Tuesday, March 5, 2013
2013 Buyer's Guide Putters
TaylormadeKey Feature: Its high-MOI design makes it easy to square the face at impact, minimizes error on off-center hits, and promotes distance control. The black-and-white frame plus the white centerline together promote focus and accurate aim. Its Surlyn face insert softens feel.
Ghost Spider S
Who It's For: Again, all player types.
Wow Factor: Past Ghost Spider putters have been popular for a simple reason: They work incredibly well. Ditto here.
Specs: Three models available, including a belly version. Clubheads vary between 360 and 380 grams.
taylormadegolf.com | $179-$199
TaylormadeKey Feature: The new Ghost Tour has many attributes of a premium stick—high-quality white paint, brushed-steel finish on the sole and sharpened edges—but for a more affordable price.
Who It's For: Players who want to use the same putters the Tour pros use, but don't want to cough up three bills for the privilege. Also, anybody who struggles with alignment.
Wow Factor: The new color pops and looks gnarly good.
Specs: Six models, including three classic Tour blades, two large mallets and one smaller mallet.
taylormadegolf.com | $159
TitleistKey Feature: A compact, rounded, CNC-milled stainless-steel putter that's heel-toe weighted for balance and stability. It features a slightly asymmetric back profile with a pulled-in heel. A triple-angled sole yields a square setup with camber. The deep-milled face produces a soft feel.
Cameron Select Golo
Who It's For: Discerning golfers who are Scotty-worthy.
Wow Factor: Classy and elegant, until you start draining all your putts and taking the skins money. Then it's deadly.
Specs: GoLo with single bend shaft and GoLo S with straight near-center shaft.
titleist.com | $159
TitleistKey Feature: Master putter designer Scotty Cameron designed his latest line with visual flow in mind. Roughly speaking, that's the way the putter looks when placed behind the ball at address. He did this by making 30 refinements from the last California line.
Who It's For: Cameron collectors, of course, and everyone else who appreciates premium craftsmanship.
Wow Factor: Another stunner by Cameron!
Specs: Five models are available, including blades and mid-mallets. Three lengths (33-35 inches).
titleist.com | $350
Tour EdgeKey Feature: The entire head is milled from carbon steel for a soft feel. Its face pattern reduces spin, while the hand-rolled leading edge softens the lines to assure that putting strokes glide through any grass without catching and snagging. Offered in a silver or black finish.
David Glad Tour Proto
Who It's For: Avid golfers of all abilities.
Wow Factor: What a tremendous roll, with super feel. Also, for such craftsmanship, it's a pretty good price, too.
Specs: Three models—two blades, one half-mallet—are available. Clubhead weighs 350 grams.
touredge.com | $219
Wilson StaffKey Feature: Classic shapes and a stealthy black appearance make this updated version appealing.
Who It's For: These timeless putters will appeal to traditionalists who prefer solid feel and good weighting to unorthodox looks and colors. Features precision milling and an antiglare black PVD finish.
Wow Factor: Nice value for a really great putter.
Specs: Six models, including one specifically for women. Mostly blades, plus one semi-mallet and mallet. Comes in two lengths, 34 and 35 inches.
wilsonstaff.com | $100
Key Feature: The C-Groove Tech is back, this time with added stuff like i4-Tech construction that comprises of four layers in the putterhead, including a TPU polymer base.
Who It's For: Fans of the popular C-Groove line will no doubt dig the softer feel and truer roll.
Wow Factor: They're sick. And we mean that in a good way.
Specs: Comes in mallet- and blade-style designs.
yesgolf.com | $179
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