Best Putters 2018

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Best Putters 2018: We bring you the best putters of 2018 - tried and tested as part of our biggest ever golf club equipment guide, Top Gear. For our 2017 putters, click here.

In our biggest ever equipment test we reviewed hundreds of golf clubs, and when it came to selecting the best putters of 2018, the only way we thought we could fairly do it was by splitting it in to three different categories: Blade Putters (jump to), Mallett Putters (jump to) and MOI Putters (jump to).

Chances are you prefer one particular style - so when it came to selecting the best putters of 2018, these were our top 10 in each category on the market right now.


Top 10 Blade Putters 2018

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 2018. They're the flatsticks for the purists, yet even these benefit from some clever tech.

Ping Sigma G Kinloch C Putter - from £175

Website www.ping.com
Weight 365g
Grip Ping Pistol PP60
Toe Hang Face balanced

kinloch c

You need to know:

New milled aluminium face inserts have variable depth and width grooves to deliver consistent across the face ball speed performance, which Ping says helps reduce your 3-putt potential. Feel is enhanced by a high-energy elastomer insert behind the face, and a new PP60 grip naturally fits more into the palm and fingers, lightening grip pressure and tension.   

We say:

Centre shaft putters aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but if you want an ultra-simple way to see putting we don’t think centre shaft models can be beaten. And if we’re talking simple putter heads they don’t come any more straight forward than the Kinloch C. The blade is very slightly winged to add a degree of forgiveness and there’s just a single sightline right inline with where you want to impact putts. Simon’s been using the C for nearly a year and swears by it’s simplicity for not only setting up squarely to putts but also for swinging the putter on a straight back and through stroke.

Verdict:

The Kinloch comes with either a heel or centre shaft and there’s a counter balanced model, so it’s an extremely versatile putter. We reckon its beautifully set up for golfers with straight back and through putting strokes. If you want to go back to basics in 2018 you’ll struggle to find a better model to help you along the way.

Odyssey OWorks Red 1WS Putter - £189

Website www.odysseygolf.com
Weight 350g
Grip Winn AVS Midsize Pistol
Toe Hang Moderate

oworks 1

You need to know:

The 1WS head is a modern wide body blade, with a short slant neck to reduce toe hang. Odyssey say the microhinge face insert lifts putts into a better roll. The 1WS is well suited to slightly arcing putting strokes and is available with either a red or black paintjob. 

We say:

For golfers who think they’ve seen everything blade putters have to offer (like we did), the 1WS will certainly make you think again. Michelle Wie used the model to win her first event in years in March and we can see why she and other tour pros are fans. The short and stubby but wide head’s a look you really don’t expect in the blade category. And its performance similarly surprised us too. Two testers even though they rely on straight back and through strokes couldn’t stop holing putts with it from all sorts of distances. We can’t explain exactly why the 1WS worked for us, but it certainly did. Two of our testers were so impressed they squabbled over who got first dibs on taking it to the course for some ‘long-term’ testing. 

Verdict:

A brilliant reinvention of the blade for modern golfers. The fresh red paintjob would be our choice of finish. It goes without saying the cracking OWorks insert feels great and rolls putt end over end like the very best.

Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Putter - £365

Website www.titleist.co.uk
Headweight Changeable depending on length.
Grip Matador Select Black
Toe hang Moderate

newport 2

You should know:

Precision milled in the USA by Scotty’s team of craftsmen from soft 303 steel to maximise feel and responsiveness. A floating insert helps raise MOI which means a higher resistance to twisting when you don’t hit putts from the centre. A new four way sole helps golfers set up square to their target more easily. 

We say:

Respect to Ping for inventing the Ping Anser putter shape but surely Scotty deserves credit for coming up with the idea to precision CNC mill such an iconic model too. The Newport 2 is one of the guys most coveted models and we can see why. It’s special from top to bottom, and a true classic that’s been refined again for 2018. The heads 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. The simple single alignment line focuses attention really nicely.

Verdict:

An absolute top-quality putter which blade purists will adore. The second-generation floating insert and improved vibration damping are worthwhile refinements. If you must have the Rolex watch of putters you’ve just found it.

Seemore Nashville Z1C Platinum Putter - £349.99

Website www.seemoreputters.co.uk
Weight 350g
Grip Choose from 34 options
Toe hang Stroke balanced

seemore

You need to know:

Seemore have a patent on their RifleScope Technology alignment system, which they say adds confidence at address as golfers see when they’re correctly set up. The Nashville is milled in the USA from stainless steel and Seemore reckon the putter is “balanced to plane” which means it naturally wants to return square at impact. After winning two majors with SeeMore putters Zach Johnson is naturally a big fan.   

We say:

It’s really difficult to argue against a putting concept that’s helped Zach Johnson and Payne Stewart win major championships, so we won’t. We’ll actually go as far as saying we love the ‘hide the red dot’ concept, which is behind all Seemore models. It’s just to putt well out on the golf course you need to believe and buy into it. And that’s the bit all three testers struggled with. Hiding the red dot isn’t quite as easy as you think, and often means (particularly if you have a forward press) you feel like you’re mirroring Zach Johnson’s stroke, with your hands behind the ball at address. That said two testers holed a stack of putts with the Z1C from a mid-range so there’s definitely something in the concept.  

