Best Putters 2023: 71 models tested by pros and amateurs


It’s the club you use more than any other, so finding the best putter for your game is extremely important.

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Finding the best putter for your golf game is hugely important, as it’s the club you use more than any other.

You need to find the right length putter, work out whether a blade putter or mallet best suits your stroke, decide what type of alignment aids help you aim most accurately, as well as choosing the best grip, amount of toe hang, and a face insert you like the feel of.

All of the leading manufacturers – including TaylorMade, Odyssey, and Ping – offer a wide range of putters in different shapes, sizes, styles, and types, so how do you know where to start?

Best putters: our top picks

Here are the models we highlighted as the best on test:

Best forgiving blade putter: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Triple-Wide Putter | VIEW UK OFFER | VIEW US OFFER

Best putter for alignment: Odyssey 2-ball Eleven Triple Track Putter | VIEW UK OFFER | VIEW US OFFER

Best armlock putter: Evnroll ER11 Midlock Putter | VIEW UK OFFER | VIEW US OFFER

Best for color and hosel options: TaylorMade Spider GTX Putter | VIEW UK OFFER

Best adjustable putter: TaylorMade GT MAX Putter | VIEW UK OFFER

Best budget putter: Cleveland HB Soft Milled Putter | VIEW UK OFFER | VIEW US OFFER

Whether you’re improving out on the putting green or trying Matt Fitzpatrick’s “Six steps to becoming a better putter”, A putter fitting is still a good idea or, if that’s not possible, at least picking up a few different models to see which one feels best. But even if you do have a putter fitting, testing every single putter on the market probably isn’t going to be possible, or even a good idea, as you’ll likely end up totally confused.

So we’ve narrowed down your selection with our pick of the best putters for 2023. We’ve tested 71 putters, across all of the leading manufacturers, to identify the key factors you should be considering and to highlight the best models that may help you save shots on the green.

Best Putters 2023: Blades

A beautiful blade putter with lots of options to suit different strokes


Originally created in 2011, this year the franchise has had a makeover. Bettinardi is pitching it as offering tour performance for all, as the line-up closely matches what their tour players use. There are four toe-and-heel weighted blade and mallet putters, with different blade proportions, hosel configurations and toe hangs.

Each head is 100% CNC milled from 303 stainless steel before being given a sleek, diamond-blast finish and polished sole, for what Bettinardi calls a “luxurious presence on the green”. Each comes with a Roll Control asymmetrical face groove pattern, which helps promote topspin to get putts rolling quicker and, according to Bettinardi, makes the family the softest feeling one-piece milled putters you can buy.


  • Classic, beautiful looks
  • Very soft feel
  • Lots of hosel and toe hang options


  • Less forgiving than some

A confidence-inspiring blade with lot of clever tech packed in.


Guerin Rife is like the mad scientist of putters – in a good way. He founded Rife in 1997, before selling up to start Evnroll in 2015, and he has more great ideas than he knows what to do with.

Evnroll are famous for SweetFace technology, which puts more face in contact with off-center strikes, so the ball doesn’t lose energy and travels the same distance as on-center hits. And thanks to the shape of the grooves, Rife says putts get geared back onto their target line, too. All Evnroll putters come with the tech built in, and every design is milled in the USA.

EvnRoll’s grips are great too, giving the sensation of holding the putter face in your hand.

The EvnRoll ER2 is a classic-looking blade. We particularly like the combination of two dots and a line to create a nice alignment aid, which gives you feedback on whether the handle is too high, too low, or just right.

There are lots of hosel options and a choice of silver or black finishes.


  • Helps deliver consistent distances
  • Classic design
  • Excellent alignment aids


  • Firmer feel than some

A wide blade for those who like to keep things simple


Bettinardi are making some of the best-milled putters available. The Bettinardi BB-28 looks fantastic and sits beautifully behind the golf ball.

The head feels quite weighty in the hands, which gives a feeling of control and stability.

While previous BB putters were created from carbon steel, in 2022 the company switched to 303 stainless steel, saying that is preferred by tour staff.


  • High-class construction
  • Looks fantastic
  • Sits nicely behind the ball


  • Not everyone will like the heavy feeling head

One of the most stable blade putters you can get


Blades are typically seen as less forgiving than mallets, but Odyssey don’t want to give up on helping golfers who still prefer to use a blade putter. They threw the kitchen sink at developing a family of forgiving blade putters and came up with the multilateral Tri-Hot 5K. The Tri-Hot 5K Triple-Wide has an MOI of over 5,000g/cm2, which makes it nice and stable (though it clearly can’t compete on stability with giant-headed mallets, some of which have an MOI of over 10,000g/cm2).

