Best Putters For Beginners

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Much is written about the best drivers, irons, and hybrids for beginners.  But it’s important that the humble putter isn’t overlooked.  The putter has an important role to play too. 

And when you’re a beginner you haven’t had anywhere near as much practice as some of your fellow players, so it’s all the more important that you use the best performing gear at your disposal to give you that much needed head start.  We can’t stress highly enough how much it helps your game when you have the best possible equipment to work with. 

Luckily, we’ve examined some of the best putters that are out on the market today, and we’ve handpicked our Top 5 favorites for you to check out.  That’s coming up shortly.  The putters chosen are all best sellers and are the very ones that everyone is raving about on the net at the moment. 

And after that we’ve got a handy little buying guide for you which walks you through everything that you might want to think about before you buy.  And for those of you who are bewildered by all the different putter shapes and types, we provide a little explanation and you needn’t feel bewildered any longer.  But don’t worry, we’ve tried to keep this as jargon free as we possibly can.

Our Reviews

Editors Choice

Callaway Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Black Rossie Putter (Left Hand, Steel, #1, Jumbo Grip, 33' Length)

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Our take

This putter comes from a big brand in the golf world, namely Callaway.  It’s also a best seller, popular with pros and amateurs alike, and has been met with very positive customer feedback.

What makes it such a good putter for beginners is the contrasting alignment aids, which really help with lining up your shot, and help you to take that putting shot with the best possible accuracy. 

And to aid the putter’s forgiveness there’s also a good heel/toe placement to maximize the feel of the shot, thanks to the use of the white hot insert, which means that the weight of the putter can be redistributed and added to the heel and toe of the putter, increasing the MOI (moment of inertia). 

This putter also provides a very consistent performance, which is just what a beginner needs as they practice, so they learn exactly how to improve on their shots. 

It’s available in different head designs, including blade and mallet.  Both of these designs are best for those with a straight stoke, which is exactly what a beginner should be aiming for in their putting.

Pros

  • Available in 5 different styles
  • Plenty of forgiveness
  • Great customer ratings
  • Contrasting alignment aids

Cons

  • Since this is such a popular putter, it isn’t always in stock

Best Value

Pinemeadow Golf Men's PGX Putter (Right Hand)

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Our take

This putter has a number of great features, but we have to say that what we really love about it is the bargain price.  It’s quite rare that you can buy a good quality golf club for under $50. 

The other thing you’ll notice about it is the white finish, which really stands out against the green grass, and with the thin black lines atop the putter head, it makes lining up your putts a breeze.  Perfect for beginners. 

This putter has a mallet design which gives the putter a low and deep centre of gravity, and increases the MOI to reduce spin.  This means you get great performance on off centre putts, which is great news for beginners. 

It has an additional 40g of weight than your standard putter, and this is actually a good thing.  It gives you a smooth forward spinning ball at impact with reduced skid, which is great for beginners and gives extra stability to your shot. 

This putter is 34 inches in length, which is one of the more common lengths, and really helps to create a pendulum swing in your putting stroke to give the putt as true a roll as possible.

Pros

  • Bargain price point
  • Easy to align your putts
  • Extra weight reduces skid
  • Helps achieve pendulum swing 

Cons

 

  • Only available in 34 inches length

 

Brand New Player

TaylorMade 2018 Spider Interactive Putter (SuperStroke, L Neck, Left Hand, with Sightline, 33 Inches)

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Our take

Just because you’re a beginner doesn’t mean you can’t use the same putters used by the professionals! 

These spider putters from TaylorMade are used by some of the big names in golf, and you can bet that they know what they’re doing in terms of choosing equipment that provides the best possible performance. 

Why this is so popular is because you download a special app to use with it, available on both iOS and Android, which helps you monitor your practice, identify trends in your game, providing valuable insight and pro tips, and ultimately improve your putting. 

It comes with everything you need, including a micro USB cable, and sensors to detect metrics such as timing, tempo, speed, stroke length and rotation.  With kit like this beginners can really develop and work on their putting and will see real improvement in their game in no time. 

The putter head features TaylorMade’s unique spider shape which is believed to really help with alignment.  Speaking of which, we recommend going for the red option with the contrasting white line through the top centre of the putter head, for easy line up.  But there are other options available if that’s not to your taste. 

Whichever option you choose, you get a special insert with 45 degree grooves to improve forward roll and help the ball to stay on its course. 

You should really check out the Amazon page for this putter because it has a handy section on choosing the right hosel for your stroke style.

Pros

  • Used by professionals
  • Special app to improve your game
  • Unique spider shape for alignment
  • insert with 45 degree grooves
  • Several options to choose from

Cons

  • Premium product at a premium price

Most Versatile

Pinemeadow Golf PGX SL Putter (Men's Right Hand)

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Our take

Here’s another popular putter from Pinemeadow, again an absolute bargain, and coming highly recommended. 

It has a mallet design which gives the putter a low and deep centre of gravity, and increases the MOI to reduce spin.  This means you get great performance on off centre putts, which is great news for beginners. 

You’ll also notice the putter’s unique funky 2 orb alignment system, whereby the orbs mimic the look of the golf ball.  And to help alignment even further, there’s an offset hosel, to really get your putt on the right path. 

The face insert creates a nice smooth roll while minimizing skidding for consistency in every shot, which is just what beginners need to be able to improve on their game. 

We also like the grip that comes attached to the putter.  Made with polyurethane and fiber layers, it has a comfortable firm feel and offers excellent shock absorption.

