The Science Behind Golf’s Newest Putters

Over the last couple of months, there have been a few new putters that have created awesome breakthroughs in the game of golf and have some awesome science behind them. In this post we break them down, explain their differences and talk about what you should be looking for when you’re shopping!

Below we have listed 6 of the most notable new putters, what makes them special and how to discover which one is right for you.

PING Sigma G

PING has a brand new line called the Sigma G and they’re using some awesome new technology as well as some things that have been in their lines previously to create a great putter.

On the face of the golf club, there are actually some special lines that initially draw your attention. Then, upon looking further, you will also notice that there is a bit more material on the sides of the face than in the middle.

What that does is if you hit the ball in the middle, it’s going to roll at a certain distance. But, if you hit a putt on the heel or toe, it’s actually going to roll out slightly farther, because there’s more material taken out of the center of the putter, and put on the sides of the putter.

Typically when you hit a ball off the heel or toe of a putter, it doesn’t roll nearly as far as when you hit it in the middle. So, what Ping has done is they’ve artificially taken it and made it slightly duller in the very center, and more pronounced on the sides. It’s totally legal with USGA and is basically compromising any deficiencies that you might have in your putting stroke.

Additionally, on the very tip of the grip of this putter, there’s actually a tool that goes down into it that and twists counterclockwise and clockwise, telescoping the grip up and down the shaft.

So whereas in the olden days you get a putter that might be 32, or 33, or 35 inches, this putter can go anywhere from 32 inches all the way to 36 inches, all within one single putter.

From a stocking standpoint, it’s made it really easy because we can actually fit anyone with any model of putter. All of the Sigma 2 putters have this and I would imagine that as they continue to evolve and add new putter lines, they’re going to have more and more of these putters.

SeeMore Putters

Number two is the SeeMore putters. We’ve carried SeeMore for a long time, but they have a variety of new mallet and blade heads that are available now with both cast and milled putter heads.

With the SeeMore putters, you’re actually going to see a little red dot on the heel. This is there because when you’re lining up your putt, you know that you’re directly over the ball when you can’t see the red. If you are in front or behind the ball, you will be able to see that red dot which means you aren’t correctly lined up.

When you’re set up correctly, you can’t see that red dot anymore, and you should only see the two white lines. This actually allows you to create a perfect setup and get perfectly aligned for every putt! When you can eliminate that red dot from your view you know you are set up correctly over the top of the ball.

Most people think that they’re lined up properly when they’re over a putt but actually, most of us, perhaps as many as 90% of us, are not. This includes Tour players.

This is why when we putt and things go left or right at the hole, we just aren’t lined up correctly.

So the cool thing about this new SeeMore putter is that red dot alignment aid and they have that on all SeeMore putters. It’s a unique standard thing that they put across their line on both their cast and their milled putters. That’s one of their biggest selling points.

Additionally, they have a center shaft with a groove in the middle and what they’re doing with this is they’re taking materials out of the back of the putter, and actually moving them back to increase the moment of inertia, which we’ll go into a bit later in this blog.

Odyssey Stroke Lab Putter

Next, we have the Odyssey putter and their brand new model called the Stroke Lab.

Odyssey is one of the best putter sellers out there with a number of different models!

Two big notable things with this putter are the face and the shaft. First, let’s discuss the face of the putter. You’ll see some little ridges in here that are small levers that are actually not flushed with the putter face.

If you looked at a microscope and looked at those ridges, they’re actually angled up against the putter face, almost like small scales.

These ridges are tiny springs so that when you hit the putter, it launches that ball back up and creates overspin on the ball which reduces ball bounce and skid so that you have a smoother, more accurate putt.

Having overspin on the ball sooner is going to create a more true roll and get you closer to the target that you’re aiming at.

The other big feature on this is actually Odyssey’s new Stroke Lab putter shaft. It’s half steel and half graphite which creates a counterbalanced putter with almost no torque on the shaft.

