11 December 2018
The Four Putters
This year has seen a slew of new putters hit the market. We’re highlighting four putters that stand out from the crowd by offering their own unique advantages. Which one will be your choice?
The O-Works putter is an Odyssey revolutionary product which features Microhinge Face Insert Technology to help impart more topspin at impact for an earlier, truer roll. The stainless steel Microhinge plate is co-molded into a Thermoplastic Elastomer Feel Layer, providing great feel and the new geometry of the hinges and urethane together help to get the ball into a better roll at impact.
There are 12 O-Works Black putters and six additional O-Works Red head shapes. The new Black and Red range also feature new “toe-down” mallets designed to naturally rotate like a blade to appeal to golfers with arcing strokes who have historically struggled for consistency with face-balanced mallets.
TaylorMade TP Black Copper
TaylorMade’s new TP Black Copper putter was first spotted at the 2018 PGA Show in January. The putters are machined from 303 stainless steel and have adjustable sole weights and the company’s familiar Pure Roll inserts in their faces.
The TaylorMade TP Black Copper Collection is available in four shapes: Soto Blade, with a curved neck and heel and toe weighting; Juno, with a traditional heel-toe weighted L-neck blade; Ardmore 3L, a scooped-out, winged mallet with an L-neck; and the Mullen DB with a traditional half-mallet shape and double bend shaft that is the only face-balanced putter of the range.
According to TaylorMade, the putters all boast a triple-plated finish; nickel, then copper, then black chrome. Each is hand-polished to achieve the antiqued, non-glare finish.
Scotty Cameron Concept X
This new Scotty Cameron Concept X comes in two models: CX-01 and CX-02. These putters blend the visual characteristics of a Newport 2 with the playability of a mallet through high-MOI “wings” that increase stability and forgiveness.
According to Scotty Cameron, the CX-01 “Nuckle Neck” is set up in a similar way to a plumbing neck, while the CX-02 “Joint Neck” encourages just a bit more toe flow for more arc in the stroke. The putters have a new, dual-zone vibration dampening system integrated into the face and the sole offers precisely tuned sound and feel by splitting each “zone” into chambers separated by a band of stainless steel.
Ping Sigma 2
The advantage of the Sigma 2 putters is that you can make subtle adjustments to the putter’s length until you settle on what feels the best. There are markings on the shaft to tell you which length you’ve chosen. The Sigma 2 putter is equipped with an innovative dual-durometer PEBAX face material which results in a soft, responsive face.
The softer front layer ensures the precision necessary for those shorter, delicate must-make shots. The firmer back layer offers the solid feedback and distance control required for sinking longer-range putts and improving overall consistency.