If you’re in a hurry and just want to find the Best Putter for Beginners and High Handicappers in 2019, then we recommend the Evnroll ER5 Hatchback.
“Drive for show, putt for dough.” While we feel driving the ball isn’t just for show, there’s no argument from almost everyone that improving your putting is the easiest and quickest to shave strokes off your score and lower your handicap.
The question is, which one do I get? Putters without question, when compared to any other club, have the most options available on the market.
In this article, we’re going to be reviewing the following putters:
- Odyssey EXO Rossie
- TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 3
- Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4
- Tommy Armour Impact No. 3
- Evnroll ER5 Hatchback
So in your goal to find the best putter for beginners and high handicappers, we created this guide to help you get some basic information and to keep certain things in mind when choosing the best one for you.
Beginners Guide To Putters
*PLEASE READ THIS FIRST*
We’re going to go into some nitty gritty details about putter design but there’s a couple things we want to make very clear.
Putting is highly personal. Please take our recommendations with a grain of salt, so find one that your comfortable with and gives you confidence
Number 2, in our opinion, the primary goal of putting is to get a true end over end roll on the ball and this happens by transferring the maximum amount of energy at impact with a square face. How you accomplish can be done in a variety of ways but you want to able to do it consistently and under pressure.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get into it!
Putters heads can be broken down into 2 broad types; blades and mallets.
As general rule (please keep this in mind and don’t bite our heads off), if you can make solid contact most of the time, then a traditional blade putter should work just fine. They’re simple and get the job done.
Now for those of us that struggle making consistent contact, then a mallet probably makes more sense. Reason being, they have much more forgiveness built into them that allows more energy to be transferred to the ball on less than perfect contact.
Did you know at one point back in 2018 that 9 out of the top 10 players on the PGA Tour were using some sort of mallet putter?!
A technical term that refers to how the putter face is aligned when it is hanging naturally. More simply it is a function of where the weight is placed in the putter head.
If the most of the weight is placed in the toe of the putter (full toe hang) the putter face will be perpendicular to the ground. If the weight is evenly distributed in the putter head (face balanced), then the the putter face will be parallel to the ground.
Now the toe hang will vary somewhere between these 2 points; a full toe hang and face balanced.
In a nutshell the amount of toe hang, will affect how the face is angled at impact which is a result of how you swing.
I know this is a lot but to keep things simple, a beginner golfer shouldn’t be too concerned about this. As we mentioned above, the the primary goal of putting is to get a true end over end roll on the ball and whatever amount of toe hang does this for you, use it!
This term refers to how the shaft is positioned and aligned to the putter head. Offset affects how the golfer aims the putter and how the face lines up at impact.
Now the way this occurs can vary from the type of hosel and the bend in the shaft but for simplicity sake it usually falls into 1 of 3 categories:
In this type of alignment, the shaft is directly lined up with the putter face
With this alignment, the shaft is roughly partially in front of the putter face
On this alignment, the shaft is completely in front of the putter face
Offset can also affect whether or not a putter face is square at impact depending on how you swing. Just like toe hang, for beginners your goal is to find the offset for your stroke that helps you get good consistent contact that gets the ball rolling end over end.
There are 2 broad categories when it comes to putter face material; ones with some sort of insert and ones made from one solid piece.
Inserts, like the name implies, have some sort of material inserted into the face to provide a softer overall feel. The one piece putters are normally formed from a single block of steel and the face is made of the same material as the body.
Now the faces on these one piece putters may have a different texture on the face (grooved or milled) and each one produces a unique type of feel at impact.
Prior to the R&A and USGA banning the ability to anchor a putter against your body in 2016, there were a good amount of long putters being played, but today the vast majority are the standard length. If you do decide to use a long putter, please make sure you’re following the current rule on how to use them.
The length of a putter has have a significant effect on the weight and overall feel of the putter. That’s one reason why you see putters with adjustable weights in order to change the swing feel of the club.
Putter grips basically come in 3 basic varieties with regard to their circumference; skinny, normal, and fat.
The skinny grips can allow for more hand movement through the stroke while the fat grips can limit it.
A unique thing with putters are that there are multiple grip options available in a variety of textures, styles, and shapes in order to feel comfortable and stable in your hands.
What To Consider When Choosing The Best Putter for Beginners and High Handicappers
Before we dive into the importance of the mental aspect in selecting the best putter for you, we feel that beginners and high handicappers should definitely lean towards a mallet putter for one main reason, higher MOI.
Moment of Inertia (MOI)
Let’s make this super simple; the higher the MOI in a putter head, the greater chance a golfer has to sinking a putt.
So what exactly is MOI? Okay you asked for it….*WARNING NERD ALERT*
According to Brett Lindsey, VP of Technical Services at GolfWorks, “Moment of Inertia itself can be defined as a measurement of an object’s resistance to twisting. The higher the MOI of an object, the more resistant (or harder) it is to get to rotate about its center. The lower the MOI of an object, the less resistant (or easier) it is to get in motion. The art of putting requires us to strike the golf ball with a particular type of mass (putter head), and we want that mass to transfer the energy directly to the object we are trying to target (in this case, a golf ball). Because we cannot hit the object perfectly every time (not very often at all really), energy is lost, along with a distance and directional control. More often than not, the golfer will strike the putt off-center. The putter head will twist, which not only causes loss of the energy going forward, but will also cause directional problems as well. The loss of distance and directional control is what causes us to be unsuccessful on the green.”
