Most Forgiving Putters 2024: The super-stable sticks to get you sinking more putts

Today’s Golfer test and review the highest MOI putters to keep your ball rolling straight and true.

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Being able to consistently knock the short ones in and the long ones close sounds like you have the best putter for your game. It’s the ‘not so secret’ secret to shooting lower scores for all abilities and once you’ve found the flat stick that works – never let it go. Even the pros hang on to models from yesteryear despite gaming the latest models of driver and irons released from their equipment manufacturer.

If this isn’t the case though (like most of us), you might want to consider whether you are gaming the best putter style from your stroke. Even if you feel you can judge pace and read breaks well, inconsistent ball striking is enough to prevent you from capitalizing on that feel and instinct. Putters are typically categorized into blade putters, mallets, and more recently – high MOI models which are growing in popularity for those struggling with confidence on the greens.

Best At A Glance

Most stable MOI putter: PXG Battle Ready II Apache Putter | VIEW UK OFFER VIEW US OFFER

Best wingback MOI putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom 7 Putter | VIEW UK OFFER VIEW US OFFER

Best counter-balanced MOI putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour S Putter | VIEW UK OFFER VIEW US OFFER

Most innovative MOI putter: Cobra 3D Printed Supernova Putter | VIEW UK OFFER VIEW US OFFER

Best MOI putter for feel: Evnroll EV5.1 Black Putter | VIEW UK OFFER VIEW US OFFER

Best MOI putter for alignment: Odyssey Ai One Jailbird Mini Putter | VIEW UK OFFER VIEW US OFFER

Best tour-approved MOI putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X Putter | VIEW UK OFFER | VIEW US OFFER

Best budget MOI putter: Wilson Infinite Bucktown Putter | VIEW UK OFFER VIEW US OFFER

As with the most forgiving irons and drivers, what makes a stable putter resides in a numerical value thrown about in golf called Moment of Inertia (MOI). It’s used by golf club manufacturers to measure the resistance a clubhead has to twist throughout impact. The higher the MOI, the more stable the putter head is deemed to be. Scores in the region of 10,000 g/cm2 provide the very highest levels of stability and are generally better suited to beginners and high handicappers, although not exclusively.

The most stable, or highest MOI putters tend to be mallet-based designs, either rounded or squared off. Some of the more abstract-shaped heads, inspired by AI will make even seasoned golfers question what you’re supposed to do with it! Regardless of the exact shape, however, these larger profile designs enable weight to be distributed toward the head’s perimeter and away from the face to encourage a stable and consistent stroke.

As always, to maximize your potential on the greens we suggest getting some coaching tips from your club pro, and ideally getting a putter fitting session. And once combined with the optimal flat stick for your stroke, you’ll be sinking putts for fun. Here’s our shortlist of the most forgiving putters in 2024…

Most Forgiving Putters 2024:

A super stable putter for those who need as much help as they can get.

Most stable
Price: $389.99 / £349.00 RRP

Back when rumors swirled in 2014 that GO Daddy billionaire Bob Parsons was about to enter the golf market, many people thought PXG – like countless companies before them – were only ever going to be a flash in the pan. Ten years on, not only is the company going from strength to strength, it’s changed the market too. Back before PXG, nobody made hollow body irons – they just weren’t a thing. A decade later, every major brand now makes hollow body irons and most make more than just one.
It makes perfect sense that after seeing such success with hollow-body iron tech, which allows engineers to create a blade-type look with the playability of a cavity back, the same idea be transferred over to making forgiving hollow-body putters. If stability and forgiveness are your aim in 2024 you simply have to check out PXG’s Battle Ready 2 Apache, it's a beast.
Yes, the model has a big head, but it’s got a very sleek shape, without too many angles to confuse the eye. It’s available in four different hosel options, which allows golfers to choose how much toe hang their putter has, which simply isn’t an option from most mainstream putter makers.

