Buying Guide for Best Mallet Putters

Now that you’ve decided that you want a mallet putter, there are still several factors that you must keep in mind. Here are a few of them:

Face Material

Putter face can be made from all sorts of metals including titanium, steel, bronze, and aluminum. These are called metal face putters, and they deliver a solid feel and sound upon contact.

Modern putters now come with an insert face which is usually softer than metal. The feel might not be comparatively great but the weight distribution is more even. 

Hosel and Shaft

Blade putters come in three main hosel and shaft designs: center-shafted, heel-shafted, and hosel offset. In center-shafted putters, the shaft meets the hosel at the center of the clubhead, while in heel-shafted, it meets in the heel of the clubhead. 

Hosel offset putters are similar to heel-shafted but the hosel design is slightly bent backward so that the shaft is positioned ahead of the putter face. 

Putter Length

Putter length is another critical factor to consider before buying. Putters usually come in three lengths, 33 inches, 34 inches, and 35 inches, however, some golfers use putters up to 40 inches long. You should choose the putter based on your height and decide accordingly.

Forgiveness

Some of you might be wondering why you should consider forgiveness while buying a putter; after all, it’s only a short distance to cover.

However, you should know that forgiveness plays a defining role in distance control, particularly in the case of longer putts. A putter with high forgiveness will be of tremendous help in case you mishit a putt. 

Feel and Sound

Most golfers are very critical of the factors mentioned earlier, but many don’t consider the importance of the feel and sound of a putter. How a putter feels in your hand and the sound it produces are two vital characteristics of a high-quality putter.

Both of them enhance the playing experience and instill confidence. Therefore, you should pay close attention to the feel and sound of a blade putter.

Face-balance vs Toe-balanced

Not many golfers have a clear understanding of the above two terms. To get a better understanding of this, you’ll have to perform a simple drill. Try to balance the putter shaft on your index finger so that it’s parallel to the ground. Then, notice the direction of the clubface. 

If the clubface is pointing directly to the sky and is parallel to the ground, then it’s a face-balanced putter. Face-balanced putters are best for those golfers who use a straight-back-and-through approach while putting. 

If the toe is hanging towards the ground, then it’s a toe-balanced putter. The extent to which the toe is hanging is known as the “toe hang”. These putters are best for players who have a significant arc in their putting stroke.