Are you trying to figure out the best blade putters but aren’t sure what to go with? To start the new decade, top cIub manufacturers rolled out the red carpet this year with so many awesome blade putters for golf.
Maybe you’re using a blade putter or maybe you’re thinking of making the switch this year.
Here’s the thing, blade putters are very different from mallet putters. Blade putters are more of a classic look and feel that have been known around the game of golf for centuries.
While mallet putters on the other hand are more of a “new school” approach and cater to a different type of putting stroke. The head shape, weight distribution, face angle and sweet spot are very different between the two styles.
Blade putters tend to help golfers with an arc stroke, while mallet putters help golfers with a more straight back, straight through motion. For this article, we want to focus solely on blade putters and all the cool new technology that was unveiled this year. Things have come quite a long way from the anser style or even the famed White Hot from Odyssey.
Before jumping right into the best blade putters, let’s get into how to choose the best blade putter for your game.
How to Choose the Right Blade Putter
I’ll be honest with you, I don’t think most golfers spend nearly enough time choosing the right putter. Most golfers focus more on bigger, longer drivers and shiny irons instead of finding the right blade putter for their bag. I think this is a huge mistake as roughly 40% (or more) of your round happens with your putter.
This is why it’s crucial to pick the best blade putter for your stroke and that it gives you tremendous confidence every time you take it out of the bag. Here are some of the biggest factors to help you find the best blade putter for your game.
When you look down at your blade putter, you want one thing above all else – confidence. Players who are confident make more putts than their counterparts.
Think about it, when you lack confidence with your putter and/or the line of the putt, you almost always hit a timid putt. Newsflash… timid putts with little confidence rarely find the bottom of the cup because they don’t have the proper distance control.
But if you’re standing over the golf ball, clearly see the line, and love your blade putter, you will hit a better putt that has a much higher chance of going in.
The look of your putter will give you a tremendous amount of confidence.
Some golfers prefer a thin blade and minimal markings on top of the blade for alignment. While others prefer a larger blade and some alignment aids to make aiming easy.
There isn’t a perfect style for your game, just find a style putter that you love. Instead, it’s about testing out the best blade putters so that you look down at one and think to yourself, “I’m going to make this putt” more often than not.
You might be thinking, I’m only hitting a putt on the green, why do I need forgiveness? Here’s why… the odds of making putts goes down significantly from three feet and on.
Most golfers make about 90% or more of putts from three feet and in. But each foot you go back, the odds go down significantly, even for the best players in the world.
Therefore, if you mishit a putt, do you normally have 2-3 feet or 4-5 feet left? The best golfers are the ones who have more carefree putts than having to stress over 4-6 footers all day.
This is why you want a putter that has a good feel and enough forgiveness to improve your distance control.
The higher your handicap, the more you should seek out a putter with maximum forgiveness. (These are great putters for high handicappers). While blades are generally less forgiving than mallets, there are still plenty of options in this post that are blade style and yet plenty forgiving.
While the look and forgiveness are crucial, don’t forget about picking a putter that feels good. It should feel good and sound great when you hit the golf ball and get it started on line.
Some golfers prefer a putter with a “hot” face while others want a putter that has face inserts and is one piece stainless steel. Remember, no two golfers are the same so find a flat stick that feels good, has the right weight in the club head, and sits properly at address position.
All of this will help you feel the ball rolling smoothly off the face and toward the hole.
When choosing the right putter, another important (and often skipped) thing to consider is the putter loft. Why is this so important?
Because if you have the right incorrect loft for your particular stroke, your ball might skip or bounce instead of staying on the green. Instead, you want a putter that minimizes the ball jumping off the face as the more airborne it gets, the more likely it is to get off-line.
Most putters are between 3-4 degrees of loft when purchased off the rack but it’s something you should double-check. Also, if you buy a putter used, I always recommend having a club fitter at your local golf store confirm the loft and lie to make sure it’s correct for your stroke.
Another big part of picking the right flat stick for your golf game is the grip. Anytime I’m on a putting green, I always seem to notice a few guys who look like they haven’t replaced their putter grip in years and it kills me!