I love the bold single sightline, it’s the height of simplicity, I also really like how the black back wings are cleverly disguised to hide their size and shape.
The cherry on top though has to be the Apache’s massive MOI. While many putter makers don’t like publishing MOI data for their flat sticks, the Apache comes in at 7717g cm2. That’s 35.4% higher than TaylorMade’s legendary Spider Tour and 27.5% higher than the same brand's bigger footprint counter-balanced Spider S. All of which should be music to the ears of golfers who want a stable putter.              

Read our full PXG Battle Ready II Apache Putter review.


  • Incredibly stable
  • Lots of hosel options to get toe hang to suit your stroke
  • Clean and simple design


  • Large head size won't suit everyone's eye

A Scotty Cameron for those who want plenty of stability and forgiveness.

Price: $449.99 / £429.00 RRP

It’s taken Scotty Cameron decades to become a major player in the MOI putter market but 2024 marks his arrival on the scene with a bang. It’s no coincidence the flat stick legend has just recruited Austie Rollinson of Odyssey mallet and alignment aid fame at a time when he’s looking to blow the MOI putter market wide open.
Admittedly the Phantom 5 isn’t massively different in shape and design to the preceding Phantom X 5 but its refined fang-shaped head has been very cleverly designed to throw attention onto the impact position, which to my mind will be a huge hit with CNC Milled MOI putter fans. Where lots of modern fang back putters have slender, thin back shaping, the Phantom 5 is much wider and bolder which gives a brilliant sense of stability and off-center hit forgiveness. I also really like how the face runs parallel to the fang ends at the back of the head, an idea that really heightens the sense of face alignment over more traditional fang-back models.
I love the feel, feedback, and roll from the Phantom 5; it’s every bit as good as what I’ve experienced from Scotty Super Select blades, with additional impact stability when putts don’t hit the center of the bat. From my test sessions, I’ve also been really impressed by the soft smooth texture of the new grip and how its shape fit my hands while transmitting lovely feedback and feel from all ranges.
Scotty Cameron has put a ton of work into getting where he is in the MOI market. Success has not been instant as it was with his beautifully CNC milled toe and heel-weighted blades, but thanks to the 2024 Phantom family I feel the flat stick master is right on the cusp of a wave of owning this market in much the same way he has with CNC Milled blades for decades.           

Read our full review of the Scotty Cameron Phantom 5 Putter.


  • Great stability
  • Stylish design and finish
  • Great feel


  • Scotty purists will want a blade

A clever use of modern technology boosts MOI and forgiveness.

Most innovative
Price: $349.99 / £299.00 RRP

I hear all the time how technology hasn’t really changed in golf for decades as rules limit equipment performance incredibly tightly, but it’s models like the new 3D Printed Supernova that keep challenging this sort of blinkered thinking.
We may be talking tiny amounts of difference but a lightweight 3D-printed polymer lattice inside the Supernova’s head removes inefficient weight so more mass can be positioned around the head to increase MOI and forgiveness. And even if that only means you hole a couple more putts per round or reduce your three-putt percentage slightly, the Supernova becomes a very worthwhile investment.    
We have history with the Supernova here at TG as the original and its predecessor featured among our top-performing MOI putters for two years in a row.

This time around the head shape has been refined a little and there’s carbon fiber to remove even more weight from high up in the head.

I really like the combination of the sightline on the top rail and the two bold white lines that frame the golf ball's width at address, even though I completely appreciate some golfers will likely find the head's multiple angles and different material finishes slightly distracting.
Cobra make a big deal about using LA Golf’s Descending Loft Technology to get putts rolling quicker and more smoothly but from my experience, I’d struggle to tell the difference between putts hit with the tech and those that aren’t. That doesn’t mean it won’t help in your quest to hole more putts more often, just don’t expect to instantly see a huge difference in the skid and roll performance of putts out on the golf course.
For £299 in the current market, the Supernova is a huge amount of putter for the money. I love the feel, feedback, and super stability set-up, hence why the model features among my top-performing MOI putters of 2024.           

Read our full review of the Cobra 3D Printed Supernova Putter.


  • Cutting edge technology
  • Very stable
  • Great forgiveness on off-center strikes


  • Busy head may be distracting

A super stable putter tour pros love.

