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“Golf’s Most Wanted!” – Mallet Awards

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Let’s Get to the Testing!

(Written by Golfspy Dave) Welcome to Day 2 of the “Golf’s Most Wanted!” – Mallet Awards.  Today we unveil the best mallet putter for 2013!  Remember in this competition, accuracy is everything. Here are the testing parameters:

:: Location of Testing:  Outdoor Practice Green at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex
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Ball Used:  Wilson FG Tour
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Number of Testers: 12
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HCPs of Testers: 2-20+
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Putters Tested: 16
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Total Balls Rolled Per Putter:  180
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Total Balls Rolled Per Tester: 240

:: Time for each tester to complete test: Approximately 2.25 hours

Accuracy Scoring

As we mentioned yesterday in Day 1 of the “Golf’s Most Wanted!” – Mallet Test, accuracy is the ultimate factor that matters when we have our putter on the course. To review our trial conditions, we had each tester take five putts at distances of 5, 10, and 20 feet. 15 putts per putter with each tester, gives us a total of 180 putts per putter.

Once the distances from the edge of the cup were adjusted (more info) for the five and ten foot putt, the scores from all of the testers were combined to generate a total accuracy score for each putter.  “Golf’s Most Wanted!” Mallet, should be the most accurate, regardless of the person swinging the stick.

Based upon our years of testing & data, we selected a total miss distance of 127.5 inches from the cup as the ideal accuracy value that a putter could achieve for a given tester. This number represents the total adjusted miss score for all fifteen putts for a given tester and equates to an average miss of 8.5 inches per putt.  Individual putters were then scored against this ideal accuracy value, with the final score representing a percentage of that ideal.  All numbers were rounded off to the nearest whole number. Here is an example of how the final accuracy score is calculated:

EXAMPLE: Accuracy Score Calculation

:: Total Miss Distance (all testers, adjusted for distance)= 1686 inches
:: Average Miss Distance Per Tester (Total/12)= 140.5 inches
:: Percentage of Accuracy Ideal Value (127.5/Average Miss Per Tester x 100)= 91%

Why Looks No Longer Matter

Some of you might be saying, “Wait a second, where is the looks category, this only shows accuracy, the looks of a putter matter!”  But do looks really matter when testing or purchasing a putter?  Most of you would say yes and so would every other knowledgable putter expert in the industry. Both you and the industry would be wrong.

This long believed assumption has been passed down from generation to generation spanning the history of the game.  Problem is, this assumption was never based on anything more than opinion.  Kind of like when we believed that the earth was flat, but once data was found to support otherwise…well…thankfully we (most of us) moved forward.  And when it comes to looks mattering with putters, we have data (lots of it) to support otherwise.

Yesterday, we told you that we have found some shocking information that will (should) forever change the way both you and the industry go about testing and buying putters.  After years of testing and collecting data we poured through the actual numbers and found that looks do not matter when it comes to putters. Meaning, they don’t actually influence a golfers performance.

Conventional wisdom states that a golfer’s views regarding the looks of a putter can have a positive or a negative impact on putting performance (accuracy).  Our data demonstrates that liking (or disliking) how a putter looks does not actually reflect how well one putts with that putter.  What it does show is “Accuracy” is everything, and that is why it is the central/only criteria for selecting the MyGolfSpy “Golf’s Most Wanted!” Mallet Awards. Yes, the news you are hearing today flies in the face of conventional putter selecting wisdom, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not true.

“Golf’s Most Wanted!” –  The Results

Not All Putters Are Created Equally

As you can see from the data, not all putters are created equal.

The results do show that the putter does influence the performance of the golfer.  The construction of some putters may make it more difficult for a player to put the ball into the cup, some have a moderate impact, and a select few can help any golfer to be more accurate, regardless of his or her skill level on the green.  Those putters are definitely the best of the class, and the best of the best represents the “Golf’s Most Wanted!” Mallet Putter.

