Best New Mallet Putters
Golf Digest editors E. Michael Johnson and Ashley Mayo discuss the new, cool designs in this evolving category.
Released on 1/30/2017
Mike, unlike blades, mallets come in all sorts
of fun shapes and fun sizes, yeah.
But my question for you is,
why should I choose a mallet over a blade?
Well, you might like something
that looks like a science fair project
gone wrong, for starters. Seriously!
I think it's a couple things.
They're confidence inspiring, right?
You have this big mallet, and a lot of them
have these really cool alignment-aid features.
It just kinda makes you feel
like everything's going towards the hole.
So, there's that visual appeal, to some.
It's also something that a lot of people don't like.
I mean, mallets are really kind of a love or hate club.
You either gravitate toward them,
or you say, I'm going nowhere near these.
The other thing is, they're much better on the mishit.
Because of their heft, they have a lot more stability,
they have a lot better performance on mishits,
and also, on those short putts,
you really feel like you can get those in the hole.
With a blade, you might feel a little wiggle in that stroke.
With a mallet, you feel that stability,
you feel that back and through,
that's gonna go right to the hole.
So how many tour players have adopted to mallets?
You know, it's interesting.
There's kind of been a run to it over the last decade or so.
For a long time, on tour was blade, blade, blade.
That was it.
Classic. Yes, more acceptable.
More tour pro cool, right?
And mallets were regarded for those
who had trouble getting the ball in the hole.
Then you saw the LPGA, when the 2-Ball came out,
[Ashley] Oh, yeah. It went crazy.
They started using it all the time.
Now you see about a third of the PGA tour
using mallets, and four of the top seven
players in the world right now.
Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott,
they all use a mallet.
So if they've adopted to it,
then that stigma must be going away, right?
I don't think anybody looks at a mallet now and says,
that's for a guy who has trouble on the green.
I think they feel it's a better mousetrap to putt with,
and it's not just alignment.
You have a company like Directed Force,
which was one of our surprises of the Hot List this year.
They've come up with a shaft angle
that kinda gets your arm and wrist
in the right position to putt.
So there's a little bit more freedom in design with mallets,
and the manufacturers are taking advantage of it.
And, as a consumer, it's more fun
to kind of pick up a mallet and try those
different shapes. Without question.
You can really kind of get your personal feel into it,
and you look at them and say, okay, maybe not that one,
but that one, yeah.
I really like that, or that's really cool.
They've got things like fangs,
or you've got these big semicircles in the back,
or it might just be almost a square-ish type thing
that you like.
There is a lot there to consider,
but the best part is,
they really help you get the ball in the hole.