Best counter-balanced
Price: $349.99 / £299.00 RRP

No flat stick has done more to build the MOI putter market on tour and at retail over the last decade than the TaylorMade Spider. Rory, DJ, Jon Rahm, and Jason Day have all won big with the Spider in recent times.

Brian Harman also hit the jackpot with the franchise at last year's Open Championship. The American's win was significant though as the putter he used was not only an oversized Spider model but also a counter-balanced one. With mass positioned above the hands inside the putter shaft, which increases stability, Harman putted the lights out in Hoylake. As did Wyndham Clark at the 2023 US Open (with an Odyssey Versa Jailbird), and Rickie Fowler, who regained his mojo – all three players used counter-balanced putters.
Needless to say, counter-balanced putters are hot real estate right now. Putter brands have fallen over themselves over the last six months to get new models to market quickly, as golfers have literally been screaming out to try counter-balanced models all over again.
The Spider S is TaylorMade’s counter-balanced offering for 2024 and I absolutely adore it. The iconic head shape is perfect as the foundation of a counter-balanced putter model. The head is renowned for being incredibly stable as mass is freed up from the center and relocated to the perimeter. And this is a seriously well-respected shape and tour-validated model. To nudge up MOI and forgiveness even further I love that TaylorMade have stretched the footprint by 3mm from toe to heel and added an additional 8mm from face to back. That’s significant and really noticeable at address and as you swing the putter. The overall feeling of stability is incredible.
The real win for me though with the Spider Tour S is how the model is available at both 35” and 38” lengths, where the major competition from the Odyssey Ai One Cruiser family comes in one length only (38”). I’ve tried over-length counter-balanced putters before at 38” lengths and found they have a tendency to feel really unwieldy and get caught up in clothing as being under six foot tall they were never really designed for me. Where at 35”, a single inch longer than my typical putter, I get all the benefits of additional overall stability, along with an MOI head shape that is second to none, a set-up which makes the Spider S an absolute winner in the MOI category this year.
Throw into the mix a lovely long alignment line that looks great sat behind a golf ball with an alignment stripe, a responsive face insert that grabs and grips putts into a lovely smooth roll across the surface of the green, and a completely non-offensive but more durable gunmetal PVD finish, and you have the best MOI counter-balanced putter of 2024. If a more stable putter is on your agenda in 2024, do yourself a favor and start here. I promise you won’t be disappointed.          

Read our full review of the TaylorMade Spider Tour S Putter.


  • Very stable
  • Extremely forgiving
  • Great for alignment


  • Quite busy to look down on

A gorgeous wingback that will never go out of fashion.

Best wingback
Price: $449.99 / £429.00 RRP

As much as I know Scotty Cameron didn’t invent the modern fang putter as we know it today, I have to take my hat off to the guy as once again he’s figured out a way to make a widely available head shape infinitely more attractive.
Angular wingback putters like this are available all over the place nowadays but Cameron’s offering stands out as it’s beautifully proportioned and finished. I’m drawn to the model as the long alignment lines that frame the ball at address also highlight the straighter path I like to swing the putter along. If you have more of an arc to your stroke, the Phantom 5 will be a better fit with its extra toe hang.

To use this model successfully well you will need to accept the multitude of different lines and angles, but they’re no different to what you’ll find on other fang style putters like this. The feel, sound and impact feedback are outstanding from this beautifully engineered model. If you’re looking for a premium stability MOI putter in 2024, the Phantom 7 is a brilliant choice that will hold its value.
If I were spending my own money I’d be weighing the Phantom family up against the TaylorMade Spider putters, as a £130 price difference (thanks to the Spider being cast, where the Phantom is CNC Milled) is a lot to stomach in anybody’s book.            

Read our full Scotty Cameron Phantom 7 Putter review.


  • Lovely sound and feel
  • Great stability
  • Scotty Camerons hold their value


  • More expensive than the TaylorMade Spider for similar performance

A great value-for-money MOI option.

Best on a budget
Price: $129.99 / £140.00 RRP

Good value-for-money putters are getting harder to find. We always like to highlight at least one such buy in each category, as we know not everyone wants to blow hundreds on a new putter.

Wilson’s Infinite family has stood out for a few years now in the budget field, and the whole range has been relaunched for 2024.