Verdict:

Stroke balancing means naturally the Z1Cs weighting wants to keep the blade square to your target line, which is a nice bit of thinking, you won’t find in most other putters. At this price you absolutely have to get fitted, and make sure the Riflescope alignment idea brings something extra to your dance floor performance. 

Bettinardi Studio Stock #8 Putter - £319

Website www.bettinardi.com
Weight 358g
Grip Lamkin Deep Etched Pistol
Toe Hang Moderate 

bettinardi 8

You need to know:

Bettinardi reckons the #8 is one of his most classic putters. The high toe and plumbers neck (cranked hosel) create a distinct toe and heel weighted blade. A F.I.T grooved face design means less face in contact with the ball at impact delivering the softest feel of all Bettinardi putters.   

We say:

An absolute beauty of a blade putter, the CNC milled head just couldn’t look this sharp if it was created using a cheaper casting process. It’s the straight lines and defined edges of the #8 that give the premium look golfers are willing to pay for. Our testers couldn’t quite agree whether we loved the mercury grey finish or not, but there’s no doubt the matt finish it creates absolutely cuts out glare. The #8s curved sole (from toe to heel) is very forgiving when putting from severe side slopes, and we applaud Bettinardi for working out how to deliver a cracking soft feel without using an insert. 

Verdict:

Bettinardi putters like most CNC Milled models are pieces of equipment to be treasured and enjoyed for years to come, even if you don’t use them every time you play. We reckon the #8s well suited to golfers with an arcing stroke. If you do buy into a Bettinardi any time soon we recommend making the commitment to look after it, and wipe it down after every round and never leave it sit in a wet headcover.

Cleveland TFI2135 Satin 8.0 CB Putter - £139

Website www.clevelandgolf.co.uk
Weight 405g
Grip Cleveland Oversized 2
Toe hang Face balanced

cleveland

You need to know:

A counter balanced blade, available in 35” or 38” lengths. By lowering ball speeds from the centre of the face and raising them for off-centre hits, 2135 putters produce uniform distance control no matter where you strike putts. Cleveland say a new satin finish has 50% more contrast, and the sightline of the 8.0 blade is 21.35 millimeters off the ground to aid accurate alignment.      

We say:

There aren’t too many stable blade options for golfers with seriously wonky putting strokes, but the 8.0 is definitely one. The head’s wider than Cleveland’s 1.0 with very slightly protruding toe and heel weights. All in it adds up to a pretty forgiving blade design and because of the extra headweight and counter balancing it offers a realistic chance to iron out kinks in even the waviest of putting strokes. We particularly like the 35” length which seems much more manageable than some of the longer models on the market.

Verdict:

Perfect for golfers who like to putt with a straight back and through stroke, thanks to the face balancing. Heavier counter-balanced putters aren’t for everyone but we reckon for anyone who’s not given them a go before, the 8.0 is well worth trialling if you specifically want to smooth out your stroke and gain control over your path once and for all.     

TaylorMade TP Collection Juno Putter - from £199

Website www.taylormadegolf.com
Head weight 345g
Grip Choose either a standard Lamkin rubber or
Oversized Superstroke grip

juno

You need to know:

TaylorMade’s first putters to be created from 303 stainless steel, so you get exactly the same flatsticks the tour pros play. Skim milling and a tour satin finish give a really crisp appearance at address,  new 45° face grooves and a 6061 aluminium face insert ensure putts skid less and start rolling quicker.  

We say:

TaylorMade blade putters have never quite registered the same success on tour or in club golfers hands as their Spider designs, it doesn’t mean they won’t keep trying though. The TP Collection are all cast then skim milled so you get a very sharp and clean appearance at address and it means the putter doesn’t need to be painted so you get a top quality look and finish. We’d love to say the new 45deg grooved face insert made a huge difference and got putts rolling quicker and smoother but in reality any change was difficult to spot with the naked eye. We loved the new Lamkin grip, its pistol shape with sharp edges, traditional size and a flat front drew plenty of compliments from all three testers, making it really easy to tell when the putter face was square.

Verdict:

Even though the Juno is beautifully made and finished if you sat it down amongst a line of blade putters it would struggle to stand out. Just because there’s so much competition. The slightly lower price compared to a milled Scotty or Bettinardi is fair and reflective of the head not being 100% milled, if we’re honest most golfers would struggle to feel the difference.   

Odyssey OWorks #1 Tank Putter - £189

Website www.odysseygolf.com
Headweight 370g
Grip Superstroke Slim 2.0 (with Counter Core Tech)
Toe hang Moderate

oworks tank

You need to know:

Odyssey's engineers reckon the new "microhinge" face insert in the OWorks redefines what golfers consider to be good roll. Finger shaped grips on the stainless-steel face plate are combined with a thermoplastic elastomer feel layer to grab and interact with the cover at impact, lifting the ball into a better roll.  Extra weighting in the head and counter-balancing create a very stable ‘Tank’ blade model. 

