Golf, Mark Twain is reputed to have said, is a good walk, spoiled.
Mark Twain probably never had a good putter.
Without a good putter, golf can certainly take on a pedestrian feel, because the putter is how you usually win or lose a hole.
Every golfer needs the best putter for their skill level. That’s especially true of beginners, when you still need to learn the things you don’t know about every kind of play, including green play.
So how do you find the right putter when you’re new to the game?
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The Pinemeadow PGX SL is not among the superstars of putting – but arguably, it might be if it cost twice as much.
This is a putter that’s not going to break the bank of any golfer, but it has a solid handful of tricks up its sleeve that can aid the new golfer in finishing holes in fewer shots.
First of all, it comes with extra weight in the head, meaning it’s useful for longer putts, and can also help you on faster greens.
Another plus to this putter is that users report it feels perfectly balanced for the job at hand. That might sound obvious, but when you’re new to golf, nothing’s that obvious, especially not when it comes to translating your instincts into a perfect shot. If you can find a club that does what you think it should do, you’re halfway home, and that’s something the Pinemeadow putter brings you.
With that of course comes a confidence that you know what you’re doing, and what to do the next time you’re in a similar situation. And that’s how you learn to play golf.
While the head-weighting and the balance of the club will help you make the putts you try to make more confidently and regularly, the Pinemeadow also offers you an extra visual aid, in the form of an offset hosel and the 2X ORB alignment system. That makes it as easy as it’s ever going to be to line up your eye, your putter and the hole for a successful result.
The Pinenmeadow putter also has what it calls a ‘consistent face insert’ to improve the smoothness of your putt once you’ve made it and minimize the likelihood of skipping en route to the hole.
You get all of this in the Pinemeadow PGX SL putter for under $50. It’s the all-you-can-eat buffet of beginner putters – absolutely it’s cheap, but everything it actually gives you is better than you thought it was going to be at that price.
There may be more technically excellent putters for beginners on the market, and in our list. But in combining everything it brings to the newcomer’s putting game with its entry-level price, it shows itself enthusiastic, technically thoughtful, and compassionate on your checking account. That three-way combination is why the Pinemeadow wins out over more famous clubmakers and takes our top spot as the best putter for beginners.
Golf can be a very zen game – played in controlled nature, at its most fundamental, it’s a stripped-back, simple pleasure, a good walk enhanced (to flip the Twain).
The Quolf putter is a very stripped-back putter for beginners – most users and reviewers note that at first it reminds them of a putt-putt golf…erm…putter, and there’s logic in that association. It’s slim, straightforward, and relatively free of technological enhancement.
That said, it has greatness in its ancestry – it’s modelled after the design principles that made the Titleist Bullseye one of the most effective golf clubs ever devised.
Plus of course, there’s the extra bonus baked into its name – it’s a two-way putter, meaning it can be used right or lefthanded with equal effectiveness.
It’s a lightweight, no-frills club, and at just 35.5 inches, it’s perfect for the green if you’re of average height – though of course, less so if you’re a taller beginner. The lightweight construction and shorter length tends to lead people towards a more effective putting stance, and so almost corrects them into being better putters – and therefore better golfers.
That’s perhaps the highest selling point about the Quolf Two-Way – it strips away the bells, the whistles, the alignment systems, the weight advantages, and leaves you with a purer, more straightforward relationship between your actions, the putter, the ball and the green, while also giving you a nostalgic shot in the arm with its classic lines, and simultaneously adding to the muscle memory you have of how to stand, how to grip, how to address the ball for the perfect putt on any green you’re given.
In terms of a confidence boost, the Quolf takes a different approach to psychology to the Pinemeadow. Whereas the Pinemeadow demands a degree of honesty from you, makes you admit your newness in the game, and then gives you as many training wheels as $50 can buy to bolster your confidence and reassure you that you can play the game, the Quolf is more aspirational – its traditional putter look says ‘You’re a golfer. You have a putter like those other golfers. You can do this thing,’ and then, apart from making you stand in a good putting posture, it leaves you alone to believe yourself into putting the ball.
As such, the Quolf putter delivers aspirational self-belief whereas the Pinemeadow delivers practical aid. There’s little to choose between the two beyond your level of identification with each approach. Well-taught, easily-learned baby steps with the Pinemeadow, or reach-for-the-stars ambition (with the potential of more dropped shots) with the Quolf. It’s six to five and pick ’em between these clubs, but your identification with a philosophy of life and living will guide you to the club that’s right for you.
Here’s an arresting statistic: almost 80% of putts are missed before you start your swing.
That’s because of the alignment you choose, and why you choose it. The S7K Standing Putter is all about getting you to see alignment as the crucial thing it is, before and during your tee shots.
First of all, as the title makes clear, the S7K is suitable for both men and women, and while it’s not an ambidextrous club in itself, it is available in left and right handed versions.
Then there’s the other key thing it wants you to know up front. It’s a standing club – you can literally stand it up and walk away to check your alignment. Try that with a Quolf putter and see how far you get.
It lets you do that because, perversely enough, if you’re standing above your club, the view you have of the ball’s journey to the hole is technically inaccurate and needs correcting in your head. By standing the club and stepping back, you’ll get a much more accurate, clear and instant view of how accurate your alignment really is.
As well as letting you correct your alignment, the S7K claims to build the correct set-up into its manufacture – once you’re aligned, you just take the shot. And it adds a gizmo, in the form of an impact strike dot, which lets you know where you should focus on contact to get the putts you want.
