How is your putting? Are you ready to replace your old putter with one that is more forgiving? Here is a review of the 5 more forgiving putters on the golf course.
This category can be a bit difficult to properly assess because there is such a wide range of products, including blades, mallets and counter-balanced. Adding weights to the putter is a nice customization, allowing you to handle different turf conditions, distances or stroke speeds.
Furthermore, the “feel” of the putter just has to be right, for you to be effective. Here are the contestants in our roundup of the most forgiving putters (listed alphabetically):
Our Top Forgiving Game Improvement Putters
We will use the rating criteria of alignment, directional control, lie angle and Moment of Inertia (MOI).
Five Most Forgiving Putters
Velocity is one of the key elements of successful putting, comprising both 1. Line and 2. Ball Speed. In mathematics, the line, line segment and ray are the concepts that apply to a putting stroke. Most golf pros will discuss the “line” as the “path that your ball needs to take in order to cross above the hole.”
“The three things I fear most in golf are lightning, Ben Hogan and a downhill putt.” = Sam Snead
Of course, if you strike the ball “too hard,” it might actually “skip over the hole.” Thus, ball speed must also be correct. The funny thing is that if you are successful with your putt, then it looks like a “line segment” with one end point in the hole. If you fail, then it looks like a “ray” with the ball tailing short or rolling past the hole.
Choosing Best Putter
Putter technology has continued to advance from the traditional blade design to more high-tech MOI mallets. There are many things to think about in your putter design, including balance, face, hosel, length, lie angle, sweet spot and the MOI.
“Putts get real difficult the day they hand out the money.” = Lee Trevino
Basically, the MOI means “your ability to complete your action straight-ahead, without twisting.” One of the reasons why MOI is so important for the more forgiving putters is that it can explain so many mis-hits. Here are the average MOIs of different putters (in grams per centimeter squared):
- Blades are between 2,500 to 5,000
- Small Mallets are between 3,000 to 4,000
- Large Mallets are between 4,000 to 6,000
- High MOI Mallets are between 6,500 to 8,500
Before you purchase a putter, you should “go out and use it on a real green” to see how it feels.
Forgiving Putters Rating System
We will use the following 4 characteristics to rate our putters: alignment, directional control, lie angle and MOI. The rating system is 1 to 10 (with 10 being the best).
This will include the dots, lines, colors and other features, which help you “visually align” your shot.
Successful putting requires the right ball speed and directional control to find the right line to the pin.
Bob Bettinardi has discussed the tour player’s preference for the “plumber’s neck.” Others might like the straight, double bend or another shaft angle.
High MOI is preferable.
Mini Review of Each Putter
When you are struggling, you want a well-balanced putter. The goal of this roundup has been to offer a wide variety of blade and mallet putters. Here are the 5 most forgiving putters:
The Bettinardi BB32 mallet putter is as stylish as a Ferrari sports car. This BB32 has a beautiful, polished, honeycomb Satin Silver finish (circles with dots in the center). You can immediately see why this is an instant favorite of the elite. This is an opulent putter.
By combining the “plumber’s neck” shaft and semi-circle mallet with a 3-degree loft and 71-degree lie, you get a very unique club with the Bettinardi BB32. This 353 gram putter is made of mild carbon steel and has a rare flange design. There is extra weight in the back for a more balanced stroke.
Use the middle line on the club for alignment purposes. You will hear a “muted click” when you strike the ball. There is a little “toe hang.” This forgiving putter has a soft feel to it.
Bettinardi offers counterbalancing. You might see some of these clubs listed as Mizuno Bettinardi – that is because the two companies had joint operations from 2006 to 2009.
- Stylish Look
- Standard “Plumber’s” Neck
- Low MOI
If your putter had a higher MOI than anything else in the market, wouldn’t that be a great tool to cure your short game? The Cure Rx blade putter has an MOI that is “off-the-charts,” ranging from 10,500 to 19,000 based on weight. This has raised the bar for putter MOI.
Start with a design that looks like a combination Swiss army knife and binoculars. You can add weight discs to either heel wing – up to 200 grams. This provide for better directional control.
The Cure’s “Triangulation Alignment System” – designed by former PGA Commissioner Deane Beman – uses two large dots on either side. Players can “visualize a triangle with your ball as the apex.” This innovation engages both eyes, improving your striking angle. With the innovative Cure Rx putter, you avoid “eye dominance” for a more consistent stroke.
This award-winning putter has an adjustable lie angle from 62- to 80-degrees. The larger head has the center “hollowed-out” for a superior sweet spot.
But, the Cure’s high MOI might be the most impressive factor. The Cure Rx MOI has a wide range and its lowest MOI is still higher than the average for large mallets.
