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Finding the Perfect Putter

Feel has always been putting’s holy grail. To improve it, manufacturers have been working on impact sound—and thus feel—through clever use of materials and weighting. Putters now offer a range of “feel profiles” from buttery-soft blades to firm and clicky mid-mallets to Anser-style heads that ring like well-tuned bells.

Mid-Size Mallets

Scotty Cameron Studio Select Squareback 1

The latest from Titleist should appeal to mallet and blade users alike. The Squareback’s mid-mallet design is compact from heel to toe and features a double-bend shaft with a slight offset. The view at address is cleanly framed, and impact produces the firm click many better players seek. Cameron has also improved its custom options, as factory-installed sole plugs allow players to select from five length and weight options.

$325; scottycameron.com, MOI: 3,753

Rife Two Bar Hybrid Tour Blade

This putter’s face sports milled Roll Grooves designed to get the ball on track instantly without skidding. We noticed this early roll, coupled with a solid feel, on putts of various lengths and on balls struck all over the face. The black matte finish reduces glare and looks great behind the ball, and the club’s weight tubes and alignment stripe are helpful visual aids. The head weight can be altered by fifteen grams to compensate for fast or slow greens.

$200; rifeputters.com, MOI: 4,192

SeeMore SB1 Black Mallet

The SB1 uses SeeMore’s RifleScope alignment system, in which players center the lower part of the shaft between two white lines and then cover the red dot on the putter’s head. This center-shafted mallet offers good distance control and a soft feel, but if you’re used to a hands-forward position with your current putter, you’ll need to adjust.

$225; seemore.com, MOI: 3,656

Ping iWi Series Craz-E

This adjustable version of the popular Craz-E comes with a pair of twelve-gram sole weights, and you can buy a kit that allows you to install heavier ones. It’s face-balanced and, because of its shape, is best for golfers who make a straight back-and-through stroke. The sound and feel are solid, and for a putter with no face grooves, it provides a true roll.

$220; pinggolf.com, MOI: 5,732

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