Friday, March 18, 2011
2011 Buyer's Guide Putters
Find the flatstick that works for you
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NikeKey Feature: Combines steel, polymer and low-durometer polymetal groove technology on the milled-steel face.
What We Like: Several Tour pros put this in play and instantly catapulted to victory or came real close. That must mean it's pretty darn good, and Tom Stites knows exactly what he's doing. Winner of two major championships.
Who It's For: Those who don't mind looking at an unusual face pattern, especially when it's backed up by so much success on Tour.
Specs: Offered in four blades and one mallet model. 33-35-inch lengths.
nikegolf.com | $249
NikeKey Feature: Its grooved face and polymer-aluminum insert, which Nike claims grabs the ball and gets it rolling faster.
What We Like: Its handsome black nickel finish and red insert makes it stand out from the crowd. Also how can we argue with a more affordable version of last year's Method?
Who It's For: Golfers who want to play with a putter made popular on Tour, but don't want to pay the "professional" price.
Specs: Available in three blades and two mallets, and varying hosel shapes. 33-35 inches. Left-handed in MC-3i and MC-5i only.
nikegolf.com | $130
OdysseyKey Feature: Three converging white lines that meet at the center of the clubface and look like a dart. It's purpose? You fill in the rest of the imaginary line toward the hole.
What We Like: Soft feel at impact from the White Ice insert, optically engineered for performance. How can you not align it correctly?
Who It's For: Golfers who like putters with visually striking alignment aids. There's a lot to digest with the D.A.R.T. line, but once you adjust to the sight lines, they roll nice and true.
Specs: Three designs available—blade, mallet and backstryke mallet.
odysseygolf.com | $179
OdysseyKey Feature: Its three-material construction: 1025 carbon-steel body with a weighty sliver of tungsten positioned in the flange and a urethane dampening layer in between.
What We Like: The entire line is handsomely constructed from 1025 carbon steel and features a deep black PVD finish.
Who It's For: Golfers looking for a weighty, premium milled putter.
Specs: Eight models available, including two mallets. The headweight drops 10 grams on the 35-inch models. (#8 shown).
odysseygolf.com | $270
PingKey Feature: Its dark finish stands in contrast to its white and maroon alignment aids, making the mallets easy to align. On the blades, the maroon is limited to a few lines on the white face insert.
What We Like: Lots of model options and easy alignment aids. Plus, on the blades, the finish stood out as being very classy.
Who It's For: Something for everyone here, so if you're a PING fan, you'll find one of your favorite models, in a darker finish.
Specs: 14 models to choose from including the new, futuristic Wolverine model (shown).
ping.com | $140-$180
PingKey Feature: Made from 17-4 stainless steel, these upgraded classics are PING's most affordable putters.
What We Like: Its soft elastomer cavity insert helps produce a solid response and sound. Features a clean look that inspires confidence. We didn't mind the price, either.
Who It's For: Golfers who are fans of PING's classic putter line but with modern upgrades.
Specs: Six different models available, including PING classics like the Zing, My Day and B60, plus the wackier Craz-E mallet.
ping.com | $100
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