The wider body instils confidence and sits squarely behind the ball, making alignment easy.

A multi-material construction features heavy tungsten weights, lightweight milled aluminum back sections and a heavier 303 stainless steel front end to maximize stability, along with a White Hot insert that feels lovely.

The shaft is packed with technology and looks great too.


  • Very forgiving for a blade
  • Stable through the stroke
  • Sit squarely behind the ball
  • Great feel


  • Purist blade fans might not like the wide head

High-quality design and construction with clever tech to aid forgiveness


The clean and simple design looks great in its black finish, but what we really like is the choice of four hosels which allows you to get just the right amount of toe hang for your stroke.

You’ll choose a Battle Ready model for the fitting options. But remember, these are 100% milled heads, so their build quality is just as precise as a Scotty Cameron or Bettinardi.

The extensive tungsten weighting strategically placed within each head increases stability and boosts off-center forgiveness, which is at levels over and above the competition.

Throw that all into the mix with at least two changeable sole weights, which give the ability to go longer or shorter in length, and the option of upgrading to PXG’s stability M16 putter shaft (for an extra £102), and it’s perfectly possible to create one of the best feeling, most stable putter set-ups available.

The head frames the ball nicely, helping you aim squarely at your target.


  • Sleek looks
  • Premium construction process
  • Changeable sole weights


  • Only available in black

The classic blade, still one of the most desirable putters you can get


You can’t talk about the best blade putters without looking at Scotty Cameron. We feel the Newport 2 is a better option than the Newport, just because it has slightly sharper edges which help align things, but there’s not much in it.

The Super Select family is all about creating the most desirable and aspirational putters out there.

The Newport and Newport 2 have been Scotty Cameron’s most popular models for years now, but in 2023, with wide-body blade putters trending upwards, there’s a new plus-sized Newport and Newport 2, which nudge up forgiveness and look a little less intimidating.

Scotty Cameron has never really bought into inserts or face grooves, so each Super Select model comes with a simple milled face and a fuss-free misted, stainless steel finish. If you want a beautiful, inspiring, tour-validated blade putter, a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 will hit the spot.


  • Timeless classic design
  • Always retain value
  • Very popular on tour


  • Less modern tech than many new models

Best Putters 2023: Mallets

A familiar favorite with some clever tech packed in


The Zebra AIT 1 is an old classic but we still love it for how easy it is to align, meaning it deserves a place among the best mallet putters of 2023. The single white line with multiple grey lines next to it really helps get the putter face square to your intended target.

The Zebra AIT 1 has quite a big footprint and offers plenty of forgiveness.

The putter comes with two 15g removable weights as standard but there’s the option to buy 10g weights or 20g weights, plus a wrench, if you want to dial in the weighting to suit your stroke.

Read our full Zebra AIT 1 putter review.


  • Easy to align
  • Changeable weights
  • Very forgiving


  • Looks a little dated

Putters don't come much better looking or feeling than this


Recognizing that fast green speeds on tour often lead pros to use lighter putters which might not be optimal for everyday golfers, Bettinardi introduced the slightly heavier Queen B model in 2012.

The Queen B’s honeycomb face pattern (which now feels softer) is said to be more accurate as the mill doesn’t sweep across the surface but instead comes vertically down on to it.

We love the copper color and the way the head sits behind the golf ball. The feel is lovely and the head is reassuringly heavy.

It’s a classic design that will never go out of fashion.


  • Unique finish
  • Great feel
  • Sits nicely behind the ball


  • Heavy head won't suit all

Unique design aims to offer ultimate forgiveness


The idea of a forward center of gravity in putters has gained momentum over recent years. The trend started when tour pros realized the set-up offered the launch and feel of a blade from a slightly more forgiving, compact mallet shape. But Cleveland have taken the idea one stage further.

They say that while golfers have been told weight further from the face is a good idea in drivers (as it increases MOI and forgiveness), the theory doesn’t add up on the green.

It boils down to how heads rotate around their center of gravity when mishit. Cleveland says that if the CG location is further from the face, the rotation arc is bigger, so putts get pushed further offline. With front-weighted models, though, the CG is closer to the face, so the rotation circle is smaller, meaning deviation is tighter, and mishits don’t travel as offline.