The “Golf’s Most Wanted!” Mallet is a putter that is more accurate than its peers, and although the numbers were close, a putter did separate itself.  Based upon our data, the Bettinardi Signature 6 was the most accurate of the mallets tested, the dark horse STX Xform 3 finished in 2nd Place and the tour-tested Odyssey Metal-X #7 just edged out it’s 2-Ball cousin for 3rd Place.

The Winners

1st Place – Bettinardi Signature 6

Bettinardi Signature Model 6 is a compact mallet with a double bend shaft. The Signature Model 6 was designed to develop a putter with extreme perimeter weighting. This is to focus the weight more on the heel and the toe of the putter rather than the center. By doing this Bettinardi has created a smaller mallet with a generous sweet spot and the ability to keep putts online even hitting the ball off center.

Congratulations to Bettinardi Golf.  Your Signature 6 is the (MyGolfSpy “Golf’s Most Wanted” Mallet!)


2nd Place – STX Xform 3

The STX Xform 3 putter is 100% machined from extremely soft 304 stainless steel. Tour inspired designs combine classic elements with modern style. Their soft satin finish and distinctive milling lines create a glare free, rich appearance.

The Xform 3 Putter has deep diamond milling that  promotes a quicker forward roll and produces the soft feel desired by the best players in the world.

3rd Place – Odyssey Metal X #7

A modified mallet with weighted alignment wings.  The new Odyssey Metal-X #7 putter represents the latest chapter in a long history of game-changing innovations from Odyssey. The Metal-X insert provides the crisp feedback of a metal striking surface, coupled with the benefits of a softer urethane inner layer for amazing feel. The face pattern is unlike any other in golf and generates the truest roll in the game.

{ 74 comments… read them below or add one }

TwoSolitudes April 3, 2013 at 8:16 am

I am really surprised at SeeMore sitting there at the bottom. And I thought the Ping Nome would come in ahead of the Wolverine.

The main problem with the Bettinardi is the price. So if the STX is priced for non-millionaires, I will definitely be checking it out.

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JOEL GOODMAN April 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm

WITH HUMANS DOING THE STROKE THERE IS NO CONTROL OR CONSISTENCY OF MOTION, THEREFORE A TEST THAT IS MEANINGLESS AS THERE IS NO CONTROL DATA AND NO STANDARD TO COMPARE TO. THIS TEST IS A STUPID WASTE OF TIME.
DO THE SAME THING WITH A MACHINE “IRON BYRON” OR SIMILAR DOING THE REPETITIVE ,CONSISTENT AND CONTROLLED STRIKE OF THE BALL. ALL OTHER TESTS ARE INVALIS, STUPID AND A WASTE OF TIME AND EFFORT.

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Rev Kev April 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Joel,

Aside from the all caps I’d say that on the surface your post makes sense. That is until one realizes that he can’t take an Iron Byron out to putt on the course. It’s people who putt. The test is a valid measure of how these testers fared using a variety of different mallet putters. Your results may differ from theirs and will most certainly differ from those of Iron Byron. I’d suggest you try the putters out for yourself and see which one works best.

Good luck!

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JOEL GOODMAN April 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I USE A 20 YEAR OLD CALLAWAY LADIES PUTTER THAT I TOOK AWAY FROM MY WIFE. MY CURRENT HANDICAP INDEX IS 4.3, SO I GUESS IT WORKS PRETTY WELL. CHECK GHIN TO VERIFY MY INDEX…NO B.S.

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Bill Tetley April 4, 2013 at 6:58 am

Turn off caps lock please. You’re embarrassing yourself.

RP Jacobs II April 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

As has been the case with a few others on the site who use all caps, it is usually due to eye/sight impairments, and not a case of intentionally trying to piss other posters off or intentianally embarassing themselves.

If that is the case Joel, feel free to continue to use them if it makes it easier for you.

That’s great that ya found a putter that works for ya and you didn’t have to drop any dollars to get it. You have a very loving wife!

