The basic head profile of heel-toe weighted putters was conceived by Karsten Solheim, founder of Ping, more than 40 years ago and has stood the test of time. Keeping the weight low and toward the edges still produces pure putts, but even Solheim would be amazed and delighted by today’s high-tech materials and design efficiencies. The quintet shown here has better balance and superior sightlines than their predecessors. Read on to learn how the group squeezes more feel out of impact while improving roll.
Hammy Pro 100-P
The Hammy isn’t just a putter–it’s a new way to putt. The shaft has three different bends that promote an open stance (between your normal setup and sidesaddle). The idea is to see the line using both eyes, and the split grip spreads your hands for control. Among those smitten with the Hammy is Natalie Gulbis.
$160; 866-426-3167, hammyputter.com
Odyssey White Steel #1
A defined, yet understated, satin aiming stripe on top points the way to the hole. The dual face insert–milled steel plate supported by urethane backing is similar to the company’s White Hot insert. Feeling is believing: White Steel putters are burning up the market.
$150; 800-588-9836, odysseygolf.com
Ping G5i Zing
The G5i series morphs the Craz-E look (crescent alignment aid plus holes along the sole) with 11 familiar Ping head styles. Zing’s two-piece urethane insert combines a harder surface (light blue color) with softer (dark blue) one. The payoff is soft feel plus the oomph found in metal faces.
$135; 800-474-6434, pinggolf.com
TaylorMade Rossa CGB Daytona 1
Two pairs of tungsten rods in the heel and toe increase head stability and loft for smoother roll. But its crowning achievement is a grooved titallium face insert with 12 polymer-filled grooves that contact the ball and impart immediate forward spin rather than backspin. You’ve got to try it to believe it.
$158; 800-456-8633, taylormadegolf.com
Yes! Golf C-Groove Callie
Made from stainless steel and featuring concentric face grooves that grip the ball on contact (similar to an iron), the Callie cuts down skid distance and gets the ball rolling sooner. (Retief Goosen won two U.S. Opens with C-Groove putters.) Grooved faces could grow in popularity as more firms explore this frontier.
$190; 800-845-4327, yesgolf.com