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Putters the Pros Use

Jan 27, 2015

A golfer taking a long putt, putting from the green.

Do you want to be consistent on the green? You’ll need to find the right putter head for your stroke, just as the professionals on the PGA Tour have done.

Putters are arguably the most specialized tool in the golf bag, and they are designed to give individuals a technical advantage. There are two major categories: mallet and blade putters.

Many recreational golfers choose to play their short game with a mallet head putter, perhaps because they are more forgiving. These putters often resemble a half circle and have significant weight positioned away from the clubface. They glide easily across turf, reducing the risk of roughing up the grass. The weight of a mallet-type putter makes it easier to control and minimizes mishits.

If you are a straight putter with a careful stroke, a blade-shaped putter head will likely suit you best. These narrow, light clubs carry much of their weight in the face. Golfers with low handicaps, pros included, often gravitate toward blade putters. Their lighter weight makes them harder to control, but blade putters have the reputation for giving golfers the best feel for the ball.

Here is a sampling of what some of the world’s top professional golfers have chosen as their putters:

  • Rory McIlroy likes a traditional style putter. He uses the Nike Method, a blade putter.
  • Henrick Stenson favors a mallet head putter, using the Odyssey White Ice 2-Ball V-line. (Golf WRX) This putter focuses on alignment technology and weight distribution.
  • Adam Scott is known for anchoring his putter, a technique that the PGA will ban beginning in 2016. He uses a Scotty Cameron by Titlist Futura X Prototype, a hybrid putter that was crafted specifically for him. (Golf Digest)
  • Bubba Watson won the 2014 Masters tournament using a Ping Anser Milled 1 blade putter. (Golf Digest)
  • Sergio Garcia uses the TaylorMade Spider Mallet 2.0, which is know for its heel-toe weighted stability. (Golf Channel)

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the game, it’s still important to choose a putter based on how it feels with your swing. Brad Redding, a national board member for Golf Academy of America, shared his thoughts on putters with the PGA. He recommends considering length, weight, balance point, head design and long putters when determining which putter is right for you. He advocates “fitting through instruction” with a PGA professional to ensure you are using the proper clubs for your stroke.