We say:

Odyssey can legitimately claim to have invented the putter insert. And ever since their first introduction in the 90’s their engineers have toiled over improving the feel and roll of their original design, and with the OWorks they reckon they’ve hit the jackpot. Little fingers on the 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 Tank is the complete stability blade putter. The blades long enough to aid alignment, a moderate toe hang suits a slight stroke arc and the extra counter balancing weight increases stability.

Verdict:

You won’t find many counter balanced blade putters on the market, the Tank is about as good as they get. Ok the bodies not milled, but when it looks, feels, sounds and rolls putts as good as this who cares? If you’re in the market for a new heavy blade putter in 2018, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t at least give the Tank a try.

Ping Sigma G D66 Putter - from £175

Website www.ping.com
Weight: 350g
Grip Ping Pistol PP60
Toe Hang Moderate 

d66

You need to know:

New milled aluminium face inserts have variable depth and width grooves to deliver consistent across the face ball speed performance, which Ping says helps reduce your 3-putt potential. Feel is enhanced by a high-energy elastomer insert behind the face, and a new PP60 grip naturally fits more into the palm and fingers, lightening grip pressure and tension.   

We say:

The D66s got more than its fair share of toe hang which means it’s well suited to golfers with at least a degree of arc in their putting stroke. All three testers warmed to the heads simple lines, and the single white alignment stripe, all of which you’d typically expect of a traditional blade model. A compact blade length and narrow head mean it’s unfair to expect forgiveness to be anywhere close to the levels of an MOI shaped putter. None of our testers thought the D66 didn’t look good and pack in plenty of desirability for golfers who aren’t out for a full-on forgiving putter. Our test pro reckoned he’d want a really nice premium or soft compression ball to go with the D66s firm face and feel. Thanks to the heavy sole radius (toe – heel) it encouraged a lower hand position, which is worth remembering if you have a tendency to putt quite upright.  

Verdict:

Ping are masters when it comes to putters and the D66 is another excellent model in the Sigma G range. If you’re a fan of compact and simple traditional blades with a sprinkling of modern face and groove tech it should be right up your street. 

Evnroll ER2 Putter - £249

Website www.evnroll.com
Headweight 370g
Grip Winn Pro 1.18
Toe hang 1/4

er2

You need to know:

Evnroll putters have a face milling pattern which Evnroll owner Guerin Rife says gives a progressive energy transfer. To you that means putts hit off centre roll virtually the same distance as on centre hits so you get new levels of accuracy and consistency. The ER2 is milled from a solid block of 303 stainless steel and hand finished in California. 

We say:

Evnroll only started up a couple of years ago, yet its owner and chief designer Guerin Rife has been designing putters for 25 years. So it’s fair to say there’s a whole lot of experience and knowledge rolled into his new concept. The ER2 had the widest head in the blade putters test so the MOI and forgiveness should be slightly enhanced over most models, which certainly played out with the amount of putts our testers holed. A slight toe hang opens the blade design up to slightly arcing and straighter strokes and we thought it was very stable, easy to swing and keep online. The story with Evnroll is the specially shaped face grooves and we’ll happily admit to feeling a real engagement between ball and face at impact even if we can’t prove the tech was more consistent or accurate. 

Verdict:

We’re not going to go quite as far as saying the ER2’s cleverly shaped face grooves “gear” off centre putts back online as Evnroll claim. But we will say we were very impressed by the new tech. The putters found a home in our gear editors bag since the test which speaks volumes about the concepts potential.       


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 2018. 

TaylorMade TP Red Collection Ardmore Putter - £239

Website www.taylormadegolf.com
Weight 355g
Grip Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0
Toe Hang Face balanced

ardmore

You need to know:

Jason Day was the first to use a red putter and the ideas now taken the tour by storm. Red heightens contrast against a greens surface which TaylorMade say helps align the putter squarely. A skim milled 304 stainless steel head gives a sharp edged premium look. The Pure Roll aluminium face insert optimises forward roll and a wide body increases stability.  

We say:

Red putters are spreading like wild fire, and to make sure there’s a model for everyone TaylorMade have introduced a whole family of TP Red models for 2018. The Ardmore’s a wide stretched mallet but without the MOI enhancing fangs you get on the Ardmore 2. Our test pro loved how naturally the Ardmore’s lie got him into a position (with high hands) where he could rock his shoulders and putt really consistently. Two long white sightlines make a ‘T’ shape with the putters face, which keeps setting up really simple and straight forward. The Ardmore’s big, bold and brash, and it’s painted finish may lack the class of a traditional milled head but boy does it have an air of confidence sat behind the ball. Two testers holed some serious putts with it. 

Verdict:

A really good choice if you’re in the market for a red putter, but don’t want a wacky shaped MOI model. The aluminium insert gives decent feedback and roll, and because it’s slightly firmer than some we reckon it would at home year-round on UK greens.  

