Best New Mallet Putters 2018
Golf Digest editors Mike Stachura and Ashley Mayo discuss the benefits and rise in popularity of mallet putters.
Released on 1/30/2018
So I see a lot of mallet putters out there,
they're non-traditional in look.
They're kind of big, and just funky.
Yeah, and exactly, all that funkiness, and weirdness,
that's a good thing.
Mallet putters are really designed for forgiveness
they're helping your worst shots finish closer to the hole.
The other thing is that those shapes,
and that size, is really geared
to helping you be square to the target,
be lined up to what you're trying to aim at.
So, the two things that we all need,
straighter and more forgiveness,
that's what the funkiness in mallets is all about.
But I'm seeing a lot of the best players in the world
switch from blade putters to mallet putters.
Why are they looking for those things?
The first answer is,
why wouldn't anybody want forgiveness?
What's really changed, is this thing called toe hang.
The mallets traditionally have been face balanced.
That means, when you balance the shaft on your finger,
the face points up to the sky.
It's designed to work with a stroke that's really
like a pendulum going straight back and straight through.
That stroke may not really exist,
and it certainly doesn't exist with the best putters.
So, what they've done with the mallets
is develop a little toe hang,
so there's a little natural tendency
for the face to wanna rotate open and closed
to fit the more arcing stroke.
So, better players, who have that naturally arcing stroke,
like the toe hang mallet
because it lets them feel the same thing,
but gives them the benefits of a mallet
in terms of forgiveness and off-center hits
and alignment benefits.
So it's kinda the best of both worlds.
You know, I've never had a mallet putter,
never in my golf career,
but it sounds like I should get one.
The short answer is, yes, but the reason you should is
because we're seeing some movement
in the way that they're weighted now.
There's a little bit more of a nod to
how a blade putter feels, with the mallet putter benefits.
What I think you should do is, say,
Let's look at what it does for my long putts.
Am I putting myself in less often three-putt situations
because of the forgiveness?
And then lookin' at short putts,
Do I feel more stable because of this extra mass
and the extra weight here, and this head.
If I'm answering yes to both of those questions,
I think mallet is the answer for you.
All right. Sounds amazing.
I'm gonna go check out some mallets.
Good for you.
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