There are basically three main types of putters, but there are a lot of different putter head designs, types of faces and inserts for those faces too depending on your choice of putter. The balancing of the putter is the factor that will likely be the most important to a beginner, the weight of the putter can be pretty important too depending on if you hit the ball too hard or too softly. The shaft and where it meets with the putter head is another thing to consider along with the balance of the putter.
Along with the different types of putters and how they will work for you, we will look at some common choices for beginners from the basic putter designs that have been around for years, to the newer more advanced designs in putters. Finally, we will cover the brands, models and types of putters that the pros use, so you get a look at all the different choices of top rated golf putters from beginners to pros.
Types Of Putters And How They Work
There are two really important things to know when it comes to the design of a putter. The first is the head design of the putter, there are three main types of head designs. The second thing to know about putters is how they are balanced and there are two basic types, the face balanced putter, and the toe balanced putter.
Your three basic types of putters are: blade putters, peripheral weighted putters (heel and toe weighted), and mallet putters. Blade putters are the oldest style of putters and work best for players who have a straight putting stroke, and require more of a delicate putting stroke. Peripheral weighted putters are basically an improvement to the design of the blade putter. They still require a delicate putting stroke but with the added weight at the toe and heel they aid in providing you with better consistency and forgiveness. The mallet putter has the largest head design of which there are many and is made to give you the most forgiveness and consistency of all the putter designs for hitting off center.
The way that you putt will determine what type of putter best suits you. A face balanced putter will work best for a person who has a straight through putting stroke and a toe balanced putter will work better for a player who has an arc ( a stroke that opens on the back swing and closes before impact) to their putting stroke.
Some other putter features to consider are the face types and inserts, also the shafts, hosels and length of the putters. The metal faced putters provide a solid, controlled feel, insert faced putters use a non-metal insert for a softer feel and more forgiveness, and groove faced putters can be metal or insert faced with grooves that get the ball spinning forward on impact to keep a tighter line. A heel-shafted putter has a hosel that connects to the putter head at the end closest to the player. A center-shafted putter connects at the middle of the club head and an offset hosel is angled back toward the golfer, most putters have some degree of an offset to them.
The traditional length of a putter is 32-36″ in length, and is the most commonly used putter for a pendulum like swing when your arms are fully extended hanging down. Long putters (broomhandle putters) are 48-52″ in length and is only used by a couple players in the PGA, it is legal to use as long as it is not anchored against the body in any kind of way.
Putters For Beginners
Now that we have looked at the different types of putters and how they will work for you, we will see what good, affordable putters there are out there for beginners. Pinemeadow makes a couple of really good putters for the money that have good reviews. The first is the Pinemeadow Golf PGX putter which is well liked for its style and playability, it is tour weighted to provide you with a smooth stroke and to be consistent and forgiving on fast greens, a headcover is included. The second is the Pinemeadow Golf PGX SL putter which is well-balanced at the center of the club for straighter shots, it is similar to putters that cost a couple hundred dollars and it also comes with a headcover, both putters can be purchased for under $45.
A couple other good putter choices are the Orlimar Tangent T1 putters and the Ray Cook Golf Silver Ray SR800 putter. They have good reviews and a good price at $45 or less. Here are a few more choices at about $40 or less: Ray Cook Golf Silver Ray SR500 putter, Wilson Harmonized Square Heel/Toe putter, and the Pinemeadow Golf Site 4 putter, Tour Edge and Nextt have a couple models too. All of these putters are comparable to the big name higher priced putters.
Newly Designed Putters
The new designs in putters are split into three categories which are: blade putters, midsize mallets, and large mallets. The large mallet putters have the most game improvement features of the other types, since they have all evolved from the blade putter to the midsize mallet and then the large mallet with the highest MOI ( Moment Of Inertia ). Putters with a high MOI will give you the most forgiveness on a miss-hit off center of the sweetspot, they maintain their momentum and straightness.
Some new designs in blade putters are the Odyssey Toulon Design Austin H1 putter, Odyssey O-Works and Odyssey White Hot RX #2, Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2, and the TaylorMade TP Collection Juno putter. If you are looking for a midsize mallet putter here a few choices: Odyssey O-Works 2 ball putter and Odyssey White Hot RX #7, Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport 3, TaylorMade TP Collection Berwick putter, and the Toulon Design Memphis putter.
These are a few choices of large mallet putters: Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura 6M and Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura 7M, TaylorMade Spider Tour Platinum putter, Odyssey O-Works V-Line Fang CH and Odyssey White Hot RX V-Line Fang putter, Ping Vault Oslo and Ping Sigma G Tyne putter.
Putters Preferred By The Pros
The Professional PGA players use a wide selection of putter types from the traditional blade putters to the peripheral weighted putters and the midsize to large mallet putters. Here are a few choices of the pros: Ricky Fowler uses a Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype, Justin Thomas prefers a Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X5 prototype, Tommy Fleetwood uses an Odyssey White Hot Pro #3.
Some other putters used by the pros like Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Jason Day are the mallet putters listed in the section above with the heading Newly Designed Putters. All the putters used by the pros will cost you somewhere between $200-400 or more unless you buy them used or find a model previous to the new ones discounted.
Which Putter To Choose
Just remember when choosing what putter you want to buy, all the different types of putters and how they will work for you according to how you swing your putter, and of course the best thing you can do is to try out some of these different designs and see how they perform for you. There are a lot of different designs to choose from so you should be able to find something that suits you well. When it comes to the price you can always choose one of the beginner putters that you can usually find under $45, or if you have the money go for it and buy what the pros use.