Bettinardi Queen Bee #9 Putter - £319

Website www.bettinardi.com
Weight 362g
Grip Lamkin Deep Etched Pistol
Toe Hang Strong

queen b

You need to know:

Designed for golfers with more broadly arcing strokes (hence the extra toe-hang), the #9 is a compact to mid-sized mallet with a super simple look thanks to the crisp, clean milled edges. The micro honeycomb milling pattern on the face delivers a muted but crisp feel at impact. 

We say:

Over the years our test team have put thousands of golf clubs through their paces but very rarely, does one ever have the effect the Queen Bee had on our test pro. The Bee’s top to tail beauty turned Ben all doe-eyed, warm and fussy inside and he struggled to find words to describe the Bee like a teenager stumbling over their words on a first date. Every last detail has been thoroughly thought through and all three testers agreed golfers who have the cash to buy themselves into the Bettinardi table would surely want to go all out and bag themselves a trademark Bettinardi model (thanks to the distinctive face milling pattern) if they could. We love the honeycomb face pattern, Bettinardi says (at a microscopic level) it gives a more accurately cut face thanks to the mill moving up and down to create the face rather than sweeping across it. 

Verdict:

A putter if you’re ever lucky enough to own you’ll cherish because it’s beauty goes well beyond it’s intended use. For owners of an arcing stroke who are looking for an exceptional mallet to invest in for years to come the Queen Bee #9 is one of the finest we’ve come across. 

Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero Putter - £139

Website www.clevelandgolf.co.uk
Weight 370g
Grip Cleveland Golf 1.25”
Toe Hang Face balanced

cero

You need to know:

Cleveland say 80% of golfers don’t have their eyes directly over the ball when putting, which leads to some serious issues with alignment and not striking putts from the centre of the face. By raising (and highlighting) the sightline up to the height of the golf balls equator they reckon they’ve created the most accurate alignment aid ever. Heavy milling across the face increases speed consistency when putts are hit off-centre. 

We say:

We were big fans of Cleveland’s original 2135 putters as we reckoned they offered a very strong package of roll and alignment tech along with a good dose of value for money. The new satin models for 2018 take the range to a whole new level. Our testers loved how the Cero’s cleverly designed head directs focus like a dart at the intended impact location. Which really helps concentration and increases confidence to hit the centre of the face on putts from long and short range. Essentially the 2135 putters are just cast heads, but hats off to Cleveland’s engineers who’ve created a real premium feel (thanks to the heavy milled face insert, polymer backer and oversized grip) and still brought the Cero to market for just £139.

Verdict:

Grooved face tech is all the rage when it comes to putters, in our book it really can make a difference when it comes to distance control, particularly when putting from distance. Having a similar performing and feeling insert as more expensive models, and combining it with a cracking head shape, the simplest of alignment aids all for £139 makes the Cero a top mallet in our opinion.   

Ping Sigma G Craz-E Putter - from £175

Website www.ping.com
Weight 370g
Grip Ping Pistol P60
Toe Hang Face balanced

craz-e

You need to know:

There’s more than 70 Craz-E putters in Ping’s gold putter vault, meaning they’ve been seriously popular with tour pros over the years. This latest Sigma G model has a milled aluminium face insert with variable depth and width grooves to deliver consistent ball speed performance, across the face. Ping says it helps reduce your 3-putt potential.

We say:

The Craz-E’s a shape that’s been about for years, and it’s thanks to its success that Ping have introduced it into the Sigma G range. It’s got a busy head, with plenty of curves and rounded edges which won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a proven winner when it comes to our own TG testing and tour wins. Last year our ‘which putter rolls putts the best’ test highlighted in the hands of a putting robot that Ping’s variable width and groove are more than capable of imparting topspin like the very best on the market. We’re big fans of the single white sightline, it marries up beautifully with a line drawn on a golf ball. 

Verdict:

The head shape is a proven winner, the variable width and depth grooves and face insert add an extra dimension to the Craz-E and the midsized sharp-edged grip is a triumph, what’s not to like? If you’ve been a fan of Craz-E models before you won’t be disappointed with the Sigma G edition.

Wilson Staff Infinite South Side Putter - £95

Website www.wilson.com
Weight 365g
Grip Wilson Staff Infinite (104g)
Toe Hang Face-balanced 

infinite

You need to know:

It’s the putter used by Padraig Harrington. The grip weighs in at 104g, which moves the putters balance point closer to the hands, creating a higher moment of inertia and more stable putting stroke. The club face is double CNC milled which Wilson say imparts a consistent roll and distance control.

We say:

At a time when prices in golf have sky rocketed, how the South Side weighs in for less than £100 looks like decent value. We were fans of Wilson’s Infinite models last year and thanks to an overhaul over winter which we reckon has simplified their look and made them even more appealing, they’ll be a big hit this year too. We loved how the three white lines on the back of the head highlight alignment and path while a single stripe on the top edge is really for good for helping square the blade up to a target. As far as fancy, fluffy tech goes the South Side’s been paired back to just a CNC milled face which is just about all you need if you’re looking for a simple, straight forward and dependable mallet.

