bulky, maybe, but they can improve your aim, make your misses roll true, even steady your stroke. time to see what you’re missing
Bulky, maybe, but they can improve aim, make your misses roll true, even seady your stroke. Time to see what you are missing.
bettinardi BB SERIES
verdict Bettinardi putters are known for classic shapes and oldschool feel, but these mallets also emphasise forgiveness and alignment. Those hallmark mallet features include the BB39’s oversize shape for maximum stability and the distinct alignment bar atop the BB56, which puts more weight higher in the head to promote a quicker end-over-end roll.
comments ( L) I like the matte finish and clean alignment lines. It has a nice, quiet roll off the face. ( M) It delivers a true roll that’s consistent from long range. Refreshing not to look down and see a bunch of screws or wings. ( H) The feel is the best part about this putter. It’s consistent and inspires confidence. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
odyssey O-WORKS RED/BLACK
verdict This line comes in solid colors (red or black), a departure from the white-black alignment pattern of the past. Heel-toe weights are featured on the sole for optimal balance. All models have Odyssey’s “microhinge” face technology, which combines a soft elastomer insert with a stainless-steel layer featuring protrusions that flex at impact to produce topspin.
comments ( L) Just fun to putt with. Even on mis-hits, the distance control is there. ( M) It’s silent but deadly. It has perfect weighting. You draw the putter back, and it goes into auto pilot. ( H) I love the head shape and the slant neck. I know the new solid colors aren’t for everyone, but I like ’em. It’s well-balanced and rolls it great. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
verdict There’s more of an outward-facing polymer insert on this Odyssey model to go with the hinge technology seen on the original O-Works models. The idea is to provide the feel of Odyssey’s popular White Hot insert and incorporate the benefits of the new face technology (improved initial roll). There’s also a weight-saving wireframe look that creates stability with multiple materials.
comments ( L) It felt light at impact, and the alignment setup is incredibly helpful. It’s very easy for me to set it up and let it rip. ( M) The colors help me line it up. The feel off the face is perfect— solid but not too hard. Great sound, too. ( H) It’s easy to aim. The insert lets you know when you make centre contact.
odyssey TOULON DESIGN
verdict The line features classic shapes—toe-hang mallets like the Portland ( left) and the high-stability, carbon-fiber-crowned Indianapolis. Models feature multiple materials, including milled 303 stainless steel and lightweight aluminum. The custom-milled faces have a diamond pattern to maximise sound and feel.
comments ( L) The Indianapolis was a surprise. Stick with it, and you’ll find your stroke more smooth and balanced. ( M) The look of the Memphis is understated, but there’s technology behind its plain looks. ( H) The Indianapolis looks mod but rolls like a classic. The impact offers a nice click as opposed to a dead thud. It rolled true, and the weighting made it easy to make a pendulum stroke. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
ping SIGMA G
verdict Available in six models, each head is oversize to achieve maximum perimeter weighting. The insert—milled aluminum backed by a resilient elastomer—radiates a gentle feel at impact. The depth variances in the milled face pattern help control pace. Each putter can be tailored for a straight or slight-arc stroke.
comments ( L) Outstanding distance control. Deadly accurate on short putts. The face had the right amount of feedback. Overall, a very good putter. ( M) The alignment aid makes it easy to square up the putter, and the finish really stands out. ( H) It even looks soft with the brushed finish, and with the inset, I felt like I didn’t have to alter my stroke to account for it. It was natural. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
ping VAULT 2.0
verdict Ping’s history of fitting has always included an array of putter options for length and weight. That’s the case here. Shorter lengths have heavier tungsten sole weights, and longer models feature lighter aluminum weights. Individually milled face patterns vary in depth and pitch to enhance off-centre impacts.
comments ( L) I love the feel. The contact is so natural, and the alignment aid really works. I felt incredibly confident standing over the ball. ( M) Firm at impact, but it rolls end over end nicely. The lower profile frames the ball well. ( H) Amazingly stable. Alignment exceptional. Kind of a point-and-shoot putter, with no manipulation required. I couldn’t miss on short putts. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
Stability is the priority here, with 13 pieces organised to push weight to the perimeter for the ultimate in off- centre-hit forgiveness. A 12-groove Surlyn insert reduces backspin and increases the ball’s initial roll. The Spider family expands this year to include the Arc, which features an aluminum body and steel ring, with three sightlines and a white circle for alignment.
