2014 Buyer's Guide Putters
Have a look at some of 2014's best
Axis1Key Features: A CG in the center of the putterface (as opposed to near the hosel) for a higher MOI, zero torque and straighter, better-rolling putts.
Wow Factor: Obviously, the hosel stands out and so do the weird looks. But one try and you'll quickly see that the Axis1 putters are quite fascinating. For some reason, they're incredibly easy to align and square up at impact. What's weird about that? Nothing! We couldn't put it down, it's that awesome.
Specs: Comes in 34- and 35-inch models, as well as belly.
axis1golf.com | $299
BettinardiKey Features: This two-putter series is oriented around PGA Tour pro Matt Kuchar's arm-lock putting grip style, in which the butt end of the putter rests against your left forearm. Both putterheads are milled from soft carbon steel, sport Feel Impact Technology for soft impact, and are heel/toe-weighted and face-balanced.
Wow Factor: Both the Anser-style Model 1 and mallet Model 2 are gorgeous. Buy into the arm-lock style and it may well help your putting game.
Specs: Offered in a 35-inch length with a 350-gram head and a 42-inch length with a 400-gram putterhead.
bettinardi.com | $375
ClearviewKey Features: The transparent design functions as an alignment aid to get your ball rolling on the right track.
Wow Factor: Considering it's made mostly of clear plastic, it actually has a very soft, pleasing feel and balance. Oh, yeah, it's clear! As the company claims, these putters are easy to align, which is where most golfers make mistakes when putting. It's a great putter for concentrating on the ball.
Specs: Available in four models in a variety of length options.
putterrevolution.com | $170
OdysseyKey Features: Part of the White Hot Pro family, this forgiving model sports a new version of the White Hot insert that yields more consistent sound, feel and performance across the face. Its low-deep CG creates forward roll for distance control and accuracy. The putter's high MOI helps increase stability through your stroke to get a true roll. Its Gun Metal PVD finish reduces glare.
Wow Factor: We love the face insert—it simply feels right. And that luxe deep putterhead finish looks like a piece of jewelry.
Specs: Available in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, with a 360-gram head.
odysseygolf.com | $200/SuperStroke 3.0 grip, $160/standard
Pearl ProSportsKey Features: The lie angle can be adjusted on this symmetrically balanced aluminum mallet from 80° to 60°, depending on your stance. The center-shaft design increases stability on off-center hits, and the custom hosel design creates an unobstructed view of the putterhead.
Wow Factor: Adjustable lie is a brilliant idea, mainly since lie angles are too often overlooked. Our pic doesn't do this putter's offering of colors and decals justice.
Specs: One model in four standard or 12 bright colors. Clubhead weight is 360 grams.
pearlprosports.com | $249-$349
SGKey Features: Shaped like a driver and painted with an Arctic white finish, these putters boast a hollow core design that transfers energy from the clubhead to the ball to help optimize roll.
Wow Factor: They look different, but they're a blast to use. Where else can you putt using a club that looks like a wood? Nowhere without one of these!
Specs: Four models available (3-wood, hybrid, hybrid-blade and blade) in various shaft lengths.
sorensongolf.com | $140
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