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There are few aspects of golf more frustrating than missing a short putt or 3 putting for no good reason. While there are a number of styles of putters available these days, playing with a good mallet putter could possibly save you a lot of frustration and a good few strokes each round. We will take you through what to look for and then a closer look at some of the best mallet putter options on the market.
As with all golf equipment, putters have seen many changes over the years. While more traditional blade style putters are still favored by many the mallet putter has grown in popularity over the years.
It is not just beginners or mid-handicappers that appreciate them, but they are extremely popular among the pros. Just to briefly explain the difference, here is the low down:
These are the traditional putters with a simple design and a straight blade. Modern blades are much more technologically advanced than those of the past. They use a range of materials, inserts, face finishes, weight options, and other refinements.
The sweet spot is relatively close to the heel and the putter is toe-weighted. They suit players with an arc style of putting.
These are a more recent development that have become extremely popular with a wide range of players. They have a much larger and more elaborate head design. Much of the same technology used in blades is also available in mallet putters but the weight distribution is different.
They generally give more stability and forgiveness and have a very different feel. They work better for golfers that prefer a straight-back, straight-through putting style.
There is no simple answer to which one is better. It will differ from player to player. It comes down to what style of putter feels comfortable and works for you and your putting style and pace. There are, however, advantages and disadvantages to both options.
Mid-mallet putters have become very popular and, as the name suggests, they are a compromise between the blade and the mallet putter.
They are quite versatile and are toe weighted (more on that later) to allow for an arc style or a straight-back, straight-through putting motion. They have enough space for decent sight lines and are more forgiving than the average blade putter.
There are only a limited number of mid-mallet putter options but as they increase in popularity new models are coming onto the market. They also tend to be slightly more expensive than other options.
Your putting stroke is one of the main factors to consider when deciding between a blade or a mallet putter.
A square-to-square or straight-back, straight through stroke is better suited to a mallet putter. The also suit people with a slow and steady putting tempo.
Many players putt with an arc style where the face of the putter opens and closes in relation to the target and the stroke has an arc. These players need to use a blade style putter. Blades are also better suited to golfers with a faster putting tempo.
Mallet putters have a larger sweet spot and a higher moment of inertia (MOI). Good MOI prevents twisting as you strike the ball. This means overall, a mallet putter is more forgiving than the average blade putter. Not a feature of forgiveness but the larger and more prominent sight lines also makes mallet putters easier to align and more accurate for the average golfer.
Remember that you still need the putter that works best with your stroke style otherwise, the forgiveness will be of little consequence.
Many golfers experience the yips from time to time, there is no easy cure. There is, however, a lot of evidence to suggest that mallet putters help many golfers due to their weight distribution, heavier weight, and larger sweet spot.
The most important aspect of putter selection is that your choice needs to match your putting style. It is all in the balance. There are two main options, face balanced or a mallet putter with toe hang (toe balance). The distinction is fairly simple when you hold the putter horizontally.
Generally speaking, face balanced mallet putters’ work best for golfers with a straight back – straight through style. A toe balanced putter works better for putters with more of an arc style.
Putting tempo is another considerations but on average, arc style putters should go for a putter with a fair amount of toe hang. Heel shafted putters allow for rotation and opening and closing of the face.
At the end of the day, it comes down to tempo, stroke and what feels most comfortable in your hands. Putting is as much about your confidence as it is about skills and ability.
One of the major advantages of mallet putters is there is a lot more space to provide quality sight lines. There is a range of designs and not all will work for all golfers so consider this when making your selection. You want them to inspire confidence without distracting you.
There is much debate around the best grip for a putter. Again, it comes down to personal preference and what feels most comfortable for you and your putting style. Many players find that a larger grip works better for them than a traditional narrow or pistol style grip.
The benefit of a larger grip is that is can reduce the wrist and hand motion as you putt but this is not the case for everyone. Try a few styles to see what works best for you.
Fitting is not only for drivers and irons, but it is also just as important with your putter. Many outlets and Pro Shops offer this service and it is a worthwhile idea.
Callaway has certainly made a name for themselves with their Odyssey family of putters. They have something to suit all golfers of all abilities. Their Red Ball Putters are amongst the most popular of the range.
