Best Putters 2017

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Best Putters 2017: We bring you the best putters of 2017 - tried and tested as part of our biggest ever golf club equipment guide, Top Gear.

In our biggest ever equipment test we reviewed hundreds of golf clubs, and when it came to selecting the best putters of 2017, the only way we thought we could fairly do it was by splitting it in to three different categories: Blade Putters, Mallett Putters and MOI Putters.

Chances are you prefer one particular style - so when it came to selecting the best hybrids of 2017, these were our top 10 in each category on the market right now.

Top 10 Blade Putters 2017 

With so many different models and options to consider, picking a new putter can be a daunting task. From counter-balancing to grooved inserts, alignment aids and oversized grips, we've tested everything before coming up with our Top 10 Blade putters for 2017. They're the flatsticks for the purists, yet even these benefit from some clever tech.

TaylorMade TP Collection Juno: RRP £199 (Lamkin grip), £219 (Superstroke)

Head weight: 345g
Grip: Standard Lamkin rubber or OS SuperStroke
Toe hang: Moderate

TECH: Skim-milling and a tour satin finish give a really crisp appearance at address, while new 45° face grooves and a 6061 aluminium face insert ensure putts skid less.

WE SAY: TaylorMade blade putters have never had quite the same success on Tour – or in club golfers' hands – as their Spider designs. But it doesn't stop them trying. These models are all cast and then skim milled, so you get a very sharp, clean appearance at address. It also means the putter doesn't need to be painted, so you get a top quality look and finish. We loved the new Lamkin grip; its pistol shape with sharp edges, traditional size and a at front drew plenty of compliments, making it really easy to tell when the face was square.

VERDICT: Though the Juno is beautifully made, if you sat it down among a line of blades it would struggle to stand out. A slightly lower price is reflective of the head not being 100% milled. But if we're honest most golfers would struggle to feel the difference.

Piretti Cortino 1.5: RRP £349

Headweight: 365g
Grip: Piretti standard
Toe hang: Strong

TECH: The Piretti Cortino 1.5 putter is created from a single block of 11L17 carbon steel, so there are no welds around the hosel to absorb vibrations or feel. The flow neck design favours an arc-shaped putting stroke.

WE SAY: From top to bottom the Piretti Cortino 1.5 putter oozes class, and you can't fail to spot it. Yes, the head is a shape we've seen before, but rarely have we seen such exquisite craftsmanship. A strong toe hang is quite severe, so it's best suited to strokes with a slight to stronger arc. Our testers liked the firmer feel and extra feedback the Piretti generated over some premium models, but at £349 a piece the Cortino is a hefty investment. For us, it's one likely only to be used by serious golfers who'll cherish this club.

VERDICT: At this end of the market price is irrelevant. If you've promised yourself a new premium putter and you've got a nice arcing stroke, you won't be disappointed.

Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2: RRP £320

Headweight: Changeable depending on length
Grip: Red Matador Midsize
Toe hang: Moderate

TECH: Precision-milled from soft 303 steel to maximise feel and responsiveness. A floating insert helps raise MOI which means a higher resistance to twisting. 

WE SAY: Respect to Ping for inventing the Anser putter shape, but surely Scotty Cameron deserves credit for coming up with the idea to precision CNC-mill such an iconic shape, too. The Newport 2 is one of his most coveted models, and we can see why. The head's moderate toe hang will suit a stroke with a bit of rotation and we felt the head bore a touch more weight, which we really liked as it's been said before that Scotty's can be a bit light for year-round use in the UK. A simple single alignment line focuses attention nicely.

VERDICT: The Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 is a top quality putter which blade purists will adore. The floating insert is a worthwhile refinement. If you must have the Rolex of putters you've just found it.

Odyssey O-Works #1 Wide: RRP £179

Headweight: 350g
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour or SuperStroke Slim 2.0 (Counter Core)
Toe hang: Slight

TECH: The new finger-shaped grips on the stainless steel face plate of the Odyssey O-Works #1 Wide putter are combined with a thermoplastic elastomer feel layer to grab and interact with the cover at impact, lifting the ball into a better roll.

WE SAY: Many golfers think blade putters are just for arcing strokes, but it's simply not true any more. The Oydssey O-Works #1 Wide putter, with its shorter but wider body, along with the sort of double bend shaft you often find in mallet putters, means this design has much less toe hang, so is much more suited to straighter strokes. That microhinge face insert feels absolutely perfect and we all loved the new red highlighted sight lines. We tested this model with a SuperStroke Mid Slim 2.0 grip, which is bigger with softer edges than the Pistol GT Tour, but just as nice to use.

