2015 Buyer’s Guide Putters

Putt 4 Dough! Some of the hottest putters we saw at the PGA show.

Bettinardi Golf

Kuchar Models | $375 bettinardi.com

Key Features: Sporting a wide sole and Bettinardi's F.I.T. face technology (which has weight removed from the face for a remarkably soft feel), the Kuchar Models come in standard-length or "arm lock" models—à la how Matt Kuchar putts. What's that? Kooch likes to tuck the grip end of an elongated and offset putter up against his left arm—a practice perfectly legal as far as putting styles go in 2016 and beyond. Wow Factor: Can we hit drivers, irons and wedges like Kooch, too? Maybe not, but at least the putter will make us feel like we can. Now it's up to Kuchar to seal it home and win a Major. When he does, expect these to fly off the shelf in a hurry. Specs: Comes in four models, two standard-length and two "arm lock" models.

Brainstorm Golf

Happy Putter | $279 and up brainstormgolf.com

Key Features: Sporting a wide sole and Bettinardi's F.I.T. face technology (which has weight removed from the face for a remarkably soft feel), the Kuchar Models come in standard-length or "arm lock" models—à la how Matt Kuchar putts. What's that? Kooch likes to tuck the grip end of an elongated and offset putter up against his left arm—a practice perfectly legal as far as putting styles go in 2016 and beyond. Wow Factor: Can we hit drivers, irons and wedges like Kooch, too? Maybe not, but at least the putter will make us feel like we can. Now it's up to Kuchar to seal it home and win a Major. When he does, expect these to fly off the shelf in a hurry. Specs: Comes in four models, two standard-length and two "arm lock" models.

Bridgestone Golf

True Balance | $149 bridgestonegolf.com

Key Features: With an ultralight grip and shaft, the weight is mainly in the head and hosel. You only feel the putterhead during the stroke and will release the head for a truer roll that finds the target. Wow Factor: We were pleasantly surprised by how different this feels. It's so featherweight up by your hands and incredibly easy to use. Specs: The head weighs 360 grams; its balance point is less than 5 inches from the sole.

Cleveland Golf

Smart Square TFI Tour | $199 clevelandgolf.com

Key Features: A 5V groove pattern creates a ton of spin, with laser-milled micro-grooves in between the big grooves for, you guessed it, more spinning power. Comes in a variety of grind options for different types of players. A Tour Grind model is available for players who want heel and toe relief for serious shotmaking versatility. Wow Factor: The Tour Grind is razor-sharp and easy to hit fat unless you're very skilled. But the other grinds (for mortals like us) help make these wedges among the best-feeling and top-performing wedges of the year. They're that good. Specs: Comes in Slate or Chrome in a wide variety of lofts (47˚-64˚), with a variety of grind options.

Classic Collection HB Insert Series | $99 clevelandgolf.com

Key Features: These time-tested designs (there are four models to choose from in the line) all have a copolymer face insert for enhanced perimeter-weighting and a softer feel at impact. Wow Factor: Simple is sometimes so much better, as is the case with these putters. We especially like the charcoal finish and the affordable pricing, which, by the way, don't be fooled by. Cleveland knows how to make putters as well as anyone. Specs: Four models, from blade to mallet shapes.

Edel Golf

Torque Balanced (Signature E Series) | $295 edelgolf.com

Key Features: Most non-face-balanced putters hang toe-down. Not these—they hang toe-up, which, according to Edel, greatly aids in resisting torque and helps make it easier to square the putterface at impact. Wow Factor: The previous sentence. Okay, we kid. In addition to the unique look and feel, these putters are made with such precision and attention to detail, we're afraid to get them dirty. They're that amazing. It may take a couple of putts to get used to the newfound accuracy you'll get with these putters. Specs: Comes in Mallet, Modified Blade (wide sole) and Blade models.

E-1 Mallet; E-2 Mod Blade; E-3 blade

Giannini Putters

G-5 | $345 kennygianniniputters.com

Key Features: This wide mallet has Soft Slotted Face Technology, which the designer says is the key to its effectiveness and consistency. The deep gunmetal/PVD black finish reduces glare off of the top. A platinum finish is also offered. Wow Factor: We're really impressed with its quality looks. It's a nice face-balanced putter that feels good. Specs: Available in lengths of 34 or 35 inches in right-handed only, with a 370-gram putterhead.

Nike Golf

Method Converge | $170 & up nikegolf.com

Key Features:There's a golf ball in these putters. No, really, the polymer used for Nike golf balls is sandwiched between the body and face of the Converge putter(s), lending an unprecedented look and feel. Why the polymer? More forgiveness, of course. The Converge line also comes equipped with familiar Method face tech for a better, faster roll. Wow Factor:With their startlingly good looks, we can't help but find ourselves interested. Also, the counterbalanced model comes with an adjustable-length shaft. That's cool by us. Specs: Comes in four models, ranging from blade to quasi-mallet to mallet styles.

