Putters Buyer's Guide 2006
Understanding Our Charts
Features: The primary design elements that make the putter noteworthy.
Advantages: How the primary design elements are meant to elevate the performance of the putter.
What We Like: We have our preferences, too. A quick description of what impressed us in our review and testing.
Lineup: The other models available from the manufacturer, listed from most expensive to least expensive.
Putterhead: The primary material from which the body of the club is forged, cast or milled.
Putterface: Indicates the material used for the strike area or if it has otherwise been altered to enhance performance. Check for putters with a milled face, as the process, if performed correctly, ensures a flatter contact area, which is key for consistency.
Weight: The overall head weight of the model listed in grams. Most putters fall in the 325- to 350-gram range.
Design(s): Here you’ll find a description of the general shape of the club and its hosel structure. We limit the descriptions to either heel-toe blades (Anser style) or mallets. Also, face-balancing is noted as is the hosel/head connection point. If a putter is not labeled as face-balanced, it’s considered toe-down.
| Aserta The Monster|
(408) 251-7888 | $199
If medals were awarded to companies dedicated solely to preventing excessive putter backspin, Aserta Sports would take home the gold.
Features: Inverted Mass Technology, which raises the putter’s CG above the equator of the golf ball at impact for the absolute in backspin reduction. The higher CG is attained by designing the putter “upside down,” with the majority of the weight on the top half of the putter.
Advantages: According to Aserta, backspin is what derails putts off line and off speed, making it very difficult to maintain a consistent roll.
What We Like: Aserta’s genius answer to the riddle of why you come up short on one putt, then blow it two feet by on the next.
Lineup: The Eclipse, The Monster, Cavity Back
Putterhead: Aluminum (milled)
Putterface: Stainless steel (milled)
Weight: 350 grams
Design(s): Heel-shafted, face-balanced mallet (available LH)
Carbite TRi-Weight Series
| Cleveland “Designed By” Series|
(800) 999-6263 | $165
Cleveland applies its soft-feeling Carbon Metal Matrix material to two throwback-style putters with modern tungsten weighting.
Features: The 1948 pure blade and 1905 Calamity Jane putter (made famous by Bobby Jones, pictured) are milled from Cleveland’s CMM and augmented with tungsten sole weights.
Advantages: If you need a lot of help producing a pure, on-line stroke, these may not be your flatsticks. But if you’re a feel putter, you’ll love the “Designed By” sensation.
What We Like: Putters that actually look like putters and adherence to classic putter design. The all-leather grip is a great touch and a perfect complement to these ultra-classy flatsticks.
Lineup: “Designed By” Series
Putterhead: Carbon Metal Matrix (milled)
Design(s): 1948—Center-shafted blade;
1905—Heel-shafted blade (available LH)
| Guerin Rife Two-Bar|
(800) 496-9373 | $199
Although still relatively new, Guerin Rife putters have quietly taken several professional tours by storm. Among the most favored is the popular Two-Bar.
Features: With adjustable weighting, Roll Groove technology, a four-point weight scheme and a specially designed Lie Aline system, the Two-Bar has more adjustable features than perhaps any putter you can buy.
Advantages: Basically, the milled Roll Groove face both lifts the ball from its depression on the green and imparts immediate forward roll, resulting in true, straight rolling putts. The weight system and Lie Aline mechanism let golfers choose the right putter schematics based on both stroke type and posture.
What We Like: Adjustable weighting is becoming more and more common, but the ability to adjust lie in seconds is the stuff of pure innovation.
Lineup: Two-Bar Series, Aussie, Tour Blade
Putterhead: Aluminum (forged)
Putterface: Same (milled)
Weight: 355 grams
Design(s): Mallet, heel-toe blade (available LH)
Heavy Putter Matte Series
| Fisher Talon Tour Series|
(800) 465-3473 | $179
A four-way insert and the ability to alter weight by as much as 100 grams? Yes.
Features: The TS-1 (pictured) face insert features different contact materials on each of its four sides, from extra-soft to extra-firm. This allows the user to adapt to different green conditions (or dial in feel) without altering the stroke.
Advantages: Customized feel is key, but so is the stability provided by the high-MOI design, complete with four different areas to adjust weight using three different metals.
What We Like: If this putter was any more trick, it would require batteries. The TS-2 and TS-3 models feature reversible inserts but are no less prone to twisting on off-center hits.
Lineup: Talon Tour Series, Cobalt Series
Putterhead: Stainless steel (milled)
Putterface: Kevflex polymer
Weight: 375-475 grams
Design(s): TS-1, TS-2, TS-3—Heel-shafted, face-balanced mallet (available LH)