Your putter is easily the most important club in your bag; it can mean the difference between shooting an 88 or a 79, and that is not an exaggeration. Generally speaking, you really have 2 main categories when it comes to putters: blade putters and mallet putters. The blade putter is the more traditional style of putter, and is favored by many golfers, myself included. We’ve covered the market and rounded up the best blade putters in 2021; check out our top picks below.
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Best Blade Putters for 2021: Our Results
Overall Best Blade Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2
I don’t want to beat around the bush; if you’re looking for the best, you’re looking for a Scotty Cameron putter. Scotty Cameron is Titleist’s premium putter brand, with many of the most prolific golfers on the planet using their putters. As far as blade putters go, the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 is the pinnacle of excellence.
Simply put, it is one of the best blade putters you can buy. The stainless steel putter head is insert free. Relying on precision production in a single piece of metal to produce superior sound and feel. The 303 stainless steel creates a soft roll, with great feedback.
The putter’s top line has been made both flatter and narrower compared to the original Newport, and the neck has been redesigned from scratch. The tungsten sole weights have been positioned precisely to give even more stability during your putting stroke.
There’ll be no doubt that you are playing with the best. One of the features that have remained from the classic original is the iconic three-dot motif emblazoned on the putter’s rear. It is possible to customize this blade putter. You’ll find each comes with a selection of 6 tungsten weights allowing you to blend out any bias and create the perfect stroke.
If you’re looking for a putter you can keep in your bag for the next 15 years, this is it. Scotty Cameron is absolutely best in class, and the Newport 2 is the best blade putter they have to offer. For obvious reasons, this is our top pick for 2021.
- Single piece construction
- Superior feel
- Great for accuracy
- Honestly? None, this is a ‘forever’ putter provided you get on with it.
Best Budget Blade Putter: Ping Sigma 2 Anser
Ping is well known for feel and responsiveness in all of their clubs, and have been one of the longest running producers of putters in the game. The Ping Sigma 2 Anser is our favorite blade they’ve produced this year.
Ping adds a Pebax elastomer insert to their putter face, offering full forgiveness across the length of the blade. When paired with soft aluminum, you’ll get one of the softest feeling putters available on the market.
The true roll face pattern helps produce excellent touch, meaning that how hard you hit the ball becomes something subconscious and intuitive. This putter offers great feedback when struck, and I found it easy to produce a consistent stroke with this putter. When using the Ping Anser, you’ll find the ball begins to roll from the moment you make contact, with no skidding.
Mishits are a thing of the past too, as the face offers excellent forgiveness.
Face-balanced blade putters are ideal for those who have the slightest arc to their stroke path. While this can be aided and tweaked with removable weights, with the Ping Sigma G Anser, what you see is what you get.
- Supremely forgiving
- Excellent feel
- Great value
- It has an insert. Some may find it feels a little synthetic
As we said, Ping is one of the best in the business when it comes to putters. This putter is a slightly heavier option than the Sigma, and is a higher MOI putter in general.
For golfers who want a more solid feel, this could be ideal. It feels really firm! The machined solid face is made from a mixture of cast aluminum and steel to produce something inherently forgiving.
The Heppler is weighted heavily towards both the toe and the heel. The end result is that you’ll get a higher moment of inertia during your putting stroke that will help to keep the putter face square on impact.
The looks of this putter are stunning. The matte bronze effect paired with the black rear creates a high contrast when placed behind the ball. The finish really helps the substantial alignment line stand out too. If you like a heavier high MOI putter, this is a great option.
- Gorgeous finish
- Really forgiving
- High MOI design
- Players looking for a softer feeling putter should look at some other options. The solid putter head produces a firm stroke
Anything that offers better tempo and consistency is a good thing in our book. Callaway’s Odyssey Stroke Lab has excelled in producing a blade putter that offers both.
When it comes to balance in a putter, Odyssey Stroke Lab has created the gold standard. This face-balanced blade putter features a longer shaft, allowing you to stabilize it against your leading arm. This is especially great when assessing the tempo required for those pesky 8-footers.
