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Tom Landers
 
By Tom Landers
Published on 08/18/2015
 

New on the Tee: 2015 Putters

What to Look for in a Putter

We checked in with author and putting guru George Connor, twice named Teacher of the Year by the Connecticut Section PGA, and asked him what to look for when buying a new putter.
“To not get a putter that is custom fit is just silly. It is the club that you use the most. Furthermore, putting is the one part of the game where one or two degrees of error can result in failure. A 150-yard shot from the fairway that is pulled one degree left will in many cases still be on the green. A 12-foot putt that starts one degree off of where it should have won’t go in the hole.”
To find out more about George, check out ConnerGolf.com. Here are some keys Connor said to consider when buying a putter.
Putter length: The proper length putter will allow the golfer to have good posture, which in turn will allow the golfer to effectively move the putter throughout the stroke.
Lie angle: A putter has loft, which makes the lie angle critical. If the sole of the putter is sitting flat on the ground, the putter is aimed perpendicular to the leading edge of the putter. However, if the putter is not sitting flat, the loft of the putter will make the face of the club aim in a different direction.
Weight: The weight of a putter can help or hinder your ability to roll the ball the appropriate distance. If you are playing very fast greens on a regular basis you need a heavier putter. If you typically play slow greens, a lighter putter would benefit you. The most significant factor that contributes to how far a putt will travel is the speed that the putter is moving through the ball. The heavier the putter is the slower it tends to move.
Head style: Almost every golfer will have an aim bias. Believing that they are aiming the putter directly at the hole, most golfers will have a tendency to aim either right or left. Certain head styles could make your aim bias worse, whereas others might help you see straight. If you tend to aim left try a putter that has no offset. A putter with a rounded back edge might be better for you than one where the back edge is parallel to the leading edge.

These factors will help you choose a putter that works and knocks strokes off your score.

 

Blade Putters

Tester Comments: This putter is not a gimmick, it is based on real physics … The balance is so good that if you hit a normal pendulum swing (no wrist action) the ball comes off the putter on the intended path with no sideways spin.

Axis 1 Joey C
www.Axis1Golf.com • $229

Unique Features:
Axis 1 Golf offers the first 100% perfectly balanced putters in the game. They have done that by moving the putter’s center of gravity forward thanks to a patented counterweight in the putter’s heel. The copper insert in the milled face of the Joey C softens feel. At 350 grams, the putter is the perfect weight to make a confident stroke.


Tester Comments: This putter looks phenomenal, feels and performs very nicely. You need to try Bettinardi putters to appreciate … really great look and superb lines … nice soft feeling at impact on short and long putts.

Bettinardi Studio Stock #2
www.Bettinardi.com • $400

Unique Features: Milled from a solid block of mild carbon steel, the hosel moved slightly forward toward the toe gives the 358 gram Studio Stock 2 a traditional appearance. The new Super Fly-Mill face provides excellent feedback at impact. The raised shoulders and flattened bumpers distribute weight displacement for perimeter weighting.


Tester Comments: Really nice end over end roll when struck well, and audibly different when struck poorly … When you swing one, you will feel something unlike any other putter that you have swung before … The insert is lively and provides ample feedback … Speed control is astounding.

Bridgestone TD-03
www.BridgestoneGolf.com • $200

Unique Features: The TD-03 features a stainless steel head for long-lasting durability, and a contrast alignment line to allow the golfer to easily visualize the ball’s path to the hole. A dual-layer, grooved insert provides superb feel and roll performance. The putters have a lightweight, 100 percent EVA grip that provides the ideal combination of comfort, feel and traction.


Tester Comments: Great looks at address and the feel is very responsive … Super solid feel, great crisp sound and the ball rolls smoothly and square off the face … Highly, highly recommended

Callaway Odyssey Works 1VS
www.CallawayGolf.com • $200

Unique Features: Odyssey Works putters use a new insert called Fusion RX that combines Odyssey’s White Hot insert with a new 0.406mm stainless steel mesh that is similar to the company’s Metal-X insert. The V-Line weighs in at 350 grams and is available with a SuperStroke grip.


Tester Comments: Mallet- like stability in a blade-style head … Feeling of greater stability, even on off-center strikes … A different look however the physics of the putter just work.

