It's high time us golfers redirect our attention to the best putters that have the potential to improve what might otherwise remain a rusty short game. A considerable number among us (perhaps even yourself) fixate excessively on acquiring the most forgiving driver or the latest and greatest rangefinder, yet an even greater number of us tends to underestimate the significance of an appropriate putting tool. Legendary players from Arnold Palmer to Ben Hogan insisted that amateur golfers possess the ability to substantially enhance their scores from 50 yards into the green. And to their point, for most golfers, the majority of your score comes from what happens on and around that emerald expanse. That’s why having the best putter to help you navigate the speeds and breaks of the green can make or break your round. As the saying goes, “Drive for show, putt for dough.”
Whether you like it or not, if you want to get the ball in the hole, you’ll be spending most of your time on and around the green. That’s why it’s important to have a putter that not only looks great, but feels great, too. Of course, everybody has a different putting style, from the traditional grip to the cross-hand and the wrist anchor. But whether you’re new to the game or looking to shoot lower scores, a new putter can help you get there. For that reason, we’ve assembled a list of the best putters in 2023 for all skill levels and budgets. And to help us navigate such a complex landscape, we sat down with Matt Andrews, design engineer at Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG), to talk more about putters.
- Best Putter Overall: Titleist Scotty Cameron Phantom X5
- Best Mallet Putter: TaylorMade Spider GT
- Best Blade Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport
- Best Beginner Putter: S7K Standing Putter
- Best Milled Putter: Bettinardi Studio Stock 28
- Best Women’s Putter: Odyssey Golf Women’s White Hot OG
- Best Forgiving Putter: Ping Heppler Tyne 3
- Best Bargain Putter: Pinemeadow Golf PGX
- Best Putter For An Arcing Stroke: TaylorMade Truss TM2
- Best Looking Putter: Series 02 Drac Mallet
- Best Adjustable Putter: PXG Battle Ready
- Best Advanced Tech Putter: Cleveland Golf Frontline Elite Elevado
- Best Wooden Putter: Greenwood Tour Series Natural Putter
- Best Broomstick Putter: Bell II 410
- Best Highroller Putter: Miura KM1
- Best Stone Putter: Fire And Ice Series Stone
What To Consider When Buying A Putter
Before you invest in a putter, you’ll need to consider everything from length to grip to price and beyond. Here’s everything you should think about when shopping for a new putter.
The length of the putter is incredibly important because it directly influences your stance and posture while putting. A putter that’s too long or too short can lead to poor putting form and inconsistent results. Technically speaking, each putter will coincide with a specific golfer’s height. For instance, golfers that are six feet or taller will want a 35-inch putter. That said, we recommend stopping by a local golf store to determine what length putter is right for you.
The putter’s head will affect how it performs on the green. For example, a mallet putter has a larger head and provides more forgiveness, while a blade putter has a smaller head and offers more control. The head design that’s right for you comes down to your putting style and personal needs.
As Matt Andrews, design engineer for PXG notes, the best part of designing putters is that they’re not as heavily constrained by equipment rules by the USGA or the Royal & Ancient. “That allows for endless opportunities to make unique putter shapes,” Andrews says. “The appearance of a putter is always the first thing that will draw a customer in. Looking at our Battle Ready II Putters lineup, we have nine unique putter shapes that capture customers looking for anything from a traditional blade to large profile mallets.”
The weight of the putter will affect the feel and balance of the club. Some golfers prefer a heavier putter that offers a smoother stroke, while others prefer a lighter putter for greater feel and control. Some putters, like the aforementioned PXG Battle Ready Putter, give you the ability to add or remove weight for a more refined stroke.
The grip of the putter improves comfort and control. A grip that’s too large will feel overwhelming, while one that’s too small will offer less than enough space for your hands to properly grip the club.
Putters can range in price from less than $50 to over $500. Of course, price doesn't always correlate directly with quality, but more refined, detail-oriented putters are usually more expensive than the budget-friendly alternatives.
Ultimately, the best putter for you is one that feels comfortable in hand and provides consistent results. Be sure to try a few different putters to determine which one feels best for your stroke and putting style.
Blade Versus Mallet Putters
Andrews points out that mallet putters generally feature a large club head profile for added stability and forgiveness. They come in many shapes, including semi-circle, teardrop and square. These shapes often have distinctive weighting and alignment characteristics to support the overall aesthetic and performance.
“For players who are less consistent with their putting stroke, a mallet-style putter is often an excellent option,” Andrews says. “The larger head supports enhanced alignment characteristics to improve accuracy and creates the opportunity to achieve a heavier overall club head weight to help quiet the yips and increase the moment of inertia.”
Andrews describes blade-style putters as a more straightforward design often favored by golf purists and lower handicap players. As compared to mallet putters, blade putters have a smaller club head profile—desirable by those golfers who have excellent control of the putter face. He urges players to start choosing a putter by selecting the club profile that best suits your eye at address.
“This will give you added confidence when standing over a shot,” he explains. “Once selected, your putter can be optimized to suit your stroke by identifying the ideal hosel style (plumber's neck, heel shafted or double bend) and by adjusting the putter weights in the sole of the club.”
How Do You Know If A Putter Is “Working?”
The two variables of a putt are direction and speed, and Andrews points out that a putter is working if both of these variables are consistent.
“A player who struggles with putt direction might benefit from a putter head that offers different alignment features or a new hosel type,” he explains. “Adjusting putter weight is a great way to dial in speed consistency. Our new Battle Ready II Putters offer nine putter shapes with varying alignment aids, 4 hosel types and adjustable weighting.”
Should You Get Fitted For A Putter?
Many dedicated players head out for club fitting when they buy a driver, hybrids or irons. Still, they can pass by that process when it comes with the one club in the bag they’re most likely to use on every hole. If you undergo a proper fitting process for your putter, an expert can analyze your natural stroke and tendencies to help you choose the best buy for your game.
Andrews urges any serious player to go through that fitting process.
“The putter is the most used club in the bag and the only club used on every hole,” Andrews says. “The PXG putter fitting experience is often an eye opener for people. Players will come in with a putter that they have used for years and assumed it was the status quo. After the fitting they leave with a putter in a completely different hosel type and weight realizing their old putter was not a good fit for their natural putting stroke.”