Being competent at golf is difficult to attain. It can sometimes takes years of practice and hard work to improve your handicap. All of that can be undone if you cannot also become proficient on the greens.

Putting poorly can be awfully frustrating if you are a poor golfer, but it can be doubly so if you are otherwise a good golfer. Even some professionals have been undone with poor putting, getting results beneath what their abilities otherwise indicate.

It may well be that your putting stroke needs work, perhaps even a major overhaul. But many golfers who putt poorly would get better results with a putter that is a better fit for them.

There are two possible issues that could be fixed, or at least improved, with a different putter. First is if you are using a putter that is poorly constructed or does not feature the latest technology. The second possible problem is that you could have a great putter that is a poor fit for your swing.

If the first issue is your problem, that’s an easy fix. You need a new putter. Here are some great putters that could help you become better at a crucial part of golf.

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Odyssey Stroke Lab Versa Putter (Right Hand, 34', Double Wide - Flow Neck, Oversized Grip)
Odyssey Stroke Lab
  • High quality engineering
  • Large number of styles available
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Golf Clubs Scotty Cameron Select Putter 2018 Newport 2 - Right Hand (35inch)
Scotty Cameron Select
  • Well-known and respected name in golf
  • Milled face and dampening technology
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TaylorMade 2018 TP Black Copper Collection (Juno #1 Putter, SuperStroke, Right Hand, 34 Inches)
TaylorMade TP Black Copper
  • Beautiful design with copper finish
  • Face is designed to get ball rolling quickly
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PING Sigma 2 Anser Stealth Putter (PING PP60 Pistol Putter Grip - Midsize) (Right, Adjustable 32-36)
PING Sigma 2 Anser
  • Anser name screams quality
  • Adjustable grip
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Bettinardi Golf 2019 Queen B 5, Right Hand, Standard Grip, 34”
Bettinardi Queen B 5
  • Elegant appearance
  • Honeycomb face yields great feel
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TaylorMade 2018 Spider Tour Red Putter (Center Shaft, Right Hand, 35 Inches, with Sightline)
TaylorMade Spider
  • Spider design is very forgiving
  • Soft face
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Cleveland Golf Huntington Beach SOFT Putter #11 Center Shaft 35', Right Hand
Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft
  • Great value with the price
  • Diamond-pattern face yields true roll
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Odyssey 2018 Red Putters, Tank #7, Winn AVS Mid-Size Pistol, 38' Shaft, Right Hand
Odyssey Red O-Works
  • Multiple head styles to choose from
  • Striking red color
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Bloodline Stand Up RG-1 Mallet Putter - 5 Wins on Tour - Premium Components- Perfect Aim, Every Putt. (Mallet, 35)
Bloodline RG-1
  • Ultra-Low Balance Point
  • Machined head with grooved face
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New SeeMore Platinum M5 HT Putter 34' RH
SeeMore Platinum M5 HT
  • Great RST alignment aid
  • Face is milled to perform
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Odyssey Stroke Lab

Odyssey Stroke Lab Versa Putter (Right Hand, 34', Double Wide - Flow Neck, Oversized Grip)

While graphite has been used extensively in shafts for both drivers, wood, hybrids, and irons for years, rarely have you seen it in putters. The Odyssey Stroke Lab is made up of mostly graphite, save for some steel at the head of the putter.

The result is a putter that is considerably lighter than most putters. Odyssey uses more weight in the grip and head to provide a counter-balanced putter that performs like a dream.

It comes in a dizzying array of options, everything from a traditional blade look to mallet style to the spider look. There are also options available to the neck design and grip size.

If you cannot find the right style for you from these options, you are not trying.

Odyssey is among the industry leaders in putters, so you can expect high quality construction.

Pros

  • High quality engineering
  • Large number of styles available
  • Balanced weighting between grip and head

Cons

  • Oversized grips are not SuperSized, which some Amazon buyers were expecting
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Scotty Cameron Select

Golf Clubs Scotty Cameron Select Putter 2018 Newport 2 - Right Hand (35inch)

While blade-style putters like this one from Titleist’s Scotty Cameron will likely never offer the high moment of inertia that mallet-style putters can deliver, the Select does produce an impressive amount of perimeter weighting. That helps provide both good balance and forgiveness.

