Putters Test 2014

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Putters possess an almost infinite number of qualities that make us choose one over another. This is definitely something we discovered during our latest experiment, testing models with widely varying styles, weights, finishes, and alignment aids. It can be a real minefield. 

Whatever you look for in a putter, this guide offers enough to help you choose the best for your game. A pro and two TG readers joined our Equipment Editor to review the best models on the market. It was a gruelling two days, but totally worth it...

How we tested the putters

We split the putters into three categories: Blades, Mid-mallets and Mallets, and gave subjective marks out of 10 for Looks, Feel and Sound. To assess performance, we set up two skills tests. The first involved putting through a tee peg gate a putter’s length in front of the ball on a six-foot putt. This provided some feedback as to the tester’s ability to start the ball on the correct line. The second skills test assessed distance control or touch with each model. Testers putted from two distances ranging from 15 to 25 feet selected at random to an 18-inch square box.

Testers were then given free time to practise different types of putt. They then gave a performance mark out of 10, using the skills tests as a guide. This mark was given double the weighting over the other categories. Testers had plenty of time with each model to get used to the shape, weight and appearance before completing the skills tests. TG doesn’t shy away from rating and ranking products. We gave a Bronze, Silver and Gold award to the top three in each of the blade, mid-mallet and mallet categories.

We tested putters at the stunning Brocket Hall Golf Club in Hertfordshire. It has two championship golf courses and a large, comprehensive practice facility at the Palmerston Academy. For more info, click here.

The Gold Award winners

Odyssey Metal X Milled 

Blade: Odyssey Metal X Milled
Score: 9.5/10 

Titleist Scotty Cameron GoLo

Mid-mallet: Titleist Scotty Cameron GoLo
Score: 9.5/10

TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs

Mallet: TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs
Score: 9.5/10

The Silver Award winners

Ping Karsten TR

Blade: Ping Karsten TR
Score: 9/10

Odyssey Metal X Milled 9HT Versa

Mid-mallet: Odyssey Metal X Milled 9HT Versa
Score: 9/10


Ping Ketsch

Mallet: Ping Ketsch
Score: 9/10


The Bronze Award winners

Scotty Cameron Select Newport 

Blade: Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2
Score: 9/10 

Nike Method MOD 60

Mid-mallet: Nike Method MOD 60
Score: 9/10

Odyssey Versa Tank 2-Ball

Mallet: Odyssey Tank 2-Ball Versa
Score: 8.5/10

And the rest of the putters we tested, with their total score out of 10...

Blades

Odyssey Tank #1 Score: 8.5/10

Wilson Staff 8802 Centenary Score: 8.5/10

TaylorMade White Smoke IN-12 Score: 8.5/10

Nike Method MOD 90 Score: 8.5/10

TaylorMade Spider BladeScore: 8.5/10

Bettinardi BBiF Score: 8.5/10

Mizuno MP-A 301 Score: 8.5/10

Nike Method 001 Score: 8.5/10

Rife Vault 002 Duke Score: 8/10

MD Golf Superstrong #1 Score: 8/10

Cleveland Classic Collection HB #1 Score: 7.5/10

Wilson Staff 8881 Black Score: 7.5/10

Benross Casino Sergeant Score: 7.5/10

Aston Martin CNC Score: 7.5/10

Progen Chromo 001 Score: 7/10

John Letters Silver Swan 7 Score: 7/10

Mid-mallets

Bettinardi Studio Stock 15 Score: 8.5/10

Rife Vault 002 Major Score: 8.5/10

TaylorMade Ghost Maranello 81 Score: 8.5/10

Odyssey Versa WBW 330 M Score: 8.5/10

Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C/Shea Score: 8.5/10

Yonex Ezone XP Score: 8/10

Cleveland Classic Collection #2 Score: 8/10

Mizuno MP-A 303/305 Score: 8/10

Yes! True Alignment Donna Score: 8/10

TaylorMade White Smoke MC-72 Score: 8/10

John Letters Golden Goose GG3 Score: 8/10

Wilson Staff 8883 Score: 7.5/10

MD Golf Superstrong #3 Score: 7.5/10

Benross Casino Spades Score: 7.5/10

Progen Chromo 002 Score: 7/10

Dunlop NZ9 #2 Score: 7/10

Mallets

Cleveland Smart Square Score: 8.5/10

Odyssey White Hot Pro Havok Score: 8.5/10

Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X Score: 8.5/10

Nike Method MOD 00 Score: 8.5/10

Ping Scottsdale TR Senita B Score: 8/10

TaylorMade WS Big Fontana Score: 8/10

Yes! True Alignment Milly Score: 8/10

Bettinardi BB55 Score: 8/10

Nike Method Core Drone 2.0 Score: 8/10

Rife Vault 002 General Score: 7.5/10

John Letters Silver Swan 6 Score: 7.5/10

Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 Score: 7/10

Benross Casino MOI Arizona Score: 7/10

Dunlop DP Pro Score: 6.5/10

 

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