Best Putters 2017 – Choose Your Weapon To Knock Shots Off Your Game

Welcome to our Best Putters 2017 Review.

In this comprehensive guide we have sifted through the absolute best putters currently available on the market. The guide separates putters by category, price and features to help you find the best putter for your game.

We have tried to keep our selection pretty broad in terms of handicap suitability, but admittedly, most of the putters featured below are for low single figure to mid-teen handicaps.

If you are just beginning golf or are a high handicapper we recommend you check out our review of the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners.

Let’s jump into our Best Putters review and find out which is best for you and why!

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Editor’s Choice: Odyssey O-Works

Our Editor’s Choice of Best Golf Putters 2017 is the Odyssey O-Works (read our review). Grab yourself a special deal for the O-Works at Global Golf or on Amazon.

It’s the perfect combination of feel, distance control and feedback, yielding terrific consistency. There are plenty of putters to choose from within the range too, and each and every one exudes pure class and beauty. Get involved – as soon as you can!

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Best Putters Review

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Assessment Criteria

The last 18 months have seen a plethora of new putters enter the market.

With the huge variety of offerings on the market, the most challenging aspect we had was choosing a comprehensive set of putters to review. We initially cast the net wide, but quickly whittled the list down to our view of the best putters available on the market at the moment.

Below you can find a side-by-side comparison of our list of best putters.

All putters were put to the test against our standard assessment model, where we looked at 5 key aspects: Design and Appearance, Build Quality, Control / Feel, Performance and Value for Money. Individual scores of each of these aspects was then aggregated to give an overall assessment score, as follows:

Overall Mark Score Description
Excellent A+ 9.6 – 10 Stop the clock and buy now. This piece of equipment will change your game.
Excellent A 9.0 – 9.5 Superb piece of gear. Amazing quality, performance and value for money.
Great B+ 8.6 – 8.9 Great offering. This piece of gear won’t let you down.
Good B 8.0 – 8.5 Solid piece of gear with only minor issues to criticise.
Average C+ 7.6 – 7.9 Adequate offering, but not the best value for money.
Average C 7.0 – 7.5 Not the most exciting piece of gear, seek alternatives.
Weak D+ 6.6 – 6.9 Leaves lots to be desired. You can do a lot better.
Weak D 6.0 – 6.5 Steer well clear of this gear. Not worth the money!

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Side-by-Side Comparison of all Putters

Below is a side-by-side comparison of putters that made up our Best Putters review. To read our detailed individual reviews just click on your putter of choice!

Image DescriptionScore Offers
Editor choice
Odyssey O-Works Putter Review

Odyssey O-Works Putter Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Odyssey O-Works Putter Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison ...

2 Cameron and Crown Putter Review – Titleist Scotty Cameron

Cameron and Crown Putter Review – Titleist Scotty Cameron

On this page you’ll find our detailed Cameron and Crown Putter Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

Best seller
3 Ping Vault Putter Review

Ping Vault Putter Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Ping Vault Putter Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with ...

$229 $299 Buy It Now
Editor choice
4 Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Putter Review

Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Putter Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Putter, the pros and cons, and ...

$249 $410 Buy It Now
5 Cleveland TFI 2135 Putter Review

Cleveland TFI 2135 Putter Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed Cleveland TFI 2135 Putter Review, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

6 SeeMore Original Milled Series Putter Review

SeeMore Original Milled Series Putter Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed SeeMore Original Milled Series Putter Review, the pros and cons, and a ...

Best value
7 Ping Cadence TR Anser 2 Putter Review

Ping Cadence TR Anser 2 Putter Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Ping Cadence TR Anser 2 Putter, the pros and cons, and a ...

$149 $169 See Offer
Best seller
8 Odyssey White Hot RX Putter Review

Odyssey White Hot RX Putter Review

Odyssey took feel to the next level when they released their original line of putters, the Stronomic Rossie I and II. ...

$139 $159 See Offer
9 Bettinardi Inovai Putter Review

Bettinardi Inovai Putter Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Bettinardi Inovai Putter, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

10 Taylormade OS Putter Review

Taylormade OS Putter Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Taylormade OS Putter, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side ...

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Best Putters by Category

Here is a brief overview of the best golf drivers by category:

  • Editor’s Choice
  • Pro’s Choice
  • Best Sellers
  • Best Value
  • Best Price
  • Worthy Competitors
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Editor’s Choice

Odyssey O-Works

The Odyssey O-Works is our Editor’s Choice in Putters for 2017.

