We receive several inquiries a week from golfers seeking advice on selecting a new putter. Many of these golfers are seasoned veterans that are just now discovering how the style of putter can change your game.
Putters are about more than just sleek lines, sexy designs and eye catching finishes. Putters come in several styles and head shapes. Blade and mallet putters are the two most common styles, and each has their own design and benefits that makes it best for a particular golfer based on your putting stroke.
A Mallet putter is known for more elaborate designs and are notable for their larger clubheads. Although the clubface of a mallet putter is similar to a blade putter, mallet putters have large clubheads that come in various shapes such as: a half circle, square back , or even some more abstract designs. Much of the weight of a mallet putter is still located in the face, it relies on the perimeter weighting in the sole and bumpers to stabilize the putter head throughout the stoke and impact. This provides golfers with a different feel while putting. (Note, that some Putter companies have created mini-mallet putters which are a smaller mallet but create a similar, stable feel).
A blade putter has a simpler design than a mallet putter. Unless you’re a new golfer who purchased a mallet putter as your first putter, it’s highly likely that you have used a blade putter at some point in your life. Chances are your first putter was a blade, as it’s the common default of putt-putt golf around the world.
This putter gets its name because it has a straight, blade-style club head with a thin flange. There are several neck options that will can also impact a player’s comfort and performance. The neck attaches either to the heel of the blade or closer to the center of the blade. This will be the determining factor in toe hang of the putter. See this article that clarifies how toe and the proper fit.
If you’re trying to decide between buying a mallet putter or a blade putter, much of the choice should be based on how the putter feels and performs in your hands, If you’re near a Piretti location the best way to determine what style is best for you is to get fit for your new putter with the help of a professional club fitter.
Mallet putters often have more forgiveness in their clubfaces, due to the distribution of weight. Despite their larger size, mallet putters are often about the same weight as blade putters. Beginners are often given these to reduce directional misses.
Blade putters may provide an advantage in distance control when putting. Their weight distribution allows for a little more precision in feel.