Thanks to improvements in technology, blade putters have become even better performers.
Stigmatized as the putter for pros, blades weren't really a favorite for many starting golfers.
But this no longer holds true, as mallets have become more refined and blades more forgiving.
We have compared the latest blade putters on the market to find the best ones.
Let's dive in.
Cleveland Golf Men's Huntington Beach Golf Putter
- Combines classic design with modern innovations
- Made of light, high-quality stainless steel
- Comes in three standard sizes (33, 34 and 35 inches) and orientations
- Features a deep milling face for feel and consistency
- Milled face gives a consistent roll
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The Best Blade Putters in 2020
Blade Putters - Buying Guide
Here, we will discuss the advantages of owning a blade putter. Apart from describing the purpose of blade putters, we will also explain the factors that differentiate good blade putters from the bad ones.
We will also emphasize the importance of selection process, that is, what you should look for if you do decide to purchase blade putter. We will discuss the putter's length and weight, overall design, head types and so forth.
Beginners may find it intimidating when they enter the world of various blade putters, but as with most things in golf, it often comes down to personal preferences. Never forget that there is no objectively best blade putter, golf ball or iron in the game of golf; it is all, more or less, personal choice.
Uses Of Golf Putters
There are two types of golf putters: blade putters and mallet putters. This article deals only with blade putters, but know that, in contrast to mallet putters, they often feature simpler design. Also, they usually offer better weight distribution, thus providing the player more control and alignment.
In essence, putters are used for making short-range shots and are most commonly used on the putting green, where their alignment and precision come into play. Though the golf rules do not require that you own the putter, it is by far the most used golf equipment, since golfers use it to putt the ball in the cup.
Lenght And Weight
When we talk about weight, we mean the shaft weight (putter ordinarily consists of grip, shaft, and head). Standard sizes include 33, 34 and 35 inches, but there are shorter and longer shaft versions for players who prefer different shaft dimensions.
What is the best length?
That is really up to you. Lenght affects many things, from posture to alignment, that is, the distance between your eyes and the ball.
Another critical factor is the weight. As with most things, this is a preference issue. Generally speaking, the pressure should reciprocally correspond to the length. This means that, if you are using the shorter shaft, than you should look for the heavier head. Why?
Well, you have to compensate for the weight you lose when you shorten the shaft. To learn more about this, we strongly suggest you read this article, especially if you are a beginner. However, remember this; shorter shaft, heavier head, and vice versa.
There is no "this is the best type in the world" thing when it comes to putters. For instance, Odyssey 2017 O-Works Putters features eight different head types for you to choose.
The product is the same, in the sense that it is made by the same manufacturers, using the same material, belong to same series (Odyssey). So why different head types? Well, to offer the players broader selection when looking for optimal blade putter.
You should probably judge by whether you are stroke is straight or arc. If you are a total beginner and don't know the difference, watch this easy to understand video.
Generally speaking, arc strokes are more efficient with blade putters than with the mallet putters.
In essence, when it comes to head types, its all about personal preferences. It might require some trial and error before you find your perfect choice. However, if you are a beginner, just go with the classic blade putter head. Remember, overcomplicating will only cause a headache for you.
Overall Design And General Advice
When we say overall design, we want you to include everything in your selection process. Start with the material: are you looking for a pure, steel made putter (like the Wilson Men's Augusta Golf Putter), or the combination of stainless steel and plastic ( like with the Odyssey Black O-Works Putters)?
If you are a beginner, we suggest you go for Wilson's putter. Also, it is by far the cheapest on the list, so even if you end up not liking golf or the putter, you will not lose that much money.
We also didn't discuss the feel, which is, again, personal. Better designed putters (like the Odyssey line) will provide feedback through feel and sound. In essence, feel should be soft, as if you are gliding the ball, not kicking the rock.
Feel will also help with the spin (topspin and backspin), as well as with roll, especially forward roll. What you want to achieve while using the blade putter is something called True Roll (see more in this video). Though this is mostly achieved through practice, your blade putter plays a considerable role in the way the ball rolls, so select the right head type and the right material.
Alas, consider alignment and precision. Some putters, like the O-Works Putters, feature Versa Alignment Technology for easier adjustment. This only means that the putter features colors for more natural putting alignment, allowing more precise and straight shots.
Then again, some people find their alignment and this technology may confuse them. If you are a beginner and would like to know more about alignment, check this video for more information.
Conclusion and Editors Choice
As we previously said, owning a putter (blade or mallet) is almost a must in the golfing world. According to one article, nearly 40% of the golfer's strokes are made using a putter.
Sure, you could rent one, but then you are at the mercy of the putters they provide you with. Plus, if you are a regular golfer or plan to play it on a regular basis, renting a putter is not a financially valuable option.
It is much more comfortable and more convenient to own one, especially when there are so many inexpensive blade putters on the market. If you do decide to own one, consider all the factors we mentioned, and read the articles/watch the videos we provided in the article.
We sincerely hope that this article helped you learn more about blade putters, and the vital role they play in the world of golf.