The Best Blade Putters For 2020

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Using a blade putter is considered the traditional way of putting. Although mallet putters have started to steal the show over the last few years, the blade is still a reliable choice for many golfers.

If you look at the golfers on tour, many of them are still standing by their blade putters. As technology in the blade putters has improved, they have become an excellent choice for golfers of all handicap levels.

If you ask us, blade putters will always lead the way in feel on fast greens. We have put together a list of the best blade putters and broken them down into several relevant categories.

If you are a high handicapper or a low handicapper, we have options for you.

Our Best Blade Putters For 2020



Best Blade Putter Overall: Odyssey Stroke Lab Versa Putter



PROS

  • Stroke lab shaft
  • Perfect weight distribution
  • Micro hinge face technology
  • Softer feel
  • Higher MOI

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Only one blade model

The Odyssey Stroke Lab Versa putter claims the top spot as the best overall blade putter. This putter is not only just the best blade, but it is also one of the best putters you will find on the market. The Versa has some incredible technological advances that have changed the world of putting.

Odyssey realized that every single golf company was focusing on the club head of the putter. How can they incorporate more speed, better roll, better weight distribution, etc.?

What they found was that many of these dilemmas regarding making putters more user friendly could be solved by changing the shaft.

Shaft options in putters have always been rather bland. Ninety-nine percent of putter shafts are just traditional steel with a few graphite models found on beginner sets or junior club. Odyssey developed an innovative new shaft called the Stroke Lab Shaft.

The Stroke Lab shaft is part graphite and part steel. With the graphite addition to the standard steel shaft, Odyssey was able to relocate forty grams of weight that was redistributed into the head and the grip of the club. This new weight distribution helps to improve the feel and performance of this putter.

The head of the Versa putter is slightly heavier than other Odyssey putters. The extra weight helps improve MOI, and it helps to decrease face twisting at impact. Lightweight putter heads tend to turn when not hit directly in the center of the clubhead.

The face on the Stroke Lab putters is an improved version of the Odyssey white-hot face. The new model has dozens of micro hinges embedded into the insert. The micro hinges help to promote topspin and a very smooth roll.

The only downside that we can find on the Stroke Lab putters is the fact that they are going to be quite a bit more expensive than some other blade putters. Odyssey has always been a front runner in putter technology, and with the new Stroke Lab putters, they are keeping their spot at the top.

Read our Odyssey Stroke Lab Putters review.



Scotty Cameron Newport 2

Best Blade Putter For Low Handicappers



PROS

  • Better weighting
  • Soft feel
  • Clean and square alignment

CONS

  • High price
  • Some better players do not want an inlay

It may come as no surprise that our favorite putter model for the low handicapper is the Scotty Cameron Newport 2. Scotty has been making some of the best blade putters that golf has ever seen, and this model is no exception.

One of the best putters 2018 saw released, the Newport 2, is a model that will likely be around for decades.

The Select Newport 2 has a soft feel, but with a Scotty Cameron putter, the feeling is almost always stable. There is no twisting at impact, and the top-down look is classic and square. This putter is made by combining a 303 stainless steel inlay with a stainless steel body.

This is a heel to toe weighted blade that works best for a flowing putting stroke. Being that this is a blade putter, it will work if you swing the club straight back or if you like a bit of an arc to your putting stroke.

Although the Newport 2 has been around for quite some time, this 2018 model got a bit of a facelift when it came to weighting. Scotty Cameron calls their weighting system “four-way sole balancing.” The putter has been balanced from the face to the cavity and from the heel to the toe.

When you look at this blade putter from the top down, you will see a completely square setup. The best players in golf want to look at something square and return the putter to that position. The visual aesthetics on this Newport Select are quite clean, no surprise from Scotty Cameron.

Just as we mentioned the pricing on the Stroke Lab putter being its downfall, the Scotty is no exception. Scotty Cameron putters have sat at the top of the price range for quite some time. The putters hold their value, and they rarely, if ever, go on sale.

If you think you will wait a year and that pick this putter up at a lower price, it just doesn’t work like that. This putter is an investment in your game and one that you won’t be sorry you made.

Read our Scotty Cameron Newport 2 review.



S7K Standing Putter

Best Blade Putter For Mid Handicappers



PROS

  • Amazing alignment system
  • Nice looking club head
  • Good feel
  • Very consistent

CONS

  • Still priced a bit high
  • Face is not as responsive as some would like it to be

This blade putter is probably different than any putter you have seen before. Before we start explaining what makes this putter an exciting and unique option for the mid handicapper, we will tell you that it is tournament legal.