Verdict:

A brilliantly simple introduction to centre shaft putters and counter balancing, for what is very sensible money in 2018. Padraig Harrington can use any putter he chooses on tour but he swears by the South Side (he’s won twice with it too), which speaks volumes about how nice a putter Wilson have created for less than £100.  

EVN Roll ER7 Putter - £275

Website www.evnroll.com
Weight 370g
Grip Winn Pro 1.18
Toe Hang Slight

er7

Tech:

EVN Roll putters have a brand new face milling pattern which EVN Roll owner Guerin Rife says gives a progressive energy transfer. To you that means putts hit off centre roll virtually the same distance as on centre hits so you get new levels of accuracy and consistency. The ER7 is milled from a solid block of 303 stainless steel and finished in California. 

Our verdict:

Think you’ve seen the ER7’s headshape somewhere before? Well there’s every chance you have. EVN Roll was started by the same guy (Guerin Rife) who started Rife putters and the new ER7 is very similar to the Rife putter Justin Rose loved a number of years ago. 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 EVN Roll’s groove pattern is what separates it from most others on the market though. The grooves are wider in the centre and narrower towards the toe and heel which Rife reckons 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 flat, off centre putts are geared back towards to your target too. 

Bottom line:

We can’t say for sure Rife’s variable width and depth 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 greens surface. All three testers loved the heads simplicity, the putters overall weight (which is heavier than some) and the cracking oversized Winn grip which sits snugly in the hands. If you’re in the market for a new mallet or MOI flatstick in 2017, you’d be well advised to add EVN Roll to you short list. They’re quality and genuinely offering something you won’t get from many putter makers. 

Scotty Cameron Select Fastback Putter - £365

Website www.titleist.co.uk
Weight Variable on length.
Grip Matador Red Midsize
Toe Hang Slight

scottycam

You need to know:

A mid-mallet that’s precision milled in the USA by Scotty’s team of craftsmen. A soft wrap around aluminium insert and sole help raise MOI. New for 2018 is refined head shaping, a new four way sole to help golfers set up square more often and a single sightline, which Scotty says gives a tour preferred look at address.

We say:

We can argue for hours about who’s the best putter designer in the world, but it’s difficult to look past Scotty Cameron if your criteria includes money, events won and the amount of tour pro’s using his models. Let’s not forget too he’s probably spent more time than any other designer working with the very best players in the world like Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth right when they’ve been at their very best on the short grass. We loved the Newport M1 in last years Top Gear test and the new Fastack is very similar. 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 rolls putts just as smoothly as the very best. 

Verdict:

All three testers agreed the single sightline was a decent step forward from the pop-through “cross-hair” set up last year. All in the M1’s an beautiful mid-mallet design, and thanks to its stability-improving tech is an excellent blend of premium looks, feel and performance. Scotty’s never come cheap and a £30 price hike from last year means the Fastback is just £4 less than a TaylorMade M4 driver. 

Toulon Memphis Putter - £399

Website www.odysseygolf.com/toulon-design
Weight 350g
Grip Super Stroke Pistol GTR Tour
Toe Hang Face balanced

toulon

You need to know:

There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to premium 100% CNC Milled putters, and that name is Sean Toulon. Since leaving TaylorMade he’s started his own premium putter business which Callaway bought last year. The Memphis has a deep diamond mill pattern on the face which Toulon says channels vibrations, improving sound, feel and the quality of roll imparted on the ball. 

We say:

It’s really difficult to quantify gains in performance when it comes to buying a premium putter just like it’s hard to say a pair of designer shoes perform better than a pair from Clarks. Whatever premium products we buy, they have to tug at our heart strings, win us over and convince us they’re worth every last penny. Unless they do we’re struggling to tell TG readers a £400 putter is better than a model for quarter of its price. What we will say though is the Memphis is a cracking, cute little mallet and if you’re a sucker for a Scotty Cameron or Bettinardi putters you really should have a look at Toulon too. Our test pro was the biggest fan, reckoning the Memphis and the Bettinardi Queen Bee were his favourite mallets.      

Verdict:

The Memphis is beautifully created, it’s rounded simple design with a single long sightline couldn’t be anymore appealing in our eyes. We can’t say for sure the science behind the diamond mill face pattern is better or it will help you hole more putts, but it looks amazing and two of our three testers would happily put one in the bag for 2018.  

Ping Vault 2.0 Piper Putter -  £275

Website www.ping.com
Weight 360g
Grip Ping PP60
Toe Hang Face balanced

piper

You need to know:

Ping’s new range of premium 100% CNC Milled putters. Ping say Vault 2.0 are engineered to provide a tour-calibre touch and performance thanks to their True Roll face tech and custom weighting system. Each head offers the ability to change headweight by +/- 15g thanks to the addition of new aluminium, steel or tungsten weights in the sole.

We say:

Ping have had a serious go at cracking the premium CNC milled putter market since launching the original Vault range two years ago. We love how the new models are available in three different finishes (stealth, copper and platinum) and offer the opportunity thanks to the new sole weights to tailor weight and feel to your own personal taste. We were particularly impressed with the quality of the milling, so much so it took our testers more than a second look to agree the subtle edges had all been produced by computer milling. In fairness to Ping the Piper is a super simple mallet, with a narrow, small head, for us it certainly wasn’t our favourite mallet (head shape) but that’s purely subjective and personal opinion. Roll, feel and feedback were all top drawer. 