You don’t get hosel choices or changeable weight set-ups, nor a milled head or soft face insert, but the Bucktown is still a strong MOI putter for good money.

If you’re drawn to it, make sure the face-balanced set-up suits you: it typically works best for straighter strokes.

The Infinite family runs to multiple models, so should you find yourself wanting a more traditionally shaped blade or mallet, Wilson have other decent options, too.


  • Fantastic value for money
  • Great for straight putting strokes
  • Multiple models to choose from


  • Less premium build

A great MOI model for those who don't want a chunky putter head.

Price: $349.99 / £299.00 RRP

We’ve gone all out on the TaylorMade Spider franchise being a huge hit in 2024, and it was our test pro who insisted this new Tour V deserved to feature among our favorite putters this year. His thinking boiled down to the Tour V being a very streamlined and pared-back MOI model, as many competitors create bigger shapes, which can be much more difficult to stomach. If you’ve been put off the MOI category for this reason, this is definitely a model to search out and try.
Where the Spider Tour’s siblings all have protruding weights around the back perimeter, this model is super clean and easy to look at. There are no angles or additional shapes to draw or distract the eye to the back of the putter head at address, which does mean a slightly lower MOI, but this is also a really important factor in deciding whether many decent golfers will put a new putter in play or not.
With a center of gravity location just 27mm from the face (the smallest of the Spider Tour family), expect a substantial 32° toe hang, and the Spider putter that will feel and behave most like a blade. That should definitely be a consideration if you’re transitioning into MOI putters for the first time, as it will be more similar to what you're used to.
If you’re really sensitive to the feel of putters, the Spider's surlyn and aluminum combination works great with different golf ball compressions and cover materials, as some insert putters can feel very spongy if you also play very soft golf balls. With a Spider model to cover all wants and desires in the MOI market in 2024, I believe the franchise is very difficult to overlook this year.

Check out the best TaylorMade putters or read our full TaylorMade Spider Tour V Putter review.


  • Sleek package
  • Feels almost like a blade
  • Great for those with an arced stroke


  • Not as stable as some bigger putters

A fantastic combination of blade feel with roll and stability tech built in.

Best for feel
Price: $469.99 / £469.00 RRP
Evnroll have a decent history of picking up awards here at TG, and whilst the brand might have been sold to investors last year, they are still turning out some very impressive putter options in 2024.

If you’ve felt in the past that MOI putters have had a reputation for being a bit cumbersome, distracting, or just not being all that appealing, the EV 5.1 is the model that will change your mind. Our test sample came with a full blacked-out finish, which gave this modern wing-back head a super simple unfussy look at address.
If you like putting with an alignment stripe on your golf ball, the single sightline looks great sat behind it, and thanks to the contrast between the black and white finish it’s really good for focusing attention on the impact zone while also highlighting the alignment of the blade.       
I’ve loved the feel from Evnroll putters before, and the EV 5.1 is a fantastic combination of blade feel with roll and stability tech built in, so this model has the capability to get mishit putts closer to the hole more often.

Six toe hang options and a multitude of sole weights can be arranged to dial in swing weight and toe flow, levels of choice that can barely be matched by any putter manufacturer out there. The Tour Tac grip is also a brilliant mid-sized pistol shape, with plenty of soft, tacky traction to boost confidence, even on the slickest of surfaces.       


  • Looks clean and simple at address
  • Great for alignment
  • Huge array of options


  • Firm feel won't suit everyone

Hard to beat for alignment and stability.

Best for alignment
Price: $299.99 / £289.00 RRP

Golfers went crazy for the original Jailbird after the 2023 US Open, where Rickie Fowler shot the low opening round and Wyndham Clark went on to win using the same nine-year-old model.

Unsurprisingly, Odyssey have reintroduced it in their new 2024 Ai One family, a move that should reap massive rewards.

This version is a little smaller than the counter-balanced 38" Jailbird Fowler uses, but for many that will be a plus as big MOI heads adorned with this sort of paint job are really in-your-face.

We’d love to say we noticed the AI face tech helping off-center putts finish closer to the hole, but that’s incredibly hard to prove.

