All you need to know about putters

One of the most frustrating habits for a golfer is the tendency to ruin some great ball striking on the fairway by having to three-putt once you're on the green. There are plenty of reasons that would explain one’s difficulties on the greens such as bad striking, bad timing or even a poor form. But sometimes, the body can only do so much to help you succeed and the actual problem lies within the equipment. Contrary to some drivers, fairway woods and even some irons, a putter won’t allow for as many adjustments which is why it is so essential to get the proper club for your style of play. Fortunately, we are here to help you find the best new or used putter to fit your game.

First off, it is essential to understand that there are three types of putter heads: mallet, mid-mallet and blade. Each one has its very own perks and are suited for a particular style of stroking. Let’s take a better look at each of them.

Blade Putter

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Play it like Tiger

It is the typical flat faced putter, sporting a usually very thin club head. It is most often indicated for experienced golfers as the thin weighted toe of the club head demands for a very peculiar club path when striking the ball. Most will recognize this type of putter from Tiger Woods’ bag where you can find his trusty Scotty Cameron.

The back swing of the blade putter will see the player creating an arch when attempting to strike the ball. This is because the weighted toe of the club head demands such a path in order to create the best trajectory for the ball. This striking pattern is the closest one to actually swinging one of the longer clubs like a wedge. Although it is possible to adapt yourself to the blade’s striking path, it is recommended to use this putter only if your swinging pattern is already arched.

Mallet Putter


Modern Style

The mallet putter is the modern look for putters. The designation mallet comes from the size of the club head for those putters. Most blade putters will have a very large club head when you are looking over it. Also, the vast majority of mallet putters will come equipped with face balanced technology. This is the complete opposite of the blade putter as the weight distribution is spread out evenly in the putter’s head allowing for a much simpler club path. Although they might have a wide array of different looks, the mallet putter will constantly have a large surface area from the face to the crown of the putter. Many TaylorMade golfers will tend to use these big headed putters.

The stroke path for the mallet putter will be a very simple straight line. The backswing is almost completely straight and so is the follow through action. It is much easier to learn to hit the mallet putter because of its straight forward stroke path. However, a player with a natural arching striking pattern might find discomfort while using this type of putter. 

Mid-Mallet Putter

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“Meet me halfway”

Situated midway between the two other styles, the mid-mallet putter is a combination of the best assets from both styles. With a bigger head than the blade, the mid-mallet allows for greater control and more forgiveness. Even with a very similar look to the mallet, most mid-mallet do not come equipped with the face balance technology. It’s weight’s distribution is reminiscent of the blade putter as most of it will be located close to the toes of the putter. Most people will identify this putter with his very common half-moon look popularized by Odyssey.

As it looks stands midway between the mallet and the blade, the striking pattern of the mid-mallet is also a combination of the two swinging styles. Most mid-mallet putters will require a slight arch path because of the weight distribution. However, the arch will never be as pronounced as the blade’s. Also, some mid-mallet putters will come equipped with a balance face and allow for more a straight stroke.

In the end, the only way to decide what putter is best for you is to try them out. Testing out short, mid and long range targets with all three types of putters will help you narrow down the most consistent product for you. Make sure to take your time when selecting your future putter. After all, it is the most important club of any golfer’s bag. We invite you to choose the one (or ones) you want to test here:

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