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