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Blade Putters 2011
By Tom Landers | Published  08/16/2011 | Putters , Play Testing | Unrated
Putters (Blade) 2011

 

Today's Putters Can Turn Disappointment into Joy

Nothing ruins an enjoyable round of golf than a poor day on the greens.
Let's face it. We have all had those times when we walk off the course feeling like we struck the ball from tee to green as well as we ever have. Yet, when we total up our score it was an average result. The reason? Yep. Too many three-putts and an inability to make anything longer than a few feet.
So what do we do? Well, we can always try a new putter and with today's plethora of wands there is no reason not to find the right stick to turn disappointing rounds into memorable ones.
Equipment manufacturers are producing a virtual panoply of putters to choose from. Not happy with the blade you have been using? Try a mallet, designed with incredible perimeter weighting and feel. Not happy with a traditional length putter? Put a belly or long putter into the bag and see if you can turn your luck around on the moss.
There are so many shapes, styles and lengths, all equipped with state-of-the-art design elements, such as face inserts, new combinations of metals to deliver true rolls and prevent a twisting of the club in our hands, that it can become a bit confusing when shopping for a new putter. Remember…the most important aspect of a putter is how it feels in your hands. That means going to your local green grass pro shop or golf retail outlet and trying a few on for size.
Perhaps more than any other shot, a putt is all about confidence when standing over the ball. Check out these models to get an idea of how to prevent three-putts and start making those 20-footers

 

Putters Bade

The putter is amazing; looking the opposite way of most putters, but it is perfectly balanced … … I have tried every type of putter and this is the best feeling of them all … Perfectly balanced putter … The putter is easy to line up and rolls the ball true. If you make a good stroke the ball holds its line very well with this putter.

Axis 1 Eagle
www.axis1golf.com • $300

Unique Features: The Axis1 Eagle incorporates a unique alignment that eliminates torque and allows for a stable pendulum swing for more on-line putts. A copper insert offers a soft feel and a patented heel counter weight pushes the weight forward for added stability.

 


Tester Comments: Setup is excellent. The black site line against lighter satin finish provides a good contrast that makes the putter easy to align … The "honeycomb" face even makes harder distance balls feel okay … There is no glare at setup and the trademark honeycomb finish on the face is beautiful and distinctive.

Bettinardi BB Series BB1
www.bettinardigolf.com • $365

Unique Features:
The BB1 is a classic, heel-toe weighted design. This model has an elegant profile with smooth transitions in the pocket, is made from Soft Carbon Steel and has a Metallic Fog finish. The BB1 has a standard plumber's neck with ¾ shaft offset. Features Bettinardi's patented Honeycomb™ face to ensure the flattest surface possible.


Tester Comments: My stroke felt smoother because of the heavier head weight, nice feel at impact … You can tell if the face is set up square by looking at the insert … Very forgiving and accurate with distance and direction with shots slightly off-center.

Gel Ruby
www.gelputter.com • $165

Unique Features:
The Ruby is a classic heel toe weighted styled "Anser" putter. Developed with input from Tour Pros, GEL putters are constructed with a unique aluminum insert with precision cut CNC grooves that are proven to promote a quicker and straighter roll on the ball. Each putter is made of 431 stainless steel with a head weight of 360 grams. The heavier head weight provides a much smoother stroke and solid feel at impact than many lighter weight putters.


Tester Comments: This was harder to yank or push off line … I found that my stroke stayed on line very well and the ball rolled consistently towards my target.

Heavy Putter K4-M
www.heavyputter.com • $120

Unique Features:

A classic heel shafted "toe-droop" blade with a thin top line incorporates Tour proven patented weighting technology in a new MID-WEIGHT (750 gm) category. The putter is constructed of stainless steel and has a CNC milled face and is offered in a Black PVD or Bronze Black Nickel finish.


Tester Comments: Nice classic look with the extra weight that helped me make a smoother stroke … I had more of a pendulum stroke with little wrist use … Incredible when having to hit through the fringe rather than risking a wedge.