Verdict:

We’re big fans of the Vault 2.0 line-up, Ping have obviously put tons of work into making them stand out and better than the previous range, the milling, colour and weight options are fantastic. Piper in our opinion is probably the least attractive of the range, but that shouldn’t put you off looking at it or any other model in the range, they are beautifully made and the roll tech’s sound. 

TaylorMade TP Red Collection Chaska Putter - £239

Website www.taylormadegolf.com
Weight 355g
Grip Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0
Toe Hang Face balanced

chaska

You need to know:

Jason Day was the first to use a red putter but the ideas took the tour by storm in 2017. The red heightens contrast against a greens surface which TaylorMade say helps align the putter squarely. A Pure Roll aluminium face insert optimises forward roll in this forgiving wide body mallet.

We say:

Avid TaylorMade putter fans might recognise the Chaska’s head shape. Back when white putters were hotter than red it used to be called the Corza. It’s full mallet design is a very solid and reliable shape mixing a degree of stability and alignment ideas into a decent neat little package. Our testers couldn’t agree whether we loved the three alignment stripes, Simon was in the ‘yes’ camp reckoning the belt and bracers approach of outlining the extremities of the ball and the centre of the face was useful for setting up correctly more often. But our test pro reckoned he’d prefer either the centre of the face to be highlighted or the extremities of the ball but not both. Either way the Chaska’s a sound mallet option particularly for owners of a straight back and through putting stroke.              

Verdict:

In all honesty the Chaska wasn’t any testers favourite mallet or red putter model, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be perfect for lots of club golfers. If you haven’t seen the head shape before the Chaska is an excellent blend of looks, stability, and all-round solid putting performance.     

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 2018.

TaylorMade TP Red Collection Ardmore 2 Putter - £239

Website www.taylormadegolf.com
Weight 355g
Grip SuperStroke Pistol GTR 1.0
Toe Hang Face balanced

ardmore 2

You need to know:

Jason Day was first to use a red putter but the idea took the tour by storm in 2017. The red head heightens contrast against a greens surface which TaylorMade say helps align the putter squarely. A skim milled 304 stainless steel head gives a sharp edged premium look, a Pure Roll aluminium face insert optimises forward roll and a fanged back increases MOI stability. 

We say:

Love them or hate them fang shape putters split weight, raise stability and improve off centre hit forgiveness. They also give an excellent focal point with long sight lines to help golfers align correctly and keep track of their stroke. Justin Rose won with the Ardmore in his bag over winter and we can see why. If you’re the type of golfer who finds the wings on TaylorMade’s Spider Tour distracting the Ardmore is super clean and easy on the eye. A full shaft width of offset means your hands are naturally positioned ahead of the ball, which is perfect for stroking putts across the greens surface, from distance and short range.

Verdict:

Perfect for golfers who mark a line on their ball and aim putts meticulously. The white sight line on the top rail is right where you should be impacting putts. One of the very best putters for picking your ball up too!

TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Sightline Putter - £269

Website www.taylormadegolf.com
Weight 355g
Grip SuperStroke Pistol GTR 1.0
Toe Hang Slight 

sightline

You need to know:

The exact putter Jason Day used to scale to world #1, but with the addition of a sightline on the crown to focus attention. Exceptional perimeter weighting offers excellent off-centre strike forgiveness and a slight toe hang means the putter is well suited to slightly arcing putting strokes. The soft polymer insert (with 45deg grooves) is preferred by Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory, TaylorMade say it enhances feel and feedback and increases topspin.       

We say:

2017 was the year of the Red putter on tour, but 2018’s when TaylorMade are aiming to get red putters in the hands of club golfers across the land. We reckon the new model is a big step forward from last years Spider Tour. A full-length sightline on the crown is much more suited to club golfers, as is the slightly thicker, sharp edged grip which gives an excellent sensation of what the club face is doing. We reckon part of the reason this slant neck model’s so popular on tour is how putters of this shape are usually face balanced, meaning they don’t have toe hang. But thanks to the Red’s slant hosel giving a slight toe hang plus the extra proposition of better forgiveness and stability it attracts the eye and stroke of golfers who usually use smaller (less forgiving) mallets or blades.       

Verdict:

Remember for 2018 the Spider Tour is available in four different hosel set ups (which change face balancing) so there’s a solution for everyone’s stroke. There’s some science behind the colour too. Studies suggest red helps you focus, increases accuracy and enhances your attention to detail. Whatever, you won’t go wrong with one in the bag in 2018.    

Odyssey O-Works Red #7S Putter - £189

Website www.odysseygolf.com
Weight 350g
Grip Winn AVS Midsize Pistol
Toe Hang Slight 

7s

You need to know:

The Odyssey #7 head shape is a classic when it comes to MOI putters. Weighted alignment wings increase MOI and stability. The O-Works microhinge face insert lifts putts into a better roll. A short slant neck (the #7 is also available face balanced with a double-bend shaft) and slight toe hang mean the #7S is well suited to a slightly arcing putting strokes.    

