Nearly every putter brand proclaims that their golf putters are the best in the industry. Knowing the best putter brand can be a little difficult especially without help. Golf Digest put together a hot list based on several factors including: performance, award, street price, look/feel/sound, demand or innovation.
This list of top 10 putter brands is based on performance:
Having five stars on performance, the Ping Karsten TR tops Golf Digest’s Hot List of putter brands based on performance. Variable-depth grooves are milled directly into the face, as opposed to the milled inserts in the Scottsdale TR putters. This provides unmatched distance control. Grooves are deepest in the center and shallower towards the perimeter. This improves ball-speed consistency and distance control. The Ping Karsten TR is available in a fixed-length shaft and in an adjustable version that can be modified between 31 inches and 38 inches.
Ranking second is the Ping Nome TR. Just like the Karsten TR, the face features variable-depth grooves that promote consistent impact across the face. Although the size is not subtle, these prototypical golf putters exude consistency. The Nome TR offers easy alignment and distance control. The bold alignment feature makes the head easy to aim. Three shaft bends are available to suit every stroke type.
Third on the list is the Ping Scottsdale TR. This putter is designed to produce similar results on strikes all over the face. The body is 17-4 stainless steel and the insert is aerospace-grade 6061 T6 aluminium that is made to replicate the sound and feel of a traditional steel face. Adjustable-length shafts optimize the fit.
Titleist Scotty Cameron Select GoLo5 ranks fourth in Golf Digest’s Hot List based on performance. These golf putters comes with a Pistolero grip and two neck configurations that allow its user to choose their preferred set-up appearance and dynamic feel. It features an aluminium soleplate with an internal ring and a CNC-milled stainless steel body to enhance the sound.
Fifth place goes to the Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport. Some claims that this putter is like as reliable, consistent and trustworthy as an old friend. The face is milled from 303 stainless steel and the standard loft has been reduced from previous models to 3A degrees.
Although the red label on the face cheapens the look, Odyssey White Hot Pro Series (blade) lands on the sixth place. The gunmetal finish is intended to reduce glare while the new insert-casting process produces more precise thickness and flatness tolerance for improved consistency.
Seventh on Golf Digest’s Hot List is Odyssey White Hot Pro Series (mallet). Instead of injection-molded inserts, the White Hot insert is cast which gives the material a more consistent molecular structure. The result is an insert that has more reliable thickness, flatness, sound and feel.
The Ping Scottsdale TR (blade) ranks eight on Golf Digest’s Hot List. The aluminium face plate of this putter has deeper grooves towards the center compared to the grooves at the toe and heel. This counteracts the loss of ball speed that comes with mis-hits.
Landing on the ninth place is the TaylorMade Ghost Spider S putter. Many claim that this is the best Spider yet. There is a slant-hosed model with its 30 degrees of toe hand that is best for those with arced strokes. The face-balanced single-bend-shaft model is best for straight strokes.
Tenth place goes to TaylorMade Ghost Spider S Slant. The lightweight aluminum centre and the heavy steel frame place the moment of Inertia among the highest Golf Digest had reviewed. The PureRoll Surlyn insert balances incredibly soft with solid in its feel. It also has a smooth roll off the face. Focus, accurate aim, and stroke awareness are efficiently provided by the black or white frame and single white centre-line promotes focus, accurate aim and stroke awareness.
While choosing one of these golf putters can help a player, these brands cost much. If you only happen to play golf as a hobby, there is no need to invest in pricey putters such as these.