the only thing more aesthetically pleasing than these classic designs? all the putts you’re going to make with them
The only thing more aesthetically pleasing than these classic designs? All the putts you’re going to make with them.
bettinardi BB SERIES ( 2018)
verdict The BB Series is made from soft carbon steel and features face milling that is softer than past BB models. The blades are heeltoe weighted with less toe hang (BB1) and crowned toplines (BB29). A light- colored sightline against the matte-black finish is easy on the eyes, and an electric-yellow scheme on the sole offers a distinct look.
comments ( L) I appreciate the craftsmanship, the materials and how the feel transfers to your hands. ( M) The neutral color is quietly pleasing. The sound off the face is metallic-like but muffled. It plays like it’s heavier, with the ball coming off the face faster than I expected. ( H) It has a comforting, balanced feel and got the ball rolling nicely. It was delicate in a good way. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
odyssey O-WORKS RED/BLACK
verdict An intricate multilayer face is the big story here. A thin, stainless-steel face plate with dozens of angled “hinges” covers a soft- elastomer insert. Together they provide a consistent, muted feel. At contact, the hinges flex, producing topspin and roll instead of skidding. The result is a better, more reliable performance regardless of your stroke. The O-Works line offers plenty of options, including traditional blades, heavier heads and wider models with extra off- center-hit forgiveness.
comments ( L) Has a natural alignment at address. ( M) I like the soft feel. The topspin comes off the face cleanly on short and long putts. ( H) It has a lively face. The ball jumps off. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
odyssey TOULON DESIGN
verdict The five models in this line all have a diamond mill pattern on the face to minimise vibration. A close look reveals another groove line milled in the middle of each diamond to help promote forward roll. The blades are milled from 303 stainless steel and offer options with weighted soleplates and various hosel designs.
comments ( L) This is your traditional blade with a perfect finish. The alignment line is spot on, and the putter generates ideal sound and feel. ( M) I love that it’s heavily weighted in the head. The roll is straight and consistent. ( H) It has an easy feel that translates into great touch and accuracy. Very balanced through the stroke—a true roll no matter where I hit it. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
ping SIGMA G
verdict The Sigma G’s shapes are a confluence of past and present with a dose of modern technology. An insert with athletic-shoegrade Pebax elastomer behind the face provides a soft feel without compromising ball speed at impact. The face’s overlapping groove pattern, with precise variances in depth, gives your off- center-hits a more center-like roll.
comments ( L) The balanced weighting gives me confidence on short and long putts. The insert has a smidge of give. ( M) Putts really hold their line—I felt like I couldn’t miss. ( H) I found it easy to align with impeccable distance control, plus terrific touch and feel. This putter can compete with the best. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
ping VAULT 2.0
verdict A milled pattern on the face fluctuates in depth and pitch to increase ball speed on off-center hits. The models vary in weight: Shorter-length putters feature heads with tungsten weights in the heel and toe that are heavier than standard, and longer models use weights that are about 15 grams lighter than typical. There are five blade models with matte-black, copper and platinum finishes.
comments ( L) I like the finish and contrasting sightline. The putter was on the heavy side but in a good way—very stable. ( M) I love the copper color. The head promotes a good roll. ( H) The higher-pitch sound is satisfying, like the putter is talking to you. Love the face and speed control. It puts a good forward roll on the ball. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
taylormade TP COLLECTION
verdict An insert combines soft polymer with 45-degree-angled grooves, increasing topspin to produce a quick-starting roll. A calibrated milling process hones the shape of the cast 303 stainless-steel body. Both of the heel-toe-weighted models include some form of sightline to aid alignment.
comments ( L) Looks clean and tight. Easy to line up. The insert is on the firmer side and gets the ball rolling. If you tend to leave your putts short, then you should look at this. ( M) A purist would love this: a great putter without the gadgets. . . . You don’t have to take it back far even though the head is a little smaller than others in this category. It just works. ( H) The shape and finish are very classy, and the weighting in the head makes it easy to get the ball rolling. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
titleist SCOTTY CAMERON SELECT ( 2018)
verdict Cameron putters have always evoked the artisan principles of its designer, but the 2018 line takes a more technological approach. There’s 30 percent more vibration-dampening material behind the 303 stainless-steel face inlays to aid distance control and promote a softer feel and sound. Still, the craftsmanship is apparent. The precision milling on the toe, heel, front and back ensures its multiple-neck configurations rest square at address.