What this does is move weight up the end of the grip, add more weight at the bottom of the grip and try to take weight out in the middle. This will create a more pendulum-like stroke in concert with our hands. That should, therefore, create a smoother more consistent putt time and time again, as well as creating a more easily repeatable motion.

Additionally, Golf Digest recently gave this putter five out of five stars.

Odyssey O-Works Line

Odyssey also has their O Works line which includes their famous two ball putter. With the two-ball putter, you can see two discs on the top. When you line those discs up with a golf ball, the two discs and ball will create an alignment line that can be used to line up your putt. Statistics have shown that having the ability to line up putts like this towards the hole has made a phenomenal difference in a golfer’s confidence.

This putter comes in a number of different, styles, colors and designs so that it can be made to fit the preferences of almost any golfer.

Scotty Cameron

Let’s talk moment of inertia here. So with the brand new Cameron putters, the Futura and Concept, you’re going to see how it has this kind of spacecraft shape.

The Futura is made of aluminum, which is CNC milled, and it’s very lightweight, with the exception of these two discs that are in the back. Those are actually heavy tungsten screws that put more weight on the back of the putter.

What most companies are trying to do with mallet designs is that, while a blade putter is usually narrow from face to the back and all of them are the same distance in from heel to toe, a mallet putter can be almost any shape and size.

There are a million different wild designs here, but what the vendors are trying to do with mallets, is actually move the center of gravity further back.

With a blade putter, the center of gravity is right up towards the face of the putter and right behind the center spot. What happens is that when you hit a ball off the heel or toe, the putter will twist, causing you to lose power and the ball to roll off course.

But, with a mallet patter, they’re able to get the center of gravity moved back in the golf club which causes less twisting in the clubface. This same concept is used in almost all clubs, namely, drivers where we are seeing more and more tungsten weights that are putting the center of gravity farther in the back of the club and reducing twisting of the clubface.

With the two big heavy tungsten screws in the Cameron putter, the center of gravity, that moment of inertia, is dramatically increased because that weight is pushed back in the golf club causing the heel or toe to twist far less.

So if you hit the ball with a center of gravity that is farther back then it won’t twist as much on impact with the ball and allow you to hit it as hard as anticipated even if you happen to hit it more on the heel or toe because it requires a lot more energy to cause your club to twist in this case.

Taylor Made Spider

Here is another mallet putter, the Taylor Made Spider Putter. Dustin Johnson and Jason Day made these really famous a couple of years ago and they are actually now available in any color combination that you could want.

This putter is also made of aluminum like the Cameron, very lightweight metal. You’ll also see on this club two black marks that are actually two very heavy tungsten weights that go off the back and that moves that center of gravity back in the golf club and allows you to increase the moment of inertia so that no matter where you hit on the face, it’s going to roll at the same distance and it’s going to roll it straighter.

How to Know Which is Best For You

The beautiful part about putters is that it’s all personal. Some people do not like the idea of using the mallet putters, even though the technology is proven to be able to help you. If you’re looking over it and you don’t have confidence that this is better for you then it won’t work.

With so many different weights, styles, colors, and a number of other variables, the best thing to do is to try them side by side and get fitted with the putter that works best for your skill level and playing style. Hit them side by side and actually narrow down for yourself what you feel most confident with.

Milled Vs. Cast Putters: What’s the difference and Which is Best For You?

Although putters may not make it into the spotlight as much as drivers and irons, they are still widely popular. Many companies are working extremely hard to advance the technology allowing the everyday golfer to shoot like the pros and the pros to drive their scores even lower below par!

One main area of debate, advancement and discussion is the difference between and the benefits of milled putters vs. cast putters. Which is better, what advantages they have and so forth. As a result, one of the biggest questions that golfers have to answer when choosing a putter is if they want it cast or milled.

However, not all golfers know the real difference between the two or how they are even made and, as a result, we thought that we should explain the difference between the two.

