As the Masters tournament unfolds this week, recent champions at Augusta National will provide a study in putter contrasts, proving that there’s more than one way to win a Green Jacket.
Indeed, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods—who have won the last four Masters tournaments—each wield a distinctly different flatstick from the other.
Immelman’s putter is a new Nike Victory Red putter prototype, about which very little is known at this time. Recent photos reveal, however, that Immelman’s putter is a mid mallet, meaning that it’s fatter than a blade but doesn’t quite have the girth of a typical mallet. The new Nike prototype putters appear to have a multi-material face, with a red groove pattern embedded in milled stainless steel.
Johnson’s putter, the SeeMore FGP, has been covered extensively here at PutterZone.com, including all the way back to April of 2007 when we took note of Johnson and his putter after the opening round of the Masters. Three days later, Johnson got fitted for the Green Jacket. The SeeMore FGP putter is a unique styled zero-offset blade featuring SeeMore’s signature RifleScope alignment system, which consists of a red dot and two white lines on the crown of the putter. At address, Johnson visually frames the shaft with the white lines, hiding the red dot in the process to ensure a consistent setup and square alignment.
Phil Mickelson’s putter is an Odyssey White Hot XG blade, which features Odyssey’s signature multi-material face insert for enhanced feel and feedback. Tiger Woods’ putter is a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2, which he has used since 2000. The Newport 2 is an Anser-style, heel-toe weighted blade. The Anser design, which was created by PING founder Karsten Solheim, is the most popular putter style on the professional circuits.
Other notable contenders to watch out for include Sergio Garcia playing a custom TaylorMade Rossa Daytona by Kia Ma putter, Jeff Ogilvy playing a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport prototype, Vijay Singh playing a Never Compromise Exchange Series mallet and Padraig Harrington wielding an Odyssey 2-Ball blade putter.