The Best Putter for the Average Golfer

Putting is maybe second only to long iron shots for the winner of the golf’s frustration awards and for the average golfer this is one aspect of the sport that can easily send you to an early golfing grave and quit for good. We wonder how many golf putters have been thrown in the trash bin over the years and as golfers we always blame the tools right? It’s never our fault… Deep down we know it’s probably poor technique, lack of concentration, the stupid “yips” or not being able to read the green properly that leads us to shoot pars when they should be birdies and bogies when they should be pars.

At windtreegolf.com we do believe however, there is a right putter for everyone and with so many different styles, hosel types, length and brands to choose from it can be a minefield to get it right first time. At the end of the individual product reviews listed below be sure to check out our buyer’s guide for the standard level golfer of medium to high handicapper who is looking for an upgrade putter or would like to try out an alternative style such as mallet, weighted or blade. The results might surprise you (hint: we don’t advise that every newbie golfer should be using a mallet-style putter just because conventional advice tells us this type is more forgiving).

We have many golfers getting in touch and asking us what is the best putter for an average golfer? We have compiled a top 10 list of putters that are leading the way in 2020; all have different features that should match with your own unique playing style. We back up our reviews with matching feedback and linking to real golfers who are using these putters on the golf course. The sensible golfer will appreciate that equipment will only take so far and it’s practice on the putting greens, listening to the club pros and getting sound instructional advice that will really take your putting to the next level – but it starts with picking the best putter right?


1. Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Putter [Editors Pick 2020]

Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Putter, Black

For our #1 pick we have chosen a Callaway Classic – the Odyssey White Hot Pro and although there are newer models on the market this blade-style putter is perfect for medium level golfers because of the simplicity in design and very good weight balance on the heel/toe. Callaway has improved the face of this club and independent reviews agree with us that this club is easy to line up behind the ball and make a good “strike” on contact and with a price point of under $130, the Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 offers very good value for money.

Pros:

  • A new style faceplate which is thinner and more responsive.
  • We liked the weight balance on the putter – good sound on ball strike.
  • Very easy to pick up and available in a thicker grip for golfers with big hands.
  • The crank or slant head hosel fits very well into the shaft.
  • Multiple size options including 33, 34 and 35 inch lengths.
  • Available for both right and left handers.

Cons:

  • It’s quite light – some people prefer a heavy putter.


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2. Center Shaft Cleveland Golf Huntington Beach Soft Putter

Cleveland Golf 2019 Huntington Beach SOFT Putter #11 Center Shaft

Cleveland has always produced superb putters and the Huntington Beach Center Shaft model in a mallet style is a good choice for mid-high handicappers. We liked the center shaft design and the clubface has very small, deep grooves which are attributed to the CNC engineered precision milling. Center shafts are a good design for golfers who struggle with putts because you can use the shaft as an extra alignment tool – line up your shot with the center point line on top of the clubhead and re-affirm by looking down the shaft.

Pros:

  • Good contact on the golf ball which travels on a straight line.
  • Use the double alignment method – line up with the line marker & center shaft.
  • Weighted beautifully and designed for normal golfers.
  • Diamond precision, deep grooves on the face to aid clean contact.
  • Center of gravity is directly in the middle of the clubhead.
  • External reviews indicate smooth ball rolling and quality grip.
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Cons:

  • No left hand version – out of stock at time of this review


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3. TaylorMade Golf TP Patina Del Monte Putter

TaylorMade Golf TP Patina DelMonte Putter SS Rh 34IN

For a premium putter with multiple weight options but built to the classic blade design check out the impressive TaylorMade Del Monte putter. The single bend in the shaft enables your view, from looking down over the ball to be unrestricted and clear and the 5mm aluminum insert which attached to the clubface helps to hit the ball cleanly and on target. If your putting style also has a slight arc on the backswing then the 8-degree toe is designed to make your putts more forgiving. This one the best looking putters available in the US right now and whilst it’s not cheap, it makes our top three for 2020 because of the high overall accuracy and custom weight options.

Pros:

  • A thicker insert strip made high quality aluminum to help with ball contact.
  • The shaft is thin but sturdy, allowing for a clearer line-of-sight at the ball.
  • Need a heavier setting on the bottom of the club? This club has custom weights.
  • One of the best looking putters out there – black/copper in the classic patina style.
  • Will suit arc putters more because of the extra toe hang.
  • Available in 34/35 inch lengths and for both left handed / right handed golfers.

Cons:

  • Not cheap – this is a premium putter from TaylorMade.


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4. Cleveland Golf 2135 Satin Cero Putter

Cleveland Golf 2135 Satin Cero Putter, 35 Inch

Some golfers prefer a narrow toe on the bottom of the club – the 2135 Satin Cero from Cleveland Golf has this feature plus we liked the Polymer TPU insert which reduces the vibration and helps to make this club feel very soft in the hands. The sightline is set slightly higher than other putters so seniors golfers or those with poorer eyesight will like this feature. Advanced milling on modern putters enhances forgiveness and the 2135 has technology that allows the ball to travel at normal speed, even when you mis-hit the putt and you are off-center with the strike.