Have a great season

Fairways & Greens 4ever

JOEL GOODMAN April 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

SORRY IF MY USE OF CAPS ANNOYS YOU. IT IS MUCH EASIER FOR ME TO SEE AND READ THAN THE LOWER CASE LETTERS. NO, I AM NOT SHOUTING, I AM JUST 78 YEARS OLD, THAT’S ALL. OK?

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RP Jacobs II April 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm

#1, Joel, you owe absolutey noone an apology or an explanation. As I stated in my prior post, most of us understand that when all caps are used in today’s world, it is usually sight related. And if they don’t understand, screw ‘em!

#2 Joel, absolutely it’s ok for you to use caps when you post. You do not need to ask, nor explain yourself. Your posts were very insightful and please drop into the forum as your time permits. We really would welcome your contributions.

Fairways & Greens my Friend

And the Best with your “new” putter ;-)

Fairways & Greens 4ever

Bill Tetley April 5, 2013 at 6:37 am

Here’s a tip:

Hold CTRL and hit the “+” sign. All of the text will get bigger each time you hit the “+”.

CTRL and “0″ will reset it, and CTRL and “-” will make it smaller.

Make you’re text bigger instead of just caps locking everything. Furthermore, you can adjust the font size settings from the Control Panel on your desktop.

There’s no reason for him to make his posts harder to read when there are plenty of ways to make things easier for him to read while making it easy for me to read.

Joel Serra April 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Hey Joel,
Give the putter back to your poor wife! In this household, steeling the spousal putter amounts to domestic violence.
Joel S.

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JOEL GOODMAN April 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

Not a chance! She has a new putter she uses with great proficiency and the one I appropriated is doing great for me. I play 5 days a week and have had only 3 -3 putts in the month of march.

GolfSpy Dave April 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Hi Joel
The whole point was to see which putter would perform for human testers, universally performing better than the rest, regardless of who rolled it. The imperfections and differences in the strokes between the testers are the key feature that we would lose with a robot. We want to find the putter that overcomes these variables to perform for any player.

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Playtheblues September 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Hey Sport,

A lot too much coffee, lighten up Francis. Let loose of the caps lock as well. OBTW What’s INVALIS?

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David W April 6, 2013 at 8:08 am

I tried the Nome and Wolverine before purchasing the Wolverine (center-shafted). Putting is definitely a feel stroke when it comes confidence and I got that from the Wolverine.

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Mike B April 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

Do you work for Seemore?

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blstrong (SeeRed) April 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

I waited a long time to find the Xform3 for $150 instead of the retail $250. It has been worth the wait. it is by far the most accurate putter I have ever used. It really is just point and shoot. Another great review, MGS. Thanks for continuing to spend the time and energy to bring these to us.

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Jim April 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

Wow, I didn’t see Titleist or TP Mills in the list. Did they even tried?

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mygolfspy April 3, 2013 at 9:18 am

Both were contacted, both declined to participate.

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surewin73 April 3, 2013 at 9:27 am

I totally disagree with your looks does not matter comments. If any of my equipment does not look good to my eye, I would not feel confident and my performance would decrease. This has been my experience.

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GolfSpy Dave April 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

I bet you will be very interested to see the aesthetic scores then. If looks truly affect accuracy, then only the “best looking” putters will be the most accurate, right?

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frank April 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

I will bag looks for accuracy onte grens everyday and twice on sunday. Confidence does help but no matter how good you think you putter looks the accuracy numbers dont lie. I loved my customer Scotty (newport 2.5) almost to my own demise. I was streaky at best with that putter when it was good it was great and so pleasing to look at. switched off to the bobby grace little man, customized it myself, and have basically took long distnace putts to another level and my game has completely changed. I went from blade to a mallet on the drop of a dime and it was all due to accruacy.

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Lee Lewis April 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

I would say that maybe looks DID matter with accuracy. The three at the top were likely 3 of the highest rated for looks, and I don’t think anyone would argue that the Betti sig6 is one of, if not the most, beautiful mallets ever made.