VERDICT: We love how models like this open up blade putters to a wider audience. Our testers felt the full shaft of offset really encouraged getting the hands ahead of the ball to stroke the ball beautifully. A top all-round putter.

Ping Sigma G Kinloch: RRP £175 (fixed shaft), £199 (adjustable)

Headweight: 350g
Grip: Ping Pistol P60
Toe hang: Moderate

TECH: New milled aluminium face inserts have variable depth and width grooves to deliver consistent across-the-face ball speed performance. Feel is enhanced by a high- energy elastomer insert.

WE SAY: A classic toe and heel weighted design is combined with a scalloped back. A plumber's neck means a slight toe hang, making it a good match for a slightly arcing stroke. The head's really clean and simple and the platinum finish looks very sleek with a single alignment line. Ping's big new thing is the aluminium face insert and variable width and depth grooves. It means you get a slightly higher MOI from this traditional blade as weight's removed from the face. All three testers felt they holed more than their fair share with the Kinloch.

VERDICT: For golfers who like tinkering with their putter, Ping's adjustable length shaft should definitely be an option. It means you can change your set-up in an instant. We really liked the quality finish, excellent new feel, sound and roll of the Ping Sigma G Kinloch putter.

Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Notchback putter: RRP £320

Headweight: Changeable depending on length
Grip: Red Matador Midsize
Toe hang: Slight

TECH: Precision-milled in the USA from soft 303 steel to maximise feel and responsiveness. A floating insert and wider notchback help raise MOI, which means a higher resistance to twisting.

WE SAY: Proof, if you need it, that blades don't just suit arcing strokes. Scotty Cameron has cleverly come up with a single bend shaft, which does away with the plumber's neck you usually get on a blade. It means you get less toe hang and opens up the Notchback to being much more friendly for less arcing strokes. Two of our testers absolutely loved the concept and thought they could immediately slide the Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Notchback straight into play. As you'd expect, feel and roll is fantastic, and a worthwhile addition is the 'notch' which helps raise MOI higher than you'd typically find with a blade.

VERDICT: If you love the look of blade, but don't have the stroke to get the best out of one, the Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Notchback putter could be right up your street. If you generate half as much confidence as we did with it, you'll be over the moon.

Bettinardi BB1F blade putter: RRP £249

Headweight: 350g
Grip: BB Series standard
Toe hang: Strong

TECH: The Bettinardi BB1F is a classic flow-neck blade with toe and heel weighting for a good degree of forgiveness. Each head is created from a blend of mild steel to deliver a great sound and feel at impact. Milled in the USA.

WE SAY: With such sleek designs, Bettinardi's stock is continually growing in tour player circles. Every dimension, curve, mill mark and even the pattern on the face (which Bettinardi has worked out affects feel) has been pored over to deliver a top-class putter with the Bettinardi BB1F blade. The flow- neck means you get more toe hang than most of the blade putters we tested, so it's particularly well suited to strokes with a stronger arc. We loved how it encouraged getting our hands ahead of the ball and really stroking it across the green, rather than hitting at putts with a damaging, wristy stroke.

VERDICT: With a decent price gap between Bettinardi and Scotty Cameron putters now there's a real choice to be made between the two.

EVN Roll ER2: RRP £249

Headweight: 370g
Grip: Winn Pro 1.18
Toe hang: Slight

TECH: EVN Roll putters have a brand new face milling pattern which inventor Guerin Rife says gives a progressive energy transfer. To me and you, that means putts hit off-centre roll virtually the same distance as centre hits. 

WE SAY: EVN Roll only started up last year, yet Guerin Rife has been designing putters for 25 years. So it's fair to say there's a ton of experience rolled into his new concept. The big story is the specially-shaped face grooves, and we'll happily admit to feeling a real engagement between ball and face at impact. The EVN Roll ER2 had the widest head of the blades tested, so MOI and forgiveness should be slightly enhanced over most models, and that certainly played out with the amount of putts we holed.

VERDICT: We're not going to go quite as far as saying the EVN Roll ER2's clever face grooves 'gear' off-centre putts back online, as EVNRoll claims. But we were very impressed by the tech, so much so our gear editor put one in play.