Pros:

  • The TPU insert helps to soften the clubhead against the ball on impact.
  • Unique milling pattern which helps to add accuracy and reduce ball velocity inconsistency.
  • Very clear and raised sightline – good for seniors.
  • Low center of gravity on the mallet head.
  • High quality 17-4 Stainless steel body.
  • Single bend hosel – fits snuggly and securely into both the grip and clubhead.

Cons:

  • No left hand available on the Cero model.


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5. Wilson Staff Harmonized Putter M1 Jumbo

Wilson Staff Harmonized Putter, Men's M1 Jumbo, Right Hand

The M1 Jumbo is the shorter brother of the M2 and makes our top 5 because not only does it perform well on the golf green but is one of the cheapest putters from Wilson that offers some premium features like the seamed vertical grip which is made from good quality material and slightly more thicker than standard putter grips. To add to this, the clean, blade style clubhead has a polymer layering inserted on the face to reduce vibration and ping off the putt stroke. For a golf putter costing less than 50 dollars the M1 Jumbo has got decent reviews, well functioning plumber style hosel and extra large jumbo grip with players over 6ft tall will like.

Pros:

  • Premium looking putter costing less than half the price of it’s rivals.
  • Well made, heavy duty grip that’s extra thick for large hands.
  • 3 Alignment points on the top of the clubhead that are clear to see.
  • Good weight and balance to the club.
  • The polymer covering helps to add softness to the club.

Cons:

  • For women golfers or smaller men the grip might be too thick.


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FAQs


Question: On the number 1 reviewed club (Odyssey White Hot Pro) can I order the grip in a thicker size?
Answer: Yes, there are two thickness options available. The first is standard which suits most golfers with a second option of Jumbo Grip for golfers with above-average size hands.

Question: How do I know what length of putter I need?
Answer: Most golfers can use the standard 34-inch putter, players over 6ft tall may need a longer putter of around 34 – 35 inches but only if they grip the shaft high up on the club. Also, some players “crouch” over the ball when putting where some have a more upright stance – these affect what length of putter you should be looking at – if you can get down to your club, have the pro take a look at your stance.

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Question: Do all the clubs in your review come with a head cover?
Answer: Clubs rated 1-4 all come shipped with good quality head cover, the budget model Wilson Staff Harmonized Putter rated number 5 does not come with a cover.

Question: Are center shafted putters any good for a normal/average level golfer?
Answer: One of the greatest ever golfers, Jack Nicklaus famously used a center shaft putter for many years and he liked it because he could see directly over the top of the club and use the shaft as a guide point and thus improve his putting alignment. The answer is to check them out and try one!


Buyers Guide: Putters for Average Golfers


So you’ve decided on a new putter for your golf bag but can’t decide which style is right for you? Let’s decipher some of that annoying golfing terminology and describe the different styles of putters that are available to buy today. The number one rule is that you should always buy what’s best for you. The experts might tell you those blade putters are for low handicappers only. If that’s the case why is it you see many pros on the PGA Tour using mallet putters?

Even professional players have issues with putting. It’s one of the frustrating enigmas of the sport we love so much and because the trusty putter is used the most it’s important to take your time and test different weights, styles and lengths of this important club.

Putter Weighting

Face Balanced – Golfers either have a straight up and down putting swing or they have a slight arc to their putt stroke. Generally speaking, if you putt like a pendulum and have a mechanical, repeatable stroke then you should look at a face balanced putter first. These are putters with the CG (center of gravity) located in such a position that when you balance the club on your finger the clubhead is pointing upwards on even balance point. That’s why they are termed “face balanced” – because when perfectly level on the horizontal axis, the clubhead is forced to face upwards.

Toe Balanced – These putters are weighted so that when you horizontally balance the club on your finger the end of the club (the toe) points downwards. This is because the balance point is shifted towards the clubhead and this allows golfers who have an arc to their putting stroke to benefit because toe balance clubs naturally open on the upswing and close on the downswing.

Blade or Mallet Putters?

Blade putters are the traditional style of putters that most golf pros use today. If you are a golfing purist and you already have a decent putting game then these no-nonsense types of putters are perfect for you. That doesn’t mean that modern technology hasn’t helped the blade putter to become more forgiving over recent years with nearly every model from brands like TaylorMade, PING, Callaway, Titleist, Wilson and Cobra each having their own line of weighting, insert option and sometimes loft.

That’s why when you visit these websites there is a whole section dedicated to putters, often split into sections separated by the style of the club head and/or face.

So if your swing style when putting is to have an arc of some degree then checkout blade putters first.

Mallet Putters, on the other hand, are funky designed clubs that are more complicated because they have more variants that make them very bespoke to individual golfing styles. Firstly, they are generally more forgiving than blade putters because they are perimeter weighted – this allows for more tolerance on mis-hit putts and thus suited for average or high handicap golfers (generally).

If your swing is straight up and down then mallet putters could help to improve your putting because by design the face stays closed from upswing to downswing, ensuring a perpendicular angle on ball strike.

To summarize: Mallet clubs for straight hitters, blade putters for golfers that have an arc to the putt stroke.

We have included two excellent clubs for our number 1 and number 2 rated putters for the average golfer; the best blade Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Putter and the best mallet Cleveland Golf Huntington Beach Soft Putter. Take a look at them both and see which one could suit your putting style.