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GolfSpy T April 5, 2013 at 6:45 am

We put lots of thought into removing looks, feel, other subjective stuff from the equation. The reasoning is basically twofold:

What looks, feels, sounds good to you may not to me…there’s absolutely no way to quantify it, so there’s no actual value in trying to put a score on it.

IF…as many people assume, looks absolutely do matter than their impact should ultimately be reflected by the actual performance (this putters ugly and because of that I don’t hit it well). You basically said it yourself. If you don’t like it, you don’t hit it well. That’s performance.

If looks actually don’t matter to a given individual, then performance isn’t impacted at all.

Either way…actual aesthetic impact is reflected in the performance.

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vadim April 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

i wonder how Yes! putters would have scored.

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Willie April 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

Of course everyone wants to see their favorite flat-stick in the running, but this was a great test!

I would love to see the data on the most accurate in different ranges as well. For instance, if I’m a great lag putter, but struggle in 5 ft range, I want a putter that will lift me up the most on that area.

This would be particularly interesting if the cheapest of the top 3 excelled at short putts vs. the $500 Bettinardi.

I also see any info from day one on if each player got to use their ideal length. If someone hits a 33″, but all test models were 35″. Just curious. Great test as always!

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frank April 3, 2013 at 10:42 am

Good stuff MGS. sad to see the Bobbby Grace line didn’t make it

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Damon April 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

I guessed xForm – I was close. I want to put one of these in the bag, need to wait for a sale.

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vadim April 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

why did you think xform was going to perform well?

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Damon April 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I hit it a few times in different stores. To my eye, it sets up nice and square, is easy to align, and has great feel/feedback. I think it would be very consistent out on the course.

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blstrong (SeeRed) April 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Check Rock Bottom Golf- that’s where I got mine.

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Drew April 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Great review, I will have to look at the Odysee since Im due for a new club in the bag.

How did you guys rotate the use of putters…beginning to ending? A putter used at the end could potentially have an advantage due to warm up, etc.

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Drew April 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

No response so I take it that a warm-up was not taken into account.

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Joe Golfer April 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Just goes to show how subjective putting can really be.
I’ve tried the STX putter, and I just didn’t care for it.
I’ve never tried Bettinardi, as stores just don’t carry them, even though they do make them about 20 minutes from where I live.
Nike isn’t known for their putters, but I’ve gone with a Nike OZ#6 for several seasons, and it has been great, even if it is a very funky looking putter. I even won a TaylorMade Ghost Corza putter a while back, but it never makes it into the bag, as it just doesn’t have the same accuracy and lag, despite being perhaps the hottest selling putter a couple of years back. Still have an Odyssey Dual Rossie from the very first year that Odyssey came out, before they were famous, and it still performs well also. Back then, folks weren’t getting info via the internet, so one would call a 1-800 telephone # and ask Odyssey to mail them a brochure.

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Mike April 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I’m curious about the individual results from the testers. Did anyone using the Bettinardi totally suck with it (vs other putters)? I’ve been reading a lot about Edel putters (including the MGS articles) and that would lead us to believe that no single putter model suits everyone. That’s because everyone sees the world a little differently, which affects aim. With that in mind, is the Bettinardi really a better putter, or does it just ‘fit’ a larger number of the testers? That’s why I’d love to see the numbers. I imagine there were testers that didn’t have it anywhere near the top 3.

I’d also be curious if the same testers performed better with putters fitted to them professionally, and if a fitted putter would beat the Bettinardi off-the-rack model? I think it would.

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GolfSpy Dave April 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

This was not about custom fitting. This was about finding the stock mallet that out performed the others. As I replied to another comment, there were accuracy variations among the testers from putter to putter, but the Sig 6 was the most accurate for the group as a whole.

As for your custom idea, if you pay to get fitted and for a custom putter to be made to match your stroke, it had better all off-the-rack putters for the person it was fit for. Someone may still out putt you with that stock Sig 6 though. It’s all about playing what gives you the best chance of making putts. For our group, the Sig 6 is that putter.

