Best putters for 2020
Trying to name the best putter in golf is not easy. With drivers, woods, hybrids, irons and wedges, we can hit balls on a launch monitor and analyse the data to draw some conclusions. With putters, whilst it is possible to measure some data, it's a far more personal choice. Some golfers like the look of a blade putter, while others get more confidence from a mallet putter.
There simply isn't one putter that is best for everyone. The best putter for a golfer with a straight stroke may well be different to the best putter for an arced stroke.
The best putter for you is the one you feel most comfortable and confident with. You can make putts with any putter, just the same as you can miss putts with any putter. But finding a putter that feels good may just help you hole an extra putt or two per round, which will make all the difference to your scores.
We'd recommend trying as many putters as you can to see what suits your eye. A putter fitting is a great idea, as it will teach you a lot about your stroke and help you decide which type of putter will suit you best.
But testing every single putter on the market probably isn't going to be possible, or even a good idea, as you'll likely end up totally confused. So we've narrowed down your selection with our pick of the best putters, divided into three categories:
Click on the name of any putter you're interested in to be taken to that part of the page, where you can read more about it.
THE BEST BLADE PUTTER 2020
Lots of golfers love the look of a traditional blade putter, but the extra design that can be packed into a mallet head means they tend to be more forgiving than a blade.
Blade putter lovers have therefore been left to decide whether they want to prioritise the look they prefer or go for a mallet that offers more stability and forgiveness but doesn't look as good to their eye.
The TaylorMade Truss TB1 is designed to solve that problem.
TaylorMade set out to create a "stable" blade, which until now was something of an oxymoron.
TaylorMade did it by ensuring far more of the Truss TB1's putter head is attached to the hosel. A typical blade design has only 10 per cent of the face supported by the hosel, whereas the TaylorMade Truss TB1 has 50 per cent of the face supported. The TaylorMade Truss TB2, meanwhile, has 100 per cent of the face supported.
This extra support improves your ability to get the blade square at impact by 60 per cent over a traditional blade. Considering that a square face is key to starting the ball online, and therefore holing putts, that is big news.
In our tests, the TaylorMade Truss TB1 got the ball rolling faster than any other blade.
Get the ball rolling quickly, on the right line, and you will start holing more putts.
The design of the TaylorMade Truss won't suit everyone, but don't dismiss it until you've tried it. At address the extra attachment is virtually unnoticeable, meanings it looks almost exactly like a traditional blade.
BEST OF THE REST - Blade putters 2020
Bettinardi is at the top of the tree when it comes to timeless classic milled blade and mallet putters. Putters don’t come any simpler than the BB8 Wide; our pro picked up on it immediately and loved how the traditional single white alignment stripe focuses attention.
Feedback and sound are top drawer, too, as is the glacier black finish, which is quite unusual but absolutely beautiful.
We’re big fans of wide blade putters as they give a more friendly appearance than narrow blades. The TaylorMade Patina Collection didn’t create too many waves when it launched last year, but the Del Monte is a lovely wide model that offers excellent feel and sound, as well as a beautiful aged finish.
It also created more topspin than any other blade putter on test.
How our blade putters compared for top/backspin, skid and distance to roll
We reviewed the original EvnRoll ER2 Mid-Blade a few years ago and we’re still loving the design. For 2020 there’s a new blacked-out finish, black shaft and Evnroll’s Gravity grip. We love the size and profile of the grip, which tucks really nicely into the shape of the hand, and how the 70g steel rod (which runs internally down the back seam of the grip) gives a real feeling of stability.
We plumped for the softer feeling and sounding Ping Sigma 2 Anser over Ping’s new no-insert Ping Heppler blade, partly because of the nicer, more muted feedback from the Sigma 2’s insert, but also because the all steel body (the same as Heppler Anser 2) is £50 cheaper. The Anser 2 is a classic that’s been copied a million times, but this one has an adjustable shaft length.
Read more about Ping Sigma 2 putters here
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THE BEST MALLET PUTTERS 2020
Odyssey is a master at reinventing existing tour-proven head shapes with a new insert, new alignment or new shaft tech. But the Odyssey R-line Arrow is a brand new model for 2020 and we loved it, and can see it becoming a firm favourite in future line-ups.
The good sized head is teamed with a long, single sightline and an arrow-shaped cavity which pushes focus to your intended impact location.
We loved the smaller Stroke Lab Pistol grip, too; its sharper, more defined edges sit better in the creases of your hands, giving a much better sense of control over the putter. For us, the slightly firmer Microhinge star insert will also be good for putting on UK greens year-round.