While they have focused much of the technology into the putter head, Odyssey also worked to optimize the shaft in an attempt to build the best blade putter they can. By reducing the shaft’s weight by 40 grams, Odyssey has redistributed this weight to the putter’s head and grip, providing superb balance.
The face has a micro hinge star insert. This gives this blade putter a rather ‘hard’ feel transmitted directly to your hands. This isn’t the most forgiving putter out there, but it should help you be much more consistent in your stroke.
We particularly like the black PVD finish. This creates a high contrast behind the ball on the green. An extensive rear area with a solid white line makes alignment really easy too!
- Great for longer putts
- Excellent for developing tempo
- Easy to align
- The longer shaft makes short putts a little cumbersome
TaylorMade has produced one of the most classic-looking blade putters available on our list. As well as stunning good looks, this is a highly functional putter for any golfer out there.
The long curve hosel gives this putter a really traditional look, but as TaylorMade states, ‘it plays like the future’.
TaylorMade supplements the traditional look with some new technology. A thick 5mm Aluminum insert offers an exemplary roll and feel. The dense horizontal lines ensure consistency and a reduction in skidding.
Don’t be alarmed when the putter starts to gain a little ‘oxidization’. The Patina effect is intentional. Black nickel and copper are combined to give each and every putter its own distinctive look.
For those looking to adjust their blade putter, this putter offers plenty of opportunities. TP sole weights can be mixed, matched, and adjusted to create the perfect swing weight for each individual golfer. If you’re a tinkerer, this may be the best option for you.
- A beautiful looking blade putter
- Thick insert for increased feel
- The ‘Patina’ effect won’t be for everyone
Mizuno produces a range of putters under their M.Craft series. The M.Craft 1 is their signature blade putter. This putter has a large square back to increase stability during your stroke and a substantial alignment line to make sure you point in the right direction.
Blade putters are the best for players with an arcing swing. If yours is extensive, then this could be the putter for you. It is specifically designed to suit exaggerated arcs.
The putter is made from single-piece construction and features a milled face. The deep milling in the face produces a super soft feel and one of the purest rolls of any putter out there.
This putter is not light. At 355 grams, it is one of the heaviest on our list. Implementing a heavy head provides stability in your stroke and will add rhythm to your short game.
Arcing strokes nearly always benefit from a little customization. The Mizuno M.Craft I comes with interchangeable weights that will allow you to adjust the putter to your exact shot shape and requirements.
If you are aesthetically minded, it is available in three different finishes. If you want a premium and highly customizable blade putter, we love this one for you.
- Great if you have a pronounced arc to your stroke
- Highly customizable
- Heavy weight for better tempo
- It isn’t as forgiving as some other models on our list
Like good movies, sometimes the old ones are the best. Odyssey has revived older technology and given it a facelift with the Odyssey White Hot OG #1 putter while still managing to keep everything that made the original great.
As the saying goes, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.
In the OG#1 Blade putter, you’ll find Odyssey’s classic white hot insert. The feel, sound, and performance mirror what is considered one of the best blade putters of all time. The white two-part urethane insert gives an unparalleled roll and feel. The sound is crisp and just the right balance of hard and soft
The surface finish is fine milled, producing a beautiful look that fits well with the insert.
In their updated model, Odyssey has included a red tour shaft, creating something that performs well and is exceptionally good-looking.
- Benefits from decades of research
- Excellent feel and sound
- I don’t see the point in the milling away from the insert. It’s purely cosmetic.
PXG’s tagline is ‘technology that performs’, and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
The PXG Spitfire Gen 2 Putter is 100% milled. Putters created from a single piece of metal are often the best for optimal feedback. This is only improved by PXG’s use of soft feel 303 stainless steel.
While some blade putters’ downfall is alignment, the PXG Spitfire has a substantial and highly visible black line, ensuring that you get the right line along with the correct length.
On examining the face, we were impressed. The entirety of the surface is covered with a unique and variable pyramid design, giving the face a great grip on the ball, encouraging a truer roll. It also produces an amazing feel and sound.
You’ll notice that the pyramid pattern isn’t even. That’s by design. With hits left or right of center, you will still get a consistent putting stroke, meaning that you won’t be 5 feet short with a less than perfect contact.