Because your grip pressure has a massive impact on your overall ability to drain putts.
If you have an old, worn down grip or a grip that’s very slick, you will likely grip it tighter. The more grip pressure you have, the more tension in your forearms which generally creates a rigid, tight stroke instead of feeling loose and free flowing.
The ideal putter grip allows you to have control without adding tension in your forearms. Every golfer is different – some prefer padded rubber grips like Super Stroke while others prefer synthetic rubber. And some golfers even like a little cord.
Aside from the type of material, don’t forget about the size as well. Some golfers prefer a thin putter grip that is similar size to the rest of your bag while others prefer large “Fatso” grips.
Shaft and Hosel
The final thing to think about on the putter itself is the hosel and shaft. Since there are a variety of styles, it’s important to find a shaft that fits your eye. There isn’t a huge difference performance wise but each manufacturer tends to offer several types.
For example, with some putters you can get it with a center shaft, short neck, single bend, and more. Some also promote your hands forward at setup which can help you get a more pure role but once again, most of it is purely personal preference over performance.
Also, make sure you pick the right length shaft as well.
Notice I labeled this as an investment and not a cost?
I truly feel that spending a lot of money on your putter is one of the best investments in your game.
Since these clubs can last you decades, there’s no reason to let a few extra hundred dollars hold you back. It’s better to 100% love your putter instead of settling for a putter because it’s cheaper and might not match your game.
Remember, it’s the most commonly used club in your bag so pick a putter that will help you make more putts and enjoy the game even more.
Best Blade Putters on the Market
Now that you know exactly what to look for in your next blade putter, here are our picks for the best blade putters:
Callaway Triple Track Blade Putter
Odyssey is Callaway’s brand of putters and have been doing amazing things for your short game for 20+ years! This year, they just rolled out the “Triple Track” styles which helps you align the golf ball like never before.
According to Callaway, “Triple Track uses Vernier Hyper Acuity for better and more consistent alignment, a key fundamental to good putting. Vernier Hyper Acuity is a proven scientific method analyzing how the human eye sees straight lines. It’s a design that’s incredibly intuitive and easy to use.”
They pair with the Callaway ball so you can line up everything without ever guessing if you’re aimed properly or not. Callaway has come a long way since the White Hot days and this is a great improvement on an already popular brand.
- Great price on all models (mallet putter options available).
- Lines up with the Callaway ball perfectly for excellent alignment.
- New micro hinge insert provides a firmer feel and enhanced sound at impact.
- Multi-layered shaft reduces weight by 40 grams for better tempo and consistency.
- For some golfers, there might be too many alignment aids at address. While the red, white, and blue have a clean design, it could be a bit much on the club head and distract you before putting.
TaylorMade Truss Blade Putter
TaylorMade rolls out a ton of great new clubs in each area every single year. But in terms of putters, they are more commonly known for their patented “Spider” putter. This high MOI style took off a few years ago and is one of the best and used among players of all skill levels (including Rory McIlroy & Dustin Johnson).
But in 2020, they unveiled the Truss series – Truss TB1/TB2 are the blades and the M1/M2 are the mallet versions. These made the Golf Digest Golf 2020 list and are a unique style of blade. The TB1 is a standard, heel shaft while the TB2 is a center shaft option.
As TaylorMade said,“We developed Truss™ for players who desire the stability and forgiveness of a mallet but prefer a more traditional look at address.”
- Great price for standard and center shaft options.
- They have a little extra forgiveness for those pesky mishits.
- Classic shape with a single alignment line to trust your read & feel good.
- Adjustable weights on the sole of the club to achieve the correct CG on the club.
- Looks unlike any other blade putter from behind but looks great from above the ball.
- Pure roll insert for better feel and sound plus grooves increase topspin for a better roll.
- Extra stability in design reduces the unsupported mass and allows for better rolls even if you don’t find the center of the face.
- Some players reported a dull thud from the face insert.
- Comes with a skinny blue grip that won’t suit some players.
Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Blade Putter
Titleist also makes a ton of high-quality golf clubs but they are arguably known best for their trusty Pro V1 golf ball, Vokey wedges, and Scotty Cameron putters. In 2020, they rolled out the Scotty Cameron Special Select which is 100% made in California putter.