Cure RXi
www.CurePutters.com • $300

Unique Features: The Cure RXi has the more traditional look and feel of a blade putter, while offering Higher MOI than many mallets. In addition to being very stable and forgiving, the RXi also has adjustable weighting, 4 inserts to choose from, and Deane Beman’s Triangulation Alignment System


Tester Comments: The grooves really do put a crisp roll on the ball; one without much skid, hop, or pop … gives you a soft pop on distance putts … felt solid and surprisingly stable … The roll and result of each putt was very similar

NIKE Method MD 30
www.NikeGolf.com • $130

Unique Features:
Crafted from 304 Stainless Steel, allowing for adjustability, the matte black design is combined with a contrasting target line for alignment and is perimeter weighted for stability. The RZN groove insert helps create a crisp feeling with faster forward roll for improved accuracy, while a midsize grip helps promotes a pendulum-like stroke


Tester Comments: Consistent distance control across the face … graduated grooves immediately imparts a forward roll to the ball … Great balance and forgiveness

Ping Cadence TR Anser 2
www.Ping.com
• $170

Unique Features: The Cadence TR Anser 2 is part of a family of putters engineered in response to Ping’s research proving that stroke tempo is a key to consistency, which they feel is the #1 factor in holing putts. The Anser 2 is offered in optimal and heavy options, allowing golfers to be fit for their swing tempo to improve their consistency and accuracy. All of the Cadence TR putters have Ping’s True-Roll technology grooves that vary in width and depth.


Tester Comments: Really liked the way the ball rolled off the face of this putter, it just seemd more solid and better than others I tested ... Great solid feel when striking the ball ... Great distance control on all length putts.

RIFE Chief
www.RifeGolf.com
• $130

Unique Features: The Chief is a heel / toe weighted putter with a plumber’s neck that sits at a half shaft offset. This power blade is available in a pristine PVD black finish. It features Rife’s Lie-Align Technology which is designed to give golfers confidence that they are lined up the same for every putt.


Tester Comments: When I saw Zach Johnson hole some incredible putts I was curious to try his SeeMore putter. Amazingly, I holed several putts in a row … My putting is now exponentially better and it’s because this putter lines you up the same way every time and thus gives you the best possibility of getting the distance dialed in.

SeeMore FGP
www.SeeMore.com
• $170

Unique Features: The original FGP Black putter was the winning putter at the 2015 British Open and the 2007 Masters in one of the greatest clutch final putting rounds in history. All Putter Models Have SeeMore’s Patented RifleScope Technology (RST) Alignment System, for a true reference point for perfect alignment and set up on every putt.


Tester Comments: Ball grips the face nicely and imparts a nice true roll ... Easy alignment ... Nicely balanced and swing back & through.

SIK Golf Jo
www.SikGolf.com
• $280

Unique Features: The SIK Golf Jo is crafted with a sloped hosel, which is ideal for those seeking minimal offset. Its satin finished 303 stainless steel head weighs in at 370 grams, producing a more pronounced swing weight. It features ‘Descending Loft Technology’ face and is offered with a tour stepped or stepless shaft.


Tester Comments: Long putts,short putts,it doesn’t matter this putter gives me the confidence to sink every putt … Nice weight and feel. The styling and design give me lots of confidence at set up … Really like the feel and balance of this putter for all types of putts

TM Ghost Tour Daytona
www.TaylorMadeGolf.com • $150

Unique Features: The TaylorMade Ghost Tour Daytona 12 putter has a blade style head which is designed and detailed with a white topline and a sleek mirror-black ion plated sole. Its new multi-material, 80% Surlyn/20% Aluminum, delivers a crisp feel and promotes a smooth roll. This putter has the classic Ghost topline finish coupled with high contrast black parallel lines.



Tester Comments: Quality putter at a very affordable price … delivered exactly what you want from a milled putter: solid feel with excellent feedback

Wilson Infinite LakeShore
www.WilsonStaff.com • $100

Unique Features: Counterbalanced technology in the Infinite putter line places additional weight in the head and in the grips. The additional weight in the grip area moves the balance point closer to the hands and creates a higher moment of inertia for the entire club, prompting a more controlled and stable putting stroke. The deep, double milled face promotes consistent impact, roll and distance control. The Lake Shore is a rocker flange, heel-toe weighted style option with the shaft attached closer to the heel and a plumber neck design.


Mallet Putters

Tester Comments: Putter possesses a lovely weight about it at address … Terrific alignment, great feel and superb distance control … A stable, high MOI putter

Bettinardi Inovai
www.Bettinardi.com • $300

Unique Features: The Inovai is milled from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, and it includes a milled stainless steel weight strategically placed low and away from the face. The FIT (Feel Impact Technology) face produces a softer and more responsive feel on an aluminum putter head. The white alignment lines and stainless steel weight create contrast to the satin black finish for ease of alignment.


Tester Comments: The TD-01 is a great little mallet … Could really feel the putter head swinging and bal always started on line … Really good distance control once I got used to putter weight.

