There is a famous phrase by Australian golfer and game-legend Greg Norman: “Happiness is a long walk with a putter in your hand.” Few would argue. More often than not, professional golfers, after a good shot at the flag, walk to the green with their putter in hand.
Norman is considered one of the greatest golf players of all time. He spent 331 weeks as number one in the World Golf Ranking. He clinched 88 wins, and 20 were on the PGA Tour. But he was barely able to win two major tournaments. Norman won in the 1986 and 1993 editions of The Open Championship. He came very close to winning other majors, but in the end, they all seemed to have eluded him for some reason. Many attribute the absence of more important trophies in The Shark’s career to his lack of consistency on the green.
The shots on the green are the most repeated in a round of golf. That is why it is essential to have the right putter in your bag. Regardless of the technique, one might have, a good putter builds the confidence one needs on the green. With the Chasing Par team, we decided to analyze the current best golf putters for all budgets issued in 2022.
Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K
The Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K putter is one of Callaway’s latest arrivals this season. With a classic look, it is part of the Tri-Hot family, born in the early 2000s. This putter offers excellent inertia and stability without compromising the club’s feel.
This time, Odyssey’s focus was on the hitting zone. The hosel and topline of this putter are constructed of stainless steel with a lightweight aluminum back flange. Also, the combination adds up to more than 120 grams with internal tungsten weights. It is helpful to know that a pair of 28-gram tungsten weights in the putter’s sole can be adjusted. To simplify the explanation, what tungsten accomplishes is giving more and excellent stability.
The Tri-Hot 5K family comprises five putters, and all come with Odyssey’s Stroke Lab steel and graphite shaft.
We developed Tri-Hot 5K with an audacious goal, to introduce a new blade putter construction that outperforms a mallet, in a classic shape that the best players on TOUR love. We’ve moved the CG positioning forward and leveraged new materials in ways that have never been realized in a putter.
Cleveland Frontline Putters
Cleveland achieved what all (or almost all) golfers are looking for with the putter: more frontal weight. What will it produce in your game? You will hit much straighter putts. And it is achieved thanks to the tungsten frontal weights, as that increases precision.
The Cleveland Frontline Putter, in its various versions, has a forward center of gravity which significantly reduces the gearing effect on bad shots. In other words, your straight putters stay straight.
As for distance, Cleveland implemented what they called Speed Optimized Face Technology. With this, they solved the classic problem where you think you have hit a 7-foot putt, and in reality, the ball stops much sooner. On the other hand, the face is forged aluminum, which adds a bit of speed to balls that are not hit in the center.
Frontline from Cleveland Golf is a new way to design a putter. Frontline delivers Tungsten forward Weighting and positions the center of gravity closer to the face creating stability at impact for straighter, more consistent putts.
The Cleveland Frontline putter was added to Golf Digest’s 2022 hotlist, and 9 of its 12 versions are listed in the gold category. It is an excellent option to try at a reasonable price of 200 dollars.
Cobra King Series 3D Printed Putters
Cobra has decided to put more dedication into making their new generation of putters. This is how they released a complete line of putters called King 3D Printed. As if it were the name of cars, these putters seek to attract attention and all the senses. Cobra King GrandSport-35, Agera and SuperNova are some of the chosen ones, made of a single piece of stainless steel with a nylon piece in the center.
The novelty of being 3D-printed allows designers to create shapes and structures that could not be realized before. The particular design and the incorporation of nylon give this putter a unique sound and almost imperceptible vibrations when hit poorly.
Among the many novelties that the King 3D Printer putters present, they already come with an integrated sensor in the grip, which is automatically synchronized with the Arccos Caddy application, which we refer to in our article: The best 2022 golf technology gadget.
3D Printed Nylon Insert-An intricate 3D printed nylon lattice structure optimizes the weight distribution within the putter head to create the highest MOI possible in a blade shape for maximum stability
Note: do not confuse this series with the Vintage Putter Series, where Cobra offers a classic design with modern performance. It differs from the 3D series with traditional car names for each putter.
Phantom X Scotty Cameron Series
Without a doubt, Scotty Cameron is synonymous with good play on the green. They are considered by many to be the best putters on the market. And it is one of the most chosen putters by the PGA Tour professionals.
For 2022, the Phantom X Scotty Cameron Series is updated in all 9 versions. Significant changes were made to improve performance and alignment, regardless of whether it is a mallet and looking for the feel of a blade putter.
Each Phantom X putter contains multiple precision-milled components. Without a doubt, its modern design seeks to inspire confidence in the position in front of the ball. It is worth adding that they have a combination of aluminum and steel components optimized in their shape and weight.
The new Phantom X 5, Phantom X 5.5, Phantom X 11, and Phantom X 11.5 versions provide an additional advantage in alignment. From their axis, it promotes a lot of fluidity in the stroke, especially at the toe of the putter, depending on the model.
Among other details, the Phantom X series shows a new grip called Pistolero Plus. It was designed exclusively for the Phantom: thicker in the right hand and less tapered. He achieves an excellent feeling with this, which is what professional players ask for the most and that amateurs seek to imitate.
Scotty Cameron has created its most technically advanced putter line to date with Phantom X, a collection of ten new and modern mallets designed and manufactured to take putter performance to the next level. Each high-tech compact model masterfully combines acute angles that promote alignment with smooth, sculpted contours that exemplify Scotty's philosophy of fluid, soil fusion design.