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If you’re in a hurry and just want to know our top choices, here they are:
- Best Overall: EvnRoll ER5
- Best Blade: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2
- Best Mallet: Ping Vault 2.0 Ketsch
- Most Affordable: Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft 4
There are 2 types of putters, those with milled faces and those with inserts. In the past, traditional wisdom said that inserts provided a softer feel while milled putters were firmer but got the ball rolling more quickly.
With today’s technology, these differences are no longer very pronounced. With a process known as “deep milling” the feel of a milled putter can be just as soft or softer than one with an insert and putters with inserts can get the ball rolling on its line just as quick.
The biggest difference now is that the process of constructing a milled putter is a little more exact because you are forming one single piece of material rather than adding materials together. The truth is that it comes down to preference.
If you prefer a milled putter, you can find reviews, descriptions, and information about the best milled putters of 2020 in this article.
Best Milled Putters in 2020 Reviewed
The EvnRoll ER5 takes a unique, what their website refers to as hatchback, design and has created one of our putters on the market. The ER5 is extremely forgiving with the winged design giving it a very high MOI and a huge sweet spot. It almost does not matter where on the face of your club you strike the ball, you are going to get consistent distance and a consistent line.
On top of that, the winged design makes it ridiculously easy to line your ball up and start it in the right direction. The precise CNC milling is evident on the face and gives you great feel and especially for such a large putter head. Even with the soft feel and great sound it produces, there is also a firmness about it that gives you confidence standing over the ball. While some putters send your ball skidding across the green before it settles and starts to roll, the ER5 gets your ball rolling end over end quickly and efficiently.
- Very easy to align.
- A huge sweet spot means that mishits go straight and with good distance.
- A high MOI.
- One of the most consistent putters out there.
- Gets the ball started on the right line, at the right speed, and with very few mishits.
- The groove technology gives you both a soft feel and a firm strike so the ball gets going end over end as quick as with any other putter.
- Looks great at setup.
- An expensive option.
- Some golfers may not like the size and density of the head.
- May be a little heavy for golfers used to a blade.
When you see a Scotty Cameron putter out on the course, you know right away. It’s kind of like driving past Porsche or hearing a Bose speaker, quality just kind of exudes from it. The Newport 2 putter fits this bill perfectly. It just looks like a high quality putter, and then its performance is every bit as good as its looks. The vibration dampening material results in a slight increase in softness.
The 3 red circles that aid in alignment inspire confidence at setup. The milled face is extremely soft but it is also forgiving and gets the ball going end over end quickly. On top of all of that, the blade design and feel that so many golfers favor is combined with the forgiveness of mallet putter to make it one of the most versatile and high performing putters on the market. The Tri-Sole design also promotes proper setup, great sightlines, and stable contact.
- A great blade look.
- The Tri-Sole design aids in setup and breeds confidence.
- One of the best looking putters out there.
- Very forgiving for a blade.
- Looks and feels like the most technologically advanced putter in its class.
- The precision milled face offers very soft feel and great consistency.
- The thin topline looks great at setup and aids on alignment.
- Lower MOI can lead to more mishits.
- One of the more expensive options.
- Made more for lower handicapped players.
Another unconventional design by EvnRoll with good results. The ER2 is a midblade putter because it is wide and has the size and MOI of a mallet with the look and feel of a blade. Looking down and aligning your putt is a large part of the battle in good putting. The ER2 helps you find that line and then gives you that added confidence to stroke the ball at the right speed and with a strong stroke.
The precision milling that EvnRoll is known for is very noticeable in the ER2 and it provides a really soft feel that you usually do not find in such a large club head. That soft feel combines well with the MOI and huge sweet spot which means that you get the best features of a mallet putter in the look of a blade. This club is also weighted well and is as consistent and stable at impact as any other putter on the market.
- A blade look at setup, mallet level MOI and forgiveness, and the soft feel that golfers are used to in a high end blade putter.
- The precision milling gives you both a huge sweet spot and soft feel.
- The added size is what gives you the MOI of a mallet.
- It is very easy to align partly because of the larger head size and partly because of the alignment aid.
- The milled grooves start wide in the center, but grow progressively wider so that the sweet spot extends far from the center.
- Performs really well on off center hits.
- Very consistent in terms of distance and accuracy.
- Another expensive option.
- While it looks like a blade, it does not feel like one in your hands and it can be difficult to get used to.
The reason that the Vault 2.0 Ketsch by Ping is our highest rated mallet putter is because of the True Technology. The combination of milled face pattern, high MOI, and huge sweet spot make this one of the best and most consistent putters out there. The True Roll Technology used in the groove and face design gets the ball going end over end very quickly. Why is this important? It is important because the quicker a ball gets into this motion on the green, the more consistent your distance will be and the truer the roll.
The Ketsch putter does this as well or better than any other putter on the list which makes it one of the most consistent putters. On top of that, the high MOI of the mallet head and the soft feel and firm face contact together mean fewer mishits and the putts that are struck off center go straighter and more precisely than ever before.
