I think you'll agree with me when I say:
It's REALLY hard to find the perfect putter that's just right for a beginning player.
Or is it?
Well, it turns out, you can dramatically increase your chances of finding the right putter by regarding one simple truth...
...consulting with reputable sources and relying on experienced players before making a decision.
In order to help you with that, I’ve rounded up the best putters for beginners to get you off to a fun-filled start on your golfing journey.
We’ll get into the details in a minute, but these are the putters you’ll want to remember:
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The Best Putters for Beginners in 2020
The Basics of Putter Design
Before we can dive into which putters are best, we need to build a little context. Golf has been a popular sport for a long time, and generations of engineers have tweaked and added to technology to bring us modern putters.
There are a lot of elements that go into the process, but, thankfully, we can summarize the most important concepts pretty easily. If you’re new to the sport, you only need a little working knowledge of how the length, weight, face and loft affect a putter.
This is the most intuitive starting point. For the most part, putters are standardized for people between 5’9” and 6’2”. If you don’t fall into this category, there’s no need to panic, but you will want to look for a putter that caters to your dimensions.
In general, the putter should enable you to stand directly over your ball without strain or hunching. This is important for lining up your shots, but you don’t want strain or tension that can interrupt your putting stroke.
Recommended Read: Read our article on the best golf clubs for women to discover both great putters as well as the best golf driver for women.
There is a second style of putters: belly putters. These are designed to be much longer and promote a different approach to putting technique in general. While they have a great place in the world of golf, I decided to leave them to their own review. If you want a belly putter, check back in for my review of those options later.
The other obvious design factor is weight. But, while there are some general guidelines for choosing a putter with the right length, weight is a bit more ambiguous. How heavy you want your putter will be more a matter of your natural stroke and preference than a single, one-size-fits-all option.
If you have trouble getting your balls to roll well, you might consider a heavier putter. If consistent aim is your struggle, a lighter option could help. When given the chance, you always want to try a putter at the shop before purchasing (feel free to order online cheaper later). Still, there is a tidbit that helps with the shopping process.
In general, there are three types of putter heads: blade, mallet and blade edge. A blade putter is often double sided. These are usually the middleweight option, and they’re a great starting point to test your preference.
Blade edges are often the lightest option, and it’s common for them to have inserts that help with getting better roll speeds and responses off of the club face.
Mallets are intended to be a heavier approach to putting. The extra weight and design can help produce a more consistent stroke, but they it may come at the cost of making consistent aiming a little more challenging. In any choice, there will be a trade-off, but if you know your problem, you can select a style that is best suited for correcting it.
The face is probably the most important part of a putter, but many new players fail to realize the differences. The face of the club is what comes into contact with the ball, and it determines how the ball will roll off of a stroke. Advanced club faces have a range of responsiveness built into them to enable professional golfers to choose from more options when putting.
While that sounds nice, it can be devastating to new golfers. A beginner’s putter should have a face with as much consistency as possible, giving you a better chance to learn good technique. The best options are forgiving all the way to the heel and toe of the putter.
Even though consistency is a universal desire for new golfers, there are still a lot of options for face design. Textured faces grip the ball better to help with a good roll, while smooth faces develop control for those who naturally get that roll. Inserts are very common, and they change the sweet spot and responsiveness of faces. With so much out there, your only real option is to get your hands on some putters and find the feel that is best.
The loft of a club is a measure of its angle from the vertical. Most players know that this is important with wedges, but loft selection matters for every club. For putters, the angles are usually between five degrees on either side of vertical. This isn’t much, but the loft angle will impact how the ball leaves the club.
A steeper angle will launch the ball off of the green a little to aid with rolling the putt. This can hurt your aiming, so a shallower angle can correct aiming at the cost of rolling. Once again, you need a little trial and error to see where to start, and your preferences are likely to change as your game grows and evolves.
Conclusion and Editors Choice
All five of these putters are excellent, and each serves its niche better than the competition. In terms of being the most all around and cost-effective choice, the clear winner is the Two-Way Putter.
It isn’t the best in any one category, but it’s close in all of them. If you really don’t know where to start, or if you need to serve more than one golfer with a single putter, there is no second choice.
It has a great length, average weight, near-vertical loft with a forgiving face. Start with this putter, and save the more expensive options for when you know your own stroke better.