I have to put my hand up and say despite the ‘21% closer’ claims of the AI face, it didn’t stop me three-putting the first hole I played with my sample. But such a rude start didn’t put me off loving this model. It’s not rocket science but the black, white, black, white finish of the Jailbird and having the back edge of the head running parallel to the face, rather than being curved like a mallet, is just like having alignment help on steroids. If you can’t aim this model squarely at your target line, there really isn’t a putter out there that can help.   
Admittedly this model is a little smaller than the counter-balanced 38” Jailbird model Rickie Fowler uses, but I believe for many that will be a plus as big MOI heads adorned with this sort of paint job are really in your face. I’d love to say I’ve noticed the AI face tech helping off-center putts finish closer to the hole but in reality that’s a feat that’s incredibly hard to prove definitively.

I do however love the firm but soft feel of the insert, the roll across the green's surface is superb, and the pistol-shaped grip is a better shape than what the company have made for some time. If it’s alignment and stability help you want in 2024, the Jailbird has all the answers.                  

Check out the best Odyssey putters or read our full Odyssey Ai One Jailbird Mini Putter review.


  • Great for alignment
  • Really nice pistol grip
  • Lovely feel


  • Busy design won't suit everyone

The classic MOI putter that changed the game.

Best tour-approved
Price: $349.99 / £299.00 RRP

Spider putters have played a huge role in convincing many tour pros to ditch their blade putters for more forgiving MOI and mallet-style models over the last decade. This and the previous X models alone can lay claim to helping Rory McIlroy have his best putting season ever and breaking many a scoring record.  
TaylorMade relaunched the Tour X at the back end of 2023, and this beautifully put-together model is an excellent option within the MOI arena. Thanks to not having the deepest center of gravity location and quite a bit of toe hang, the model is often a really good fit for golfers looking to transition from toe hang blades into more forgiving MOI-style putters.
This head shape is a proven winner, and from my experience while testing it’s a reliable and consistent performer on the dancefloor. I really like the flowing body lines whereas some of the competition adopt much sharper-edged edged more angular approaches. If there’s such a thing as a classic MOI putter, the Spider Tour X is it.
In previous generations, the X has been an award winner here at TG, and I reckon the new black shaft, refined sound and feel, which is more muted than the original, and more durable gunmetal PVD finish which won’t chip like previous painted models, elevate the X onto the MOI putter podium once again.   

Check out the best TaylorMade putters or read our full TaylorMade Spider Tour X Putter review.


  • Tour-proven over many years
  • Pleasing design
  • Good forgiveness and stability


  • You can't scoop your ball up with it

How we tested the most forgiving putters

To help you find the most forgiving putter for your game, we’ve tested the highest MOI models from the leading brands on the market.

TG Equipment Editor Simon Daddow and Test Pro Neil Wain both putted to a hole 15 feet away and hit at least 20 putts with each model tested. We’re listening for sound, looking for how putts roll across the surface of the green, and gauging the feel and feedback of the putter face. We consider the grip size, shape, and texture, whilst also paying attention to the shaft and the stability on off-center hits.

While we normally share all the data from our golf club tests, we don’t do that with putters. Whilst we do use a Foresight GC Quad launch monitor in putting mode to measure and gauge the roll, topspin, and skid of every putt hit, over the years we’ve learned that putting data is more player- and day-dependent than any other club in the bag. So, whilst we use this data for analysis, we don’t base big decisions or recommendations on it, as history shows data is very likely to be different on another day’s testing. Essentially, we’re not comfortable making huge claims that one putter rolls better than another, because we know that on another day’s testing, the roles could be reversed.

You can read all about how TG tests golf equipment here.

Most Forgiving Putters: Buying Guide

Once you’ve decided that a high MOI putter is the style of flat stick that will take your performance on the greens to the next level, we recommend taking into account the following considerations:

Head design

MOI putters come in a variety of head shapes from circular to square to wingbacked and everything in between. Of course, it’s important that when you look down you like what you see and the putter fills you with confidence, but so too is ensuring the head type provides a sufficient level of stability for your needs. Traditional mallets and modern mallet head shapes typically provide more stability due to their larger profiles that increase MOI, whereas a wingbacked designs offer a blend of precision and stability for those looking for a blade-mallet hybrid design.