This was the only mallet our test pro wanted to keep for himself.
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Cleveland went out on a limb with the Frontline, saying for the first time high MOI doesn’t always add up to more accuracy when it comes to putters. Cleveland’s theory was that by loading the Frontline’s face with tungsten (47g), off-centre putts aren’t pushed as far off line as they are with a higher MOI model.
Our two testers couldn’t completely agree whether the new thinking would help golfers hole significantly more putts, but what’s undeniable is the Cleveland Elevado has a cracking, compact shape. The head is completely unfussy and clean and there’s plenty of straight edges to aid consistent alignment.
The weight setup of the Elevado means you get a really muted sound and feel, which some will love and others won’t. But that’s not all – you also get the hottest grip of the year, Lamkin’s SinkFit, all for less than £150. The Cleveland Elevado is a hell of a lot of putter at that price.
Our pro used a Ping Sigma 2 Fetch to win four times on the Midlands PGA circuit last year, so he was keen to see what extra benefits the new multi-material Heppler Fetch brought to the table. He loved the brilliant new copper and black cosmetics, but it’s fair to say there was a big difference in sound and feel compared to the dual material insert of his previous Sigma 2 model.
That’s exactly why Ping has introduced Heppler, to give consumers a choice, as they’re well aware not everyone wants a super-soft insert. Neil wasn’t a big fan of the sound, but the lighter aluminium core removes mass and helps boost stability. And for golfers who want a firmer, more responsive feel and sound (and there’s plenty out there who will), when you throw in the adjustable length shaft and four grip sizes/profiles, the Ping Heppler Fetch is very attractive overall package.
Click here to read our full Ping Heppler putters review
How our mallet putters compared for top/backspin, skid and distance to roll
BEST OF THE REST - MALLET PUTTERS 2020
There will be plenty of Truss haters and that’s okay (we’ve picked four other mallets for you to choose from instead), but from what we’ve seen from our testing the torsional stability idea is very intriguing.
The TaylorMade Truss TM2 created more topspin for our test pro than any other mallet, and the blade version skidded less and rolled faster than any blade putter – that says TaylorMade might just be onto something. The biggest thing for us it that Truss looks completely normal at address, where it matters most.
Click here to read our full TaylorMade Truss putters review
If you’ve ever wondered why golfers pay such a premium for CNC milled putters, have a look at the Bettinardi Studo Stock #38. It’s impossible to create such clean, crisp lines like this without milling, and those kind of details are what good players pick up on.
The Bettinardi Studio Stock is a classic cavity mallet. A single bend shaft means it’s very nearly face balanced and because it comes with Bettinardi’s F.I.T face you get the softest feel and feedback of any Bettinardi putter available. We love it just as much as we did last year.
THE MOST FORGIVING PUTTERS 2020
TaylorMade has made massive strides in the putter market since Jason Day sailed to world No.1 using a Spider Tour. And three years on they’re still riding that wave of success. Last year was all about the Spider X, but in 2020 there’s a new even higher MOI TaylorMade Spider S on the scene. Choosing between the two will have golfers scratching their heads, as both are beauties when it comes to MOI performance.
We’ve plumped (just) for the Spider S, primarily because of its higher MOI (500 points higher than the Spider X), but also because it led our test in terms of our topspin, shortest skid and fastest to start rolling metrics.
160g of tungsten weighting within the lightweight aluminium chassis is huge, meaning it’s seriously good at stabilising crooked strokes. We love the straight lines and angular shape, along with the muted sound and feel of the Spider S.
If there’s a fly in the ointment, it’s how there’s only a single model of the TaylorMade Spider S. If your stroke doesn’t suit a face-balanced putter, the Spider X (with a slant neck) will be a great alternative.
Click here to read our full TaylorMade Spider S review
MOI-style putters are where the action’s at in 2020 (they’re more forgiving and can now suit arcing strokes), and the Ping Heppler showcases brilliantly how far thinking has come around improving weight distribution for forgiveness.
We hear all the time about multi-material drivers; now, the same thinking is alive and kicking when it comes to putters, too. The Tomcat is half steel and half aluminium and Ping has done a brilliant job of fusing the two to create a really attractive and forgiving putter.
The 14 white dot alignment aid is simple, unfussy and encourages the eye to see the putter’s path while also drawing attention away from the headsize.