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Mike April 4, 2013 at 7:35 am

Thanks, Dave. Makes sense. I enjoyed the article and I look forward to more of these.

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Oldplayer April 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

It was not tested because it is an old model but the Rife two bar mallet is the most accurate putter I have ever used. Had it in the bag two years and it beats all comers hands down. Cost me $25 second hand. It verifies that looks don’t matter. It’s not the most beautiful putter out there.

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Golfer Burnz April 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I had a playing partner that putted lights out with the Rife Two Bar. Even his 30 footers were consistently close to dropping and usually ended up within 6 inches of the hole. 3 putts were a rarity. I could never understand why he took it out of the bag? Never have I seen him putt as well with another putter. I’ve even told him point blank he should game the Two Bar, to no avail.

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Tony Wright April 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

It is interesting that you talk about the Rife 2 ball putter. Your note helps me point out something – I had that putter, and in fact I found out that I aimed it 8 inches left of the hole from 6 feet away from the hole. Everyone’s visualization of aim with putters can be different.

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Bryan April 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I am shocked at where the seemore is sitting.

I personally use a mFGP2 and found that their alignment aid has helped me line up and aim more than anything else.

I found the following things wrong with my putting just by switching to a Seemore:

I was hunched way to far over the ball
I was “pushing” the ball to the right
I was not taking a straight back swing
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I had my wrists twisted

So, I guess you could say my putting game was REALLY screwed up, but the Seemore helped me “see” what I was doing wrong.

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DB April 4, 2013 at 7:49 am

Agreed, Seemore makes a fantastic putter and they have great customer service.

I wonder if the testers were actually using the Seemore alignment system, or if they were just confused or thrown-off by it.

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Rev Kev April 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I’d be curious to know two things.

1. Were the putters fitted to each golfer and if not where they all the same length?

2. Was there a variance golfer to golfer? Another words just because the Betti won the overall competition were there some golfers who performed better with another model?

Thanks for an interesting test.

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GolfSpy Dave April 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm

All putters were 34″

There was accuracy variation with all putters on a per tester basis, but once all that variation was compiled together, the Sig 6 came out as the most accurate putter of that aggregation. It was not first for all testers, but it was for the testing group.

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ping45 (buckical) April 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Looks like another great job…first, of providing us with some very good info to kick around…Secondly, to provide naysayers with more ammo to kick around…Back years ago, “in the day” when my livelihood depended on weekly attendance in the company staff conference room…a sign hung above the door entering the room …it read…”A thousand people are appointed to guard the past”…Some of those same folks have apparently migrated onto this forum…It seems as if every time you come up with some good study that provides us some interesting data…someone sneaks in to object to the way this or that is done…when in reality, there is nowhere else I’ve ever found that you can find non-partisan studies of this nature even being attempted! Continue the fine job guys, and rest assured it is very much appreciated and understood.

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mygolfspy April 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Ping45,

Thanks for the kind words. Really glad you appreciate and understand what we are trying to do for consumers. And we tend to agree with you and can be somewhat frustrated at times to always have readers objecting to the things we are doing and the way we do them.

But at the same time I understand where they are coming from. This place is unique in the fact that it is really the only place that takes this type of project on and allows for the data (not the brands) to speak for themselves. And since we do not filter readers comments like other golf media outlets that allows for quite a bit of what you touched upon in your response.

Often times they assume and begin to type before they have read the entire content of our articles and tests. So for example they tend to think that A) we have sold out B) our testing could have been done better in their opinion.

Which both responses are understandable since A) most of the others have sold out, so assuming we will is I guess understandable. In actuality they are just hoping we haven’t even though we continue to tell them we won’t. B) Like this test, the comments from people saying well why wasn’t this brand included. If they would have read the post they would understand that those brands most likely declined or did not have product at the time of the test like we stated.

I have realized that no matter if we have 3,000 or 300,000 readers there will always be a subset of that group that has a problem with what or how we do things. Which is fine. But what they fail to realize is we put a LOT of thought in to the testing we do and we do all of this on a ZERO dollar budget. While our competition (other media outlets does a lot less with a lot more).