And while the price you pay is high, you are getting a beautiful putter that is manufactured to high standards.

The milled face and a dampening layer just beneath it provide a great deal of reduction in vibration. Just holding this putter will give you a great deal of confidence.

Pros

  • Well-known and respected name in golf
  • Milled face and dampening technology
  • Soft and beautiful feel

Cons

  • Price is high
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TaylorMade TP Black Copper

TaylorMade 2018 TP Black Copper Collection (Juno #1 Putter, SuperStroke, Right Hand, 34 Inches)

We are talking here about the two blade options, Juno and Soto. TaylorMade makes great mallet-style putters, one of which we will point to later. For now, these blade putters offer plenty of options. Maybe not as many options as the Odyssey Stroke Lab, but it also has a great deal of adjustability.

Two 10 gram inserts are added into the heel and toe of the putters, and these can be adjusted to match your stroke for maximizing forgiveness.

A SuperStroke grip that so many golfers seem love is another option.

Pros

  • Beautiful design with copper finish
  • Face is designed to get ball rolling quickly
  • SuperStroke grip option

Cons

  • Might be able to find better from same company
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PING Sigma 2 Anser

PING Sigma 2 Anser Stealth Putter (PING PP60 Pistol Putter Grip - Midsize) (Right, Adjustable 32-36)

You can forgive golfers who get the warm fuzzies whenever they see the Anser name associated with a putter. Ping changed the game with its Anser line of putters and this is another great choice in that vein.

The most intriguing feature of this putter is the adjustable length shaft. Ping accomplishes this by hiding the adjustable feature within the grip. That means a putter that can be anywhere from 32 to 36 inches long, good enough to fit almost every golfer.

This putter has an understated look with a black finish that reduces the glare. If you don’t feel comfortable holding this putter, the problem may lie with you and not the equipment.

Pros

  • Anser name screams quality
  • Adjustable grip
  • Heel-toe ballasts from better forgiveness

Cons

  • A poor fit for those with a back-and-forth swing
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Bettinardi Queen B 5

Bettinardi Golf 2019 Queen B 5, Right Hand, Standard Grip, 34”

This gorgeous putter will look like a piece of jewelry in your bag. Don’t think that does not mean fine performance. The Queen B 5 is milled from a single piece of steel, with a honeycomb design on the face that Bettinardi is known for.

Men should not let the champagne silver and tiffany blue finish fool you. This putter is great for both men and women.

Pros

  • Elegant appearance
  • Honeycomb face yields great feel
  • Precision milled

Cons

  • It carries a hefty price tag
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TaylorMade Spider

TaylorMade 2018 Spider Tour Red Putter (Center Shaft, Right Hand, 35 Inches, with Sightline)

We mentioned that TaylorMade produces a great mallet-style option and this is it. Or should we say “these” since the multitude of options allows you very different looks.

Regardless, the spider design with its high MOI is among the most forgiving putters you will find.

It also has a Surlyn face, which is the same material most balls are covered in. This results in a soft feel that golfers love.

Pros

  • Spider design is very forgiving
  • Soft face
  • Multiple options

Cons

  • Some golfers may not feel comfortable with design
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Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft

Cleveland Golf Huntington Beach SOFT Putter #11 Center Shaft 35', Right Hand

While Cleveland may be best known for its excellent line of wedges, this remains a solid choice for a putter.

A winged mallet design is striking, and the putter features a face with a diamond pattern and deep grooves. This gives this putter a true roll that will help poor putters.

Like other mallet putters, this one features a high MOI that is conducive to forgiveness. An added bonus that is not to be overlooked is the price that is less expensive than other putters on this list.

Pros

  • Great value with the price
  • Diamond-pattern face yields true roll
  • High MOI for great forgiveness

Cons

  • Perhaps not as top-notch in quality
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Odyssey Red O-Works

Odyssey 2018 Red Putters, Tank #7, Winn AVS Mid-Size Pistol, 38' Shaft, Right Hand

Another putter with an absurd number of options for club head style.

You can choose between mallet and blade styles. For alignment, you can pick the two-ball alignment aid that is hard to miss, or a large line, or even something much more understated like three dots atop the head.

You can also get a more traditional SuperStroke grip or a pistol grip.