You can tune the putter to your liking too. Each PXG Closer has the option of fitting both tungsten and titanium weights to make it absolutely perfect for your style and to remove any tendency to push or pull your putts.
- Great for alignment
- Highly customizable
- Various shaft fitting options
- The shape may be a little off-putting for some.
Best Value Blade Putter: Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft Premier 3 Slant Putter
A putter that encourages soft feel can only be a good thing, and this is exactly what Cleveland has managed to achieve.
Cleveland’s blade putter is classic-looking, with some clever technology incorporated to give you the best possible experience.
When putting, you are looking for consistency. It’s safe to say that you can’t always be guaranteed to strike the ball dead-center. To counter this fact, Cleveland has introduced optimized speed face technology. This technology’s benefit is to give a consistent speed regardless of where the ball meets the face.
The precision milled face encourages stronger friction allowing for a purer roll and better feel when the ball is struck.
This blade putter is created from soft 304 stainless steel. While it makes a crisp sound on contact, it gives an excellent soft feel and feedback.
- Great forgiveness
- Milled face
- The black alignment line can be hard to see
Buyers Guide: What to Look for in the Best Blade Putters
Choosing a putter is deeply personal. Everyone has their favorites, and what works well for one golfer might not be ideal for another. Each manufacturer will have its own idea of what goes into the best blade putters, but the final choice rests with you. Here are some features that you should keep an eye out for when choosing.
We’ve mentioned this first for a reason. Feel is the standout, most important quality of a good blade putter. It is one of the main reasons why blade putters are so popular. They offer a vastly superior feel when compared to mallet putters.
‘Feel’, when it comes to putters, is about accurately turning your stroke into an accurate distance based on intuition. While a hot face might be something you actively look for in a driver or an iron, it is something that you want to avoid when choosing the best blade putter for the job.
Here’s a top tip for assessing ‘feel’. Close your eyes and hit three-putts. Without opening your eyes, are you able to tell how far the putt has rolled? If the answer is yes, you’ve got a putter with the right level of feel for you.
Blade putters and mallet putters are suited to different kinds of strokes. Blade putters lean strongly towards arced swings. As a result, there is a slight variation in how the clubhead behaves on its way back and through the ball. Essentially it opens and closes depending on its point in the swing.
The rate at which this happens is very dependant on how the putter head is weighted. If it happens too fast or slow, then the face won’t be square on impact.
That means more shots on your card.
There are two ways around this. The first is to hope you get lucky with the best blade putter that you can find. The second is to take matters into your own hands and adjust the weighting yourself.
The best blade putters will have removable weights that will allow you to change the putters’ behavior through your stroke. This can take some fine-tuning, not to mention practice. But a good blade putter will make this process a simple matter of trial and error.
Keep a good lookout for blade putters with removable weights. It gives you the option to find something perfect.
Feel and distance are only one part of the equation when it comes to putting accurately. You’ve got the length… Now you need the line.
Unlike with mallet putters, you don’t have the luxury of a straight edge extending backwards by a foot, so anything that makes alignment simpler is good.
Back in the day, you’d have little to help apart from a solid understanding of right angles. Now it’s a much different story, so use this to your advantage. Many face-balanced blade putters have a substantial shelf to the rear, placed precisely to allow you to align your putts.
The best blade putters will have an easy-to-see line but isn’t too thick to confuse the issue. You should be able to pick a point a few inches in front of your ball, line your putter up with it and make your stroke without having to think too hard.
You’ll notice that many suggestions in our list of the best blade putters have milled faces.
The reason for this?
Because milled faces work really well on putters. Milling ensures that the face grips the ball during the stroke. When it grips, it causes the ball to roll instead of ‘scoot’. As a result, the accuracy and length are greatly improved.
In place of milling, you may find that some putters have a face insert instead. The materials used to create these face inserts vary from putter to putter, but they are all designed to do exactly the same thing. Encourage a true roll and increase the feel of the putter.
Check what your potential new putter is made from. And think about how you want a putter to feel. You’ll find that, unlike other clubs, putters are manufactured to deliberately be really soft when struck.
