2008 Putter Buyer's Guide
Known as the most interesting and often the most colorful club in the bag, putters are more unique than ever. Want to try a new shape? A new material? There?s something new for everyone.If you’re in the mood for a new flatstick, this is a good year to find one—’08 brings forth a slew of new shapes, sizes and materials that are visually appealing, feel great and are often adjustable for your specific needs. Speaking of which, whether it’s mallet, blade, movable weights or specific inserts that you’re looking for, there’s a putter for you. The question really shouldn’t be what type of putter do you want, but rather what kind of putter are you? The best way to learn what putter is going to work best for you is to start by simply analyzing what kind of stroke you have. If you arc a lot, a heel-toe blade is the best choice. If you putt with less opening and closing of the putterface, try a mallet. If you tend to come up short on a lot of putts, try a heavier-weighted model. Finally, if you want to concentrate on putting a better roll on the ball, try a putter with an insert or a textured putterface. Both are designed to impart a truer, faster roll. Then again, if you’re a player who wants all the above, there’s a collection of adjustable putters in ’08 that are right up your alley.
Understanding Our Charts
Key Features: What distinguishes this putter from the rest.
What We Like: We have our preferences, too. Basically, what impressed us in our review.
Who It’s For: The type of player putter was made for.
Putterhead: The material used for head construction.
Putterface: Indicates the material used for the strike area.
Weight: There are three general categories: heavy, standard or adjustable.
Designs: Indicates the putter’s general shape, as well as the other models available.
Adams DiXX BlueKey Feature: The detachable computer terminal provides immediate feedback on swing path, impact position, tempo, face angle and a swing’s “speed balance.”
What We Like: The DiXX told us where we needed to improve immediately after we made a stroke. That’s invaluable. The “Blue” is a much cheaper version of last year’s version.
Who It’s For: Although it’s a little pricey, it’s great for people who don’t have access to high-tech putting studios.
Putterhead: Aluminum • Putterface: Same
Weight: Std. • Designs: Heel-shafted, face-balanced mallet with a detachable computer
adamsgolf.com | $399
Cleveland VP SeriesKey Feature: Using Dual Axis Alignment, the VP series ensures the golfer that he’s set up directly over the ball and the face is aligned properly.
What We Like:When aligned perfectly, the alignment lines fall into place, making it easy
to get in the right place and make a confident stroke. Also, the three lie options is a huge plus in our book.
Who It’s For: Everyone, especially those who want to make sure they have a good, sound setup position.
Putterhead: Steel • Putterface: Elastomer Weight: Standard • Designs: VP1, VP2 blade; VP5 mallet
clevelandgolf.com | $109-$129
Cleveland VP Milled SeriesKey Feature: Much like the VP Series that uses Dual Axis Alignment, the VP Milled has the same technology but in a precision-milled form.
What We Like: The milled design is generally preferred by better players who want the utmost in feel, consistency and weight. The low price tag (for a milled putter) is awesome; so too is the choice between three different head designs and three different lie configurations.
Who It’s For: Although better players will love them, these putters perform well for everyone.
Putterhead: Carbon steel • Putterface: Same Weight: Standard • Designs: VP1, VP2 blade; VP5 mallet
clevelandgolf.com | $149