Best New Blade Putters
Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the award-winning blade putters on the 2016 Hot List.
Released on 2/2/2016
So what's the big trend in the blade putter this year?
I think it's, correct me if I'm wrong,
I think it's about roll.
Okay, and there's a whole lot of things
happening with the face to influence the ball
to get it to roll quickly.
Now why does that matter?
The quicker you get it to roll,
you're putting on an uneven surface
even if it's perfectly manicured.
If it's rolling end over end,
it's going to be less disturbed by any imperfections
or undulations in the green.
What people don't understand is
there's actual launch angle in the putt.
The putter is not a flat thing.
It's got between three and four degrees of loft
and the reason is the ball settles on the green
in a little depression and you need that loft
to get it out of that depression.
But the idea is you want to get it out of that depression,
then it's going to skid a little bit
and then start into a roll.
You want to reduce that skid and get it rolling through
as soon as humanly possible.
So growing up I played a blade,
then I moved onto a mallet putter.
Which should I be playing?
Well, blade from when you were growing up
is probably a little different than a blade today.
When I was growing up, at least,
you're probably not as old as me,
but a blade was like a bullseye putter.
A club that you could putt right handed or
even left handed if you wanted to.
It was a flat surface.
Now, this is the definition of a blade.
The Anser style which almost every company
does in blades to some degree, right.
This is kind of the standard.
And part of it is simply
it's a pleasing club to look at.
A blade putter guy wants to be able to put a club down
and it catches his eye to where
he actually wants to hit a putt.
But I think what people forget about putters,
like they forget various other sections of the bag
is that fitting is so much part of the equation.
And fitting putters is easier than fitting
any other club in the bag.
I didn't even know there were club fitters.
Can you go to just anybody to get fit for a putter?
No, you should really go,
a lot of people think you should just go to your pro
and many pros are great fitters,
but some are better than others.
I'd certainly start at golf digest dot com
where we've got a list of the 100 best club fitters
in the country.
And tied to that, best club fitters in your area.
I think the beauty is,
and it may be sacrilege to say this,
but you might not have to buy a new putter.
You can just go for a putter fitting
and they can work with what you have.
I will admit that I have a club in my bag
my putter that's been in there for six, seven years,
but it's been fit three times.
But that doesn't mean that the technology
As Mike said, people are becoming more comfortable
with their putters,
but it's still the kind of club you love to hate.
And when you do eventually hate it,
and you're ready to make a change,
they've done a lot on the face.
For years we saw a lot of groove stories
and they really just put grooves on the face
and called it a groove story.
But now they really are meaningful things.
That's why I think a mallet is so much better
because the impact is so varied on most average golfers.
But with a mallet you're gonna get a wider area
that you're going to get consistent roll with.
Yeah, but with a mallet, you can't do that.