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The Best Putters in 2017

While hours and hours on the putting green will help you record lower scores on your next 18, everyone knows that a golfer also relies heavily on the equipment in his or her bag to maintain or further improve his game. Golf's top companies are constantly working to improve their club technology from the best irons to the best wedges. We're taking a look at what we consider to be the five best putters in 2017:

What to Look for in Your New Putter

According to some golf experts, the putter is the most important club in your arsenal; selecting the right putter for your game is even more critical than combing through the best drivers to get you to the green. We all know the excitement of going shopping for new clubs, but it's important to stay focused on the details that will make your next putter selection one that will last for years.

Reviewing the Different Types of Putter

It seems like there's a new article out every other month on the "groundbreaking putting technology that will change the game forever." The biggest trend in recent years has probably been toward belly putters and long putters which allegedly help shaky putters to steady out their games. When you're selecting your next putter, you'll likely be picking between three choices:
  • Mallet Putters: Ideal for golfers who use a square putting style and aim straight for the hole, most mallet putters include a sight line that provides critical aid as you line up the winning shot.
  • Blade Putters: Sweet and simple, a good blade putter is in the arsenal of most arc putters who prefer to read the green rather than take a straight shot at the cup.
  • Belly Putters: While they were recently banned in competition, belly putters are still perfectly acceptable for your business meeting on the green or Sunday scramble. These putters offer a lengthened shaft so that you can balance them against your belly for a steadier putt.

Features of Your Ideal Putter

When you're considering your next putter purchase, you'll want to take stock of the club's three critical characteristics:
  • Length: Quite possibly the most important aspect of your putter, the club's length is also easy to test out. When you find the right length, the putter should be in line with your forearms as you stand in the correct address position. Many golfers end up purchasing a club that is too long for them and then make the critical mistake of having the club shortened, throwing off the putter's weight and balance. Take the time to find the right length, and don't be afraid to ask for help from your local golf expert.
  • Weight: The head weight of a putter is inversely proportional to the length of the club: a 33" putter will have a head weight of around 380 grams, while a 35" putter will weigh only 330 grams. As I mentioned above, the relationship between the weight and length of a putter is critical. If your club is too long, resist the urge to save money and get it shortened; for best results, you're going to need a new putter.
  • Balance Point: Putters generally differ between two types of balance point. A face balanced putter is better for square putters; you can tell a putter is face balanced if you hold the putter with the shaft parallel to the ground and the face faces the sky. The other type, toe balanced putters, are more beneficial for arc putters. Held with the shaft parallel to the ground, a toe balanced putter will have its toe hanging towards the ground rather than the sky.

Finding the Putter You Can Trust

Based on the considerations we've examined above, your choice of putter will depend on two main details.

What is the right length for you?

You can invest thousands of dollars into the best golf clubs you can find, but if the length of the clubs isn't right your game won't be right either. Take the time to determine exactly the right length for your clubs, enlisting the help of a golf pro or seasoned veteran who can help you find the right fit if necessary. Even the best golf sets for beginners need to take length into account, as there is no one-size-fits-all for golf clubs.

Are you a square putter or an arc putter?

As we've seen, the way you prefer to putt has a significant impact on which club you should choose. If you're a square putter and always want to take a straight shot at the hole, you're going to want to find one of the best mallet putters available. Your putter should be face balanced, and you should be sure to test it out on a green from various distances to ensure that it fits your putting style. If you're an arc putter, you'll want to opt for one of the best blade putters on the market. Your club should be toe balanced, and you'll need to give your potential putter a good examination at various distances and angles on a putting green.

1. Odyssey Hot Pro 2.0 V-Line Putter by Callaway

Callaway’s Odyssey Hot Pro 2.0 is the mallet putter option from their Odyssey line of clubs, one of the most popular among experienced golfers. It is a great option for square putters and is used widely on the PGA Tour.





What we like

  • Callaway’s proven head shape designs have been used by major winners on the PGA Tour.
  • The putter’s mallet design is one of the best available for square putters.
  • The club’s large guide line draws rave reviews from golfers who prefer a straight shot.

What we dislike

  • This putter may not be ideal for beginners who require something more forgiving from their next purchase.
  • The club’s standard Odyssey grip can be an acquired taste for some players.




2. Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 1.0 Putter

Cleveland’s new blade putter features a raised alignment that is set at precisely the radius of a golf ball. This innovative feature offers improved alignment for all putters, regardless of how they address the ball.





What we like

  • Players praise this putter for helping them with alignment and stroke.
  • The putter’s raised alignment is designed to help all players no matter their experience or putting style.
  • The large grip allows for more comfortable putting.

What we dislike

  • The club’s raised alignment may take some time to get used to.
  • The head cover included with the putter has been panned by a number of golfers.




3. Quolf Golf Two-Way Putter

Quolf’s no-frills, affordable two-way putter is a great choice for beginners looking to take a shot on a blade putter. Suitable for both right-handed and left-handed golfers, this sturdy club is definitely worth adding to your bag and testing out on the green.




What we like

  • One of the few putters on the market that can be used by left- and right-handed players alike.
  • Easily one of the most affordable blade putter options on the market.
  • The club’s sturdy grip is appreciated by its users.

What we dislike

  • The club’s universal design may not provide the finesse demanded by experienced golfers.
  • The no-frills putter does not offer any alignment aids like a guide line.



4. Cleveland Golf Huntington Beach Putter

Cleveland has really gone the extra mile to improve each feature on this blade putter. From a precision-milled face to a Lamkin grip, this putter is great for providing beginners with a shot at the hole from any distance.





What we like

  • One of the best putters for beginners I’ve seen.
  • The club’s precision-milled face adds an extra level of stability.
  • Arc putters love how true this putter is.

What we dislike

  • The club’s Lamkin blue grip can be an acquired taste for some players.
  • This putter can feel relatively heavy when compared with other blade putters.




5. Odyssey Men's White Hot SuperStroke RX V-Line Fang Putter by Callaway

I was blown away by this putter. Callaway’s V-Line Fang putter is a revelation in terms of alignment and balance, and I’ve never had an easier time sinking putts than with this new superstar.





What we like

  • The putter’s V-Line Fang is one of the best alignment tools I’ve ever played with.
  • Increased friction on the face improves the club’s striking surface and leads to more accurate putts.
  • Players can choose from a variety of grip options so that the club is always comfortable in their hands.

What we dislike

  • I didn’t love the head cover that comes with the club.
  • Grasping for negatives, I suppose that some long-time golfers may not take immediately to the V-Line Fang design.




Conclusion

All things considered, the Odyssey Men’s White Hot SuperStroke RX Vline Fang Putter by Callaway is our favorite putter for 2017.

It is one of the best top balanced putters on the market, offers a litany of options for customization and is trusted by both beginners and tour professionals.

Of course, this putter is ideal for square putters like myself; arc putters will want to consider the Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 1.0 Putter or similar blade putters to suit their game.

No matter what, be sure to do your homework in advance and select the putter that best meets your needs in terms of weight, length and balance point. Happy shopping and happy putting!

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