You’ll find many variations of softer metals like steel and aluminum are used in the manufacture of the best blade putters. How you want your putter to feel is down to personal preference.
If you want a ‘harder’ putter, go for those with face inserts designed to make them feel harder and produce a ‘clack’ on contact.
Face angle is something that is often overlooked when choosing a putter?
Wait, putters have a loft?
Absolutely, and which you choose will determine how your putter performs.
A putting stroke can be a little like handwriting. Everyone is slightly different. If you tend to put the ball a little forward in your stance, you will be hitting up in your stroke. Likewise, if you contact the ball earlier in your stroke, you’ll be hitting down a little.
Loft does make a difference as it can lead to the ball becoming airborne. If the ball is in the air, it isn’t rolling. Then you are in the lap of the Gods. The more time the ball spends on the turf, the more accurate your putting will be. This is a direct result of the loft. So choose accordingly.
Now, it’s crunch time. Price is one of the biggest factors that influence any golfer. The best blade putters aren’t always cheap. Our advice is this…
Don’t cheap-out when it comes to buying a putter.
Consider how much you’d be willing to spend on a driver. What is it $200-300? You probably use your driver no more than 10 times in a single round.
How many times will you use your putter? We’ll tell you… You use your putter for over half of your shots on the course. Putting is also one of the areas that it is easiest to lower your score in (with a little practice, of course).
Think of it in terms of price per shot, and you’ll see that even premium putters actually offer exceptional value.
Hopefully, you’ll have seen some benefit in choosing the best blade putter to suit your style of play, but you may still have questions. Here are a few things I hear all the time: –
What is the Best Blade Putter?
If you were to ask based on what you have seen above, I would probably say the ultimate blade putter is either the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 or the Odyssey White hot.
Both putters have been around in one form or another for years (and by years, I mean decades). For them to still be developed and used by thousands of golfers worldwide is a testament to their quality.
You’ll find heaps of feel in both, and they should both encourage a strong element of consistency in your short game, which is exactly what you want from the best blade putter.
Are Blade Putters Better?
It is a balancing act when choosing the best putter style to suit you. If you have a very square stroke, then even the best blade putter may not be the best choice.
For those with an arcing style stroke, the best putters are almost certainly blade putters. Due to the thinner head, a blade putter can open and close easily on the backstroke and through the stroke. As a result, the player has a better chance of the face being square on impact.
Blade putters tend to have a better feel than their square-headed mallet counterparts. A slightly lighter head means less inertia in the stroke, so the golfer has to physically apply more force to hit the ball longer distances.
Are Blade Putters Less Forgiving?
The level of forgiveness in a blade putter depends very much on the face. You’ll see from our list above that some have inserts that extend all the way across the face or are milled to promote forgiveness and give consistent distance.
Other blade putters with smaller inserts are certainly not forgiving if you miss the insert completely. Provided you choose a putter with a decent amount of feel, you can be reasonably assured of pretty good forgiveness.
If we’re comparing blade putters to mallet putters, the answer is unfortunately going to be yes: blade putters are less forgiving than mallet putters. Mallet putters inherently have a higher MOI, and more built in forgiveness.
What is the Best Putter for an Average Golfer?
For an average golfer, I’d almost certainly recommend the Odyssey White Hot OG #1. The feel is exemplary. The insert will help most get their distance completely dialed in with a high degree of accuracy.
Provided it suits your stroke style, there is a good chance that it could take your putting stroke to a better playing level and beyond.
What is the Most Forgiving Putter?
If you put me on the spot when it comes to forgiveness, you couldn’t get better than the Ping Anser. As with all Pings clubs, the Ping Anser gives an excellent response even if you can’t find the middle on occasion. It is great for getting a good feel for distance, even with sub-optimal contact.
Choosing a putter is a really personal thing. Hopefully, you’ve been able to get some good information from our list of the best blade putters above. Ultimately the best putter is one that you can be confident of holing out with, whether at 15-feet or 2-feet. Pick a putter that suits your stroke and practice with it for a few rounds to get a really good feel for how it behaves. We’ll see you on the practice green soon, no doubt.