We say:

The #7 has a long history, it’s featured in tons of tour pro’s bags in different guises over the years. It’s a clever move by Odyssey to release to the public the slant neck hosel which is so popular on tour. Two of our three testers holed huge amounts of putts with the #7S, even though they putt with a straight back and through stroke, meaning the slight toe hang is well suited to more than just arcing strokes. We loved the bold and simple alignment spots and sightlines, and our test pro was particularly impressed how the two black lines which run from the top edge to the back-flange show when the sole’s flat on the ground and your eyes are correctly aligned above the ball.   

Verdict:

Our skid and roll testing last year proved the O-Works insert is top drawer, the #7 head is a huge tour winner and the red paint job is just the icing on the cake. A fantastic high stability putter, did we mention it’s £80 cheaper than TaylorMade’s Spider Tour too?  

Odyssey O-Works Jailbird Mini Putter - £189

Website www.odysseygolf.com
Weight 350g
Grip Winn AVS Midsize Pistol
Toe Hang Face balanced

jailbird

You need to know:

The putter Branden Grace used to post the lowest round ever in a major, when he shot 62 at last years Open Championship. Much like Odyssey’s #7 fang putter but with the fangs joined at the back to further improve stability. An O-Works microhinge face insert lifts putts into a better roll, the double bend shaft and face balancing is well suited to straight back and through putting strokes.

We say:

Odyssey are masters at sticking with tour proven putter head shapes and updating them with whichever new technology they happen to come up with. If you’re not a fan of the wacky or fanged head shapes used to create high MOI designs, then the Jailbird Mini is an excellent option as it’s very “normal” to look at and use. Our test pro loved the O-Works insert, reckoning it gave really consistent roll and very similar results even when putts weren’t hit perfectly. This model is also available in red and with a slant neck, which should be plenty enough options to tailor it to your eye and stroke.   

Verdict:

Very well balanced, simple, straightforward and honest. When it comes to MOI putters the Jailbird is the height of simplicity which is worth remembering if you’re particularly picky when it comes to sightlines and alignment aids on your favourite flat stick.  

Bettinardi Inovai Rev 5.0 Putter - £289

Website www.bettinardi.com
Weight 358g
Toe Hang Slight
Grip Lamkin Deep Etched Pistol

rev 5.0

You need to know:

Bettinardi describes the Inovai as the perfect MOI putter. A lightweight aluminium face is fused with a heavier stainless steel sole to deliver extreme perimeter weighting, which Bettinardi says promotes a stable stroke and larger sweet spot. A two-tone black and silver finish helps highlight alignment. F.I.T face milling removes 55% of the face material, so you get Bettinardi’s softest putter feel, which Bettinardi reckons suits golfers with aggressive putting stroke. 

We say:

We’re not quite sure why but boutique putter manufacturers are usually much more well known for their sleek, slender blade and mallet designs than for brilliant MOI models. But if stable MOI designs are your bag, we reckon Inovai’s a sound choice. The aluminium face and groove pattern which means the ball only ever hits 45% of the face means a brilliant soft feel, without the need for a face insert. The heavy steel sole and back section stealthily raise MOI performance, which we thought helped the Inovai swing really smoothly even on less than perfect strokes. 

Verdict:

100% CNC Milled putters never come cheap. It must be hard for their makers to watch cast putters (like the TaylorMade Spider Tour and Odyssey #7S) gain such popularity on tour and get closer and closer to a CNC Milled putters price point. You won’t find lots of CNC Milled MOI putters on the market, so if it’s precision milling that floats your boat you’ll struggle to find better than the Inovai. Oh and it’s brilliant for picking up golf balls. 

Cure Tour X3 Putter - £244.95

Website www.cureputters.co.uk
Weight 335 – 395g
Grip Winn AVS Midsize Pistol
Toe Hang Face balanced

cure x3

You need to know:

All Cure putters are CNC Milled in the USA, and super high MOI is their unique selling point. The Tour X series has a slightly smaller head (than other Cure models) with a sleeker profile, but MOI that blows most leading MOI mallets out of the water. There’s 60g of weight adjustability so expect stability, unmatched forgiveness on mishits, which ultimately translates to better distance and directional consistency. 

We say:

We’ve heard golf club designers say time and again how even the worlds best golfers want forgiveness. The issue is most don’t want to give anything up in terms of looks to get it. So if like Cure you chase huge MOI performance at all costs you end up with head shapes, some of which barely resemble putters in some golfers eyes. For us the Tour X3 is the pick of Cure’s bunch, even though it’s designers say it’s slimmed down it’s still very oversized. We reckon the Tour is incredibly stable throughout any putting stroke, and even though the long face won’t be to all golfers liking, if your putting stroke is wonkier than a three-legged donkey it can’t but help iron out the kinks. 

Verdict:

We couldn’t run a MOI putter test and leave out the highest MOI performance models on the market. It’s just the trade-offs made to be so forgiving will be seen by some as unpalatable. If like Cure you want to chase MOI performance at all costs, fill your boots, you won’t find higher performance MOI models anywhere else. 