comments ( L) It’s so easy to line up with the look of a modern mallet. ( M) There was no skid. The ball came off the face very nice. It looks like a rocket ship but sets square. ( H) It’s a work of art: It sounds and feels so good. Everything was going in. I’d be a much better putter than I am if I had this in my bag. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
taylormade TP RED COLLECTION
verdict The designs here seem well in line with traditional mallet shapes where wings and cutouts provide stability, but the face story is as modern as it gets. An insert combines soft polymer with 45- degree angled grooves, increasing topspin to produce a faster, more powerful roll. The cast 303 stainless-steel body includes heel and toe weights for extra forgiveness.
comments ( L) Easy to lay down and set up. The white and red contrast is nice. Good click, nothing hollow about it. Got the ball rolling fast. ( M) The three lines and ball-shaped hole on the back of the Chaska make everything line up square. ( H) The best feature is the roll off the face. It has a velvety feel, which I really love. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
titleist SCOTTY CAMERON FUTURA 5.5M
verdict Cameron wanted to create a putter that looks like a mallet at address but swings like a blade. To do that, the 5.5M uses a neatly hidden neck slanted toward the face. This gives the putter a natural balance, typical of a blade. A lighter 6061 aluminum for the face-sole piece provides a soft feel, and a heavier 303 stainless steel for the shell and back bumper increases forgiveness.
comments ( L) The sound, feel and weight are in sync. ( M) I like that it has an industrial look. The finish is exemplary compared to similar products. It rolls the ball true, and distance control was effortless. ( H) Good distance control. A different sound than Cameron’s blades, but excellent feel, weighting and performance. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
titleist SCOTTY CAMERON SELECT FASTBACK ( 2018)
verdict Size is essential in a mallet, but this model uses vibrationsoftening material between the face inlay and head so feel isn’t sacrificed. The traditional mid-mallet look of the Fastback includes a 6061 aluminum face-sole inlay to permit weight to be distributed to the perimeter for better forgiveness.
comments ( L) The design, finish and lines exude refinement. On short or long putts, the feeling off the face is very comfortable. ( M) Not a lot stands out other than the fact you’re going to jar a lot of putts with it. The ball rolls out smooth and effortlessly. ( H) This putter doesn’t mess around. You set up, and it feels so good. You have confidence your putt is going to go where you aimed.
verdict Alignment aids are practically universal in today’s putters, but Bloodline takes it to the extreme with a club that can (literally) stand on its own: You set the club behind the ball and walk behind it to ensure you’re on target. It does all this without sacrificing feel. The machined aluminum face, body and hosel are bonded to a stainless-steel soleplate for a sharp, crisp touch at impact.
comments ( L) When I first picked it up, I thought the shaft was crazy. But after trying it, I got it. The shaft transfers no vibrations when I hit the ball. ( M) Constantly good on short and long putts alike. ( H) Sets really square. It takes the variable of aligning the putter out of it. It almost hits it for you.
cleveland TFI 2135 SATIN
verdict A raised sightline helps with alignment regardless of where you set up over the ball. This year’s line has four mallets and features a new high-contrast color scheme to improve focus during alignment and stroke. Off-centre hits roll better because of the stable head and a face-milling pattern tailored to each model. There’s a thermoplastic-urethane insert behind the face to soften the feel.
comments ( L) I love the blue accent. Soft and buttery off the face, but still responsive. ( M) The alignment aid naturally draws your eye and is pretty foolproof to set up square. The head has a little weight to it, which I like. I can let the putter do the work. ( H) It sits perfectly and has good feel for distance putts. Demo this club at eGolf Megastore, or buy online at egolfmegastore.ae
verdict Named for Chicago landmarks and neighborhoods, these putters are designed to bring consistency to your stroke and better distance control. The 104-gram counterbalanced grip and oversize heads offer stability with limited rotation during the stroke. The black-and-white contrast and red accents help you focus at address, and the dark finish reduces glare.
comments ( L) Great roll off the face, and easy to align. The more putts I hit with it, the more I liked it. ( M) I wouldn’t overlook this putter. It has all the elements of the more well-known putter designers. ( H) Jumps off the face and rolls true. Substantial heft to it, and the alignment is efficient.