What are the Best Blade Putters in 2018?
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.
Our Roundup Selection
Editors Choice: Cleveland Golf Men's Huntington Beach Golf Putter
We start our list with the Cleveland Golf Men’s Huntington Beach Golf Putter, a putter that combines classic design with modern innovations.
Made of quality stainless steel, the Cleveland’s Beach golf putter comes in three standard sizes (33, 34 and 35 inches), for right and left-handed people.
This putter features a deep milling face, meaning that the feel and roll will be consistent. The feeling is soft, but not too soft, meaning that the putter will be comfortable to use, but still provide excellent feedback.
This putter is lightweight (weighing roughly 3 ounces), featuring amazing alignment, allowing you to achieve more consistent and successful putts. The grip is somewhat awkward at first, but once you get used to it, you will use it to your advantage, for it does help you attune the putter.
The design is clean and simple, resulting in a fantastic putter. The only downside is somewhat awkward grip, but you will get used to it over time.
- lightweight and durable stainless steel material
- clean and simple design
- comes in different sizes and hand orientation
- soft feel with excellent feedback
- milled face delivers great and consistent roll
- grip might be awkward to use (at first)
Best Value: Odyssey 2017 O-Works Putters
Odyssey is Callaway’s line of blade putters, it is a brand known for making excellent golf equipment. The Odyssey 2017 O-Works Putters come for the right and left-handers, in standard sizes (33-35 inches).
Odyssey 2017 O-Works Putters is by far the most versatile putter on our list, featuring eight different styles for you to choose, each having unique design and benefits. We are reviewing the R-Line putter with tour Superstroke type shaft.
Odyssey 2017 O-Works Putters feature new micro hinge technology, affect the roll and spin. In essence, this putter should perform notwithstanding of your stroke. The putter is made of stainless steel and covered with a thermoplastic layer for better, softer feel.
Microhinge technology allows the stainless steel hinges to lift the golf ball upon impact, giving it initial and continuous roll. Moreover, the flat and liner design allows better eye-putter alignment. This putter has featured tour proven shape types and is as such suited for both recreational and professional golfers.
However, it is the most expensive putter on our list. Also, it is a heavier putter, so those looking for lightweight ones should avoid it.
- top quality design, good ratio of stainless steel and thermoplastic cover
- comes in various tour proven types
- professional customer service and warranty system
- Microhinge technology delivers fantastic roll
- versatile grip choices
Best Seller: Odyssey 2018 Black O-Works Putters
Odyssey 2018 Black O-Works Putters is the newer O-Works putter, featuring advanced Microhinge face technology for more consistent and performance-improved roll. It too comes in various, tour-proven types, standard sizes, and left-right hand compatibility.
This new putter combines two crucial elements: Microhinge hinges and impact rebound. Hinges help recreational golfers to improve their roll with stroke, putting the focus on initial roll. Also, the rebound impact provides soft feel upon impact, but still hard enough so that the player receives excellent feedback on each putt.
Upon impact, this putter delivers topspin effect, meaning that the ball will roll with more consistency, even in taller grass. The product also features Versa Alignment Technology, granting its user better alignment and preparation while using the putter.
Finding flaws in this putter is hard. It features distinct yet straightforward design. I like the white line on the black head of the putter, which helps with alignment and precision. The downside is the price, it is a bit expensive.
- simple design with distinct coloring for a more natural alignment
- combination of stainless steel and elastomer thermoplastic layer
- improves the spin and delivers consistent rolling speed and precision
- different grip types for convenient use
- Versa Alignment Technology for more natural alignment
- expensive (when compared to others on the list)
Worthy Competitor: Wilson Men's Augusta Golf Putter
Wilson Men’s Augusta Golf Putter is the cheapest putter on the list, featuring robust and straightforward design. Due to its simplicity and price, we recommend it to beginners.
The putter is made of steel (with the brass finish on the head), delivering decent roll and feel. Most putters go too far with the design and forget that golf is all about the Occam’s razor: the simpler, the better.
Indeed, Wilson Men’s Augusta Golf Putter is well built, robust, featuring a comfortable grip and soft feel. In fact, the grip is probably the product’s most prominent feature, making it very convenient to use.
The only problem is the lack of help with the alignment (a simple color line would help tremendously). Also, it might be uncomfortable for left-handed users. Other than that, it works very well, especially when you consider the price.
- value for money, the most inexpensive product on the list
- simple design
- lightweight provides a comfortable feel
- excellent grip
- probably the best blade putter for those who are new to golf
- not the easiest alignment
Worthy Competitor: Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Putter
We will conclude our list with another Callaway’s Odyssey putter, the White Hot Pro blade putter. Like most Callway’s putters, this one is suited for left and right-handers and comes in standard sizes.
The product emphasizes feel and sound, both of which give you excellent feedback with each putt. The head is laser milled, delivering precise and soft touche, as well as decent rolling capabilities.
The grip is somewhat uncomfortable and too thin (was for me), but this is easy to replace. The head weight roughly 340 grams, which might be perfect for most players, but too light for some. The price is more than fair, considering the putter’s design and performance.
Other than the grip, we had no complaints regarding this putter. It is smooth and straightforward, suited for professional and recreational golfers at a reasonable price. We recommend it to those who seek simple, inexpensive and lightweight putter.
- excellent sound feedback
- good feel upon impact
- accurate and consistent roll
- value for money
- quality made, stainless steel material
- somewhat uncomfortable grip (too thin)
- the head might be too light for some people
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 2018 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.
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.