While they cost more than most putters on this list, they are worth the money.
- Customizable sole weights to optimize feel.
- Larger sweet spot thanks to the Tungsten weight in the blades.
- Five different neck options for alignment and toe flow options.
- Thinner and flatter top lines without changing the weight of past models.
- Made with solid 303 stainless steel and for consistent sound and soft feel (they ditched the face inserts).
- One of the more costly investment options.
- Scotty Cameron only has one color and lacks customization of TaylorMade.
Cleveland Frontline 4.0 Blade Putter
Cleveland isn’t usually known for their putters but the Frontline 4.0 collection is an awesome new collection for 2020. They even made the Hot List on Golf Digest with four different models to match your style and stroke.
The Frontline 4.0 is the blade version and is geared toward golfers with a slight arc stroke.
- Sleek all black design.
- Comes with “Speed Optimized Face Technology” for proper speed control.
- Features forward weight so the center of gravity is closer to the blade which leads to more accurate and straighter putts.
- Low cost compared to others on this list.
- Only one alignment marking which makes it harder to square the face at address.
For an even cheaper but nearly as good of a putter, make sure to check out the Huntington Beach series from 2019. The Huntington Beach looks great, has a nice stainless steel face and also produces a smooth roll for a very affordable price.
Bettinardi Golf BB Series (Blade and Mallet Putters)
Another Golf Digest Gold putter award is the Bettinardi BB series. A relatively new brand that focuses solely on putters and wedges rolled out a top tired precision milled putter.
There are five putters in the series but the blade versions are the BB1, the BB1 Flow and the BB8 wide versions. All of them feature the same technology but three different head and hosel combinations for your game.
- 100% precision milled from one piece.
- Moderate toe hang for slight arc putters.
- Glacier black finish for improved optics & reduce glare.
- Choose between the all black Lamkin Sink fit standard or jumbo grip.
- Singular sight line.
- Heavy shaft that is designed for more advanced golfers.
PXG Spitfire Gen2 Blade Putter
PXG is a top tier golf brand that is quickly making a name for themselves. Sadly, they’re hard to come by as they only sell direct (or you can pick up used somewhere) and are some of the most expensive clubs ever. It’s not uncommon for a driver to reach $800+ or a set of irons to cost $2,000 or more.
Luckily, the putters aren’t that high and are about the same price as a Scotty Cameron. The PXG Spitfire Gen2 series offers four models and some customizations that most manufacturers don’t.
Here’s why they made the list:
- High MOI.
- Four adjustable sole weights.
- Made with milled 303 stainless steel.
- Three hosel options to match your eye and accommodate hang angle.
- Increased alignment to help you keep the putter face square during the entire stroke.
- Face is made of a small pyramid structure to help with consistent roll and improved sound. It’s also extremely forgiving.
- Must purchase through PXG or buy used which makes it harder to test them out.
FAQs About Best Blade Putters
Got more questions about picking the best putter for your game? Check out answers to the most common questions about blade putters.
Are blade putters better?
A blade putter is not necessarily better than mallet putters. Blade styles can work for you if you have the right type of stroke but aren’t great for every type of golfer.
For example, if you have a straight back, straight through style, you might want to go with a mallet putter instead. These are weighted differently, have a different weight distribution and don’t require toe hang.
But if you tend to open the blade on the way back and close the putter head on the way through, a blade will suit you best. Thanks to toe hang on blade putters, it’s easier to close this type of putter on the forward stroke so that you roll it square toward your intended target.
What is the best putter with a blade style?
Since this post is all about blades, I would say the best new one for is the TaylorMade Truss blade putter or the Callaway Triple Track. Both of these are top-sellers and golfers worldwide seem to love rolling the rock with them.
If you’re in need of a blade putter change, I don’t think you can go wrong with either option. Opt for the Triple Track if alignment is your #1 objective.
What putters do the pros use?
Pro golfers use a little bit of everything. Some players use the same putters for a decade or more. While others seem to get a new putter each year thanks to their endorsement deal.
