Best New Mallet Putters

Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the award-winning mallet putters on the 2016 Hot List.

Released on 2/2/2016

Transcript

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(upbeat rock music)
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What's the latest for this year's putter?
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For this year's mallet?
00:10
In mallets, there are things that people really like,
00:13
and there are things that people really don't like.
00:16
I mean, when you're talking about clubs
00:17
that look like a potato masher or a branding iron
00:21
or a science fair project gone wrong,
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people are going to have an opinion as to whether...
00:26
a strong opinion as to whether they like that look
00:29
or they don't like that look.
00:30
What you also see are just different ways
00:33
to attack alignment, right?
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You've got four different putters here.
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Every single one of 'em is trying to attack alignment
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in a different way.
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Here you got something that's about
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the width of a golf ball.
00:44
Kinda the same there, but you've got
00:46
two squares on top here.
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Here you have a bunch of lines
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all going in the same direction.
00:52
What you've seen over the years is Bullseyes
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and PING Ansers dominated the tour forever,
00:58
and then Odyssey came out with its 2-Ball
01:00
about 15 years ago or so.
01:03
And that kinda brought the mallet out of the closet,
01:06
if you will, from a bad player who had real issues
01:10
on the green to being a better mouse trap.
01:13
I mean, it's more stable
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if you can handle the look of it.
01:18
It's probably a better way to putt.
01:20
And you've seen even tour players,
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some of the best players in the world...
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Jason Day, who just had a career year,
01:26
using that tailor-made Itsy Bitsy Spider.
01:29
I mean, he was knocking putts in
01:31
from everywhere with that thing.
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I think when it comes right down to it,
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tour players are no different than me or you.
01:38
If better is better, they're gonna go with better.
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And I think the benefit of mallets is they are easier.
01:45
I'm gonna be brutal.
01:46
I'm gonna say, unless your name is on your bag,
01:50
you should be using a mallet putter.
01:52
It's all about forgiveness,
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it's all about stability of the stroke...
01:55
Says the 14-handicapper who uses a blade.
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Thank you. Thanks.
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