Have you ever had the feeling when, as soon as you address your ball on the green, you know it’s going in the hole? We’re not talking about a tap-in, either – this is a legitimate putt you could easily leave short or roll past the cup. But for some reason, this time, you can see your line perfectly. You barely have to think about your stroke as you take the putter back and send the ball rolling toward its final destination below ground. It feels so natural. Why can’t every putt be so effortless?
Each putter on the list below is designed to give you that feeling more often. Our golf equipment experts at DICK’S Sporting Goods have identified these mallet and blade putters as the top performers for 2020. These putters are carefully crafted to give you more control, better feel and added confidence. Learn more about the best putters for 2020 and get ready to own every green. If you’re not sure which style is best for your game, start by checking out our guide to buying the right putter.
BEST BLADE PUTTERS
The Newport 2 is one of the most famous blade designs in golf — a staple on Major championship greens for over 20 years. Updated as part of Cameron’s 2020 Special Select line, the latest Newport 2 features a sleeker putter head with improved sight lines, a refined plumber’s neck for better alignment and interchangeable weights in the heel and toe to provide optimum balance. And, unlike previous models, there is no face insert. Instead, players can enjoy the pure sound and feel of the milled 303 stainless steel.
Named in honor of longtime PING employee Rick Heppler, these putters feature an eye-catching copper-and-black color scheme for a unique look that can assist with your alignment. Like the original Anser 2 that helped put PING on the map over 50 years ago, this updated version features heel-toe weighting ideal for players with a slight arc in their putting stroke. You’ll also experience premium sound and feel due to the solid, machined face. Plus, you can customize the putter length from 32–36 inches using the included adjustment tool.
Every golfer would like to hit the sweet spot of the putter face more often. The Evnroll ER2 MidBlade is designed to help players do exactly that on a more consistent basis. It all starts with Sweet Face Technology – a patented milling pattern designed to provide uniform performance across the entire hitting area. In other words, the sweet spot is extra large, giving you plenty of forgiveness and greater control over speed and distance. Each putter head is precision milled from 303 stainless steel and hand-finished in Carlsbad, California.
This putter’s extra-wide blade, combined with the flow-neck hosel, can help improve your accuracy if you tend to rotate the face during your stroke. You’ll also benefit from the new Microhinge Star Insert that provides the best elements of the popular White Hot insert but with enhanced sound and firmer feel. Finally, unique Triple Track Technology – the three lines on top of the club – can help ensure you’re lining up correctly behind the ball, especially when paired with Callaway Chrome Soft or ERC Soft Triple Track golf balls.
Scotty Cameron actually classifies the Squareback 2 as a “mid-mallet,” meaning it’s slightly wider than a traditional blade with the added stability and forgiveness often found in mallet designs. So, if you like the look of the Cameron Newport 2 but think you could benefit from more mallet-like characteristics, this is the perfect putter for you. For added stability, the Squareback 2 features integrated weights in the sole that expand the sweet spot. And, like all putters in the Special Select line, the Squareback 2 is milled in the USA from a solid block of 303 stainless steel.
BEST MALLET PUTTERS
Over the past decade, the Spider has become one of the most recognizable putters in golf and a frequent winner on professional tours. The Spider X #3, available in this appealing chalk finish, lives up to the winning tradition. The key to the Spider’s success over the years has been perimeter weighting, and the Spider X #3 features more than ever before to provide exceptional stability in an updated, streamlined shape. You’ll also notice the new True Path design on top of the putter — a solid black line on a white background that can significantly aid in proper alignment. Plus, the popular Pure Roll face insert has been updated to provide improved sound and feel, with 45-degree grooves designed to start and keep your ball on target.
As you likely noticed, the Tomcat 14 is the second PING Heppler putter to appear on this list. Unlike the Anser 2 mentioned above, the Tomcat 14 isn’t exactly “traditional” – and that’s just fine. This unique style features a half-aluminum/half-steel construction, which in turn makes it the most forgiving putter in the Heppler line. And if you’re wondering what the “14” refers to in the name, that’s for the 14 dots on top of the putter designed to mimic the lights on an airport runway — they’re there to help you line up correctly and land your ball in the bottom of the cup.
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If you have a straight-back/straight-through putting stroke, the Flowback 5 will suit you well. The single-bend shaft, stainless-steel weights and aluminum sole plate combine to promote a face-balanced feel with minimal toe flow, which is perfect for a mechanical stroke. Like other Cameron Special Select putters, the Flowback 5 comes with a new Pistolini Plus grip that offers a pro-preferred shape.
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The Triple Track 2-Ball is another top pick for players with minimal arc in the putting stroke. You’ll likely recognize the “2-ball” design, which has remained a fixture on greens since its breakthrough debut back in 2001. Those two white discs on top of the putter are the same circumference as a golf ball, so when you line up your putt, it looks like three golf balls in a row to encourage proper alignment. Add in Callaway Triple Track alignment technology, and you’ve got a much better chance of getting the putter head square to your target at impact.
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If you’re looking for premium performance at a more affordable price, consider this award-winning flatstick from Tommy Armour. The Impact Series No. 3 Alignment Putter features a face-balanced design with perimeter weighting to suit straight-back-and-through strokes. The clubhead is made from high-grade 6061 aluminum and includes an elastomer face insert for optimum sound and responsiveness.
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