Cast Putters

First of all, we have cast putters. These putters are molded into shape using hot metal and a mold and are typically made of a few different pieces that are put together to create the head of your putter.

This can be beneficial in regards to some scientific advancements with the use of synthetic materials to increase topspin, reduce skid, allow for more power with less effort and so forth.

However, with cast putters, you often have hot spots and soft spots that allow for some inconsistencies in the club that make it hit harder in some areas and less hard in others. This is one of the main complaints with these kinds of putters as this can cause problems for the pro golfer who needs to be able to rely on his or her club to consistently hit with the same speed and accuracy.

Cast clubs, however, are often much less expensive ranging from $100 often to around $300 for most putters making them more easily accessible and potentially the better option for the beginner to intermediate golfer.

Milled Putters

A CNC milled putter is actually a putter that has been milled out of a brick of aluminum which allows them to be extremely exact, and more importantly, adds more consistency to your putting.

They make these types of putters by taking a raw piece of aluminum and stamping it out dozens or in some cases, hundreds of times under literally tons of pressure to get it as dense as they possibly can. Then they have a machine, basically, a large drill bit, come in and drill out the putter, making a complete putter head out of the brick of aluminum. This creates a putter head that is one piece with almost no imperfections making more putts more consistent and reliable.

Typically, milled putters are much more expensive than a cast putter and often cost anywhere from $500 – $1,000.

The reason they are so expensive is that there’s just so much more material that’s needed and a CNC milling machine usually starts at about half a million dollars for one, so there’s a lot of expensive technology that’s involved in the process.

These types of putters are typically best for the advanced golfer or the perfectionist who wants to know that their putter is perfect, so any missed putts they have are their fault.

If you want to check out all of the putters that we have available, you can here!

The Odyssey Stroke Lab Putter Has Arrived

The new Stroke Lab putter is about challenging common, well-established putter norms with innovative ideas that promote better performance. The new line of putters incorporates a unique new method of weight distribution designed to improve the physical dynamics of the stroke.

Most golfers’ putting strokes are inconsistent. Yet most putting technologies focus on improving alignment or improving the quality of roll. They attempt to mask a given stroke’s weaknesses instead of improving those weaknesses. Odyssey’s new Stroke Lab putter line helps improve the stroke through a profound change in weight distribution made possible by an innovative new shaft*. This is a completely new approach to putter weighting, and only Odyssey has it.

The effect of Stroke Lab’s innovative weight distribution on the stroke is dramatic. Odyssey studies indicate improvements in the consistency of backswing time, face-angle at impact, ball speed, and ball direction*. Feel for the putterhead becomes more acute, helping the golfer repeat the same, smooth stroke time after time.

Stroke Lab putters are targeted at any golfer who wants to putt better (that’s everyone). The Stroke Lab lineup consists of 10 great shapes — six mallets and four blades – all with the newest White Hot Microhinge insert for smooth roll and great feel, in a choice of pistol grip or oversize grip.

Features & Benefits
Multi-material Stroke Lab Shaft for Innovative Weight Distribution
Tip-heavy graphite and steel shaft saves 40 grams* that’s relocated into each end of the putter to change performance dynamics.

Slightly Stiffer and Lower Torque for Increased Control
The Stroke Lab shaft is slightly stiffer and lower torque compared to standard putter shafts for to better control the slightly heavier head.

Sole Weights and Grip Weight for a Smooth and Accurate Stroke
Additional weight in the sole and butt-end of the grip change the putter’s dynamics to help golfers consistently repeat a smoother and more accurate stroke.

White Hot Microhinge Face Insert for a Great Feel and Smooth Roll
Combines legendary White Hot feel with dozens of microhinges embedded across the face that promote topspin for smooth roll and acute distance control.

*Improvement claims based on comparison testing versus an Odyssey #7 putter.

** Compared to a standard Odyssey steel putter shaft.