Cleveland have done their homework and says the Frontline Elite family are 38% more accurate than conventional MOI putters. So, where a 2cm mishit with a standard MOI putter will miss the hole from 9.2 feet, the Frontline will have you making the same putt (with the same mishit) all the way back to 12.7 feet. It’s a cracking idea and serious food for thought.


  • Unique CG boosts forgiveness
  • Very accurate
  • Good alignment aids


  • Not everyone will like large head

All the alignment help you could ever wish for


Ping’s 2023 putters optimize performance through multi-material constructions. So, where PLD heads are typically created in one piece, 2023 models use tungsten weighting, polymer face inserts and steel/aluminum body sections to improve feel while also upping stability and forgiveness.

The 2023 family is mainly made up of big-selling Ping models, along with a sprinkling of new shapes to create a nine-model range, and there’s an option to suit every stroke.

The Ping Tyne G is packed with alignment features, including a single white line to run through the middle of the golf ball, two further white lines on the back, a frame that surrounds the golf ball and the circular hole which is the same diameter as the ball. The hole can be used to pick up the ball as well, which older golfers will find handy as many mallets mean bending right down to pick up the ball.

The black-and-white combo works really well and anything that could be included to help with alignment is in there.

Read our full Ping Tyne G putter review.


  • Lots of alignment aids
  • Good stability
  • Can pick up the ball


  • Only available in black

Great feel and alignment in a neat, confidence-inspiring package


In its simplest terms, Versa is just the black, white and black lines Odyssey run across the putter head. Yet the pattern is incredibly good at highlighting where the face aims at address.

Versa isn’t a new idea, but Odyssey have brought it back at the request of a number of tour coaches, including Phil Kenyon.

White Hot Versa is a five-model family which will be hugely popular with tour pros and amateurs alike. Each head comes with the iconic White Hot face insert.

Read our full Odyssey White Hot Versa Three T putter review.


  • Easy to align
  • Insert feels lovely
  • Lots of options


  • Not as stable as bigger mallets

Maxing out on stability, forgiveness and alignment aids


Thanks to an oversized head, lightweight core and strategic weighting, the Eleven is a big, stable putter decorated with Odyssey’s myriad alignment technologies. The two balls and three lines really help with alignment, especially if you use a triple-track golf ball as well.

The brand say golfers can expect a forward CG (1/4in closer to the face than other leading MOI models), which improves speed and spin control while also tightening dispersion.


  • Great for alignment
  • Very stable and forgiving


  • Busy design won't suit purists

So good it can convert non-armlock golfers


We’d never recommended an armlock putter until we tested the Midlock in 2021. Rife’s idea is different from others’, in that he’s pioneered an arch-shaped grip, so you can use a 6″ longer putter and simply lie the grip up against the forearm while putting.

It’s really simple, yet it gives a very locked-in feel, and because of how you hold the putter, it prevents your wrists breaking down at impact. It’s so good, in fact, we couldn’t believe how unnatural a standard putter felt after using the Midlock… If your putting is in the doldrums, the Evnroll Midlock throws you a lifeline.


  • Best feeling armlock putter we've tested
  • Promotes a stable stroke
  • Excellent alignment aids


  • Not everyone will like the feel of armlock

Extremely forgiving and a huge array of options to choose from


The GTX, with its back wing structure, deepens the center of gravity of location to increase MOI and create one of the most forgiving Spiders of all time. It’s available with three different hosel set-ups, so it can suit all types of strokes, and there are loads of different color options to choose from.

True Path alignment frames the ball and helps you visualize the path to the hole, while the Pure Roll insert is made from black TPU urethane.

Read our full TaylorMade Spider GTX putter review.


  • Great stability
  • Excellent forgiveness
  • Strong alignment aids


  • Almost too many options to choose from

A great putter with genius adjustability


TaylorMade say face angle is responsible for 90% of the result of any putt. That’s why the GT Max is designed to help overcome your miss tendencies and get the face pointing in the right direction more often.

Two 40g, sliding tungsten sole weights give control over the CG location, toe hang and face rotation.

Available with a small slant neck or single bend shaft, and thanks to the adjustability, you can tailor toe hang from 17° to 20° or 23°.

Read our full TaylorMade GT Max Putter review.


