Best New Blade Putters 2018

Golf Digest editors Mike Stachura and Ashley Mayo analyze blade putter distinctions and advances that can help players of all levels.

Released on 1/30/2018

Transcript

00:00
So I've had my Odyssey Tank number one
00:02
for about four years.
00:03
I love it, I'm attached to it,
00:05
why should I buy a new blade putter?
00:10
The fact is, a blade putter that you love,
00:12
and you've had success with. Yeah.
00:13
Why give it up?
00:14
That said, if you want to look at facts,
00:16
you want to look at engineering,
00:18
they're getting better at making the ball roll quicker.
00:22
They're getting better at building forgiveness.
00:24
They're getting better at alignment features,
00:26
and on top of that, they're getting better
00:28
at deciding and analyzing whether in fact,
00:31
the blade putter that you chose,
00:33
is the right kind of blade putter for your stroke.
00:36
Speaking of that,
00:37
I feel like blade putters all look the same.
00:39
I see that answer-style putter everywhere.
00:41
Are there differences among them?
00:43
The differences go from subtle
00:44
to slightly more than subtle. Okay.
00:47
So in other words, yeah they all look the same,
00:49
and there are certainly that classic answer shape
00:51
is relatively similar,
00:54
but there's a thing called toe hangs,
00:55
essentially the way the face wants
00:57
to rotate during your stroke.
01:00
The way a blade putter might differ
01:02
from another blade putter
01:03
is there's more willingness for that club
01:06
to want to rotate closed Okay.
01:08
And it will fit a different stroke as opposed
01:10
to your tank might fit.
01:12
So these are differences
01:13
that you don't necessarily see, but they do make an impact.
01:17
Exactly.
01:18
So there are differences you see that are very subtle
01:21
if you were an expert,
01:22
the rest of us look at the whole thing
01:24
and they're all the same, so I just pick one and go.
01:26
Right, which is a mistake.
01:27
Not a good idea.
01:28
Are blade putters necessarily for better players?
01:32
Let's look at what bad players want,
01:34
bad players want forgiveness, they want help with alignment.
01:38
Everyone wants forgiveness.
01:39
Right, so good putters, naturally,
01:43
hit the center of the face, always.
01:46
They don't have a lot of error, so they don't need a lot
01:49
of forgiveness.
01:50
They don't need the extra forgiveness
01:51
that you're going to get with a non-blade,
01:53
with a mallet type putter.
01:55
I think the evidence fully shows
01:57
that the best putters in the world have always tended
01:59
to use blade putters, until recently.
02:02
And I think what we're seeing is that
02:06
even the best players in the world want forgiveness.
02:09
So, you know, you can continue to use a blade putter
02:12
and that may be the right putter for your stroke,
02:17
but you are giving up certain things.
02:18
Okay.
02:20
So I think the take home is
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that there are a lot of blade putters out there.
02:23
They might all look similar,
02:24
but you still have to find the right one for your stroke.
02:27
Hopefully you find it with a good fitter too.
02:29
That's right.
02:31
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