The S7K Standing putter does precisely what it’s product title says it stands. Yes, this putter is capable of standing entirely on its own. So how does this technology help the mid handicapper?

Most mid-handicap players struggle with alignment more than speed. As mid handicappers tend to play more than beginners or high handicappers, they have plenty of time and enough feel to narrow down the speed of their putts.

Unfortunately, even if your speed is perfect, you will miss the putt if your club is not aligned correctly. Aiming, with irons and drivers or the putter, is a challenging thing to master in the game of golf. It takes time and patience to get it down.

With the S7K, a player can set their putter up on the line that they believe to be accurate and then step back and see if they are, in fact, heading towards the target. As soon as you get used to this putter and this extra alignment step, you will feel much more confident in your putting stroke. Trusting your line is incredibly important.

The S7K is capable of standing on sloping lies, and it can also stand in light wind conditions. Players have not been complaining about the putter falling over. One thing you will want to make sure of with this putter is that you don’t let it slow your game down.

Checking your line one time will be more than sufficient. Think how much better off you are than before you had the S7K? You don’t need to realign yourself 12 times.

Sometimes these kinds of putters tend to have less feel than a brand name that you have come to know and trust. The S7K has a surprisingly good feel. Some of this is created because of a very lightweight grip that allowed for some weight distribution throughout the putter.

The S7K brand claims that “fewer than 10% of golfers aim correctly on putts less than ten feet.” We believe them! Aiming short putts is the downfall of so many players, regardless of their handicap level. With the S7K, your alignment should never be off.

The S7K comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty. The standard size available for this club is 34.5 inches, and that cannot be customized.

As far as pricing is concerned, the S7K will fall in the middle of the price range. It is not a bargain putter, but it won’t cost you what a new Scotty will cost.



Cleveland Golf 2019 Huntington Beach SOFT Putter #8.5

Best Blade Putter For A High Handicapper



PROS

  • Stainless steel clubhead
  • Softer feel
  • Affordable option
  • Consistent roll

CONS

  • Little light for some players

As a beginner golfer, it can be complicated to learn and develop feel. Feel takes time to learn. It will probably take years before you can look at a fifteen-yard shot or a 12-foot putt and know the power and strength it will take to get it there effectively.

As a high handicapper or beginner, the problem with putting usually comes with distance control.

This Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft putter has an incredible soft clubface that will help you learn what it takes to hit a five foot, a ten foot a fifteen foot putt, and so on. The Huntington Beach putter is a very affordable model with speed optimized milled face.

The diamond CNC milling pattern helps this new putter not only feel soft but roll true as well. Blade putters are not typically the club of choice for the high handicapper because of their lack of forgiveness.

Luckily the Huntington Beach has an optimized center of gravity that provides stability and forgiveness on each putt.

If you don’t like the feel or the look of the Huntington Beach blade putters, they do make some other excellent mallet head options in this high performing stainless steel clubhead.



Pinemeadow Golf Site 1 Putter

Best Cheap Blade Putter



PROS

  • Very low price
  • Classic blade look
  • Cons

CONS

  • Lightweight
  • Feel is not as good
  • Roll can wobble if hit is not perfec

If you are looking for a cheap blade putter but don’t want to spend a lot of money, the Pinemeadow Golf Site 1 Putter could be a great option.

As far as blade putters are concerned, this is a classic looking option. This putter has a soft feel and is a very lightweight model. Pinemeadow claims that this blade putter compares well to a white hot putter. We found the white-hot to have much better face technology.

This blade putter is only offered in the 34 inch length, so you will not be able to customize it to fit you perfectly. The Pinemeadow is an aluminum design, not a stainless steel model.

The Site 1 putter retails for much less than the other options we reviewed. If you are unsure a blade model will work for you, this might be a great way to try it out.



Ray Cook Golf RC PT 02

Best Blade Putter For Women



PROS

  • Low price
  • Classic design
  • Nice color scheme

CONS

  • Not for the low handicapper
  • Too light for some players

The Ray Cook RC PT 02 putter is a modern blade design that we think makes an excellent option for the female golfer. This putter has some great features and is offered at a very fair price.

The Ray Cook RC PT comes standard in a 33 inch length. The majority of women should be playing with thirty three inches or less. This length should allow most women to get their eyes over the ball and have much better alignment.

Ray Cook is not as well known as Odyssey or Scotty Cameron, but there is no question that it is a reliable and robust brand. The Ray Cook putters have over 200 tour wins, pretty impressive stats for a putter offered at this price.