Odyssey O Works #1: RRP £179

Headweight: 350g
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour or SuperStroke Slim 2.0 (Counter Core)
Toe hang: Moderate

TECH: New finger-shaped grips on the stainless steel face plate of the Odyssey O-Works #1 putter are combined with a thermoplastic elastomer feel layer to grab and interact with the cover at impact, lifting the ball into a better roll.

WE SAY: Odyssey can legitimately claim to have invented the insert. And since its introduction in the '90s, they have toiled over improving the feel and roll of their original design. In 2017 they reckon they've hit the jackpot with the Odyssey O-Works #1. Our testing results suggest they're definitely onto something. Little fingers on the O-Works insert 'lift' putts into action and the resulting feel, sound and roll is different to anything we saw on test. If you're not one to be seduced by CNC milled putters, we reckon the #1 is the complete blade.

VERDICT: The Odyssey O-Works #1 is top drawer putter, and that the microhinge face is something else. It's not milled, but when it looks, feels, sounds and rolls as good as this, who cares? If you're in the market for a new blade in 2017, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't try one.

Ping Vault Anser 2: RRP £275 (fixed shaft), £299 (adjustable)

Head weight: 350g 
Grip: Ping Pistol PP62 
Toe hang: Strong

TECH: The Ping Anser 2 putter is milled from solid blocks of 303 stainless steel and inspired by Ping's tour pros. True Roll face tech sees grooves milled to different widths and depths to help speed up off-centre hits to increase consistency.

WE SAY: The Ping Anser 2 comes with serious credentials. It's a Tour- proven shape, the finish is fantastic, it's made from soft carbon steel and we know Ping has pored over the new variable width and depth grooves for hours. But the million-dollar question – and the clincher to any potential purchase – is whether it's demonstrably better than what's gone before. And that's what our testers struggled to agree. We just couldn't say for sure that distance control, feel and roll were any better (which could partly be down to the new super-sized grip, which felt huge on this style of head).

VERDICT: The Ping Anser 2 putter feels lovely and will do a very good job for those who take the plunge. But you can get exactly the same head shape in the Ping Sigma G range, with the same grooves, for £100 less...

Top 10 Mallett Putters

If your stroke needs more help getting the ball in the hole, one of these Mallett putters could be just what you need. Find out which putters made our top 10 Mallett putters of 2017. 

Ping Vault Oslo: RRP £275 (fixed), £299 (adjustable)

Headweight: 365g
Grip: Ping Pistol 62
Toe hang: Face Balanced

TECH: Milled from a solid block of 6061 aluminium. The Oslo has a stainless steel sole plate to lower CG and raise stability and MOI. True Roll face technology sees grooves milled to different widths.

WE SAY: The Oslo's a bit of a brute and definitely has the biggest head here. That stretched, wide head means excellent off-centre forgiveness, though, and paid dividends for two of our testers, who holed a stack of putts from different distances. Some will say the head's a bit dull and lacks the excitement of any changeable sole weights, counter weighting or a face insert, which is surprising at this price. But we can con rm the Oslo did what its oversized body is supposed to do– help us hole more putts.

VERDICT: A very good if pricey blend of stability, simple alignment and forgiveness, which is just what many golfers need. Our testers couldn't agree the huge grip was for everyone as its softer edges weren't quite as good for feeling when the face is square, but overall the Oslo is a very solid, stable putter.

Cleveland TFI Mezzo: RRP £129

Headweight: 360g
Grip: Lamkin Cleveland TFI
Toe hang: Face Balanced

TECH: Cleveland says 80% of golfers don't have their eyes directly over the ball when putting and they reckon that by raising the alignment aid to exactly half the size of a golf ball they've created the most accurate putter ever in the Cleveland TFI Mezzo.

WE SAY: Centre-shafted putters were on the up and up a few years ago. Yet this year the trend seems to have slowed as there was a distinct lack of models for us to test. Our feeling hasn't changed about them, though, as we think they offer a fantastically simple way to putt, particularly if you like to see your putting stroke work in straight lines. Our pro was the only tester to put up a protest over the Mezzo's head shape, but then proceeded to hole putt after putt with it!

VERDICT: If your putting could benefit from some simplification then you won't find a simpler model to set up and aim than the Mezzo. Feel and feedback off the face is firm, a good match for UK greens that aren't at their summer best.