Some pros use a blade putter, others use a mallet putter, and some use the high MOI putters (like the TaylorMade Spider). From a fundamental standpoint, the pros have better strokes than the average golfer and all of them could easily use blades. But some of them prefer the look, feel, face, and weight of others.
Plus, it’s not uncommon for PGA Tour players to have more than a single club. Sometimes guys will even switch between days if they don’t have a good feel or can’t seem to get the ball in the hole.
From a brand standpoint, some of the most common on Tour are Taylormade, Titleist Soctty Cameron, and Odyssey.
What is the best Odyssey putter?
Odyssey claims to be the “#1 putter in golf” and have a huge variety of blade and mallet styles. I think they still make one of the best putters in the game. Whether you choose the older White Hot or the two mentioned above, I don’t think you can go wrong.
I can’t recommend a specific putter over the other as you might prefer an insert, a face balanced putter, or have a putting stroke that suits a specific type. As always, choose the right putter for your game.
What is the number one putter in golf?
The number one is the putter that suits you best! Seriously, I know it’s a bit cliche but there isn’t a one size fits all with putters.
Because technology doesn’t play a huge role with blade putters like it does with drivers, woods, and irons. With each club head, manufacturers are constantly releasing new equipment to keep up with the times.
But with putters, you’re only hitting the golf ball a few feet to 80 feet if you have a long putt. Distance doesn’t matter, it’s more about feel, confidence, hitting the sweet spot, and your putting stroke.
What is the most popular Scotty Cameron putter?
When it comes to the best golf brands, you can’t go wrong with Scotty Cameron. They make incredibly high quality blade putters, mallet, and high MOI putters.
Sure, they aren’t cheap but an investment in your putter could make a huge difference in your game. Even though $400-$500 might feel expensive, putters can last you 5, 10 or 20+ years and win you a lot of money (just ask Tiger)!
I would say the most popular Scotty Cameron blade putter is the Special Select Newport 2. Reviews all over the internet rave about this putter’s feel, face, and ability to get the ball in the hole!
As you can tell, there are some awesome putters to start the new decade. Remember, picking a putter is more about settling for price. A putter is the most used club in the bag and warrants a higher price tag.
No single club will have a greater impact on your game than your putter!
Remember, when picking your new flat stick, don’t forget to consider:
- Shape: You want to look down and beam with confidence from the shape.
- Feel: The feel of the club should allow you to keep a smooth tempo and not feel like you need to crush it or barely tap it.
- Loft: Most putters are around three degrees but make sure that the ball rolls smooth off the face and doesn’t bounce.
- Forgiveness: I can’t stress this enough, pick a putter with some forgiveness. While blades are typically less forgiving than mallets, with so much technology all of these will help improve your mishits.
- Hosel: The final thing to consider is a hosel which doesn’t impact performance much and is more about the look you prefer.
All of these factors should help make your buying decision on any putters that much easier. But if you still aren’t sure, here are our top recommendations for the best blade putters:
Best Blade Putters
- Best Blade Putter Overall – TaylorMade Truss: This new blade putter might not be a “standard” putter head, but they look great when you’re standing over it at address. Plus, this version of blade putter is more forgiving and moderately priced compared to some other alternatives.
- Best Blade Putter without a Budget – Titleist Scotty Cameron Select: You can’t go wrong with Scotty Cameron. If money isn’t an issue and you have a consistent stroke, you won’t regret this putter but don’t suggest it for players not yet breaking 90.
- Best Blade Putter on a Budget – Cleveland Frontline 4.0: While I don’t suggest buying a blade putter on price, I know budget plays a role and for under $200, this is a great deal for any golfer! The Huntington Beach is another good backup as well.
Remember, no matter how much you try, you will never hit 100% of your putts in the middle of the face (beginners should look at these beginner putters to help with contact). It’s crucial that your blade putter helps with distance control.
Not only will this help you shoot lower scores but it will also help your stress level as well. Closer proximity to the hole means less scary 3-6 footers to keep the momentum in your round. Hopefully one of these best putters will help get your ball in the hole a lot easier than before reading.