How on earth are they going to keep stock levels sufficient enough to fulfil demand? That’s the biggest headache Odyssey will have in store this year, because these putters are simply exceptional!

The Microhinge face insert defies the natural trade-off between feel/distance control and feedback. It’s the perfect combination of all three, yielding terrific consistency. There are plenty of putters to choose from within the range too, and each and every one exudes pure class and beauty. Get involved – as soon as you can!

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Cutting-edge Microhinge Insert Technology is surely the leader of its field to date
  • Great control, soft feel yet still a solid, feedback-providing sound
  • Classy, aesthetically-pleasing designs across all models
  • For 220-odd bucks, you’ll struggle to beat this for value

CONS:
  • It doesn’t have… ha, just kidding. No holes to be poked here folks

Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Putter

The Titleist Scotty Cameron Select was our Editor’s Choice for Putters in 2016.

The ‘crème de la creme’ of golf equipment, a classy offering from a leading brand. In terms of feel, sound, weighting technology and roll off the putter face it’s full marks.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.

PROS:
  • Soft, but solid feel that provides exceptional feedback on putts hit out the center of the clubface.
  • Heel-Toe weight technology that is matched to the length of putter providing optimal potential for the best strike and roll possible
  • Efficient speed and roll off the putter face

CONS:
  • Only one model is offered in a left handed option, which is a pity
  • It’s pricey – no messing around on that front, but if you are serious about the game and can afford it then it’s worth it

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Best Sellers

Odyssey White Hot RX Putter

Odyssey are only known for their putters. That’s because that’s all they do in terms of equipment, but boy oh boy do they do it well!

The White Hot RX range has carefully and effectively changed their insert technology to produce more friction yet softer feel in order to optimize roll and ball speed at impact. At the price and with Odyssey’s quality guarantee this is indeed a Best Seller.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.

PROS:
  • World class leader in feel, the White Hot RX sets the standard especially due to the oval patterned insert
  • Incredibly effective in terms of roll off the putter face at impact, which subsequently holds the ball on line from the get-go improving accuracy
  • Offered in Mens, Ladies, Right, Left, Long, Short – options are plenty and you will find something that suits you

CONS:
  • The blue accent doesn’t quite do it for us – in the #2 head especially. There seems to be too much blue and detracts somewhat from it’s classiness

Ping Vault

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In a word (or two): world class. Across the entire line there is excellent look and feel, while the True-Roll technology underpins the truly superior performance and consistency.

In terms of milled putters, this is almost as good as you’ll find, and it’s good to see both platinum and slate finishes on offer. They don’t come cheap, but for quality like this, it still represents good value.

Overall, a resounding yes from us!

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Exudes style and class
  • Tremendous consistency and feel across all four models
  • Choice of blade and mallet heads – all needs catered for!
  • Even at $300+, these high-end putters still represent decent value

CONS:
  • None that we can think of

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Best Value

Ping Cadence TR Anser 2

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In our opinion, the Ping Cadence TR Anser 2 Putter is a complete winner in terms of quality and value – superb.

The Cadence TR Anser 2 is a world class offering. Enough options in terms of weight or face insert and the clean neat lines help your alignment beautifully! True Roll technology is what makes the difference in terms of ball speed consistency and accuracy.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.

PROS:
  • Beautiful clean, square lines to the Anser 2
  • Variety in options in terms of insert or weight
  • Feels and sounds soft, but still carries a fraction of firmness

CONS:
  • Be sure to know which of the two weighted putter heads will suit you best – our Ping Cadence TR Anser 2 Putter Review advises on which would suit you best

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Pro’s Choice

Cameron and Crown Putter

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Just a cut above the rest in all facets. As in every Scotty Cameron offering, build quality is outstanding with a multi material technology that’s been used to optimize preferred weight.

Available in four models, the Cameron and Crown is designed for players whose setup demands a 33 inch putter – each with precise heel-toe weighting to allow for the most consistent and beautiful stroke. It is expensive – we’re not going to lie. But don’t let that deceive you into thinking it isn’t great value for money. Because it is.

Just a pity there is only one model available in a left-handed option, but then again you can’t please everyone!

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • The multi-material technology that has been implemented provides superb feel and consistent weighting throughout each of the four models
  • The shorter length hasn’t compromised the weight of the putter because of Scotty Cameron adding two 20g weights to each of the heel & toe to total 360g
  • As always, each of the models look fantastic and the glare resistant finish is neat and handy

CONS:
  • It’s a fair sum to pay for a putter, but then again that isn’t an authentic con in our opinion – it’s fantastic
  • Only one model head is available in left hand, all four could’ve been offered to left handers giving them a wider choice

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Worthy Competitors

Cleveland TFI 2135 Putter

Cleveland have focused their attention on the most important thing there is to putting – alignment. Simplified basic looks in terms of design and appearance along with the raised alignment aid which will help you line up correctly each and every time.