The Ray Cook has a vibrant pink, white, and gray color scheme. The putter comes with a matching headcover that you will want to make sure you use to keep this putter looking good.

The weighting on the Ray Cook Women’s putter is perfect for a mid to high handicap player looking for some consistency in their stroke from a classic blade putter.

If you are a low handicap female player, you may be looking for something with a bit better feel. You can choose a men’s putter as long as the length is correct for you.

Don’t feel as though you are limited to selecting a ladies golf putter; the technology is not much different; the differences are usually color and length.



Blade Putters Buying Guide

Now that we gave you an idea of the best blade putters on the market, you will need to make the difficult choice as to which one to purchase.

Luckily there is some information we can provide to help make that choice a bit easier. Our blade putter buying guide will touch on all the factors that should go into purchasing the proper blade putter.

Is a Blade or Mallet better for a High Handicapper?

When it comes to making a decision between a blade or a mallet, the most critical factor for golfers to address is feel. Choose something that helps you roll the ball consistently.

Regardless of the head shape, choose a putter that looks good at address. The best blade putters have plenty of forgiveness and performance to help a high handicapper improve their score.

Our best advice for a high handicapper is to invest in a great putter. We know there are putters out there for just a few dollars or your uncle’s old putter from 1975, but you need something more than this.

High handicappers have a real chance to lower their score on a putting green. Investing in a new putter will not be a decision you will regret.

What is Toe Hang?

Toe hag is a relatively new word when it comes to golf putter technology. You may hear this referred to when you are searching for a putter, so it is best to understand what it means.

Toe hang is a way to describe the angle of the toe of the putter when the putter is balanced on a players finger. The amount of toe hang directly affects the amount the putter will open and close on an arch type putting stroke.

If your stroke is more of an arch, you will want more toe hang. If you have a straight back and straight through stroke, you will want a face-balanced blade and not something with toe hang.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Blade Putter

MOI

MOI stands for moment of inertia. This is a fancy way of describing the way the ball comes off the clubface. A club with a high moment of inertia is more likely to stay on it’s line and roll better on the putting surface.

Clubs with low MOI will waver on their line and could cause you to miss putts. Many modern putters are being produced with higher and higher MOI; if you struggle to keep the ball steadily moving on a line, this can help quite a bit.

Forgiveness

Blade putters are traditionally less forgiving than mallet putters. Keywords, when you are looking for something forgiving, are things like “sweet spot” and “large impact zone.”

These clues will let you know that the putter will help you out a bit should you not catch the ball quite right.

Just like longer irons and drivers, putters that tend to be the most forgiving also seem to have decreased feeling. It may be better just to start working on hitting the putter in the center of the clubface more often.

Shaft

Aside from the Odyssey Stroke Lab putters, most of the time, you will be dealing with a standard steel shaft on a blade putter. Shaft flex will not matter nearly as much in putters as it does with the other clubs in your bag.

Length

If we had to pick only one factor to make sure you get right when you choose your next putter, it would be length. If a putter is not the correct length for you, you will struggle to play appropriately. Getting your eyes over the ball at address is imperative for both distance control and alignment.

Golfers tend to choose putters that are too long for them. The majority of players should be using something that is about 34 inches, all too many players go for the 35-inch putter thinking that it is standard.

Grip

Grip size is a bit different when it comes to putters than it is with other golf clubs. The best putter grip for your game is something that feels right. If you like a thinner grip, that is fine, but most playing professionals and teachers of the game will suggest going with a thicker putting grip. Thick putting grips help golfers to eliminate some of the hand action in their putting stroke.

It is certainly possible to be a ‘handsy” putter, but you will be much less consistent than a player that uses their more substantial muscles. Look for a midsize or jumbo grip if you struggle with consistency in your putting stroke.

Face

There are two options for the face on a blade putter. You will have the choice of something that is milled or something that has a face insert. There are different schools of thought as to which is better.

When face inserts first hit, the market players believed that they changed the feel and the roll of a putt too much.

Many years later, there are some very high performing face inserts that even tour players are keeping in their bag. The classic blade putters were made with a milled face, and many companies still stick to this method today.

Conclusion

Choosing the best blade putter for your game can take a bit of time. You may need to try several models to decide which one will roll and perform the way that you want it to.

There is no single blade putter that stands out as the best blade putter on the market. When all factors are considered, we do feel as though the Stroke Lab sets itself apart from the rest.

The high performing face insert, the upgrades to the white-hot technology, and the revolutionary stainless steel/graphite shaft make this Stroke Lab a solid addition to any player’s bag.

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