TaylorMade TP Mullen: RRP £199 (lamkin), £219 (superstroke)

Headweight: 350g
Grip: Lamkin or SuperStroke
Toe hang: Moderate

TECH: Skim milling and a tour satin finish give a really crisp appearance at address while new 45° face grooves and a 6061 aluminium face insert ensure putts skid less and roll quicker.

WE SAY: We often talk about how mallet putters can better suit a straight back and through stroke, but the Mullen's decent amount of toe hang means it's well suited to those with an arcing motion, too. A two-line alignment set- up is a little different to most, as neither stripe points to the position of impact. But we felt it framed the ball really nicely and gave a good indication of the putter's takeaway path.

VERDICT: If you're lucky enough to have a nicely arcing putting stroke and have been looking for a mallet putter to suit it, the Mullen is right up your street. Some will say £199 is a lot of money for what appears to be a pretty simple design, but skim milling ratchets up costs.

Piretti Firenze: RRP £349

Headweight: 375g
Grip: Piretti standard
Toe hang: Slight

TECH: A half-mallet design created from soft 11L17 carbon steel to ensure excellent feedback. Face balancing helps keep the face aimed at your target and a slight offset encourages a hands- ahead-of-ball stroke.

WE SAY: Piretti are very much a boutique putter brand with big ambitions. Like most quality 100% CNC-milled putters they don't come cheap, but they do use their own blend of carbon steel which they reckon improves feedback. There's no getting away from the Firenze's big size – some will say it's too big. But if, like our pro who couldn't stop holing putts with it, you'll gain con dence from the excellent feel and forgiveness, we reckon its size will be very bearable.

VERDICT: It doesn't happen very often, but we had to wrestle the Firenze putter out of our test pro's hands at the end of the day! That's how much he liked it. Most golfers will need to be similarly impressed to lay out £349 for one. The Firenze is very simple, but every detail is executed to perfection to give a proper premium overall feel.

Bettinardi Queen B #7: RRP £299

Headweight: 360g
Grip: Queen Bee standard
Toe hang: Slight

TECH: Bettinardi's putters are all CNC-milled in the USA. A ow-neck gives a really simple look at address and a specially milled flange back frames the ball perfectly from above. A soft, mild carbon steel head delivers top drawer feel and feedback.

WE SAY: Each Bettinardi is milled from a single block of carbon steel, which means creating an expensive CAD le for every dimension and curve on the head. And because the putter starts life as a larger block, way more material is wasted than casting. Each head is produced in the USA so labour costs are higher, too. All this goes some way to explaining the higher price. If you're a fan of precision crafted CNC- milled putters with a nod to tradition, you'll love the #7's sleek and slender compact head.

VERDICT: In a world where products regularly fall off the end of a production line by the gazillion, Bettinardi's creations are a real treat. Yes, the Queen Bee's compact head is pretty small, so it's likely to only inspire real confidence for decent players.

Odyssey O-Works R-Line: RRP £179

Headweight: 350g
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour or SuperStroke Slim 2.0 (Counter Core)
Toe hang: Face Balanced

TECH: Finger-shaped grips on the stainless steel face plate combine with a thermoplastic elastomer feel layer to grab and interact with the cover at impact, lifting the ball into a better roll.

WE SAY: On the surface the R-Line looks like just another Odyssey mallet. But we think its attention to detail and overall tech package warrants more than just a second look. Yes, Odyssey has made the R-Line's shape before, but the O-Works has so much more to bring to the party than just a new insert. The updated Versa (black, white, black) cosmetics are perfectly enhanced with a single red alignment stripe, which some might think wouldn't work – but it really does. And like we said in the blade, that insert feels fantastic and rolls putts better than any Odyssey putter before.

VERDICT: A simple face- balanced mid to large- headed mallet which is well suited to straight- back-and-through strokes. Feel from the face wasn't the softest or firmest, but feedback is muted.

Ping Sigma G Piper 3: RRP £175 (fixed shaft), £199 (adjustable)

Headweight: 360g
Grip: Ping Pistol PP60
Toe hang: Moderate

TECH: Aluminium face inserts have variable depth and width grooves to deliver consistent across- the-face ball speed performance.

WE SAY: Ping's Sigma G range comes in 13 different shapes, along with a further two counter- balanced models, so it's fair to say there's a design to suit everyone. A moderate toe hang means the Piper's well suited to a slightly arcing stroke, and the fuss-free appearance (just two alignment stripes a golf ball's width apart on the top) should attract a good deal of attention from purists. We can't say for sure the variable width and depth grooves helped us hole more putts, or improved consistency, but we did feel the Piper rolled putts along the surface alongside the very best, and all three testers thought the new grip size and shape was spot on.