  • Uniquely adjustable
  • Can suit a variety of stroke types
  • Good forgiveness and stability


  • May be tempting to tinker too much

Simply unbeatable at this price point


The price of the best putters has really skyrocketed in recent years, but the Cleveland HB soft is a fantastic budget option, with good deals available.

CNC milled putters are very expensive to make as the block of steel needed to create a head in one piece is sizeable and therefore costly. Cleveland wanted to open up milled putters to everyone, so they developed a cost-effective way of making them.

Each head is first cast into shape, then to give the sharp-edged look and appeal of a premium putter the back is milled into a very precise and consistent shape, giving a cosmetic that just isn’t achievable with traditional hand finishing. Each face is then machined with an intricate groove pattern to boost consistency when putts aren’t struck from the center of the face.

There are seven HB Soft Milled models, some are face balanced, most have toe hang and suit slight arc players, but all are classic designs with premium cosmetics.


  • Great price point
  • Premium looks
  • Options to suit all stroke types


  • Not the softest feel

The future of putters is here


Golf’s first ‘printed’ putters are already a couple of years old, so it shouldn’t be too long before they get a makeover. There are three models, available in a couple of different color and hosel options. We might argue the Grandsport is too big to warrant being a credible option for serious blade fans. However, the fanged Supernova and bigger/boxier Agera are exceptionally good (and both are available in a couple of different toe hang options).

At 7540g/cmÇ MOI, the Agera, with its corner weighting and lightweight printed core, has a busier look at address, where the more simple Supernova frames the ball beautifully and has an MOI of 5700g/cmÇ.

With multi-material constructions bringing together aluminum, tungsten, nylon and stainless steel within each head, the 3D models are well worth £269 in our view. And if you can find yourself one of the most recent blacked-out heads, you really are getting the cherry on top of the high MOI putter pie.


  • Lots of options
  • Futuristic looks
  • Good stability


  • Older models may be updated soon

How to choose the best putter for you


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’re going to 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.

Type of putter 

There are two main types of putter: blades and mallets (mid-mallets are a cross between the two).

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Blade putters: the traditional blade putter style has been around for centuries, although modern designs are a lot more technologically advanced than the originals. Blade putters tend to look relatively simple and elegant, and advocates say they offer the best feel and feedback. Due to their smaller size, blade putters tend to be less stable and forgiving than mallets.

Odyssey Tri-Hot 5k mallet putter family.

Mallet putters: mallet putters have rocketed in popularity in recent times, with more and more golfers of all skill levels seeing the benefits of a larger, more stable head, packed with technology to produce more forgiveness and consistency.

Alignment aids

Putters, particularly mallets, now come with all sorts of different 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 it’s a good idea to 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.

Toe hang/stroke type

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/Insert

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 that 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.

How we tested the best putters of 2023

Unlike our other tests, we haven’t provided any data for our putters’ test. Our experience has shown that the data collected varies too much from one day to the next to be meaningful. Any data we gathered wouldn’t be a good thing to base your buying choice on; it’s far more important to find a model that suits you and your individual putting stroke. Confidence is hugely important in all areas of golf, but perhaps none more so than putting.

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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’s a specialist in all things metal having spent a large part of his career as a golf club maker and product development manager, and has worked in the golf industry for more than 30 years. Starting out as trainee professional at Downes Crediton GC where he learned the art of golf club making, he went onto work for Clubhaus Plc and Tony Charles Ltd as a golf club maker, and running Product Development at Benross Golf.

Simon also spent time working as a Sales Executive in Harrods’ golf department, even helping supply Sir Nick Faldo with personalized shirts in a last-minute emergency ahead of a flight to a tournament.

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.

Despite his youthful looks, Simon has played golf for more than 40 years and plays to a handicap of 10. A lack of club speed means he’s short off the tee, but very handy from 125 yards and in.

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.

Away from the course, Simon is a season-ticket holder at Peterborough United Football Club, attending games with his young son. He’s also a keen cyclist and enjoys working (and relaxing) at his allotment.

His favorite ever piece of golf equipment is the Callaway Warbird fairway wood and he considers the biggest technological advancement in the game to have been titanium driver heads.

Simon’s job means he plays regularly around the world, and rates Kingsbarns as his favorite course. He uses a PXG 0311 GEN6 XF driverTaylorMade Stealth 2 HL (15º), Ping G400 (20.5º), PXG 0317 X Gen2 hybridPXG 0311 GEN6 P irons (6–PW), Cleveland CBX2 wedges (52°, 58°), Ping 21 Fetch putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

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