Alignment aids

High MOI putters come with a variety of visual aids on top to help you align putts and strike the ball in the middle of the face. It’s all personal preference, so pick up as many putters as you can and see what type of alignment aid suits your eye. If you draw a straight line on your ball, a single line on your putter can be a great accompaniment for that. If you use a triple-track golf ball, a putter with three lines can work brilliantly.

Stroke type / Toe hang

Most putters come with different hosel options, which not only affect the look but also the amount of ‘toe hang’ the putter has. Toe hang is measured in degrees and basically dictates how much the putter wants to rotate during your stroke. Generally, golfers with more arc in their putting stroke will benefit from more toe hang, while those with a ‘straight back and through’ stroke will want less toe hang.

A simple but effective way to see how much toe hang a putter has is to balance the shaft on your finger; the angle at which the head points down towards the ground when hanging freely is the amount of toe hang. A putter with no toe hang is often called “face balanced” and the face will be pointing straight to the sky in the previously described test.

Face type

Putter faces used to be a simple, flat piece of metal, and although some are still like that, most have an insert or some form of groove pattern designed to help reduce skid and get the ball rolling sooner. Finding the face type or insert you like the feel of is key to confidence and consistent pace control.


Putters are typically 33″ to 36″ (discounting arm-lock models, which are longer). The correct length largely depends on your height but also the way you stand when putting; basically, the distance from your wrist to the floor when you address a putt is the length of putter you need.


Putters traditionally had slim grips, but in the last couple of decades, very thick grips have become extremely popular as they tend to encourage your hands to stay passive, which creates a more stable putter face through the stroke. Check out our guide to the best putter grips.


With many of the best putters retailing for over $400, it’s important to decide how much you’re willing to spend. After all, a higher price doesn’t guarantee you’ll hole more putts. Typically, the leading manufacturers are at the forefront of R&D and use premium materials, which explains the high price, but there’s nothing to say you can’t find a putter for under $200 that works great for you.

Most Forgiving Putters: FAQs

What is a forgiving putter?

As with the most forgiving irons, forgiving putters provide inconsistent ball strikers with a little more leeway for off-center strikes. The more forgiving the putter, the higher the MOI tends to be, reducing the tendency for the putter face to twist on contact, thus keeping the ball on a true line. They typically have large heads, with weight distributed around the perimeter to support this.

Are mallet putters more forgiving?

Mallet putters will always feature amongst the most forgiving putters due to their large head designs that allow manufacturers to distribute the weight more effectively and pack in extra technology to minimize twisting as you strike the ball. The larger footprint of mallets also leaves room for more alignment aids than you get with a blade.

Are Scotty Cameron putters forgiving?

The iconic master putter craftsman and his team have a wide range of premium putters that come in a variety of head shapes designed to meet a range of needs from feel to forgiveness. Amongst the most forgiving and highest MOI Scotty Cameron putters are the Phantom series.

What is the most forgiving putter?

It’s an understandable question to ask but unfortunately, it’s one without a definitive answer. From the highest MOI putters that Today’s Golfer tested in 2024, experts found the PXG Battle Ready II Apache, TaylorMade Spider Tour S, and the Wilson Infinite Bucktown putter to be amongst the most forgiving and therefore a good option for less confident putters.

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Simon Daddow

Simon Daddow

Today’s Golfer Equipment Editor

Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor for Today’s Golfer. Having tested and played more than 10,000 clubs in his life, what he doesn’t know about golf clubs isn’t worth knowing.

He joined EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) as Equipment Editor in 2006 and has worked for both Today’s Golfer and Golf World. Working alongside our test pro Neil Wain, Simon has made the most reliable source for golf club testing.

He enjoys excellent relationships with the biggest names in the golf equipment industry, including PXG boss Bob Parsons and TaylorMade’s Tomo Bystedt and Adrian Rietveld.

You can contact Simon via email and follow him on Twitter for loads more golf equipment insight.

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