A golf game is won or lost on the putting green, so having the best golf putter available can go a long way to improving your short game and lowering your score. There are a multitude of fantastic new putters released in 2012 by brands like Nike, Ping, TaylorMade, and other quality name brands that can make a marked difference in your play. Check out some of the following models that offer a variety of new and unique features that may be just what you need. Whether you prefer a blade, mallet, or more controversial belly putter, there is an ideal option for every golfer.
This blade putter is very classic in appearance and offers all the quality technology you can expect from Nike. The face inset is made of polymer and aluminum grooves, which help control and increase the speed of the forward roll. Additionally, the grooves will dampen vibration and give a sweet metallic click when it connects with the ball. Players comment upon its natural comfort and ease of use, remarking upon the superior roll. Unfortunately, this model is not available in belly format, but only costs around $130.
The Scottsdale Hohum is a unique looking putter that is renowned for being user-friendly and technologically advanced. There are several models in the line that are built to suit a specific stroke, and it is easy to determine yours with the assistance of the iPing app. If you are coveting a personally fitted putter, this is a fantastic model to choose, and the mallet shape is more forgiving of mistakes than the blade. This putter will run you a little more at the register, going for around $170.
The Ghost Spider is another mallet putter with the option of fitting as a belly putter, a currently popular, but controversial, option. This funky-designed product offers a softer feel with its make-up of Surlyn polymer. The grooved face creates a faster roll by deflecting impact and offers reliable distance control. Though the bright white color and unusual styling may not appeal to everyone, the benefits far outweigh the aesthetic complaints. Pick this model up for around $160.
This sleek and streamlined blade putter by enthusiastically named Yes! offers a unique angled face that helps provide a fast forward roll, and the curved grooves help control off-center hits. Deep inside the putter, a thermoplastic insert dampens vibrations. User-friendly fitting is also a notable feature. Furthermore, this putter will only cost you around $150, a bit of a break from the other selections.
The Metal-X is just as modern looking as the name would suggest, and it is the first putter by Odyssey to have a fully textured face. Opting for dimples rather than grooves, you still get improved roll momentum in addition to a lowered launch angle. Players have remarked upon the excellent balance and satisfying feedback. The only downside is that Odyssey does not offer putter fitting, something most other brands have long since developed. However, the Metal-X is only $150, so it may be worth the sacrifice.