Ping Sigma G Tyne Putter - from £175

Website www.ping.com
Weight 370g
Grip Ping Pistol P60
Toe Hang Face balanced 

tyne

You need to know:

The Tyne’s fanged back spreads mass and increases MOI performance. It’s a favourite of Lee Westwood. A milled aluminium face insert has variable depth and width grooves to deliver consistent ball speed performance across the face, which Ping says helps reduce your 3-putt potential. Feel’s enhanced by a high-energy elastomer insert behind the face.

We say:

A lovely stretched prong design with a really simple, clean look at address. We loved how the prongs show the heads path away from the ball, and how the single sightline really focuses attention on your intended impact location. One tester felt how the topline flows into the back really encouraged him to hit “up” on putts meaning the Tyne rolled putts beautifully. There’s nothing flash or fussy about the Tyne, so we reckon its well suited to golfers who like simple designs and probably find some of the other leading MOI models too distracting. For golfers with slightly arcing strokes there’s also a “H” (hosel) model which doesn’t have a double bend shaft.  

Verdict:

Ping have huge pedigree when it comes to putters, and because the Tyne can already be found amongst other winning models in Ping’s gold putter vault it’s highly likely to be around for some time to come. A very solid, stable and unfussy MOI putter. If you’re in the business of making sure you get the most out of any new purchase it’s well worth taking Ping up on the offer of custom fitting. 

Wilson Staff Infinite The Bean Putter - £95

Website www.wilson.com
Headweight 365g
Grip Wilson Infinite
Toe Hang Face balanced

bean

You need to know:

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 while parallel and perpendicular sight lines simplify alignment.

We say:

It could be argued the Bean is more mallet than MOI putter, but because it’s got a particularly big, wide head and benefits from a substantial amount of counter weighting we reckon it weighs in as a decent MOI stability option. For 2018 the alignment lines have been paired back, which is a big step forward, as they’re no longer quite so busy. The face balanced Bean is well suited to straighter putting strokes and its heavy oversized grip, offers a decent amount of counter balancing. We reckon thanks to reasonable price tag it’s a decent introduction to MOI putters.    

Verdict:

The Bean’s head is cast, then the face CNC milled which is a very different construction to 100% milled putters in this test. But it doesn’t mean the Bean lacked feel or roll performance, as it didn’t.  If you’re open minded regarding brand loyalty and factor in the £95 price tag the Bean is a very solid option, for reasonable money.        

Scotty Cameron Futura 6M Putter - £335

Website www.titleist.co.uk
Weight Variable on length
Grip Matador Midsize
Toe Hang Face balanced

6m

You need to know:

Scotty’s Futura range is created with a multi-material construction to ensure a total MOI performance. An aluminium sole plate and face unit deliver excellent feel and roll while a stainless steel upper and some serious MOI stability weighting improves the putters resistance to twisting on off-centre strikes.  

We say:

Scotty is a milling master when it comes to blade putters, but his MOI putters haven’t quite caught the imagination in the same way. The 6Ms 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, framing the ball, all whilst never being distracting. We also loved the super-premium sound and feel which our test pro likened to being as distinctive as the solid quality sound of a Rolls Royce door closing. Scotty hasn’t yet bought into face groove tech like others, but when his putters roll as good as this we’re not sure he needs too. 

Verdict:

If you think Scotty only makes great blade putters the Futura 6M should make you think again. If you’re after super-stability you’ll struggle to find better. And if you’ve found in the past that high MOI putters usually mean some wacky far out head shapes the 6M is decidedly simplistic. Some will argue the back weights (which help make it high MOI) are so far back they don’t even catch the eye anyway. 

Cleveland TFI 2135 RHO Putter - £139

Website www.clevelandgolf.co.uk
Loft 3deg
Weight 370g
Toe Hang Face balanced

rho

You need to know:

Cleveland say 80% of golfers don’t have their eyes directly over the ball when putting, which leads to some serious issues with alignment and not striking putts from the centre of the face. By raising (and highlighting) the sightline to the height of the golf balls equator they reckon they’ve created the most accurate alignment aid ever. Heavy milling across the face increases speed consistency when putts are hit off-centre.

We say:

The best and most forgiving MOI putters of all time, have had some pretty funky head shapes, so it’s no surprise manufacturers chase “the next big putter design” by trialling all sorts of outlandish shapes and ideas. The RHOs head is busier than a tube train at rush hour, but it just about works, thanks to some clever colouring. Our test pro really rated the wide head for it’s simplicity of alignment and stability. He also liked the idea of raising the sightline to the equator of the golf ball, feeling it a real benefit to help golfers address putts from the centre of the face. Cleveland have obviously done their research on the milled face groove pattern, and made sure golfers get a premium look, feel and roll from what is essentially a standard cast putter head.    

Verdict:

If you like to work in straight lines when it comes to putting we reckon the RHO is a very good option. We love how its packed full of tech and comes with an oversize grip for very sensible money.  


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 

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

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

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.