Best Putters 2019

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The Best Putters of 2019: We bring you our best putters of 2019 - 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 2019, these were our top 10 putters on the market right now.

Ping Sigma 2 Fetch putter review

RRP: £200
Weight: 365g
Grip: Ping Pistol P60
Toe hang: Face balanced
Head styles: Nine

Ping Sigma 2 Fetch putter

Ping Sigma 2 Fetch putter verdict:

It wasn’t until Ping told us its tour pros use putters from 32in to 36in long that it spelt out just how important getting the correct length really is. Ping says eight out of 10 golfers use the wrong length shaft, which leads to inconsistencies. So the entire Sigma 2 range can be adjusted, from 32in to 36in.

The Fetch is a really simple mallet with a surprisingly high MOI and a ball-size hole in the head (which can grab your ball out of the hole). Two long, black alignment lines, along with the straight top edge, are as effective an alignment aid as you’ll find this year.

Our GC Quad data didn’t have the Fetch inside our top 10 for creating forward roll, but it was above the test average, which along with skid numbers within an inch of the best will mean, like us, you’ll get decent roll from the face.

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TaylorMade Spider X putter review

RRP: £299
Weight: 355g
Grip: Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0
Toe hang: Moderate
Head styles: Three

TaylorMade Spider X putter

TaylorMade Spider X putter verdict:

The Spider X has big boots to fill as TaylorMade’s previous Spider was a huge hit on Tour. It was also TaylorMade’s biggest selling putter ever.

But we love how the X’s 5% smaller head has more weight positioned around the perimeter, thanks to a new 64g lighter carbon core. Admittedly, the copper or blue colour choices won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but we’re sure TaylorMade won’t leave it too long before introducing more colours.

When the first Spider appeared 10 years ago 75% of tour pros used blades – today, 60% are using mallets and MOI models. Part of the switch is down to the Spider’s short slant hosel and slight toe hang, which opens up this style of mallet to golfers with arcing strokes.

For us, Spider X is a less fussy shape than the previous model, and we’re big fans of the Y-shaped white alignment stripe and single sight line. It not only highlights set up and alignment, but also shows the path away from the ball brilliantly, too.

Odyssey Stroke Lab Seven putter review

RRP: £239
Weight: 365g
Grip: Odyssey Stroke Lab Oversize
Toe hang: Moderate
Head shapes: 10

Odyssey Strokelab Seven

Odyssey Stroke Lab Seven putter verdict:

Odyssey is a master at taking tour-proven head shapes and updating them every other year with new tech to improve everything from roll and feel to alignment and stroke consistency.

For 2019, the focus is on the Stroke Lab shaft, which is said to give 20-25% more consistency in tempo, head speed and face angle at impact. The likes of Molinari and Mickelson have already won with the hybrid steel/graphite shaft, which is 40g lighter than a typical putter shaft, and gives more control without making the putter heavy and unruly.

The Seven is a legendary model and while our test pro struggled to really feel the difference the shaft brought to the party (Chris, though, did notice a difference in feel) five of our best 10 models for roll were Odyssey putters, which tells its own story. We weren’t huge fans of the rounded edges of the oversized grip, but choose the nicer Pistol shape and you’ll have a cracking putter.


Best of the rest

Evnroll ER 2.2 putter review

RRP: £309
Weight: 355g
Grip: Evnroll Pistol
Toe hang: Moderate

Evnroll ER2.2 Putter

Evnroll ER 2.2 putter verdict:

We love wide, blade putters at TG, primarily because they just look more appealing and friendly than narrower headed models.

All Evnroll putters are CNC milled in the USA and come with “progressive energy transfer grooves”, which means off-centre hits roll virtually the same distance as centre strikes, which should raise consistency.

Evnroll aren’t nearly as big in the UK as they are in the US, but if you’re looking for a beautiful, premium milled blade putter that will stand the test of time, from our experience you’d be well advised to seek out the ER.