The S7K sounds like it should be a German supercar, and there’s a degree of the same spirit to it. You could argue that it take some of the open-hearted joy and chance out of the game, but there’s no arguing with the results, which are that you’ll very likely lower the number of strokes you take on any hole using this putter.
Think of the S7K as the multiplication tables you learn by rote at school. They may not be much imaginative fun, they don’t have a backstory, they won’t instil you with a sense of your own pride or power – but once you’ve learned them, you’ll always know what 6 X 7 is, faster than a heartbeat. You’ll always have access to the mental – and in this case, physical – muscle memory that allows you to do what you’re there for, sinking holes, lowering your handicap, and becoming a better golfer, even when you move on to other, more challenging putters as your handicap decreases. Having the aid of the S7K early on in your golfing career will stand you in good stead throughout the rest of it as the putter gives you a way of seeing and playing the game that is data-driven and distinctly effective.
There’s a sense in which the Callaway Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 putter sells itself like the latest razor for men – it’s a name full of buzz-words designed to make you feel heroic (Odyssey), adventurous (still Odyssey), sexy (White Hot), professional (Pro), technically fluent (2.0), and probably a natural at golf (putter, with all those other words ahead of it).
As such, your reaction to it will initially depend on whether you buy into marketing buzz-words on a regular basis. If you do, then the Callaway putter’s the very thing to have in your golf bag.
Where all this deconstruction falls down though is that the Callaway OW HotPro 2.0 is a really, phenomenally good putter.
No, really, it’s stunning. Even if you’re not swayed by marketing buzz-words on a regular basis, it’s a putter so highly competent there’s not a golfer on the planet who would blame you for choosing it.
It’s available in a variety of styles, each of which alters the feel of the club. It also has a couple of different grip sizes. It’s arguable that no-one really needs a variety of grip sizes, but it’s deliciously comforting to know they’re there, especially on a club as good as the Callaway.
It has a heel-toe placement that makes it a more forgiving putter than many, like the Quolf, without visibly bringing its bells and whistles to the green, like the Pinemeadow. It does have alignment aids on the topline though, which aid you when you’re new to the game and help build confidence and consistency in putting. It has a full shaft offset to keep the new golfer’s hands in front of the ball at contact. And it also has an insert in the face (the real ‘White Hot’ element of the club) that gives better feel, better sound and overall more consistent performance than its rivals or predecessors.
There are specific reasons each of the higher-rated putters on our list earn their positions, but you could go far more wrong than to put the Callaway putter in your golf bag when you’re starting off in the game.
The TaylorMade Prior Generation Spider Putter has a look so cute it could have been designed by Disney. It looks like a cross between a robotic carpet-cleaner and the star of its own animated movie.
Don’t be fooled. Yes, it’s as cute as Bambi, but there’s plenty of technology, design and thought in this putter, all of which will improve your game and begin your journey to lower handicaps. So much so, it’s actually been crushing the opposition on the professional circuit for a handful of years now – up to and including a Masters win in the hands of Sergio Garcia. So there’s no arguing with its results.
The body of the putter is lightweight aluminum, with an outer ring of heavier stainless steel. That means the weight is extended to the heel and toe of the putter, giving it a larger sweet spot – the holy grail of the new golfer.
The arc of the Spider’s geometry also creates three sight-lines, which build confidence in addressing the ball, and the face has an insert made of Surlyn (the covering used for distance balls). Why should you care? Because that makes contact between the putter and the ball feel like two golf balls meeting, rather than a ball meeting metal. When balls collide, you get a springier effect, which in a putter means your ball heads towards the hole like an enthusiastic puppy (though sometimes with just as much initial bounce).
It looks cute, brings serious professional credit to your amateur game, and has enough forgiveness and assistance to be a viable putter for beginners. So while it might be last on our list, the Spider has plenty to make you give it serious consideration.
Best Putters For Beginners - Buyers Guide
When you’re new to golf, there are a few things to be sure of before you buy your putter.
Take A Little Help From Your Friends
Before you splash out on your own putter, understand what’s good and bad about your initial putting style – either ask your golfing friends to advise you, or even seek the opinion of a club pro. It’s pointless getting an alignment-correcting superclub if address, rather than alignment, is where your bigger weakness lies. Once you know what you need to correct more, you can choose, for example, a putter than corrects your hand position, your stance, your lack of confident address, etc.
Buy Yourself Forgiveness
In putting, the pressure is on. Buy yourself as much forgiveness as you can. Whether that comes in the form of actual forgiveness, the correction of error on address (through larger sweet spots etc), the correction of alignment, the correction of stance or whatever else is available to you – take it. Aspire to greatness, absolutely, but allow yourself the freedom to be a beginner, and buy all the help you can get for those pressure shots.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the most important thing in a putter for beginners?
Ultimately that will depend on where the beginner’s individual weakness lies, but you’ll need a putter that tackles the three A’s – alignment, address and attitude. Any putter that can improve a new golfer’s alignment, address of the ball, or their attitude towards putting by improving their confidence, will be worth further investigation.
Are alignment aids necessary in beginner putters?
Probably. Certainly they’ll help you when you’re a beginner by translating the whole space in front of you on the green into relatively simple aiming lines between your ball and the hole. The more adept a golfer you become, the less necessary they are, but for a beginner still learning how to putt, they can be vital.