Our guide to the best putters 2016 has to offer includes blades and mallets, and models from the likes of Scotty Cameron, Odyssey, Ping and TaylorMade
Best Putters 2016
Choosing a new putter can be an absolute minefield, and the consequences of getting such a crucial purchase wrong could prove equally destructive to your game.
Thankfully, the wealth of putter options now on offer cover every possible head shape, insert type, feel and swing weight you could ask for, meaning that with the right advice and testing, it should be easy to find something you love.
As this selection of six blades and six mallets highlights, your options range from more traditional-looking models to multi-material modern designs with thicker grips.
Some use futuristic inserts that deliver a soft feel and smoother forward roll, while others like to rely on direct face milling for consistent distance control.
If you’re considering a change and are looking to narrow down your test list, you’ll want to start by considering what style of putter best matches up with the arc of your stroke, and which head type can offer you the best gains.
Personal preference is also very important, perhaps more so than with any other club. You need to like the shape, finish and sightlines, as well as the swing weight and feel, which is why our best putters 2016 list includes a great range of models for you to consider…
Benross Casino Milled Shooter 2
Head options: The CNC-milled range includes one blade and two mallets.
Key technology: Precision CNC milling helps reduce skidding for a smoother roll and moves weight to reduce twisting.
Aimed at: Budget-conscious golfers seeking a simple alignment aid in a darker-looking head with added stability.
Head options: The range includes three blades and one mallet.
Key technology: Honeycomb face milling aids a firmer feel and smooth roll, while its ridge-milled neck seamlessly joins the head.
Aimed at: This will suit feel players with more arc to their putting stroke who like a traditional but premium look.
Cleveland TFi 2135 1.0
Head options: The TFi 2135 range includes two blades and a mallet.
Key technology: The alignment line has been raised so it can be seen whether your eyes set up behind, above or beyond the ball.
Aimed at: This multi-material putter will suit those looking for stability, or who struggle to align themselves accurately.
Evnroll ER5 Hatchback
Head options: The ER range includes two blades and two mallets.
Key technology: A progressive milling pattern broadens the sweetspot so heel and toe putts roll almost as far as centre strikes.
Aimed at: Those struggling with distance control. Dots either side of the sightline will help those who often miss breaking putts low.
Nike Method Matter B1-07
Head options: Method Matter range includes three blades and three mallets.
Key technology: The RZN groove insert and soft stainless steel body deliver a faster roll and soft feel to aid distance control.
Aimed at: Two weight slots and Nike’s ‘Return to Square’ fitting system help with posture and the ability to start putts on line.
Odyssey White Hot RX 2-Ball V-Line
Head options: White Hot RX range has two blades, two mid-mallets and three mallets.
Key technology: The insert’s oval pattern reduces skidding. Its textured clear coating increases friction to get the ball rolling sooner.
Aimed at: The 2-Ball design, and silver and black Versa alignment system, make it ideal for those who struggle to line up accurately.
Odyssey Works Tank Versa #1 Wide
Head options: Works Versa range includes five blades and 17 mallets.
Key technology: The Fusion RX insert features an ultra-thin stainless steel mesh and Metal-X roll pattern to reduce skidding.
Aimed at: The heavier head and weighted grip will suit those after the look and feel of a blade, but with mallet-like stability.
Ping TR 1966
Head options: TR 1966 range includes two blades.
Key technology: Ping’s modern True-Roll (TR) face technology features precision-milled grooves to aid ball-speed consistency.
Aimed at: This compact blade with no alignment line will suit more confident putters who prioritise feel and feedback.
Ping Cadence TR Ketsch Mid
Price: Ranges from £199 to £248
Head options: Comes in standard or heavy as well as adjustable and counterbalanced
Key technology: Variable-depth grooves are shallower in the heel and toe, so mishits from longer range end up closer to the hole.
Aimed at: Golfers seeking alignment assistance at address, plus extra forgiveness in a slimmer head size.
TaylorMade Spider OS CB
Head options: The OS range includes two blades and four mallets.
Key technology: The oversize head has a bigger sweetspot and provides increased heel and toe weighting for extra stability.
Aimed at: The confidence-inspiring head size, raised red sightline and thick grip should provide extra confidence and forgiveness.
Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2
Head options: Select Newport range includes three blades and four mallets.
Key technology: A milled wrap-around face inlay means more consistent distance control from strikes low on the face.
Aimed at: Golfers happy to spend a little more for premium looks and feel.
Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X7M
Price: £279 (£320 for Dual Balance model)
Head options: Futura X7 range includes two mallets and a counterbalanced mallet.
Key technology: Feel in this multi-material design comes via a lightweight mid-section; stability from a heavier heel, toe and rear.
Aimed at: The stability is ideal for those who struggle to reproduce a consistent strike on long putts or need more alignment help.
Best Putters 2016 – What To Consider
The length of your putter will dictate your posture and, in turn, where your eyes are at address. Getting it right will help you monitor face alignment.
Ideally yours should suit your swing arc, plus your strengths and weaknesses. Mallets tend to offer extra stability, but can come at the cost of feel.
Putting is a confidence game, so you need to like the shape, finish and sightlines on your putter, as well as its weight and feel.