Rather than just throwing them all at you I’ve tried to spread them out a bit and bring you as much unique content and insight as possible.
Much of the new gear which has been released recently isn’t even available to buy yet.
Best putters 2018
We’ve had a LOT of new putters being launched over the last couple of weeks.
So as we long for fast and true greens, here’s a round up of all the new flatsticks coming your way in 2018.
Best putters 2018: Odyssey
Odyssey are the number one putter brand on tour and have some of the best-loved headshapes and alignment technologies in the game.
Odyssey do a really good job of integrating their latest face technology into all their popular shapes.
If you’ve always been a 2-Ball or a #7 player, you can update with the latest innovations and finishes.
So what’s new from Odyssey in 2018? Well now you can get your favourite putter in a black or red finish.
Yes, much of this is down to the success of the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red putter. Why wouldn’t the number one putter brand offer their models in a colour clearly in demand?
There’s now an all-new, 12-model O-Works Black line as well as adding six new models to its existing Red putter range.
They all feature Microhinge Face Insert Technology, which produces more topspin to get the ball into a better roll quicker, reducing skid.
The full range of O-Works Black putters includes: #1, #7, #1 Wide S, #7 Tank, #1 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, #2M CS, 330M, #2W, Jailbird Mini, #3T, Black Marxman.
Added to O-Works Red for 2018 are: #1 Wide S, #1 Tank, 2-Ball Fang, Jailbird Mini, #7 Tank, Marxman.
Already in the O-Works Red range (launched July 2017): 2-Ball, #7, R-Line, V-Line Fang, #7S.
Best putters 2018 – Scotty Cameron
And for my money, they are the best-looking models around. They’ll set you back a few quid but you’ll never tire from removing the head cover – at home when your partner isn’t looking, and on the golf course.
New for 2018 is an updated Select line of putters – the brand’s blade and mid-size mallet range.
We have seven models in total with the Select Laguna making a comeback along with a new Fastback and Squareback model.
These are added to the Newport, Newport 2, Newport 2.5 and Newport 3.
The new models include a four-way balanced sole design, increased vibration dampening technology with refined contours.
Here’s Mr Cameron’s thoughts on the new line:
“Everything I’ve learned from refining and redesigning Newport-style putters over the last two decades has gone into this 2018 Select line.
“I always strive to raise the bar by incorporating new materials, milling and manufacturing techniques. I’m at the point with the Select line of putters that now I’m hyper-focused on the finest details.
“Tour players pick up on things most people don’t, but those details can make a big difference in how a putter performs.
“We’ve re-engineered the sole to account for the shaft and grip weight by actually moving metal in minute increments to help the putter align perfectly. I call it four-way sole balancing because we’ve balanced the putter from face to cavity, and from heel to toe.”
Best putters 2018 – Ping
Ping have introduced an updated line of their popular Vault putters.
The premium Vault 2.0 range features some classic shapes from down the years with four blades and two mallets to choose from.
Golfers can choose from three premium finishes (Stealth, Platinum or Copper) in five models precision-milled from 303 stainless steel,
These include include the new Dale Anser, which is inspired by one of the original Anser putter moulds created by Allan Dale Solheim.
The award-winning Ketsch mallet (Stealth or Slate finish) combines a fully-machined 6061 aerospace-grade aluminium body with a stainless steel sole plate for an extremely high MOI (moment of inertia, resistance to twisting on impact).
All the models are fit for a particular stroke and designed with varying alignment aids.
“The Ping Vault 2.0 putters are luxurious works of art that are engineered to perform,” said John K Solheim, Ping’s president.
“The craftsmanship and materials used in our milling and finishing processes ensure premium, eye-catching designs that appeal to the most discerning golfers. The ability to customise the weights provides golfers a putter uniquely built to fit their game.”
Best putters 2018 – TaylorMade
After the success of the Spider Tour Red it’s no surprise to see TaylorMade introduce a full line.
But there’s a lot more here than Spider Red’s with different hosels and alignments.
We’ve also got Spider Tour Black, Silver and the all-new Spider Arc putters which features a 3.65 in heavy stainless steel ring for more stability and an arced geometry cup design for better visual alignment.
“Putters are unique, perhaps the most unique of any club in the bag,” said Bill Price, senior director, product creation, putters and wedges.
“What we continue to experience inside the TaylorMade putting lab is that different players line up better with and without sightlines as well as different hosels.
“We’re now able to offer consumers the opportunity to experience the Spider Tour putter with the ability to match their eyesight with a variety of hosels and sightlines.”
Best putters 2018 – Cleveland
Cleveland first launched their TFi 2135 putters a couple of years ago.
They featured a raised sightline which was designed to line-up exactly with the centre of the ball.
The new TFi Satin range features, high-contrast alignment lines and a customised milling pattern on each of the six head shapes.
“Traditional putters come up short when you hit the ball even just a bit toward the heel or toe,” said Jeff Brunski, director of R&D at Cleveland Golf.
“We lowered ball speed on center strikes and added ball speed on off-center strikes to produce uniform distance no matter where you strike the ball.
“The exact magnitude of these changes varies slightly based on the shape and weighting of the putter model. So we’ve actually produced a different face for every model within the family to make sure each one provides perfect distance control.”
Best putters 2018 EvnRoll
EvnRoll unveiled seven 100% milled designs featuring their “Sweet Face” Technology at the PGA Show two years ago.
Just two years later, there are five striking new models for the 2018 season, including the super-stable ER9-10K Extreme mallet.
EvnRoll putter designer Guerin Rife set himself a challenge to design a putter with double the MOI of many of the most popular high MOI head designs on tour.
“I noticed more and more lately that many players on the PGA Tour are opting for high MOI oversized putter head designs,” said Rife.
“They have to stand over a 4-foot putt worth $200k to $1m that will change their life. The pressure can be paralysing.”
Best putters 2018 – Wilson Staff
Wilson have redesigned their Infinite putter range with six new models.
The new putters (three blade and three mallet) are all named after landmarks and neighbourhoods in the brand’s home city of Chicago – Windy City, Lake Shore, Michigan Ave, Grant Park, South Side and The Bean.
Featuring counterbalance technology, the putters combine a heavier head and grip weights, moving the balance point closer to the hands for a smoother and more controlled putting stroke.
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