comments ( L) It’s the gold standard for a reason. It balances softness with responsiveness and feedback perfectly. ( M) Perfect balance; sets up square. ( H) So classic, like a vintage sports car or a great bottle of wine. The larger grip gives it more balance. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
argolf COLLECTION BROCELIANDE
verdict This year’s line of five blades uses extensive milling and heel-toe weighting to achieve higher stability on off- center hits than most traditional blades. The putters—whose naming conventions derive from Arthurian legend—are milled from 304 German stainless steel for feel and performance and finished in a “chocolate ganache” PVD or aluminum oxide.
comments ( L) I like the modern take on a Bulls Eye [Merlin model]. Simple to align, the weight feels right, and it looks regal. ( M) You don’t have to hit it in the sweet spot to get a good roll. Accurate on the short putts. ( H) I love the elegant finish—like old-school door handles. Rolls true with good feedback on long putts.
cleveland HUNTINGTON BEACH
verdict Made from 304 stainless steel, the Huntington Beach delivers soft and enhanced feel at contact. The bristly diamondshape milling pattern increases friction for an improved and more consistent roll than past putters from this collection. Thanks to the construction, it can be customised to your stroke with a 5-degree range of lie angle and a 4-degree range of loft-angle bending.
comments ( L) I love the deep milling on the face. It softens impact, but the ball still gets to the hole. Like a down comforter, the putter is comforting and reassuring. ( M) I really like the wider sole. It just feels more balanced and gets the ball rolling pure. ( H) The putter has a premium, refined look to it. The clubhead is a little heavier than others. It feels solid, but I didn’t feel control was an issue. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
cleveland TFI 2135 SATIN
verdict The black-on-white raised sightline helps with alignment, regardless of where your eyes are at address. How? Its height matches the height of the midpoint of the ball. Off-center-roll forgiveness is a core selling point. Each model’s natural stability is complemented by specific milling on the face for maximum consistency. Behind the milled face is a thermoplastic urethane insert, minimising vibration for a soft feel at impact.
comments ( L) The face milling does a nice job of imparting topspin and eliminating skidding. ( M) It’s big for a blade. It performs well on off- center hits; face stays square. ( H) The more I look at it, the more I like it. The alignment is the best part. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
edel TORQUE BALANCED
verdict Some companies add weight to improve face balance and control, but designer David Edel removed mass from inside the toe. The idea is to make the putter less vulnerable to the twitchy forces of torque during the stroke. This weight removal is hidden within the sole to preserve a conventional blade look at address.
comments ( L) The insert is amazing. I love the electric feel off the face and the roll it imparts on the ball. The round grip is different but interesting. ( M) The brass finish and holes on the back are pretty cool. A little futuristic and very stable on performance. ( H) It has a clean look at address. My distance control was good, and it has a natural-sounding click at impact.
pxg MILLED PUTTERS
verdict The three models come in chrome or black PVD finishes and have the same thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) found in the company’s 0311 irons. Here, a piece of the TPE is behind the billetmilled 304 stainless-steel face insert. This produces a soft-sounding yet firm feeling at impact. Bodies are milled from stainless steel with heel and toe weights made from titanium and tungsten for improved alignment and higher moment of inertia.
comments ( L) It’s attractive and well-balanced. It reacted the same even off the center. ( M) On shorter and medium putts, I was able to get the ball started on the correct line effortlessly. ( H) It nicely balances tradition and technology. It gives me confidence at address. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
seemore NASHVILLE STUDIO SERIES
verdict The company’s famed RifleScope Technology alignment— lining the black portion of the shaft between two white sightlines to hide a red dot—continues to be the primary selling point of its putters. These putters are milled from a select grade of 303 stainless steel for optimal feel. The series includes models that are centershafted or balanced to your swing plane.
comments ( L) The red-dot alignment system is synonymous with SeeMore, and it makes perfect sense. ( M) The heel-toe weighting functions well, and the black color accentuates the eye line. Soft contact breeds a stroke instead of a hit. ( H) The alignment aid takes getting used to, but you’ll know if your stroke is off immediately.