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.
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
Odyssey White Hot XG 2-Ball F7
The latest 2-Ball has weighted “wings” that raise the moment of inertia by 40 percent over the original model’s MOI. They also seem to effortlessly find the ideal pendulum pathway as you make your stroke. The White Hot XG face insert, a holdover from 2007, is designed to harmonize with modern multilayer balls. It produces a pleasantly hollow click at impact and a pillowy soft feel.
$169; odysseygolf.com, MOI: 4,774
Miura Golf Series 1957 KM-350
This blade may boast the tiniest putter head you’ll ever see. Katsuhiro Miura, who has hand-forged some of the world’s finest irons for Tour pros, applied the same forging process to his inaugural putter line, yielding a soft-but-solid impact. Weighing 350 grams, it has a pleasing heft. Emphasizing feel over forgiveness, this is a great choice for skilled players.
$390; miuragolf.com, MOI: 2,774
DGD Golf C-4
The C-4 is both elegant and heavy—its 395-gram head might take you aback at first. But when you putt with it, you’ll see (or, rather, hear) the beauty of the design. A Sweet Slot milled through the head fine-tunes feel by acting as a sound chamber. The satisfying metallic ring is reminiscent of the original Ping putters. In our testing, the C-4 produced a very true roll, thanks to twenty-eight computer-generated score lines on the face.
$325; dgdgolf.com, MOI: 5,328
Sizemore Artisan Collection KB-1
The KB-1, gold-plated with a copper insert, is more than a pretty face. Designer Bruce Sizemore claims his putters have the flattest faces on the market—the KB-1 is cross-milled in twenty-seven different directions to enhance its reliability on any hit. Curiously, the putter was almost completely silent when struck dead center, but the roll still felt fantastic.
$499; sizemoregolf.com, MOI: 4,483
Ogio Ozone CC Bag
A great way to get on a caddie’s good side is to arrive with a single-strap bag—a morning spent fighting tangled straps is a looper’s nightmare. But you still want something you can comfortably carry yourself, right?With its Ozone CC bag, which weighs in at 4.2 pounds, Ogio has found a neat solution. By unclipping one of the straps and then feeding it through a sleeve attached to the other, you can convert the CC to a single-strap bag in seconds.
Adidas Storm Jacket
Adidas’s new outerwear line is versatile—the jacket can be with long sleeves, short sleeves or as a vest—and loaded with tech features. On the inside, a removable compression wrap supports the torso and creates warmth, and a waterproof zipper eliminates the need for one of those puffy storm flaps, allowing for a better fit. And the three stripes on the shoulders may look like a mere fashion detail, but they’re actually silicone grippers intended to prevent bag slippage.
Titleist 909 F3 Fairway Wood
When so many modern clubs feature novel designs, it can be comforting to see a company like Titleist quietly improving on a classic. Experienced players will notice the 909 F3’s much-loved pear-shape profile, while advances include a contoured sole to minimize turf resistance and a fixed swingweight screw to position the center of gravity deep. It’s tuned to match Aldila’s new Voodoo shaft, producing piercing, mid-trajectory shots with low spin.
* All prices are msrp. Street prices may be significantly lower. Moi stats provided by hotstix golf (hotstixgolf.com)