Top Ten Golf Putters

By Lyle@Nymble

Putting is the most personal aspect of golf and offers players the most opportunity to be unique in both their strokes and the clubs they choose. Dozens of manufacturers offer hundreds of different styles, weights, shapes and approaches to putting. Some players choose their putters based on what their favorite pros play, while others simply look for what feels best to them. Any top 10 list needs to address these realities--below are 10 rated unscientifically based on observation on the course.

1. Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2

Tiger Woods uses a version of this high-end, precision-milled offset putter. Using many of the classic heel-toe design points from Ping founder Karsten Solheim, Scotty Cameron has put together one of the best-balanced, most pro-friendly putters in the game.

2. Odyssey White Hot XG #9

Phil Mickelson uses a prototype version of this club that's available to the public. Odyssey has made this putter for several years now, and it is still overwhelmingly popular on the course.

3. Odyssey White Hot XG 2-ball

Many touring professionals have used some version of the Odyssey 2-ball putter for the better part of the past decade. Padraig Harrington, Anika Sorenstam and many, many amateurs have found versions of the 2-ball putter exactly what they need.

4, 5. Ping Craze-E

Unusual shapes in putters are becoming more and more popular with the golfing public. You'll spot two completely different models of the Ping Craze-E putter at courses all over the country. The iWi model is a center-shafted blade, and the Karsten model is a truly unusually shaped, low-profile mallet.

6. TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy Spider

Originally known for revolutionizing golf with the metal wood, TaylorMade has put out a very popular series of putters and another in an unusual shape. The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a reduced-size version of it's Rossa Monza Spider and very stable, with a large, mallet shape.

7, 8, 9. Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth

Made famous during Rocco Mediate's run for the U.S. Open in 2008, this red-fanged mallet gained enormous popularity following that championship. Odyssey has released no fewer than two other putters of similar design in its White Hot line: the 2-ball F7 and the Teron.

10. B3-M Heavy Putter

A newcomer to the national putting market is Heavy Putter. Their concept is simple: make very heavy putter heads and shafts to match that evenly distribute weight over the length of the putter and make it more difficult to hit off-center putts. The B3-M model is gaining popularity among amateurs and can be seen all over the weekend golf world.

About The Author

Lyle Smith is an award-winning copywriter with a widely varied background. He has completed work for individuals, small businesses and fortune 1000 corporate clients all over the country. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Villanova University.

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