Heavy Putter Q2-MT
www.heavyputter.com • $120

Unique Features:
The Q2-M is a toe-droop blade with a plumber's neck hosel and has a full shaft of offset. Each MID-WEIGHT putter uses a proprietary shaft with a 200 gram weight inserted in the butt end of the shaft to create the necessary weight to give the golfer more control of the stroke.


Tester Comments: Nike created a great feeling and perfectly balanced putter that has a nice roll off the face … The Polymetal Grooves do help promote a forward roll and has eliminated the skidding that I noticed with my other putters … Great putter true rolls every time, The feel of the putter made me more confident

Nike Method Core Series
www.nikegolf.com
• $130

Unique Features:
The The Nike Method Core putter features a unique polymer-aluminum insert that lessens impact vibrations provides a pure sound, and grabs the ball at impact, resulting in a smooth, more controlled forward roll at impact. This helps eliminate backspin which causes skidding and mis-direction. The less backspin, the more "true" the putt will roll.


Tester Comments: Insert feels great, not soft like some others feel … Saw an immediate improvement in the ability to sink six foot putts. Nice balance, feel, and alignment aids … Highly recommend this putter if you're an Anser fan and want the soft feel that an insert provides.

Ping Scottsdale Series
www.ping.com
• $130

Unique Features:
he solid feel and consistent response of the insert in the Scottsdale Series helps distance control and accuracy. The insert is made of a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) with a face appliqué for a soft yet solid feel on every putt. The combination of TPE and high-contrast alignment aids allow the golfer to take confident aim at the cup. The Anser 2, B60 and Tomcat models have plumber's-neck hosels.


Tester Comments: Nice soft feel and very consistent roll …. A nice improvement on a classic with the addition of a face insert … Feels the same on short and long putts.

Ping Karsten 1959 Series
www.ping.com • $100

Unique Features:
The 1959's consistently solid response and sound are the result of a soft elastomer cavity insert, and a thin top rail gives the putter a clean look that inspires confidence. A stainless steel face helps provide better distance control and offers a pleasing sound at impact with the ball.


Tester Comments: Lining up the red dot prevents me from moving the ball too far forward in my stance … Easiest to line up to your target, if you pay attention to the red dot … Classic look putter with the SeeMore method of putting incorporated.

SeeMore Si4
www.seemore.com • $100

Unique Features:
The Black Satin Si4 features SeeMore's new RST2 technology, which offers the key benefits of SeeMore's original RifleScope Technology (RST) in a classic hosel style blade. The putter head features thermoplastic face insert for a softer feel and a slightly lower rebound characteristic preferred by some players.


Tester Comments: This putter has soft feel, good feedback, and gives excellent speed control … Soft face technology decreased ball skid and gave a true roll …

STX Sync Series SS4
www.stxgolf.com • $100

Unique Features:
The STX Sync Series 4 Putter is a heel-toe weighted blade that utilizes the latest STX insert development known as F.E.E.L. technology. "F.E.E.L". is short for Friction Enhancing Elastomer Layer and it dramatically increases the coefficient of friction to put a greater amount of topspin on the ball and keep your putts on line and the plumbers neck hosel helps keep your hands forward during the stroke.


Tester Comments: The low bounce on the one I tried really helps me get under and through the ball on firm fairways … Is more like a blade than other Ping Wedges but is soft, good feel off the club, and has a good compact look … Spin is fantastic.

STX Profit 4
www.stxgolf.com • $150

Unique Features:
The STX ProFIT 4 Putter features interchangeable inserts to adapt to all playing conditions. The ProFIT 4 comes with the black insert installed and adjustment tool and offers face balance weighting in a blade style putter. STX proprietary soft face technology provides superior directional control, decreased ball skid and reduced ball deformation and compression. The ProFIT 4 is classically styled, milled from 17-4 stainless steel and has a dramatic Black PVD finish.


Tester Comments: Easy alignment, a liitle hard to get the feel of the insert but good for price … Not a bad putter for the price … The white head makes it easy to align.