So at the end of the day we have realized that we are never going to make everyone happy. We just have to keep trying to do the best job possible to provide you and the others with the most informed information when it comes to the equipment in the industry. Thats all we can do and we will continue to do just that.

Thanks again,
X

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kakashi April 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm

no Bobby Grace Putters thats strange since they are a sponsor of the site and make some of the best mallets.

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Matt V April 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Good catch. I love his stuff but didn’t put the sponsor connection together. Seems like the testers liked a soft feel, so one would think his insert would have fared favorably.

Good article. I appreciate all the work on this site and the manufacturers for taking part.

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Yohanan April 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Great roll off.

My Metal X DART is not going anywhere and I think I am going to bag a back up just in case that face gets a ding.

Truest Roll is corect.

Cheers

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obo April 4, 2013 at 2:57 am

Great stuff Dave and the gang! It’s ruff just reading the nay-Sayers posts.
I’m surprised I didn read yet that the time it took one tester to start and finish with all the putters the putting green’s grass has grown there for the earlier putters tested stand a better chance. (But with more spelling errors).
Keep up the fantastic work!

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Tony Wright April 4, 2013 at 4:25 am

Interesting. You said all putters were 34 inches long. We’re all of the lie angles, the lofts the same? How variable we’re the swingweights? Did any of the putters have counterweights in them?

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Tony Wright April 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Still hoping you will answer my question, thank you.

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GolfSpy Dave April 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm

All putters were stock specs at 34″, no counterweights. Standard, off the rack putters.

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Jack April 4, 2013 at 4:44 am

I’m curious as to whether all of the testers were roughly the same height. My putters are set at 35 and 1/2, and if I had to bend over more to use a 34′ putter I believe it would adversely affect my accuracy. Great article and data, however, as usual.

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GolfSpy Dave April 4, 2013 at 5:52 am

You bring up a good point Jack, but if you think about it, with all of the putters being the same length, the effect on your putting should be constant through testing. If the length is non-ideal for on putter, it is non-ideal for all and thus becomes a non-issue.

It wasn’t about the best putter for one golfer, it was a project to find one for all. Regardless, 34″ was a good fit for all of our testers, except maybe Golfspy Tim who rolls at 31″

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GolfSpy Tim April 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I normally roll with a 31 to 31.5″ putter. But I have no issue with choking down on a flat stick ie: for this.

I was shocked when I’d pick up a putter during the testing, announce that because of how it looked I’d never buy it, and knew I’d putt terribly with it, and suddenly it was working better than a sexier putter that I would end up rolling later in the test.

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JBones April 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

Well shoot, I thought my bag was complete, now I’m going to have to try out one of those Metal-X #7s. I’ve seen this style being used a lot on Tour, so there must be something to it.

Another great test, MGS.

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Bryan April 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

Did some thinking last night since I couldnt sleep.

You cannot swing the SBC2 the same way you do the mFGP2 that I use.

It is better for a straight back straight forward swing while the mFGP2 is more for a “pendulom” swing…if most were trying to swing it pendulom style then maybe that could account for the poor score….the weighting of it just felt weird with that type of swing to me…

Regardless, now I have an excuse to get the Bettinardi

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ExcitoGolf April 4, 2013 at 7:58 am

Were all putts straight or did they have some break in them?

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Dave Gast April 4, 2013 at 9:47 am

Why no Dead Aim Putters tested?

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Matt April 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

One parameter I don’t see is the distinction between eye dominance varied among the testers. I would set up a system of putters with varying offset depending on what the tester, initially, says is their dominance and go from there. Not everyone can putt well with a double bend neck or CS…. So I think the data is skewed in that regard, which is something that you have to read between the lines and deduct for yourself.