- One of the most forgiving putters on this list.
- The high MOI means that your club will not twist at impact so if you are aligned correctly, your ball will be heading towards the hole.
- That slight, curved offset helps tremendously with sight lines and alignment.
- The alignment aids and head size make it easy to find where you need to start the ball.
- Customizable weights make this one of the most versatile putters on the market.
- The sweet spot takes up a large portion of the face of the club, and the club is huge to start with. You should be able to get your ball going on line assuming you made the right read.
- The milled face gives you very soft feel and a great sound.
- Optimal for players with a straight-forward, straight-back style.
- Is not as visually appealing as most of the other clubs on the list.
- On the expensive side.
- You do not get the same forgiveness as some of the other clubs on the list.
The versatility of this putter is unmatched. One of the first things you will notice is the option to specify the grip, length, lie, and loft of the putter to suit your exact specifications and game. Bettinardi has developed the technology and designed the club, but they know it is up to each individual golfer to figure out the features and details that they want in their putter. The next thing you will notice, before ever striking a ball, is the simple but elegant design of this blade putter.
It is a classic shape in a nontraditional color finish and it looks great at setup. The milling process used on the blocks of carbon steel produce some of the softest feel on the market. The sound and feel at impact are really high end and set this putter apart. The staff is heavier and stiffer than ever too which give the club a lot of stability and a little more forgiveness as well.
- Extremely soft feel.
- Great lines and aesthetics.
- Very easy to align, especially for a blade putter.
- Very consistent in distance and feel.
- The classic blade look that many golfers favor.
- A simple but elegant look and from a terrific company.
- The new black finish reduces glare and provides really good contrast for alignment and aesthetics.
- Milled face sounds and performs extremely well.
- The grips and weighting of the club provide a lot of stability and feel.
- Not as forgiving as some of the other putters on the list.
- A high priced option.
- The MOI is lower than most.
There really is something special and unique about a Scotty Cameron design, and the Flowback 5 is a perfect example of that. It is a very modern looking mallet design, but the topline is so thin that it almost looks like a blade at setup. When you are looking down at a putt, you almost have the confidence that a mallet gives you in forgiveness and alignment coupled with the confidence that a blade gives you in design and feel. It sounds good, but it also sounds a little impossible…Until you see it for yourself. The mid-bend shaft is an interesting addition as well.
It aids in setup and giving you better sight lines, but it is a little different than what most golfers are used to. Other than that, it has a lot of the same technology as the other Scotty Cameron on this list. The soft Tri-Sole design, performance balanced weighting, and 3 red circles on the back cavity are all similar to what you see in the Newport. The main difference is the mallet design compared to the long, oversized blade.
- A mallet design and features with the topline of a blade.
- Looks and performs great.
- Designed by Scotty Cameron.
- A very high MOI and a huge sweet spot.
- Very good feel and distance control for a mallet.
- Easy to align.
- Almost looks like a blade at setup but with the larger club head to aid in alignment and MOI.
- On the expensive side.
- Does not have the same feel some of the blades or the same forgiveness as many of the mallets.
The classic blade design, offset, and feel with great looking milled face and an even better price. The Huntington Beach Soft 4 has a gray satin finish that provides some contrast and ease in alignment, but the key is the milled face. The milled face starts the ball out really well with less skid and a quick end over end motion. The grooves start very narrowly in the center but grow progressively wider as they move out.
This progressive groove design gives this blade putter one of the most forgiving face architectures out there. The speed optimized face technology helps to ensure that you get consistent speed across the face area to get more putts close. You will notice that the alignment aids are not as easy to see so a lot of that will fall on you, the golfer. In all, the Huntington Beach Soft 4 performs extremely well and is one of the more softest putters on the market for a great price.
- Very soft feeling putter.
- The gray satin finish looks great at setup.
- The precision milled face produces a really true roll with very soft feel.
- The “Speed Optimized Face” technology helps to ensure that you get consistent speeds and lines even on off center strikes.
- It is a good looking club, especially for the price.
- The most affordable putter on this list.
- Progressive grooves start narrow in the center and widen as they get closer to the outside.
- A very big sweet spot for a blade.
- Poor alignment aids.
- Not as visually appealing as some of the other clubs.
- Distance control is not as good as some of the other choices.
The Bettinardi BB45 is the first rounded face-balanced putter in the BB line and it is a good one. It is a very simple putter to hit, and it excels for players with a straight-forward/straight-back putting stroke. The MOI is high and the forgiveness is top-notch as is the case with a lot of mallet putters. What sets this one off is the feel. The Super-Fly mill face is extremely soft and very forgiving. In fact, mishits go almost as far and as straight as on-target shots.
There is a slightly thinner topline and a single bend shaft that helps with alignment and sight lines. The black finish reduces glare and gives you some contrast against the ball, and the clus is very easy to align. When you see the milled face, you will see how big the sweet spot is and when you swing it for the first time, you will feel the face-balanced weighting that keeps the ball going consistently straight at your chosen distance.
- Very soft feel for a mallet putter.