Bridgestone TD-01
www.BridgestoneGolf.com • $150

Unique Features: Bridgestone’s True Balance Putters utilize a “counter-counterbalance” design that removes weight by incorporating an ultralight graphite shaft and 100% EVA grip. Bridgestone’s unique weight distribution, keeping the balance point less than 5” inches from the sole of the putter to allow the putter head to swing more freely and square up to the target more naturally.


Tester Comments: No matter where the ball hit the face, the feel was solid and roll was true. Sweet spot was biggest of any putter I tried … My three putts have disappeared and my speed has improved drastically … This putter is unmatched on 2-3 footers

Cure RX2
www.CurePutters.com • $270

Unique Features: The Cure RX2’s delivers extremely high MOI for incredible stability, forgiveness and distance control. Completely customizable with a wide range of weight adjustability, Lie adjustability, and interchangeable shafts, making it easy to dial in the perfect fit and feel to suit your stroke and tempo. Features Deane Beman’s Triangulation Alignment System. Available in Black, Blue, Red, Orange and Pink.


Tester Comments: Gets your hands in a great position and putter just swings from there … Balls rolls immediately off the face a predictable distance every time … Easy to square and align this putter with its long sight lines … Ball tracks where you aim it.

Nike Method M4-12
www.NikeGolf.com • $130

Unique Features: Crafted from 304 Stainless Steel for improved playability while allowing for greater adjustability, the matte black design is combined with a contrasting target line creating a putter that’s easy to align. The Tour-proven, RZN groove insert helps create a crisp feeling with faster forward roll for improved accuracy while a midsize grip promotes a pendulum-like stroke.


Tester Comments: Generates beautiful rolls. Balls coming off of this soft face stay low, roll quietly and track true … exceedingly easy to aim … It imparts a quiet, beautiful roll to the ball that tracks true

Odyssey Works Two Ball Fang
www.OdysseyGolf.com • $200

Unique Features: The Odyssey Works 2-Ball Fang features a high MOI and low CG design brought about by the perimeter-weighted fangs. The new Fusion RX insert couples the company’s White Hot backer with an ultra-thin stainless steel mesh using their Metal-X roll pattern. High-contrast alignment highlights the proper face angle from address to impact for alignment throughout the putting stroke.


Tester Comments: Extraordinarily accurate and consistent especially on short putts … The ball comes off the face crisply and with the best direction control of any putter I have used … Beautiful balance, sits well in the hand and swings effortlessly

Ping Cadence TR Rustler
www.Ping.com • $699/$899 Graphite

Unique Features: The TR Rustler is offered in optimal and heavy options, allowing golfers to be fit for their swing tempo to improve their consistency and accuracy. All of the Cadence TR putters have Ping’s True-Roll technology grooves that vary in width and depth.


Tester Comments: This putter wants to swing itself. I feel I just have to get it started back, and it will come back the same way every time … … Great roll off the face and very solid feel.

Rife Golf Barbados 2.0
www.RifeGolf.com • $150

Unique Features
The original Barbados has a tall history to live up to. There were a couple areas that changed to offer a different look and feel while staying true to the performance of the original. Rife thickened the face and edges to make the Barbados 2.0 weigh 380g in comparison to the 350g original Barbados.


Tester Comments: Stood over shots with confidence and an understanding of how alignment would affect my putt … Love the way it sets up with and the rifle siting helps with confidence … Swings very nicely

SeeMore Si5
www.SeeMore.com • $499

Unique Features: The Si Series putters feature precision cast 303 stainless steel heads with soft thermo plastic urethane (TPU) face inserts and SeeMore’s patented RifleScope Technology (RST) alignment system, providing a true reference point for perfect alignment and set up on every putt. Si Series putters feature an expanded sweet spot with enhanced perimeter weighting, and a softer feel and slightly less rebound for those preferring the performance of a tour level elastomer insert.


Tester Comments: Extremely stable & easy to line up … Great price point for a putter of this quality … Love the milled face and the counter balanced grip. Great Feel!

Wilson Staff Infinite South Side1
www.WilsonStaff.com • $100

Unique Features: The deep, double milled face and counterbalanced technology in the Infinite putter line places additional weight in the head and in the grips. The additional weight in the grip area moves the balance point closer to the hands and creates a higher moment of inertia for the entire club, prompting a more controlled and stable putting stroke. The oversized Infinite grip, weighing 104 grams further quiet the hands and limit unwanted rotation, leading to more consistency on the greens.



Mid Mallet Putters

Tester Comments: Performance is great however the look of the Queen B putters is the real highlight … Ball gets rolling quickly, without skips or jumps … Weighting and a face-balanced clubhead delivers a controlled stroke … Single white sight line is easy to align.