With the exception of last year’s Fetch, we’d say the Tomcat 14 is the best MOI-style putter Ping has made for years. An adjustable shaft (32-36in) is the icing on the cake.
Click here to read our full Ping Heppler putters review
We’ve been fans of Evnroll for a few years now, but this new 2020 model deserves to be right at the forefront of any stable putter conversation. We think it’s everything putter supremo Scotty Cameron has struggled to successfully pull off in terms of a knockout MOI style model over the years.
The Outback’s aluminium body offers extreme amounts of effective MOI (very close to 10,000g/cm2), but stability aside it’s the overall look and feel that makes it really appealing, with the extra stability being an added bonus. Yes the head’s wide, but it’s completely inoffensive, there’s two sightlines which frame the ball beautifully and a heavy steel boomerang-shaped back wing increases forgiveness.
Our sample also came with Evnroll’s Gravity grip (which has a 70g steel rod inside in), which alongside the very stable head completes the stability story. Evnroll might not be easy to find in the UK, but if you’re going all-out for stability in 2020, the EvnRoll Outback is well worth tracking down.
Without a doubt, Odyssey has hit a massive home run transferring Triple Track sightlines from their golf balls to putters, and in our opinion the Odyssey Triple Track Ten is the pick of the seven-model family.
Why? Having the "Vernier Hyper Acuity" lines running from the back of the head right up to the ball gives maximum indication of where you’re aiming and that’s the whole point of Triple Track. And if we’re talking about getting the full benefit of the sightlines, you’ll need a Triple Track ball (either Chrome Soft or ERC) in front of the putter, too.
For some it will take a bit of practice aligning the head to the ball so the lines run through the pair, but trust us the effort is well worthwhile – our test pro didn’t miss one 15-footer while we gathered our data!
Triple Track is a really simple idea that benefits average club golfers, just like Odyssey’s original 2-Ball.
How our MOI putters compared for top/backspin, skid and distance to roll
BEST OF THE REST - FORGIVING PUTTERS 2020
If you’ve ever picked up a putter and wished it came in a different hosel set up to suit your stroke, PXG will be right up your street. It’s pretty common for a couple of the most popular putters within a range to come in either a face balanced or toe hang set-up, but PXG has taken that thinking to a whole new level. All nine PXG Operator Gen2 models are available with three different hosel options in a black or chrome finish, so there’s tons of choices.
We love the simplicity of the PXG Operator’s bold sightline, and how the blacked-out finish dulls the MOI shape into the background.
Bob Bettinardi is a CNC milling genius, and while we’ve loved his models for a while, there’s little doubt he’s much more well known for beautiful machined blades and mallets than his MOI models. But thanks to updating his Inovai 6.0 range (Bettinardi’s MOI family), 2020 is the perfect time to look again at his multi-material models (aluminium and steel) as they’re seriously good.
We preferred the centre shafted 6.0 CTR, but there’s three right-handed models which offer moderate toe hang to face balanced designs. The cobalt blue and platinum colouring might be stark in images, but it looks great in the flesh.
When Odyssey pulled the covers from the Black Ten golfers pointed out how the winged design looked very similar to TaylorMade’s Spider Tour. We don’t really care, because the Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Ten is a cracking putter.
A wide, high-def sightline runs from the back of the head right up to the top edge, which gives the sensation of knocking in a nail with a hammer when putting. We love the blacked out finish, the head is pretty compact and at least for year-round golf in the UK, the slightly firmer Microhinge insert is just what the doctor ordered.
Over the years we’ve always highlighted excellent value equipment here at TG, and though those options are disappearing, there are still a few about. If £100 is what you want to spend on a new putter in 2020, look no further than Wilson’s Infinite line-up. There’s eight models to choose from.
Spider X successfully filled the seriously big boots left by retiring TaylorMade’s biggest selling putter ever, the Spider Tour. We love the 5% smaller head, and how the 15g carbon core means more weight is positioned around the perimeter.
For us, Spider X is a less fussy shape than the previous Spider Tour; some will like the curved body profile, others will find the straighter edged Spider S more helpful for alignment.
Click here to read our full TaylorMade Spider X review
Like all Ping’s Sigma 2 putters the Valor comes with a two-piece insert which behaves like a multilayer golf ball, giving a softer feel for must-makes and firmer feel for longer putts. There’s no getting away from the Valor’s big, boxy head, but it’s exactly those traits that improve MOI and off-centre hit forgiveness. The head’s simplicity and long alignment line are its area of real strength.