The standout features of this particular putter are the ease of alignment and the forgiveness of the head. These are features that will appeal to golfers at all skill levels. Most players that use the Odyssey Red Ball Putter attest to the decent balance and feel. The head shape might not appeal to all golfers but many find it inspires confidence and has a decent feel.
The light and dark color scheme also appeals to many players but might the staunch traditionalists might take a while to warm to it. The red alignment “ball” can be highly effective once you are used to it. It offers a number of advantages, chiefly that you can align through 360-degrees. Despite the need to learn to work with this it can be a powerful alignment aid and promote greater control and accuracy.
One of the legendary features of this range is the inserts. While these have been around for some time they are continuously advancing and improving. The White Hot RX insert delivers control and consistency. They also offer a pleasant feel that most golfers appreciate.
This is a budget putter that performs way above the price range. If you are not familiar with Pinemeadow, they are a well-established manufacturer that produce quality clubs that offer great value for money. This is a popular and well-loved putter for many golfers.
It is a semi-mallet style that works for a wide range of golfers. It plays relatively fast but offers decent control and consistency. Semi or mid-mallet style putters are growing in popularity and offer a combination of the features of a blade putter and a regular mallet putter. They are toe weighted and have decent sight lines.
The PGX has good weight balance which further enhances the control and aids in accuracy and consistency. It is relatively forgiving. The putter has a tour weight which most golfers enjoy but beginners might find it a bit on the heavy side.
The outstanding benefit of the Pinemeadow Golf Men’s PGX Putter is the low price. It really is great value for money.
While a number of leading pros have made this putter famous it is favored by a wide range of golfers at all levels. The technology comes at a price but this is a popular choice and most players are happy with their investment.
The Pure Role inserts are the outstanding feature of this putter. The soft Surlyn insert improves control and consistency by getting the ball off to a good roll with minimal vibration or skidding. This results in a smooth shot with accuracy and distance control.
The perimeter weighting gives the Spider Putters forgiveness when you do not play a perfect dead center strike. It has a mild toe hang which makes this an ideal choice for players that putt with arc style stroke. There are movable weights so you can set it up to compliment your style.
The polymer insert works well with the 45-degree grooves for enhanced topspin and also improves the sound and feel of the putter.
The putter has a unique high-tech look that players either love or hate. The square design does help with alignment which should improve accuracy. The steel shaft has a black finish and a Superstroke gtr 1.0 grip. There are a number of hosel options some of which will suit the arc stroke players very well.
Apart from great value for money, the outstanding feature of this putter is the plumber neck hosel. This rather unique design will suit golfers with a putting motion that combines the straight-back and arc style. This offset design has some toe hang and keeps your hands ahead of the putter at impact.
The Orlimar Tangent T1 also has a high MOI for a good amount of forgiveness. The TPU polymer face inserts produce a pleasant feel and deliver a high moment of inertia (MOI). This means that the putter is less likely to twist if you happen to strike the ball slightly off center.
The sightlines are in contrasting colors for easy alignment. All of these features increase the accuracy and consistency of this putter.
The slightly unusual design might take a bit of getting used to if you are not familiar with the plumber neck hosel but it is a popular and well-loved putter.
Despite the low price, this is a well-balanced and well-constructed putter that is a top seller.
This mid-mallet putter also featuring the plumber’s neck design. The face is made from a soft feel 304 Stainless Steel. What helps to give this putter a good consistent roll is the precision milled diamond-shaped pattern of the face.
The shape, look and feel appeal to most golfers and this is also a popular choice for a wide range of golfers. A few players found the head to be a bit light but most enjoyed the soft feel and consistent roll the 2017 Huntington Beach #10 Putter delivers.
You have a choice of a pistol grip or an oversize grip according to your preference. It is face balanced with no toe hang.
Putting is, without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of your game. Using the right equipment is essential and a mallet putter could well be the answer for you. We have given you some insights into the benefits of mallet putters and what to look for when selecting one. We then highlighted some of the best options available.
While they are all great options, the Odyssey Red Ball Putter our top pick. It is highly forgiving and the White Hot RX inserts provide impressive consistency and control.
Consider your putting style and personal preferences and select the best putter for your needs.