Bettinardi Queen Bee #6
www.Bettinardi.com • $375

Unique Features: With its wide body face-balanced blade and a unique Savannah Blue finish, the Queen B Model 6 sets up very square. The wide flange encompasses a high toe top line, and end shaft look. Created from soft carbon steel the 360 gram Queen Bee features micro honeycomb milling ensuring solid feedback at impact.


Tester Comments: You can really feel the putter head and control the putter head … Speed control is fantastic … The “feel” of this putter is exceptional

Bridgestone TD-01
www.BridgestoneGolf.com • $150

Unique Features: The TD-02 Putter is CNC milled of SUS304 and features a Dual Layer Grooved Insert that helps roll on less than perfect surfaces while producing enhanced feel. The putter’s balance point less than 5” from the sole providing a solid connection to the putter head for improved speed and distance control.


Tester Comments: Very stable and offers incredible forgiveness … Once you get used to the look, this putter is awesome … No twisting, just solid putts that roll to target.

Cure RX2
www.CurePutters.com • $270

Unique Features: The heel shafted Cure RX3 features a high MOI, higher Center of Gravity, lower loft, and a deeper face that impacts the ball at the equator, claimed to eliminate backspin and create a lower, more consistent launch angle and quicker, tighter forward roll. Wide range of both weight and lie adjustability, allows you to easily dial in the perfect fit and feel to suit your stroke and tempo. Available both right and left handed, standard lengths, with offset shaft.


Tester Comments: Gets the ball rolling on line quickly … Very reliable roll with nice forgiveness … Weighting helps promote a rhythmic stroke.

Ping Cadence TR B65
www.Ping.com • $169

Unique Features: Cadence models are offered in optimal and heavy options, allowing golfers to be fit for their swing tempo to improve their consistency and accuracy from any distance. Optimal models have a blue grip and blue aluminum face insert. Heavy models have a black grip and a black steel insert. Offered in various head shapes across all stroke types, Cadence TR putters benefit from the next generation of True-Roll technology: grooves vary in width and depth for exceptional distance control.


Tester Comments: Nice classic simple look with a “T” site line creating an easy alignment set up … The ball is gripped, held through impact, and then released into an immediate forward roll … Very well balanced

Rife Golf Barbados 2.0
www.RifeGolf.com • $200

Unique Features: The Maven was designed by perennial top 50 teacher Mike Shannon. This putter is a mid-mallet, half-moon shape design with plumber’s neck hosel. Rife’s Roll Groove Technology is on the face of this putter that has a slight toe hang. The Maven is available in a smooth looking silver finish that accents the white sight line.


Tester Comments: Exceptional balance leads to extremely smooth putting motion. … Perpendicular line on the top for simple alignment combined with SeeMore RifleScope technology makes this the easiest putter to align on the market.

SeeMore Si5
www.SeeMore.com • $165

Unique Features: The FGP Mallet is an ideal companion to the FGP Original putters and ideal for golfers who typically enjoy blades or small mallets. Design and functionality combine in the putter, as the majority of clubhead’s weight is behind center, making it very easy to properly release the putter. The club is made of 303 stainless steel, and a black powder coat finish to eliminate glare.


Tester Comments: The horizontal grooves create a nice impact and has a nice muted sound … The ball rolls true and the feel was really nice … Well balanced and has a good weight to it

SIK Golf SHO
www.SikGolf.com
• $280

Unique Features: Crafted from premium grade 303 stainless steel and weighing in at 360 grams, the full-shaft offset SHO’s rounded flange provides the player a mallet-like view at setup. The satin finished SHO is targeted to the player that wants more of a mallet look without the additional 40-60grams. Custom options are available for length, grips, shaft, loft and lie


Tester Comments: I liked the additional weight in the head and in the grips, made for a smooth stroke and solid impact … Putter almost swings itself … Multiple alignment lines make it easy to aim … a higher end putter at an affordable price.

Wilson Infinite North Side
www.WilsonStaff.com • $100

Unique Features: North Side is a round, mallet style option with the shaft attached closer to the heel and a plumber’s neck design. It features a deep, double milled face and counterbalanced technology that places additional weight in the head and in the grips. The additional weight in the grip area moves the balance point closer to the hands and creates a higher moment of inertia for the entire club, prompting a more controlled and stable putting stroke.



Player’s Choice Awards

Best Blade Putters
Bettinardi Studio Stock #2
Cure RXi
Odyssey Works 1VS
Ping Cadence TR Anser 2
SeeMore FGP
TalyorMade Ghost Tour Daytona

Best Mid-Mallet
Bettinardi Queen Bee #6
Cure RX3
Ping Cadence TR65
SeeMore FGP
Wilson Staff Infinite North Side

Best Mallet
Bettinardi Inovai
Nike Method Matter M4-12
Odyssey Works Two Ball Fang
SeeMore Si5
Wilson Staff Infinite South Side