What’s the best golf putter out there? While PutterZone.com often fields this question, there’s no easy answer.
Look around the practice green at a PGA Tournament, and you will see putters of every shape, style and even price point. If there was a “best” putter, don’t you think the guys with the most at stake would all be using it?
The fact is, there is no best putter in general, but there may be one for you—one that fits your game, your eye and your pocketbook. On that note, to help you narrow the field, here are some of PutterZone.com’s current favorites arranged by cost category:
Bargain Putters (under $100)
Cleveland Golf pretty much owns this category right now with the one-two punch of the Cleveland Classic putters ($69) and the Cleveland BRZ putters ($89). The Classic putters are nothing less than a steal—and could be classified as an outright bank robbery. The BRZ putters are similar to the Classic putters, but with a copper insert and an exquisite bronze finish. The insert isn’t worth the extra $20 by itself, but the bronze finish is hard to resist. Honorable mention goes to the PING Karsten putters ($89), which also offer excellent value.
Affordable Putters (under $130)
This isn’t the most exciting category at the moment, but you can still find some winners that won’t break the bank. The Heavy Putter Mid-Weight and Lite-Weight putters are a nice option at $120, particularly for golfers seeking added stability in their stroke. The TaylorMade Core Classic putters ($120) and Cleveland T-Frame mallet ($120) also deliver bang for your buck.
Premium Putters (under $200)
The Slotline 600 putters ($180) offer excellent feel in a stunning visual package. The Never Compromise X-Ray putters ($150) also stand out from the crowd with their futuristic look and advanced face technology. The TaylorMade Ghost putter ($160) is another solid option, particularly for golfers seeking alignment assistance. The Rife Island Series (averaging $150) and numerous YES! C-Groove putters under $200 combine a wide variety of designs with reliable performance.
Ultra-Premium Putters (over $200)
The Nike Method putter ($250) recently stormed into this category, serving notice that Nike Golf is now a serious player when it comes to putters. The Method earns high marks in the departments of feel and innovation. It’s also hard to go wrong with the Yes! Dawn putter ($299), TayorMade Kia Ma putters ($299) and Odyssey Black Tour Design putters ($250 to $299). The Yes! Dawn is meticulously crafted, while the Kia Ma putters are visual beauties. The Black Tour Design putters are, for the lack of a better word, badass.
Artisan Putters ($250 and above)
SeeMore is always atop the artisan leaderboard with its mSeries putters ($325), which combine SeeMore’s proven RifleScope alignment system with exquisite quality and inventive design. The Bettinardi BB putters ($265) are masterworks as well, showcasing Robert Bettinardi’s fanatical attention to detail. DeLaCruz Golf Designs putters ($250) offer excellent quality along with a proprietary Sweet Slot technology for enhanced feedback. Watch out for Piretti putters, too, as they are hitting their stride.
P.S. Check out PutterZone.com’s Putter Buyer’s Guide for crucial insights into putter fitting, and how the right fit can shave strokes off your score.