WHAT ALL THIS MEANS
Looking through our data there seems to be a real pattern between face tech that goes all-out chasing better roll performance, and those that focus on improving distance control or feel. Models which target roll (the Odyssey Oworks and Taylormade Pure Roll) seem to deliver more topspin, because the grooves grip the ball into a better initial action at impact. But they don’t always reduce skid. Others that use grooves to improve feel and maximise distance control appear to skid less. In reality, we reckon you need a decent blend of both to find the best performing model for you.
Only one insert finds itself within the top two models for both topspin and skid and that’s the Taylormade Pure Roll, which is seriously impressive. It probably goes some way to explaining why Taylormade putters are currently so popular with tons of tour players.
Don’t think we’re saying you should ever buy a new putter based on data alone. We’re not. Data is there to help you make a more informed buying decision, and with more Foresight GC Quad launch monitors making their way into pro shops every week, putter fittings should become the norm, just like a driver or iron fitting.