All of the different styles come with a face insert designed for a soft feel.

Pros

  • Multiple head styles to choose from
  • Striking red color
  • Micro-hinge face insert performs well

Cons

  • Almost too many choices can be overwhelming
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Bloodline RG-1

Bloodline Stand Up RG-1 Mallet Putter - 5 Wins on Tour - Premium Components- Perfect Aim, Every Putt. (Mallet, 35)

When golf manufacturers say their clubs “stand alone,” they do not typically mean that literally. But the RG-1 does just that, standing up on its own on the green. This could be an aid for golfers who can leave the putter behind the ball while standing behind to get a better read.’’

It stand-alone feature is not all this putter offers. It is also noted for its extremely low balance point. Combined with an oversized grip and high MOI, all this make the RG-1 a quality putter that delivers.

Pros

  • Ultra-Low Balance Point
  • Machined head with grooved face
  • Stand on its own

Cons

  • Quite expensive
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SeeMore Platinum M5 HT

New SeeMore Platinum M5 HT Putter 34' RH

This mallet design features one of the better alignment aids you will find anywhere. The company calls it RifleScope Technology and it performs.

It also comes with an offset face option that works well if you are the type of golfer who likes to putt with your hands slightly in front of the putter’s face.

Its face is milled to produce a consistent roll.

Pros

  • Great RST alignment aid
  • Face is milled to perform
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Has a 45-degree toe hang not right for some golfers
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So which of these choices are right for you? That depends on your needs. The style of putting you use is a big factor.

Let’s take a look at two types of putting strokes.

Open-and-close swing

There was a time when most golfers used wrist and hand action in putting. That style worked better on slow greens that proliferated decades ago. But today’s courses feature much faster greens and with them, a change in putting styles. On the faster greens, a pendulum-type swing using the arms and shoulders is more in vogue.

It is still possible to have a bit of open-and-close form with that pendulum swing. What we mean by this is the club face opens on the backswing, goes back to square at impact, then closes on the follow through. Many golfers have found success with this type of stroke, although it takes greater timing than the other type swing.

You may not even be aware of whether you have this type of stroke or not. Study yourself putting in front of a mirror until you figure it out.

If you are struggling, you might do better with a stroke that keeps the putter head flat throughout the stroke. If you are unwilling to change your stroke, a blade-style putter that has a relatively high MOI is a great choice for you.

Back-and-forth swing

This type of pendulum stroke where the putter head remains in a fixed position throughout the swing produces a more consistent stroke. It is best used with a mallet-style putter that has a very large MOI for maximum forgiveness.

There is a price to pay in feel but that is usually overwhelmed by the greater consistency. You may make fewer long putts but a reduction in three-putts will almost certainly yield a net benefit.

So why don’t all golfers use this type of putting stroke? There are several possible reasons.

One is that most golfers naturally swing with an open-to-close style. Many golfers are unwilling to make such a dramatic switch, particularly if you have been playing golf for a long time.

Switching styles can seem awkward at first and may not produce the results you want right away. Adding to the awkwardness is the striking design of a mallet putter. This could all be too much for a veteran golfer, regardless of how deep the struggles are in putting.

Indeed, it is quite possible to succeed as a putter with and open-to-close style. Many golfers have done so. You really need to decide this for yourself. Have you reached peak frustration and are ready to make a dramatic change? Or do you want to continue to tweak things in an attempt to slowly become better over time?

Adam Scott is one of the best golfers in the world and might be the best if he were a better putter. He has tried many different options, including a belly putter that is now banned by rule. Scott still uses a long putter on occasion, which is legal as long as you do not anchor it to your body. Few golfers will use one of these long putters with anything but a mallet head and a back-and-forth swing.

Scott’s travails on the greens prove that even great golfers will be willing to try something new to improve their putting. You should be willing to do the same, regardless of whether you decide to go with the long putter Scott uses.

The way a putter is balanced can also influence your choice. If you balance a club on your fingertips and the toe is pointing up, this is a toe-balanced putter. Many blade putters fit this description. The alternative is a face-balanced putter you often see in mallet-style putters.

Remember: a toe-balanced blade putter works best for open-and-closed swings, while a face-balanced mallet putter is a great fit for back-and-forth swings.