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What Type of Putter Should You Be Using?

What Type of Putter Should You Be Using?

blade vs mallet Putters

Jordan Spieth and his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 almost go hand in hand. 

But at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Spieth put a Scotty Cameron Futura in his bag.

For those of you who don’t know, the Newport 2 is a blade style putter and the Futura is a mallet type putter.

This raises the question, what type of putter should you be using?

Recently we have seen many tour players gaming the TaylorMade Spider, which is also a larger mallet looking putter.

Here is an argument for both styles, and we will let you decide.

Blade

Putters
Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  1. Lighter: For the most part this putter has less material so it will naturally be lighter. This may help players who have a smooth putting stroke already.
  2. Lines: There are a lot of sight lines in a blade putter. Some are literally painted on it like a dot on the top of it. But a putter like a Newport 2, it has a lot of natural lines in the design that will help with alignment.
  3. Feel: Because it is a smaller piece of material, it is easier to “feel” the putt. Saying that when you crank a putt you know and can feel it, or if you leave it short. With a mallet it is a bigger piece of material so the feel is lost in the bigness.

Mallet

Putters
Scotty Cameron Futura Putter
  1. Heavier: Some may see this as a downfall, but if you tend to leave putts short, get a big mallet behind that little white ball and it will be flying towards the hole in no times.
  2. Forgiving: Because the material is bigger, if you have a mishit and hit the ball not on the center of the face, it will go almost on the intended line. With a blade, mishits are a lot more exaggerated.
  3. Alignment: Many people say because of the bulk of the putter; mallets are easier to align on your intended line towards the hole.

At the end of the day, the biggest thing with a putter is confidence. Some people don’t like the bulkiness of a mallet and say it looks ugly at address. If you are not confident looking down at the putt, you wont have a confident stroke. Confidence is key when putting. Pick your line and stick to it.

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