Tour Edge Backdraft GT+
www.touredge.com • $40

Unique Features:
With the Tour Edge; Backdraft GT+ Putter, white is back and better than ever. The high-contrast head and jumbo size grip are unique technologies that deliver exceptional accuracy and forgiveness. Optic Technology increases the contrast between the putter head and the green resulting in accurate aim because of increased focus, while the jumbo grip minimizes wrist breakdown for a pure fluid stroke and success on the green.


Tester Comments: Provides awesome feedback. I was hesitant about the "white" putters but I am glad I gave them a try … I love this putter, nice sharp sound … Gets the ball rolling off the face quicker. Easiest putter to line up.

TaylorMade Ghost TM-110
www.taylormade.com • $150

Unique Features:
The Taylor Made Ghost TM-110 Tour putter is constructed of stainless steel and features a unique golf ball white finish that stands out against green grass for improved visual acuity. Its Pure Roll insert reduces skidding at impact and promotes a quicker forward roll, resulting in more consistency and accuracy. The TM-110 is the old Daytona head style with a blade head, full-shaft offset, and a straight shaft.


Tester Comments: The way the ball comes off the club face and the sound it makes is amazing … This is the BEST putter out there. The PRICE is high but it gives off a great feel and control over your putt … It's true to the line it takes even on miss hits, the weighting is well balanced.

Scotty Cameron Newport 2
www.titleist.com • $300

Unique Features:
Milled from 303 stainless steel, the five blade models in this line (not counting Fastback and Squareback versions) provide a mix of hosel choices and head shapes on the Newport Series. Circular weight ports in the heel and toe provide stability and are adjusted at the factory to maintain the correct headweight for different shaft lengths.


Tester Comments: Center hits go exactly where you are aiming as well as off center hits. Truly enjoy the club … Exceptional feel with this putter, very nice milled face. Heavier than the earlier 8802 line, which is a help on long lag putts … Nice no glare finish to the putter, exceptional quality for the price.

Wilson Staff 88 Series 8881
www.wilsongolf.com • $100

Unique Features:

The 8881 model is a traditional heel-toe weighted head with a plumber's neck hosel. The dual-milled face ensures both a flat face for consistency and forward spin/skid reduction for a true, consistent roll. It features Visual Plane Differential alignment technology, providing multi-surface markings to create consistent correct position over the ball.


Tester Comments: Great roll, feel and balance … Even on a few miss hits the C-grooves ensure you get some roll and the ball ends up better than you expect … The ball gets rolling really quick just like advertized and it has a great feel to it.

Yes Golf Callie
www.yesgolf.com • $160

Unique Features:

The Callie model is a moderate toe-down, traditional blade style putter made of 304 stainless steel. It offers a single sight line in the back cavity for alignment. The 20-degree upward slant of the C-Groove's concentric edges grip the ball surface and apply physical forces that simultaneously lift the ball out of its resting position and impart an over-the-top rolling motion. A better roll means a better putt and lower scores.


Tester Comments: Center hits go exactly where you are aiming as well as off center hits. Truly enjoy the club … Exceptional feel with this putter, very nice milled face. Heavier than the earlier 8802 line, which is a help on long lag putts … Nice no glare finish to the putter, exceptional quality for the price.

Yes Putter Tracey 11
www.yesgolf.com • $149

Unique Features:

The Tracy II model is a pronounced toe-down blade style putter made of 304 stainless steel. It features a Premium NiTi Gun Metal Finish, a slightly offset hosel and a double bend heel shaft. The 20-degree upward slant of the C-Groove's concentric edges grip the ball surface and apply physical forces that simultaneously lift the ball out of its resting position and impart an over-the-top rolling motion. A better roll means a better putt and lower scores.


Player’s Choice Awards Blades

Best Appearance
Bettinardi BB1
Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Yes Tracey II

Best Performance
Axis 1 Eagle
Scotty Cameron Newport 2
STX ProFit 4

Best Forgiveness
Nike Method Core
STX ProFit 4

Best Impact Feel
Bettinardi BB1
Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Yes Callie
Yes Tracey II

Best Alignment
SeeMore Si4
TaylorMade TM-110

Best Overall
Bettinardi BB1
Nike Method Core
STX ProFit 4
TaylorMade TM-110
Scotty Cameron Newport 2
Yes Tracey II