VERDICT: There's five mallets to choose from in the range, which opens them up to a very wide audience. The Piper might not be the most exciting design on the market, but it is exceptionally solid across the board.

Scotty Cameron Select Newport M1: RRP £335

Headweight: Variable on length
Grip: Matador Red Midsize
Toe hang: Slight

TECH: A mid-mallet that's precision milled in the USA, with a 303 steel body and soft aluminium oating insert and sole to help raise MOI.

WE SAY: We loved the Newport M1 in last year's Top Gear test and that bond hasn't been broken. It's a first class, ultra- stable mallet which as you'd expect feels fantastic and even though it doesn't have any face groove tech like many modern designs, it rolls putts just as smoothly as the very best.

VERDICT: We couldn't agree if we all loved the 'cross-hair' alignment set- up or not, as it draws attention back from the impact position. But all in the M1's an ideal face-balanced, mid-mallet design, and thanks to its stability-improving tech is still really effective. Scotty Cameron has never come cheap, and a £65 price hike from last year is huge. But while this model now costs as much as some drivers, you'll use it far more often.

TaylorMade TP Berwick: RRP £199 (lamkin), £219 (superstroke)

Headweight: 350g 
Grip: Lamkin or SuperStroke
Toe hang: Face Balanced

TECH: Skim milling and a tour satin finish give a really crisp appearance at address while new 45° face grooves and a 6061 aluminium face insert ensure putts skid less.

WE SAY: We applaud TaylorMade for their endeavour with the TP Collection, as from the similar head shape of the Berwick and Mullen they've created both a face balanced mallet and a strong toe hang design, too. It's no mean feat, but it comes down to the different hosels and straight/ bent shafts. What it means to you s that no matter what your stroke type, there's a mallet in the collection to suit. We love the sculpted, sharp edges of the Lamkin rubber grip, too.

VERDICT: You couldn't wish for a simpler looking putter at address, and the firmer aluminium face insert produced lovely feedback and roll, which we reckon will be a hit on UK greens.

Wilson Staff Grant Park: RRP £95

Headweight: 356g
Grip: Wilson Staff Infinite
Toe hang: Strong

TECH: A flanged mallet with extra weight in both the head and grip to create a counterbalanced model. A double milled face ensures precision, while parallel and perpendicular sight lines simplify alignment.

WE SAY: Wilson can lay claim to making the legendary TPA putter that Nick Faldo used to win a couple of Majors. We can't say the Grant Park is exactly the same shape, but it is very close. A huge amount of toe hang means the Grant Park is much more suited to a putting stroke with rotation than a straight-back-and-through motion. We liked the white toe-to-heel alignment line on the top edge which clearly shows where the blade is pointing, and we also felt the positive crisp feel off the solid milled face was spot on.

VERDICT: Wilson Staff says the Grant Park is counterbalanced; after testing a stack of putters we'd say it's a more gentle introduction to the concept. The oversized grip fits nicely in the hands and will go some way to helping eliminate wrist break from your stroke, too.

TOP 10 MOI PUTTERS

With so many different models and options to consider, picking a new putter can be a daunting task. MOI putters are designed to help the wonkiest of strokes, yet even the world's best swear by some of these. From counter-balancing to grooved inserts, alignment aids and oversized grips, we've tested everything before coming up with our Top 10 MOI styled putters for 2017. 

Cleveland TFi 2135 Elevado: RRP £129

Headweight: 370g
Grip: Lamkin TFi
Toe hang: Face balanced

TECH: Cleveland says 80% of golfers don't have their eyes directly over the ball when putting. They reckon by raising the alignment aid to exactly half the size of a golf ball, they've created the most accurate aid ever.

WE SAY: Any MOI putter worth its salt comes with some sort of hollow body or "fanged" head design, as weight split between the fangs improves stability and forgiveness when putts are hit off-centre. The really clever bit of design, though, comes in blending those fangs into a design which isn't distracting – and the Elevado does that in spades. It's a really simple, straightforward matt black head with a single silver alignment stripe right at the same height as the centre of the ball. It's a clever idea, and if you're the type of golfer who struggles with aim, the Elevado is worth trying.