Bettinardi Queen Bee #5 putter review

RRP: £339
Weight: 362g
Grip: Lamkin Deep Etched
Toe hang: Moderate

Bettinardi Queen Bee #5 putter

Bettinardi Queen Bee #5 putter verdict:

We’ve been fans of Bettinardi putters for years – Bob Bettinardi is a genius when it comes to crafting beautiful, premium CNC-milled flatsticks. The Queen Bee’s vertical face mill gives the firmest feel of any Bettinardi putter, which we feel is ideal for year-round golf in the UK, as milled putters can be a bit light on winter greens.

The short, stubby blade head, with a single sightline, is the height of simple style sat the behind. Not cheap, but an absolute beauty.

Odyssey EXO Seven putter review

RRP: £349
Weight: 360g
Grip: SuperStroke Mid Slim 2.0
Toe hang: Moderate

Odyssey EXO Seven putter

Odyssey EXO Seven putter verdict:

Putters have climbed the price ladder significantly over the last few years, but in defence of the EXO its CNC milled multi-material head is just about the most expensive way you could create a putter.

Our test pro said EXO was his favourite MOI style putter, and thanks to the lightweight aluminium centre weighing a third of the equivalent model in steel, it means the head can be made bigger to improve forgiveness.

A brilliant example of modern putter design, it can also be fitted with a Stroke Lab shaft to improve consistency further.

Odyssey Stroke Lab Marxman putter review

RRP: £239
Weight: 365g
Grip: Odyssey Stroke Lab Pistol
Toe hang: Face Balanced

Odyssey Stroke Lab Marxman putter

Odyssey Stroke Lab Marxman putter verdict:

A great putter for golfers who find long alignment lines help them see putts or the stroke’s path more clearly.With weight being focused around the head’s perimeter, we reckon the Marxman is great for forgiveness and stability, too.

All the Stroke Lab putters have the same insert as Odyssey’s premium EXO models, it’s no surprise then Marxman produced the most topspin (which helps get putts running true) of any of our top 10 putters of 2019.

Bettinardi Studio Stock #38 putter review

RRP: £369
Weight: 358g
Grip: Lamkin Deep Etched
Toe hang: Slight

Bettinardi Studio Stock #38 putter

Bettinardi Studio Stock #38 putter verdict:

If you’ve ever wondered why golfers are willing to pay a premium for milled putters, have a look at the #38. It’s impossible to create such clean, crisp lines as these without milling, and those details are what good players pick up on.

The 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 available. We absolutely love it.

Ping Sigma 2 Valor putter review

RRP: £200
Weight: 365g
Grip: Ping Pistol P60
Toe hang: Face balanced

Ping Sigma 2 Valor Putter

Ping Sigma 2 Valor putter verdict:

Like all of the Sigma 2s the Valor comes with a new two-piece insert, which behaves like a multilayer golf ball, giving a softer feel for must makes and a firmer feel for longer putts.

There’s no getting away from 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; it’s not for everyone, but if you’re not fazed by looks and are more interested in getting the right length putter to suit you, in the right hands this is an unpolished gem.

Wilson Staff Infinite Bucktown putter review

RRP: £99.99
Weight: 365g
Grip: Wilson Infinite
Toe hang: Face Balanced
Head shapes: Eight

Wilson Staff Infiniate Bucktown putter

Wilson Staff Infinite Bucktown putter verdict:

Over the years we’ve always highlighted excellent mid-price equipment options here at TG. Sadly those options are disappearing fast – but the Bucktown is one of them. If £100 is what you want to spend on a new putter in 2019, you must a look at Wilson’s Infinite line-up.

There’s eight models to choose from, of which the Bucktown in an excellent new MOI styled head. There’s no insert, no face or groove tech or multi-material construction, yet our GC Quad numbers supported how it’s capable of rolling the rock very nicely indeed.