Available in 7 different models with four being modern mallets and three being traditional blades, there is something for everyone. The widened horizontal impact point has greatly improved off-center strikes making distance control a whole lot easier than you’re possibly used to (if you’re honest with yourself!).

At just short of $130 for the most effective model this is very good value for money and is suited to any handicap player.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Beautifully soft in terms of feel and sound at impact making you look forward to each and every putt just that little bit more
  • Distance control is outstanding with the widened horizontal impact zone on putter face enhancing off-center strikes
  • Seven different models to choose from with four mallets and three blades – you will find one that suits your eye and game

CONS:
  • Not the most eye catching putter around, but then again that is what Cleveland wants and have focused on other aspects that are more important

SeeMore Original Milled Series

Milled putters are seldom very far off the mark, and the SeeMore Original Series is no exception. A diverse range of putters each put their own stamp on things, and bring unique benefits to the table. None of them will probably win any beauty contests, and the lack of left-hand availability unnecessarily minimizes the market.

But all in all, these putters represent very good value. And, as ever, SeeMore absolutely nail it when it comes to alignment – the Riflescope Technology is a winner.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Crisp, consistent feel typical of milled putters, but with excellent feedback
  • Chrome polished sole ensures smooth transaction with the turf
  • Market-leading alignment technology
  • Competitive price

CONS:
  • They just aren’t pretty. My opinion – take it or leave it!

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Key Considerations

Build Quality

It’s interesting to observe the different approaches brands take when they are, essentially, all working towards the same end goals. There is a vast array of models out there – both mallets and blades, and even within that, there is much variety in terms of build, weight distribution and technology. Particularly with regards to alignment, there are some really innovative aids and features out there.

We also see inventive “roll technologies”, and there are also contrasting approaches when it comes to face inserts and head designs. It’s a lot to consider, but hugely important too. I’m not saying you need to keep a putter for 15 years like I did, but ideally you want it to be a long-term purchase if you’re sinking this kind of money into it.

Build quality is thus vital to both durability, and ensuring optimal results for the duration of your ‘relationship’ with your new Texas wedge.

Control and Performance

Golf is a simple game, but putting is even simpler. There are two components that you have to get right at the end of the day: alignment and speed. Yes?

It isn’t quite as simple as that though.

In order to get you on point with both of those elements, there’s a little bit of water that needs to go under the bridge first. Feel is vital to striking the balance, and this is underpinned by consistency. That means getting a true roll, with clear feedback on mishits, so that you can become a putting metronome. Doing so builds the kind of confidence whereby lining up your putt and nailing distance control eventually becomes a natural, instinctive occurrence, rather than something that requires agonizing thought and analysis beforehand.

The quality of the putter – and the technology that goes into it – has a huge role to play in this, and it can take a fair degree of testing to know which flatblades come to the party, and which don’t. We’ve done most of the heavy lifting for you, but at the end of the day, only you can make the call as to which putter will generate the best results for you.

Design and Appearance

Some of the putters out there today are just absolute stunners. Honestly, it’s amazing what an aesthetically-pleasing design can do for confidence. It isn’t just about cool points either. I’m convinced there’s a link between looking/feeling the part and results.

But there is also more to it than beauty.

Putters come in many shapes and forms – even within the same series visual differences can be vast. The key is that all features and nuances must make for a clean, uncomplicated look that complements things like alignment aids, rather than distracting from them. Most of the big guns get this balance spot on, but not everyone!

Value for Money

One inevitable consequence of exponential improvements in technology is that variance in prices escalates. You can pay up to $500 for the very cream of the crop. We consider it to be a breathtaking amount of money to spend on a putter, but… if it does fall within budget, then there are some amazing benefits to be enjoyed.

Whatever your budget is though, you do not want to feel short-changed after, or suffer from the dreaded buyer’s remorse. The only way to avoid that is to ensure you get value for money – whether you’re paying $100 or $500.

Luckily for you, we’ve got fine-tuned nous when it comes to this sort of thing, so when it comes to a cost-benefit analysis, fear not: our word is good.

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Have Your Say!

We put this article together to help players, like yourself, find the best putter for their specific game, level and budget. By keeping this guide updated and via feedback from the GA community, we hope this article becomes a great resource for anyone looking to get a new putter. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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