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2009 Power Picks: Blade Putters

PutterZone.com is excited to announce the 2009 PutterZone.com Power Picks this week, beginning today with the Blade Putter category. Picks for the Mallet Putter and Best Buy categories will be announced in the following days. 

Over the past year, PutterZone.com has tested and reviewed dozens of putters, including many new releases for 2009. Our annual Power Picks recognize what we consider the “best of the best” heading into the new year, based on the factors of performance, craftsmanship, technology, innovation and aesthetics.

Without further ado, here are the blade putter Power Picks:

GOLD AWARDS

TaylorMade Rossa TP by Kia Ma Monaco ($299)

Offering exquisite performance with looks to match, the Monaco is a triumph of both form and function. Designer Kia Ma reveals a keen eye for detail with his new signature line of putters, propelling TaylorMade into the ranks of the elite putter makers. The Monaco is milled from soft carbon steel and features tungsten micro weights in the lower rear to heighten stability through the stroke. Read the review

Mizuno Bettinardi Black Carbon 4 ($249)

The Mizuno Bettinardi BC4 delivers on its promise of superior feel, boasting one of the sweetest sweet spots in golf. Designer Robert Bettinardi’s F.I.T. face milling design reduces the contact surface area by 70 percent, resulting in uncommon softness for an all-metal putter. Classic lines and a crisp black finish create a sharp visual ensemble that will turn heads. Read the review.

De La Cruz B-2 ($325)

Putter industry pioneer Dick De La Cruz continues to blaze trails, recently launching a new putter company with his son, Richard. Their inaugural B-2 blade is loaded with ingenuity, including a proprietary “sweet slot” that runs behind the face from the topline to the sole, resulting in uniquely precise feedback. The face features 28 micro grooves designed to grip the ball and initiate immediate forward roll. Read the review.

SILVER AWARDS

PING iWi D66 ($169)

PING Golf celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009, but its new iWi putters prove that the company still maintains its innovative edge. Read the review.

Heavy Putter Deep Face F3 ($169)

Heavy Putter’s Stephen Boccieri never thinks inside the box, as evidenced by this unconventional yet immensely playable putter. Read the review.

YES! Nicky ($149)

As a modern twist on the classic blade, the Nicky gives putter purists an opportunity to add grooved-face technology to their game. Read the review.

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Sean Weir is the founder and editor of PutterZone.com, and the author of Putter Perfection, the definitive guide to putter fitting. Profile: Google+

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