a strong putting arc, whereas the Elevado Plumber’s Neck is suited to golfers with a slight arc. For £159.00, these putters represent very good value because they cater for a range of different golfers with a range of different putting actions.
We loved the designs of both putters. They looked smart, dark and as good as other putters that cost up to £200 more. As much as the design doesn’t affect your performance, the Cleveland Frontline putters certainly looked the part and the design made us feel confident at address.
The centre of gravity has been shifted to the front of the head in each putter to reduce the ‘Gear Effect’ on miss-hits, which is hugely beneficial for high handicappers who may not have such a consistent putting stroke. We found this feature to help with short putts because reducing the ‘Gear Effect’ helped us to hit straighter putts.
From six to eight feet, the putter performed extremely well for us and this is because of the technological features that Cleveland has included. The forged aluminium face felt slightly hard when hitting the ball, but we found that using a soft golf ball felt better because of this.
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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOLF PUTTERS
The grip of your putter is one of the most important parts of the club. Your hands need to be able to control the clubface and the length and width of the grip will have a significant effect on this.
SuperStroke offers a wide range of grips and often specialises in thick designs which wrap around the top of the shaft. Thick grips take a stronghold of the putter and you will feel more dominance over the club face. A thick grip can increase the effortlessness of your putting stroke.
A thinner grip could be found with the likes of Golf Pride, Lamkin or Winn. A thinner grip can help your hands and fingers connect more intimately with the shaft. If you are unsure of what grip to use on your putter, you can book a custom fitting.
One of the first things you will notice about a putter is the size and the design of the head. From mallets to pick-me-ups and from two-balls to bladed heads, there is a vast choice of putter heads that you can choose from.
The Sik Golf Pro C-Series Armlock and the TaylorMade Spider GT putters have large, forgiving heads which can help with your stroke consistency. As there is more weight behind the clubface, you don’t have to do as much work to return the club to the ball.
The Odyssey Tri-Hot 5k putter is an example of a club with a thin, bladed head which many golfers prefer to mallet heads. Much like many things in golf, the type of head is a matter of personal preference.
Length of shaft
When you get custom fitted for your putter, you can choose from a wide range of shaft lengths. The traditional length of a putter is between 32 inches and 36 inches. This length is used by most golfers.
However, many golfers also use belly putters which are between 41 inches and 46 inches. Belly putters are longer than traditional putters and although they are uncommon, this length of the shaft is available.
Longer putters between 48 inches and 52 inches, also known as broom-handle putters, are very rare. Long putters would require a completely different type of grip. Players such as Adam Scott have been seen using long putters on the PGA Tour with their left hand at the top of the club and their right hand in the middle of the shaft.
The designs of putter necks have evolved over the years. As you look down at your putter when you address the ball, you need to be pleased with the look of the neck above the head.
Types of hosel such as plumber-neck, flare-tip, long hosel, slant neck and centre-shaft are examples of what you find when you go and purchase your new putter. This is also another feature that you should discuss during a custom fitting session.
This subtle change in the configuration of the club can have a significant difference in the way you connect with the ball and the way you swing the putter. As you can see by the image we have used above, each brand uses several different hosel designs.
Whatever putter you choose to buy, whether it is a Sik Golf or an Odyssey Toulon putter, it will come with an alignment guide on the top of the club head. This helps with finding the middle of the golf ball when you make the connection.
This alignment aid can be a dot or a line and some putters don’t come with any type of alignment aid. Like many of these elements I have listed above, the type of alignment aid, or whether you even want an alignment aid, is your personal choice.
The TaylorMade Spider GT and the Evnroll Zero putters both have similar white lines which help you to find a good strike on your golf ball. This is a popular design and this is commonly used on most putters you will see.
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