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RayV April 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Great exercise and very good write-up. Some of these negative wrirers should realize there is no perfect way to do a test like this. Al least, this gives us a lot more than we had. Even though the Bettinardi Signature 6 won, it is way to expensive for my budget, Plus, the STX Xform 3 if more reasonably priced and can be found at a discount. So, for me I am going to find a store where I can put with that one and see how it feels. Maybe there will be a new putter in my bag this season. Now use an Odyssey Dart and do fairly well with it.

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Bryan April 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Can I suggest a further test?

the Whitlam Little dog looks to me like it would have more toe weight than your standard mallet/mid mallet…did people tend to hit those kinds of mallets to the left a little bit more than say the Bettinadi Signature 6?

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Dalton April 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

One thing that interests me is how well the stx did compared to the Seemore. Since they were the only two center shafted putters, and I know, for me, that a center shafted putter really helps me putt with my shoulders and remove my hands. By that thinking I would assume that the center shafted putters would be relatively close in testing since they also require a little different stroke to be best utilized. That just makes me curious to find out more about these two putters.

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Warwick Weedon April 5, 2013 at 12:23 am

I love this site. Many thanks for all your testing lads!

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Snipes (Fore Left) April 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Great stuff. Not to blow smoke up that way but this website is always very informative.

Never tried a Bettinardi, I don’t think I have ever seen one, always thought Scotty Camerons were it, perceptions, eh? Interesting they didn’t want to participate. Titleist is always willing to jump in with the golf magazine surveys aren’t they?

Good to see the Odyssey do so well, that is the mallet that lines up best with my wallet.

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bart April 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

Thanks soo much for doing this. I find these reviews very helpful. I am not going to buy a Bettinardi because they dont make a lefty in that model. But I had written off STX until this comparison. I LOVE my Odyssey backstryke dart, but ……

I would also like to know the list of companies that declined so I can give them a hard time.

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Tyk April 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Interesting study! I’m not surprised to see STX near the top, I believe they are very underrated. Of course that makes not difference other than bolstering my own perceptions. Also surprised to find SeeMore at the bottom, which does not conform to my experience!

I see alot of criticism of the study, I don’t really get it. Its not like any empirical claim is being made beyond “with this group, and these putters, putting this many times from this distance, this is what happened!” What’s not to like about having information that wasn’t available before?

The geek in me wouldn’t mind seeing the numbers breakdown!

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Dunning Golf April 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Based on this test i am very interested in purchasing the Bettinardi Signature 6. That is until i looked it up on Amazon and saw it’s price tag…. Hah.

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Mastaj April 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

What kind of stroke path style would fit the Betti Sig 6?

Great review!

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Mike bryant April 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Looks DO matter. A putter is worthless if you can set it on the ground and line it up to the target. Some mallets are so “busy” looking, that I have a hard time lining it up to the target. If it’s not aimed properly, it won’t go in…period.

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GolfSpy T April 12, 2013 at 5:26 am

You just proved the point we’re trying to make. If looks actually matter, that will be reflected in the performance.

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Tony Wright April 12, 2013 at 5:31 am

Yes, but everyone looks at a putter differently.

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Mike bryant April 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

Whoops…I meant worthless if you CAN’T set it on the ground and aim it straight to the target. Typing too fast!

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Bill July 7, 2013 at 8:53 am

I know I’m late to the party with this comment but I find that with putters there’s two different categories (for me). Some putters perform great from 1 to 10 feet . But often I have trouble lagging from long distance with them. Mallets are much better from a distance (for me) but usually I don’t do as well inside 10 feet. I finally found one that does both for me (not in the test). It isn’t ugly but it lacks the jewel like quality of the Bettinardi’s or Scotty Cameron’s but it performs much better for me. It only retails for a hundred dollars (found it for 50). But it’s been my most accurate putter from all distances I’ve ever owned. While tech for drivers and irons DO require higher cost materials to get the best performance, I find that the relation of cost to performance in putters is negligible. The key is to find the best one for your stroke that gives YOU the best sight lines and are able to judge distances best. Practicing with Stockton’s and Pelz’s instruction and hitting LOTS of putters got me to my current gamer.

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