Friday, March 18, 2011
2011 Buyer's Guide Putters
Find the flatstick that works for you
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TaylormadeKey Feature: These premium putters designed by legendary puttermaker Kia Ma have six movable micro weights (three in the toe, three in the heel) that slightly alter the putterhead's feel.
Rossa TP By Kia Ma
What We Like: What's not to like? These are milled from a chunk of 304 stainless steel into a piece of art. And how about that Titallium insert? Putts rolled like butter.
Who It's For: Golfers willing to fork over 300 bills for a first-class putter.
Specs: Three models available (Monaco, Fontana and Daytona). Each 34 inches long.
taylormadegolf.com | $300
Tiger SharkKey Feature: An adjustable weight for improved stability and a putterface that's double-milled for a perfectly flat and consistent hitting area.
What We Like: We've always liked the SuperStroke grips, and they feel great on the GreenSpeed putters.
Who It's For: Fans of the oversized Tiger Shark grips who also want a putter with adjustable weight. This is especially helpful when facing varying green-speed conditions.
Specs: Five models to choose from, with varying weights and head shapes.
tigersharkgolf.com | $79-$99
Tiger SharkKey Feature: Standing for Reverse Axis Position, these putters have a reverse-hosel design to promote a smoother pendulum movement.
What We Like: We love new ideas. The reverse-hosel design is a cool one, and it actually does what it says. Plus it was designed by Jim Flood, so you know it's quality.
Who It's For: Golfers looking for a change. Also, we consider the R.A.P. to be among the putters available with sky-high MOI ratings.
Specs: It comes in four Tiger Shark jumbo grip options.
tigersharkgolf.com | $99-$118
TitleistKey Feature: Fine craftsmanship aside, these putters are milled from high-grade stainless steel and feature two fixed heel and toe weights for even better stability at impact.
Cameron Studio Select
What We Like: Feel and weight are two of the most important factors in putter design. Cameron seems to nail both variables perfectly every time.
Who It's For: Purists who want more pronounced heel-toe weighting from one of the more traditional putter designs.
Specs: Eight models available.
titleist.com | $325
TitleistKey Feature: Scotty Cameron's latest nontraditional mallet has a three-point weighting system for excellent balance and feel. Oh, yeah, it's designed by Scotty Cameron.
Scotty Cameron Kombi
What We Like: The three lengths (standard, mid and long) make it easy to choose the right putter for your style. Also, the milled aircraft aluminum combined with the red T-shaped alignment aid look fantastic together.
Who It's For: Cameron enthusiasts who want a new mallet in their bag.
Specs: Available in three lengths.
titleist.com | $325
Tour EdgeKey Feature: Its high-contrast white head and jumbo-sized grip, two technologies never before combined in putter design.
What We Like: Its high level of contrast helped us focus on the putter's leading edge and alignment aids. It gave us the best possible visual presentation for accurate aim.
Who It's For: Golfers on a budget who need help with their alignment and want to hop on the white-club bandwagon.
Specs: Four different models available, all in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths. Only one leftie, the OS-3.
touredge.com | $49
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