Method Matter | $130 nikegolf.com

Key Features: The polymer-filled face insert lends a soft, smooth feel, and the precision weights (they're fixed, by the way) make for an awesomely balanced feel. Comes in blade and mallet models, each with understated aesthetics. Wow Factor: For those who want the Method face tech in a simple, subtle shape, here you go. Like you and everyone else, we wish the weights were removable, then, again, maybe not. It's nice having a putter you don't have to tinker with. Specs: Comes in a mix of blade and mallet shapes.

Odyssey Golf

Metal-X Milled Series | $299 & up odysseygolf.com

Key Features: Milled construction, a Metal-X face insert and adjustable weighting highlight some key attributes of the Metal-X Milled Series. The face insert is our favorite, with each of the cut ovals coming together to produce a unique, crisp feel that better players (who use balls with softer covers) will really appreciate. Wow Factor: This is Odyssey's high-end performance line, so you know it's going to be good. The balance in every model is impeccable. Specs: Comes in six popular Odyssey models, ranging from blade to mallet designs, including the optical-alignment Versa series.

Tank Series | $199 & up odysseygolf.com

Key Features: Counterbalancing via weights at the grip end of each Tank series putter adds a lot of weight without adding to the putter's swingweight, meaning they're heavier for a higher MOI. They produce smoother strokes and straighter rolls without feeling heavy…isn't science fun? Wow Factor: The Tank series is ideal for helping golfers who tend to get a little yippy or handsy with their putting strokes. The Tank Cruiser model is the most noteworthy—it has adjustable headweights, an adjustable counterweight and a SuperStroke grip. Specs: Comes in eight distinct models (including the aforementioned Tank Cruiser).

Works Series | $179 & up odysseygolf.com

Key Features: Each putter in this series has a dual-face insert that combines a White Hot insert with the Metal-X metal mesh insert. The result? Firm and soft coming together in a harmonious balance. Oh, yeah, they look great, too, thanks to the high-contrast Versa color scheming. Wow Factor: Shorter putts have more pop and feel firmer for more control. Longer putts feel softer for better distance control. Seriously, Odyssey, you guys think of everything. These are amazing. Specs: Comes in 11 Versa models, ranging from blade to mallet designs.  

Ping

Cadence TR (True Roll) $169 & up ping.com

Key Features: There are two face inserts available—one for golfers with moderate to fast tempos, and a heavier insert for golfers with slower strokes. Why, you ask? The blue insert for moderate to fast tempos helps with better distance control on long putts, and the heavier insert helps slower tempos roll the rock more accurately on short putts. Wow Factor: The aforementioned inserts both have True-Roll groove tech for smoother, faster rolls. And, as you can expect, these putters are incredibly well made—like everything from PING, actually. Specs: We counted 18 variations in a mix of blade and mallet designs, including a counterbalanced model.

SeeMore Golf

Giant FGP | $250 seemore.com

Key Features: Like the popular FGP putter with SeeMore's unique Riflescope Technology (basically that means you align the putter so the neck hides the red dot on the heel, ensuring you're set up perfectly), the Giant FGP is, well, 28% bigger! This makes it more forgiving—a lot more, actually. Wow Factor: It's really big, and we like the way it feels swinging back and through. But the star is and always will be SeeMore's Riflescope Technology. It works incredibly well (just ask the dude who won the Masters with it in 2007). Specs: Comes in one, very oversized model.

Taylormade

Daddy Long Legs | $249 taylormadegolf.com

Key Features: The Daddy Long Legs is back with a nice new look that enhances alignment, but we can't help praise this putter for what it's best at: insane stability. It has the highest MOI of any TaylorMade putter, and swinging it is so darn easy, it feels like cheating. The counterbalancing feels incredible. Wow Factor: If you struggle with a lack of confidence in your stroke, go buy this putter right now! Specs: Comes in one model in 35- or 38-inch shaft lengths.

Titleist

Scotty Cameron GOLO Series | $410-$425 titleist.com

Key Features: A steel frame that envelops an aluminum face and sole, adjustable weights and Scotty Cameron good looks make the GOLO a surefire hit this year. Wow Factor: It's no surprise that Scotty Cameron putters set the standard in high-end performance. The GOLO models are some of our favorites—they blend high tech with great looks better than anyone. Specs: Comes in four mid-mallet and mallet designs. Also available with a Dual Balance, counterbalanced grip.

Scotty Cameron Select | $375-$425 titleist.com

Key Features: Exquisite good looks, balance and feel hallmark the wildly popular Select series. The deep-milled face pattern is the stuff Tour players like. Wow Factor: Once you see the three red dots behind the face, you kinda know you're dealing with the best of the best in terms of build quality and Tour-proven performance. We especially like the alignment aid that looks like an "X" on the mid-mallet designs. It makes alignment feel easier. Specs: Comes in six models, including one with a Dual Balance counterbalanced grip.

Wilson Staff

Infinite Series | $99 wilsonstaff.com

Key Features: Counterbalanced for a better feel and a more controlled stroke, the Infinite Series also has parallel and perpendicular sightlines and milled faces on each model. Wow Factor: In case you haven't noticed, counterbalancing is in, and the Infinite putters make it easy to get started with the latest trend. Nice price, too. Specs: Comes in six models, from blade to mallet designs, including a women's model.

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