This optimizes your energy with fewer negative effects from mis-hits. This impact consistency delivers a tighter putt dispersion. You might be a trend-setter with the Rx cure for what ails your short game.
- Triangulation Sight Alignment
- Adjustable Weights
- High MOI
- Looks Like a Toy
What do you do when you have a very popular putter face insert, which has a key flaw? Well, you try to take the best features of the previous product and “tweak” it slightly. That is exactly what the Odyssey Works Big T #5 tried to do with its face insert.
An Odyssey Works representative stated that 90% of their tour players were using the “White Hot” face insert because they wanted to see and feel the putt. One problem with the “White Hot” was that it did not promote forward ball roll. Thus, the new Fusion “Rx” “Cheese Grater” face insert was added for more friction. This Fusion “Rx” face insert is made of an ultra-thin stainless steel mesh.
Golf coach Mark Crossfield tested the Odyssey Works Big T #5 (his personal putter is an Odyssey) and found that the ball strike with the new face was a bit “firm.” Mr. Crossfield liked the black-and-white contrasting colors (it looks like a zebra). Along with these contrasting colors, the horizontal and vertical alignment guides help with alignment.
The putter’s big “T” is like the sight line used by a marksman – align your ball at the apex, as if it is an extension of the vertical line. Callaway Golf carries the Odyssey putters.
- Big Alignment Lines
- Contrasting Colors
- Reduced Skidding
- Ball Bounce
There are several reasons why Ping is known as the industry leader for putters. The modern day “Anser” blade putter was invented by Karsten Solheim in 1967. Ping is the company created by Karsten Solheim.
The Ping Cadence TR B65 is a well-designed, high-tech blade putter, which continues to expand this brand’s pedigree as the “King of Putting.” The Ping scientists have created a full line of putters for any imaginable style. These Cadence putters continue to deliver splendid results. What is “cadence?”
Cadence is the rate of speed of your putting stroke.
How fast do you hit your putt? The most confident might have a “fast pace” to their stroke, the more timid might have a more “slow, deliberate pace.” This is your cadence. Ping has provided two different “True-Roll” face inserts, based on your cadence:
- Blue Aluminum 350 gram is for standard, fast shots
- Black Stainless Steel 375 gram is heavier for slow shots
The two face inserts even have different groove textures. This versatile insert is more forgiving than a flat face. You can use the Cadence system on 8 different Ping putter models.
Your Ping Cadence TR B65 alignment is assisted with three guide lines. Ping putters allow you to control your destiny.
- Different Face Weights
- Cadence Optimized
- “True Roll” Technology
- Rudimentary MOI Features
You might want to use the same putter as your favorite player. If you like Tiger Woods, then you might know that he won 13 of his 14 majors using the Scotty Cameron Titleist Newport 2 putter. Of course, technology has advanced since then and the Titleist Scotty Cameron Golo 5 might be one of the more forgiving putters on tour now.
Scotty Cameron constructed his Red-and-Gunmetal-Gray Golo 5 in basically a sandwich design with a “Vibration Dampening” mid-section between 6061 Aircraft Aluminum and 303 Stainless Steel. This softer middle creates a more forgiving middle mallet putter. There are a number of Golo shapes to choose from with the Golo 5 being a half-octagon.
The Golo 5 has a 3.5-degree loft and 70-degree lie. The “Advanced Perimeter Weighting” on either side provides balance for the Scotty Cameron Golo 5 mallet.
The Scotty Cameron Golo 5’s pop-through flange alignment creates a higher MOI. Scotty Cameron has created the ideal shaft bend “height,” “offset” and “direction” to create superior “eye lines” while striking the ball.
The Golo 5 is a combination of a “blade” feel with “mallet” reliability. It has beautiful flowing lines. The Scotty Cameron Golo 5 is “one of the most desirable” putters, according to Mark Crossfield.
- Pop-Through Flange Alignment
- Advanced Perimeter Weighting
- “Vibration Dampening”
Roundup Winner: Most Forgiving Putter
Your favorite putter is a personal choice, it must “feel” comfortable in your hands. Although, all of these putters are impressive, we believe one has a key advantage over all the others.
And the clear WINNER is the …
This is really a cutting-edge model and many might not have even heard of it, until now. It has a solid weight system, the “Triangulation Ball” alignment is nice and you can’t even compete with its MOI. The Cure Rx’s high MOI is off-the-charts and might change the industry.
It is very easy to change the weights on this DIY model. Experienced high handicappers will be the most likely to benefit from using this forgiving putter. The “Cure Rx” putter might cure your woeful short game.