VERDICT: A very solid MOI putter and with a price tag under £130 it won't bust the bank. Thanks to the soft insert and polymer backer it feels good, and its circular groove tech has the capability to roll putts alongside the best.

Benross Tribe MDJ2: RRP £99

Headweight: 370g
Grip: Lamkin Sink RND 11
Toe hang: Face Balanced

TECH: The 'fanged' design increases MOI to aid stability on every stroke. Forgiveness is increased by a two-piece hollow head construction which allows the CG to be positioned accurately to encourage putts to skid less and roll sooner while also maximising stability.

WE SAY: Benross featured among our favourite putters of 2016 as they offered a decent product at an affordable price. But while last year's Casino putters started at less than £60 a pop, 2017's Tribe will set you back close to £100. And that's a big increase in a year. The Tribe's fanged head may look similar to Odyssey's #7, which was involved in our test, but thanks to its hollow head delivering a higher pitched impact sound, performance against the premium brands was very different.

VERDICT: We understand many golfers don't have £250 to spend on a new putter. If £100 is your top budget, the MDJ2 should be on your shortlist.

Ping Sigma G Wolverine T Putter: RRP £175 (f), £199 (a)

Headweight: 370g
Grip: Ping Pistol PP60
Toe hang: Face Balanced

TECH: New milled aluminium face inserts have variable depth and width grooves to deliver consistent across the face ball speed performance.

WE SAY: All manner of lines, circles and curves have promised better alignment, yet we'd say the Wolverine's simple single stripe is one of the best we've ever seen. That's because the line comes right up onto the top edge of the putter at the ball's equator. If you draw a straight line on your ball it couldn't be simpler to see whether your blade is set up squarely or not. Yes, the Wolverine's head shape is wacky, but it's exactly the shape needed to increase MOI and forgiveness.

VERDICT: Ping has obviously worked hard on the Sigma G range and the updates over previous Ping MOI putters are notable. The new PP60 at-fronted grip is a great size and its sharp, defined edges mean you feel when the blade is square.

TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Putter: RRP £269

Headweight: 355g
Grip: Winn Medallist or AVS Mid-Size
Toe hang: Moderate

TECH: Teams a light, aluminium body with a heavier 304 stainless steel frame to create a very high MOI and forgiving putter.

WE SAY: If our test team had a pound for every time we've heard a club golfer say they want the same club a tour player uses, we wouldn't be testing golf equipment for a living. For us the Tour Red is a prime example of the grass not being quite so green as you'd expect on the other side. There's no doubt it is a quality putter; it feels great and rolls putts brilliantly. But the lack of an alignment line means the Tour Red's got a look club golfers won't be accustomed to, certainly not in an MOI mallet. There's a short ow neck too, which tour pros are fans of as it gives a really clean appearance – but its trade-off is a decent amount of toe hang which isn't that common in a MOI mallet, either.

VERDICT: A high-quality MOI putter that, in the right hands and matched to the right stroke, really performs. But you need to take time getting to know it before taking the plunge on one as it is so tailored to Jason Day's eye and stroke.

EVNRoll ER7: £275

Headweight: 370g
Grip: Winn Pro 1.18
Toe hang: Slight

TECH: EVNRoll putters have a new groove pattern which gives a progressive energy transfer, so putts hit off-centre roll virtually the same distance as pure hits.

WE SAY: Some will argue the ER7 is more mallet than MOI putter, but we reckon because there's so much weight removed from inefficient areas it's a great looking MOI design. The story behind the EVNRoll's groove pattern is what separates it, though. The grooves are wider in the centre and narrower to the toe and heel, which designer Rife says regulates energy transfer, so off-centre hits travel just as far as on centre impacts. He also reckons just like a wood face that's not at, off-centre putts are geared back towards your target, too.

VERDICT: We can't say for sure those grooves gear putts back on line, but we will admit to being really impressed with how putts interacted with the face and rolled across the green. All three testers loved the head's simplicity, the overall weight (heavier than some) and the cracking oversized Winn grip, which sits really snugly in your hands.

Odyssey O-Works 2-Ball: RRP £199

Headweight: 350g
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour or SuperStroke Slim 2.0 (Counter Core)
Toe hang: Face Balanced

TECH: A timeless, best- selling head design, but new finger-shaped grips on the stainless steel face plate are combined with a thermoplastic elastomer feel layer to interact with the ball at impact.