Pros:

  • Bargain price point
  • Funky alignment system
  • Firm, comfortable grip
  • Insert creates a nice smooth roll 

Cons:

  • Only suitable for right handed golfers
  • Only available in length of 34 inches

Easiest to Hit

Wilson Staff Infinite Golf Putter, The 'L', Right Hand, 35

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Our take

Wilson is another great brand when it comes to golf equipment.  They’ve been in the industry for many years and always have their clubs etc in the bestseller charts with retailers, including this one. 

Surprisingly this putter comes in at under $100 at the moment, which makes it really good value for money for such a top notch putter.

To aid with lining up your putting shots, this putter has a dark anti glare finish, which makes it easier to see against the green grass, no matter how bright the sun, and is also therefore easy to align.  So beginners can breathe easy. 

Due in part to its offset hosel, the balance point of the putter is closer to the player’s hands, counterbalanced in other words, and this leads to a smoother, more controlled putting stroke, which is great for beginners. 

It also has a double milled face insert which helps prevent skidding, sliding and back spinning, which is good news for beginners.

Pros:

  • Great brand in golf gear
  • Available for under $100
  • Dark anti glare finish
  • Counterbalanced tech
  • Double milled face insert

Cons:

  • Only available in a length of 35 inches
  • Only for right handed golfers

Buyers Guide

OK, as promised, here’s a quick run through of everything that you might want to think about before you buy.  And seeing as you may be reading this guide as a beginner, we’ve tried to keep this section as jargon free as possible.

Alignment system

When you’re using your putter, it’s all about alignment.  You want to line the putter up perfectly with the golf ball and the straight path you want the ball to take to get to that hole.

To that end manufacturer’s of putters put special effort into the putter’s alignment system, a system whereby the very center of the putter can be easily visually lined up against the very centre of the golf ball.

Putter manufacturers can help with this by using contrasting colors and lines on the putter head marking the centre of the putter head.  The easier these marks are to see the easier it is to line up your putting shots, and ultimately get the golf ball in the hole.

We can’t really tell you which alignment system is best for you.  You need to look at the putter, or a photo of it, and decide for yourself how well you could line up your shots with that particular alignment system.

Putter Head Designs

Don’t worry, we’re not going to bombard you with a rundown of every shape of putter head out there (there are many).  But we will explain some of the main types.

The first putter head design to come on the scene is the blade putter, which sports a simple, flat look which became so commonly used because of how easy it is to produce.  They only need a delicate touch and they best suit players with a straight putting stroke.

Then there’s the mallet putters.  Mallet putters are larger than their blade putter counterparts, and this makes it possible to use a larger, clearer alignment system on the putter.  

Mallet putters come in a wide array of different shapes, and they also have the added advantage of reducing spin, which is a big help if you have a tendency to do off centre putts.

Mallet putters also best suit players with a straight putting stroke.

The other main putter head design is the peripheral weighted putter, where there is additional weight either side of where the putter is meant to strike the golf ball.  This design provides plenty of forgiveness and consistency and can be a good choice for golfers regardless of their particular stroke style.

Putter Faces And Inserts

Where traditional putters use a metal putter face, usually steel, these days many manufacturers use a lightweight non metal insert.  This gives the putter a far softer feel on the moment of impact with the golf ball.  This has the effect of increasing the putter’s forgiveness.

And better yet these modern face inserts often feature grooves, and it is this that helps prevent things like skidding, sliding, back spinning, and even hopping before the ball can begin rolling on the green.

The grooves also help to keep the ball online, they simultaneously lift the ball out of its resting position and give an over-the-top rolling action.

Putter Hosels

Another way in which putters can differ is in the hosel.  For those who don’t know, the hosel is the part of the putter where the shaft meets the putter head.

Traditionally, putters used to be all heel shafted, meaning the shaft meets directly with the putter head on the end nearest to the golfer.  

With centre shafted putters, as the name suggests, the shaft meets the putter head at it’s centre.

You can also get offset hosels, where the meeting of the shaft and the putter head is neither at the end or the centre, but rather somewhere in between.  Most putters these days have an offset hosel.

Shaft Length

Having the right length of shaft can also make a huge difference to your putting shots.  The traditional length of a putter is between 32 and 36 inches, with 34 inches being smack bang in the middle.

Other Features

The putter features we’ve talked about in our buying guide so far have been around for a number of decades.  But some putter manufacturers have now brought smart technology to the game!

The TaylorMade Golf 2018 Spider Putters that feature in our Top 5 picks, come with a special sensor that records loads of data on your putting shots for you, including such metrics as timing, tempo, speed, stroke length and rotation.  All of this data then gets relayed to an app on your smartphone, whether it uses Android or iOS, so you can monitor your practice, identify trends in your game, get valuable insight and pro tips, and ultimately improve your putting.

Of course this isn’t by any means an essential feature, but just think how much it could help your game!

Customer feedback

Sometimes it’s not really enough to be told that a golf club is a best seller.  Because sometimes, let’s be honest here, some best sellers are best sellers because they are cheap.  So before you part with your hard earned cash, we suggest that you always do your homework and check out any customer reviews on a club.  

We’re not saying that you need to read every review (that could take forever!) but rather just get a feel for what people are saying about the particular item you’re interested in.

We find that Amazon is a good site for examining customer reviews, not just because there’s usually a good amount of reviews to go through, but also because the manufacturer’s website will only show positive reviews, whereas Amazon will show both positive and critical reviews.  Moreover, you can also see whether the reviewer has made a verified purchase.

Budget

To be honest, how much you should spend on your putters, or any golfing equipment for that matter comes down to personal choice.  You can either go all out and get the most expensive clubs on the market, as a status symbol perhaps, or save your cash for more pressing matters.  In our Top 5 Picks, we have shown you that you can get some really good golf putters on a budget.

Buying clubs as a set rather than individually is a great way to save some of your money, but we’ll be the first to admit that choosing a good golf club set can be tricky, especially if you’re new to the game.

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