- The Super-Fly milled face grabs the ball and gets it moving end over end very quickly.
- Consistent distance.
- Very easy to align.
- A huge sweet spot so that mishits look like and perform like solid shots.
- Milled from soft carbon steel for extra softness and feel.
- On the expensive side.
- Some players do not like the “half moon” shape.
The first thing you notice about the Huntington Beach Soft 11 are the stability wings. Not because they are overly different, just because they are big. They aid in alignment, give you a very high MOI, and they provide a center weighting that is crucial to straight forward putting. This club is one of the most forgiving on the market, and the ball will go straight with consistent distance often.
The CNC milled face with speed optimization technology help to keep your putt on line and on distance even on off center strikes. Even with all of these features, it is one of the least expensive options on the list and is worth trying if your blade, or your putting game in general, needs to be revived.
- Very easy alignment.
- A good club at an even better price.
- A few finishing color options available.
- Speed optimized face technology that gives you precise and consistent distance no matter where on the face you strike the ball.
- The size and stability wings of the putter give it one of the highest MOI on the market. This club will not twist at impact.
- A very consistent roll.
- The ball starts its end over end trajectory quickly.
- A very large club face and the sweet spot is almost the entire face of the club.
- While it is an overall large head size, there are some blade design features present as well.
- Firmer feel that what many golfers desire.
- May be too heavy and too big for some golfers.
- Not exactly a mallet and not exactly a blade.
The copper finish on this club head looks brilliant and is different enough to get noticed. Ping has some great putters on the market right now, and this is one of their better ones. On top of that, the 3 different finishes you can choose from really set this club apart and the weighting options allow you some versatility and the ability to build the putt around your stroke.
These clubs look great at setup as well. Standing over the putt you can see the line clearly and the distance control and feel on these clubs are top notch. This club has a very high MOI for a blade as well as a really big sweet spot.
- Looks great at setup and in the bag.
- Incredible feel and strong consistency in forgiveness.
- As soft as any club on the market.
- A very consistent roll and the ball quickly transitions to end over end after a strike.
- Good and simple alignment tools.
- The offset and classical look of the club.
- Requires a more precise stroke than other clubs on this list.
- Made for lower handicappers.
- Not as forgiving as some others on the list.
- Does not stand out in anything but performs everything well.
What Is a Milled Putter?
A milled putter describes the process of building a putter from one solid piece of steel. You can see the milling on the face of each of these clubs and it is where the feel, distance control, and roll come from in a putting stroke.
The difference between a milled putter and one with an insert is that a putter with an insert is put together rather than formed. You begin with different pieces of materials and different parts of the club and you, for lack of a better term, assemble them.
With a milled putter, the club head and face is created from a solid piece of metal that is cut and shaved using a “milling” machine. Proponents of this type of putter point to the smaller likelihood of error, and more precise face architectures as to why they choose a milled putter over an insert.
The truth is, with today’s technology, it just comes down to personal preference. Technology has allowed a milled club to have the same soft feel that used to be reserved for inserts while inserts have gained the same type of forgiveness and ball roll that used to be reserved for milled putters.
Features To Look For In a Milled putter
Feel. Milled putters are known for their soft feel and great sound at impact. Feel is so important in golf and it is very important that you find the right putter for your game.
Sweet Spot. Oftentimes the milling process and where the milling starts and ends on the club face will determine the size of the sweet spot of the club. You want to make sure that you have a large sweet spot and that the milling of the club adds to it.
Forgiveness. Forgiveness takes into account MOI, the size of the sweet spot, and how the ball performs on mishits. You want a club that offers you the forgiveness to make a mistake while still getting you where you need to go.
Alignment. If you cannot align your putt correctly, then nothing else matters. You could hit it at the perfect speed and in the middle of the sweet spot, but a poorly aligned putt will just not find the hole. You want a putter than looks good to you and that aids you and gives you confidence in choosing the right line.
Do I Really Need a Milled Putter?
The short answer to this question is a resounding “no!” An insert putter is just as good and may even be better for your game. A milled putter versus an insert putter is not the difference between a game improvement putter and a performance putter. The choice to use a milled putter comes down to personal preference and what fits your club head swing the best.
If you have a putter that is easy to align, limits the number of mishits, helps off center strikes perform well, gives you a high MOI so that there is no twisting at contact, has a soft feel, and gives you really consistent distance control then you are starting out on the right foot.
The EvnRoll ER5 does all of these things well and that is why it is our choice for best overall milled putter. The design is not traditional and the club head is big, but the results speak for themselves.
Great forgiveness and a high MOI without being too oversized set the Ping Vault 2.0 Ketsch apart from its competition. It also has a huge sweet spot and gets the ball moving end over end very quickly.
Even as mallets gain in popularity worldwide, many golfers still prefer the blade design and feel. This Scotty Cameron blade combines a lot of the best of both worlds, but the feel and forgiveness combination set this one apart.
This club and the Huntington Beach Soft 11 are similar in features and price but different in design. Either club could make this list as the most affordable.