To summarize the above, if a putter has a higher MOI, the more forgiveness you have on off center hits. If you have more forgiveness on off center hits, you won’t lose as much distance on your putts and the ball will stay closer to it’s target line.
One final note to drive home why a higher MOI is important for beginners and handicappers is this:
- Tour pro has a putter face impact area of about .06 inches
- 0-5 handicap has a putter face impact area of about .29 inches
- 18+ handicap has a putter fact impact area of about .88 inches
A high handicapper is 3x less likely to hit the sweet spot of the putter face than a single digit handicapper.
The Mental Side
Developing a consistent putting stroke takes a good amount of practice and skill but just as important is your confidence.
There’s even a condition called the “yips” which affects your ability to make short putts. The yips are the result of a lack of confidence that makes it very difficult to make a smooth putting stroke.
In fact, even some PGA Tour pros have gotten the yips!
To avoid getting the yips there are 2 things to focus on that will give you confidence; comfort and feel.
Comfort At Setup
Your personal comfort when standing over a putt is important. One question you should ask yourself when you’re standing over a putt is, do you feel like you’re lined up correctly? You should also feel like the putter sits comfortably behind the ball without having to make any awkward adjustments.
When we talk about feel, we’re talking about how the putter feels when you’re making a stroke. Does it feel to heavy or does it feel too light? Do you feel like you need to manipulate the putter head to get it back to square? How does it feel at impact, too soft or too firm?
Best Putters for Beginners and High Handicappers Reviewed
This putter features a new multi-material design that uses milled aluminum in the center of the head and heavier stainless steel in the perimeter.
With the heavier weight on the outside, this putters is more stable and forgiving by creating a high MOI
An insert, featuring Odyssey’s White Hot technology, gets the ball rolling end over end immediately while combining good feel and feedback.
- According to Odyssey this putter features their highest MOI design
- Multiple alignment lines make setting up confidently simple
- Reliable performer made by the best selling putter manufacturer
- Bright red head may be distracting for some
- Mid-high price point
When it comes to looks, the TP Ardmore 3 putter is one beautiful putter with it’s sleek black copper color!
A winged mallet shape provides a high MOI for stability and forgiveness.
This putter features TaylorMade’s Pure Roll insert that combines special angled grooves with a softer polymer to increase topspin and improve forward roll across varying surfaces in order to generate a truer roll.
Finally an easy alignment line makes lining up putts a breeze and adjustable toe and heel weights allow for simple customization.
- Beautiful copper finish
- Adjustable weights allow for customization
- Proven putter face technology used by the best golfers in the world
- Mid-low price point
- High MOI design
- Single alignment line can feel difficult to line up putts at times
- Copper look with red face may not appeal to some
A unique feature of this putter is a new mechanism inside the grip, that can be adjusted with a torque wrench, allows for complete customization of the putter length.
Ping’s multi material insert provides ideal feedback for both short and long putts for improved feel, while TR Technology features True Roll grooves that allow for consistent balls speed for off center contact
Finally the Tyne 4 features the popular “winged” mallet shape, for easy alignment and high MOI for stability and forgiveness.
- Ability to customize putter length without needing to cut shaft
- Good forgiveness on short putts
- Simple, classic look
- Feedback and feel can sometimes feel muted
- Less forgiving on long putts
- Mid-high price point
This no frills design, high MOI mallet putter features a face balanced design and perimeter weighting for high forgiveness and stability.
By combining a high grade aluminum and elastomer backing into the insert, this putter provides amazing feel and feedback.
Even though it’s a budget putter, the entire face features precision milling for consistent contact and roll.
- Low-budget price
- Very consistent on short putts
- High MOI design
- No frills design can look somewhat low quality
- Not very forgiving on long putts
A relative newcomer to the market, Evnroll has only been making putters since 2015 but it’s founder has been making putters for over 25 years.
This putter has some truly unique technology not seen in any putters.
Featuring “Sweet Face Technology”, the Evnroll putter face has a unique milling technology so that off center strikes stray less of line and still go the desired distance.
The “Gravity Grip” features a steel rod inside the grip that allows you to feel the angle of the putter face and have maximum control.
Two subtle unpainted dots on both sides of the alignment line add a uniques feature to help line up putter
Finally the all black design, including an all black shaft, make this one handsome putter!
- Beautifully designed putter
- Easy to align with sight line and dots
- Face technology and high MOI design provides maximum forgiveness on both short and long putts
- Grip has a different feel which can be off putting to some
- High price
As we stated in the beginning, selecting a putter is highly personal since many subjective factors can come into play. Confidence is just as important as performance.
When it comes to to putters for beginners and high handicappers, we feel high MOI mallet designed putters are the best options and the 5 selected above were some of the best featuring this technology.
Since hitting the sweet spot on putters consistently is such a difficult task (especially for beginners), putts that veered less offline and still rolled the desired distance on off center impact was of utmost importance.
And with that being said, we feel the Evnroll ER5 Hatchback is the best choice.
Although this was the most costly of the putters that we reviewed and the grip can sometimes feel a little awkward for some, it’s face technology, high MOI, and overall forgiveness is outstanding. In the end, we believe putts that can still end up in the hole, even on off center hits, made the Evnroll ER5 Hatchback the clear winner.