2009 Putters Buyer's Guide

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Heavy putter Mid-Weight
Key Feature: A lighter clubhead than the original HP, but still heavier than traditional models, the Mid-Weight series enables golfers to make a smooth, natural stroke without forcing any motion, i.e., the putter swings itself.
What We Like: We always thought the HP was great for short putts, but we struggled from long range. Not anymore. The black PVD finish is an improvement over the old industrial look.
Who It’s For: Golfers with the yips.
Specs: Comes in five models, with a silver satin or black PVD finish.
heavyputter.com | $169
Mizuno Bettinardi C-Series
Key Feature: Bob Bettinardi’s patented Honeycomb face encourages consistent ball-striking, and the 4º loft and 71º lie angle set up perfectly for a pure putting pendulum.
What We Like: Great craftsmanship and clean looks are obvious, but what’s really cool about these putters is how easily they impart roll on the ball.
Who It’s For: Traditionalists who want a well-crafted putter that performs as good as it looks.
Specs: Comes in four heel-shafted, heel-toe-weighted blade models.
mizunousa.com | $229
Mizuno Black Carbon Series
Key Feature: With three new models to choose from for ’09, each putter is rigged with a Feel Impact Technology Face (F.I.T. Face) designed to lessen surface contact with the ball at impact.
What We Like: Bettinardi scores big points on looks and feel. Each model feels great. The addition of the mallet design is ideal for players looking for a bigger size without losing any feel.
Who It’s For: Those who want a soft feel, but don’t want to succumb to a face insert or an oversized MOI design.
Specs: Blade, mallet and mallet belly.
mizunousa.com | $250


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