WE SAY: It's amazing the 2-Ball is still so popular; it's been around for years. As much as our testers loved the feel and roll delivered by the microhinge insert, the 2-Ball's overall body design came in for some questioning. There's no getting away from how round the head's edges are. Combine all those curves with two huge, ball- sized alignment aids on the top and that's a lot of circles to aim squarely, particularly if you like working in straight lines. Having said that, the 2-Ball shows the path away from the ball brilliantly, and now the feedback and roll are unquestionably better than any 2-Ball putter before.

VERDICT: The new insert makes this iconic design better than ever before. For us, a straight red line across the centre of the discs on the top would raise this design up to a whole new level.

Scotty Cameron New Futura 6M Putter: RRP £335

Headweight: Depends on the length
Grip: Matador Midsize
Toe hang: Face Balanced

TECH: Created with a multi-material construction to ensure a total MOI performance. An aluminium sole plate and face unit deliver excellent feel and roll.

WE SAY:The 6M is one of the new 2017 Futuras and its design and extreme weighting creates what can only be described as an MOI monster. We loved the simplicity of the single black alignment line and two white stripes (at the extremities of the ball), which focus attention beautifully at address, while never distracting. We also loved the super- premium sound and feel, which our test pro said was as distinctive as the solid sound of a Rolls- Royce door closing. Scotty hasn't yet bought into face groove tech like many others, but when his putters roll as well as this we're not sure he needs to.

VERDICT: If you're after super-stability you'll struggle to nd better. And if you've found in the past that high MOI putters usually mean some wacky, far-out head shapes, the 6M is relatively simple.

Bettinardi Inovai 3.0 Putter: RRP 

Headweight: 358g
Grip: Lamkin Deep Etched
Toe hang: Slight

TECH: A lightweight aluminium face is fused with a heavier stainless steel sole to deliver extreme perimeter weighting, which Bettinardi reckons promotes a stable stroke and larger sweetspot.

WE SAY: If ever there was a putter to split the opinion of our test team, this is it. It's important to make it clear, though, that we thought feel from the Inovai's grooved face was outstanding. No, our arguments centred over the cosmetics. Big, wide, bold black and white alignment lines and a two-tone silver and black head weren't as sleek as some and won't be to everyone's liking. But if we're honest they're much more common and readily accepted when talking MOI putters.

VERDICT: If you're after a top, milled MOI putter, the Inovai won't let you down and because it's available in centre-shafted and counter-balanced designs there's an option to suit everyone.

Odyssey O-Works Tank #7: RRP £179

Headweight: 375g
Grip: SuperStroke Tank
Toe hang: Face Balanced

TECH: Counterbalanced design. New finger-shaped grips on the stainless steel face plate combine with a thermoplastic elastomer feel layer to lift the ball into a better roll.

WE SAY: We doff our cap to Odyssey – they never feel the need to go back to the drawing board, reinventing models every year, as they've got a ton of tour-proven designs that work. Instead, each time they develop new tech it's incorporated into their most popular models. We've loved the #7 before and our eelings haven't changed; it's a very solid MOI design, and with the Tank version having a larger ead and being 25g heavier than the standard model, it's capable of ironing out the wonkiest of strokes.

VERDICT: It's a cracking head shape; the Versa alignment system is enhanced by some simple red highlights; and there's a brand new insert, which feels amazing and rolls putts super smoothly. A lot of putter for £179!

Wilson Staff The Bean: RRP from £95 

Headweight: 365g
Grip: Wilson Infinite
Toe hang: Face Balanced

TECH: A large flanged mallet with extra weight in both the head and grip to create a counter-balanced model. A double milled face ensures precision.

WE SAY: It could be argued the Bean is more mallet than MOI putter, but because it has a particularly big, wide head and benefits from a substantial amount of counterweighting, we reckon it weighs in as a decent MOI option. There are more alignment lines on the head than you can shake a stick at, which some will say is distracting. Our three testers were two thirds in favour of the lines, saying they'd want any help they can get. The face- balanced Bean is well suited to straighter strokes and its oversized grip, decent counterbalancing and reasonable price makes it a sound option.

VERDICT: The head is cast and then its face is milled, which is a very different construction to some of the 100% milled putters in this test. But it doesn't mean the Bean lacked feel or roll performance; it didn't. If you're open- minded regarding brand and factor in the £95 price tag, this is a solid option.