Strike Zones: 8 top putterfaces and how they can improve your putting
Some putterfaces feature unique inserts. Others are precisely patterned or milled. Regardless, all the top options strive to optimize feel and roll. Learn all about eight of the best below.
1. Bettinardi Micro Honeycomb milling pattern
Bettinardi has produced some of the highest-quality milled putters in the game, and the latest Queen B series is no exception. The soft carbon steel construction and high-quality finish are complemented by Bettinardi’s trademark Micro Honeycomb milling pattern, which features less surface area contact at impact for improved feel.
2. Cleveland Speed Optimized Face technology
Cleveland’s Speed Optimized Face Technology (SOFT) comes standard in all Huntington Beach SOFT putters. The unique milling pattern (optimized for all six putter models) ensures that roll distance on both center hits and those closer to the heel and toe is roughly the same. The deep CNC-milled grooves also help provide a soft feel at impact.
3. Evnroll Precise patented face milling
Designed by industry veteran Guerin Rife, Evnroll putters feature a patented “Precise” milling pattern that transfers more energy on off-center hits and less on center strikes to even out roll distances, regardless of contact point. The face-milling pattern also helps direct putts back to the target line on off-center hits.
4. Odyssey Toulon Design Deep Diamond Mill pattern
When Sean Toulon and his team designed the original Toulon putters, they focused on developing the perfect milling pattern for both feel and performance. Their extensive research produced the deep crosshatch groove pattern that controls sound and feel while also providing an improved end-over-end roll.
5. Odyssey White Hot Microhinge insert
Featured on Odyssey’s Stroke Lab and EXO putters, this soft but responsive hybrid combines two of the company’s most notable inserts—White Hot and Microhinge. The White Hot material produces a soft feel and added forgiveness, while the Microhinge flexes at impact for a smoother, more immediate roll.
6. Ping Dual-Durometer Face with TR pattern
The new Sigma 2 line of putters incorporates two Ping technologies in the face. A dual-durometer PEBAX insert with a soft front layer and firmer back layer provides more touch on short putts and improved feel and feedback on longer lags. The TR face pattern varies in depth and pitch to produce consistent speed across the entire putterface.
7. Scotty Cameron Solid 6061 Aluminum face
The new Phantom X putters feature a multi-material design for extra-high MOI and forgiveness. A big piece of that puzzle is a milled, solid block of aluminum that comprises the face and extends through the flange area. Solid aluminum provides a responsive, soft feel, while the milling pattern helps roll it smooth on strikes across the entire face.
8. TaylorMade Pure Roll insert
The Spider X putter has been a big hit on Tour and in retail shops, thanks in large part to an extremely high-MOI design delivered in a more compact package. A reengineered 5mm Pure Roll insert fashioned from slightly thicker white Surlyn helps improve sound and feel, while 12 grooves set in the insert at a 45-degree angle help improve roll.
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