Best Putters for Beginners

Operation: No more three-putts!

Yes putting is hard work and it's not too much fun. But if you want to shave a handful of strokes off your score within weeks, eliminating three-putts is the simplest and easiest way.

Practicing only an hour a week can easily knock 4 or 5 strokes off your score within a month. I know it can, because I did it.

Dave Pelz (the short game guru) tells us that amateurs take 8 more strokes than a pro per round on the greens as well as about 4 three-putts per round. Let that sink in. Four unnecessary shots you can eliminate right now with a bit of practice and of course, a decent putter.

My brother in law Brian with his Odyssey 2-Ball (no more three putts)!

It's easy to see how important putting is to lowering your score and handicap - just check out my bro-in-law's round of 98 here. He uses an Odyssey 2ball putter I bought him. By just two-putting every green, you can knock off a minimum 4 shots!

Driving ranges are everywhere, but using practice greens requires less energy and you get practice that translates directly to results on the course. Ranges also don't take into account trees, water hazards, rough and fairways whereas practice greens look and feel exactly like the golf course greens. So here's a tutorial for you to use with your new putter.

In this guide, I present you the best putters for beginners and I hope it helps you get results for less money.

Best Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2.0

The White Hot Rossie is a classic. It's not the newest model of putter out there but this thing has a beautiful insert and excellent alignment aids on the back of the putter. You'll develop great feel and alignment with this timeless flat stick, and for a bargain price. You'll never replace this.

What putter should you avoid totally?

Please avoid this club if you're looking for a decent putter to improve your game.

This is a great putter for mini-golf, offices and beating up home invaders. 
It's not however a suitable putter for beginners on the golf course.

There are numerous sites advocating for it but I don't care what the
reviews say and I don't care if it's a top seller. This club won't help you improve your golf one iota. I won't allow any future beginner golfing buddies to be taken advantage of.

It's basically a lump of metal that's been stuck onto a stick and marketed
as a "two-way putter". AVOID

How to be a better putter with almost no practice


While I believe 
a great driver you can hit straight and consistently is the biggest asset you can have, the quickest win thereafter will be from being able to two-putt every single green.

Think about it. Let's say you hit the driver well and get around or on the green in 2 or 3 shots. Then if you three-putt 4 or 5 times on the green per round as well as once or twice from around the green BUT then you learn to two-putt from wherever, you're going to save between 5 and 6 shots a round!

Two hours per week is all it takes

Step 1

Take your putter and 5 - 10 balls. Putt from one hole on the green to another hole on the green 20 to 30 feet away. Putt them until every single one is within 2 feet every time. When you can do that every putt, move onto step 2...

Step 2

Take the 5 to 10 balls and scatter them in a circle around a hole, 3 feet from the hole. Putt from 3 feet until you can hole all of the balls. Then do it again at another hole until you can make all the 3 footers. Once you can do that, go home. Do not leave until you sink every ball without missing around five different holes.


The Best Putters for Beginners

  1. Odyssey Hot Pro 2.0 (best putter dollar for dollar)
  2. Cleveland 2135 (best for golfers who don't have eyes directly over the ball)
  3. Pinemeadow PGX SL (very popular budget option)
  4. Odyssey O Works (best top end putter available)
  5. Cleveland Smart Square (easiest putter to align)

Choose the one that suits your eye

Without a doubt, the Odyssey White Hot putter insert is simply the best on the market. Odyssey is #1 on Tour and #1 in golf. There are pretenders to the crown but the true king of putter face inserts is Jon Snow...I mean Odyssey.

Whether you like the blade, the mallet or the oversized heads, each model in this range gives you the same White Hot insert and trusted Odyssey putting technology. And with that you get consistent lag distance control, soft feeling club face and superb alignment on the rear of the club.

The consistency of the strike with Odyssey putters is only matched by other large brands that cost you three or four times the price. I've used every Odyssey iteration since this line and can safely say for this price, I'd use this putter if I were a new golfer.

What about the latest models? 
The models featured here are a couple years older than the brand new O-Works putters that have been released by Odyssey. The O-Works do cost a lot of money though...

But with the price and performance in mind, the White Hot Pro 2.0 range are simply the best putters for beginners all the way through to low handicappers. 

Bottom Line

I've seen more golfers than I can count improve their game on the greens with Odyssey putters. The price point of these slightly older models makes them all the more attractive by delivering the promised quality trusted by all levels of golfers.

Simply, these are the best putters for beginners who would like to invest in themselves and really want to see their handicaps drop suddenly and dramatically. It just depends on which model suits you. That's basically all there is to it. No BS. Go ahead, pull the trigger and never look back.


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    Tried & tested trusted Odyssey quality
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    Odyssey is the #1 putter in golf
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    Best insert in the putter market
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    Incredibly easy alignment aid
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    33" 34" 35" lengths

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    Not much besides they're not the latest models by any stretch

First thing you notice about the Pinemeadow PGX SL is the gleaming white and lumo green colours. The most recent trend of using white in golf clubs is not by accident. 

Callaway 2Ball style aiming

Pinemeadow took the idea first used by Callaway in their hugely popular 2-ball design and put it into the PGX SL.

When you put the club behind the ball, you know where that ball's going.


The back of the club basically looks like two more balls are behind your golf ball while the black lines bisecting the circles help you to to line up even easier. The contrast on the green between the grass and the white club head also helps to make aiming super simple.


With the offset hosel, your hands stay in front of the ball giving you a smooth top-spinning roll which produces consistent results on the greens especially on lag putts. More two putts, lower scores.

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    Easy aiming
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    High contract white color ideal for alignment
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    Can be made with longer shaft for taller guys

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    Stains easily
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    Paint is prone to chips
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    Only made for right-handers

This is one of the most popular putters on the greens and one I was considering switching to. The BIGGEST drawcard for this putter is the multiple alignment options in one club making it so easy to line up to the hole.

Two white lines, three dots and a piece cut out of the back of the putter make this putter probably the easiest to line up on the market right now. Couple that with the newly designed insert on the face and you have a putter that lines up easily and has superior consistency in the strike of the putt.

The head can appear quite heavy at first but this promotes you to stroke it softer without slapping the ball like so often happens with beginners.

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    Easiest putter on the market to line up to the hole
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    Good contrast between the red and the green of the grass
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    High tech insert on the face for consistent feel 
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    Bent offset hosel to keep hands in front of the ball
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    You'll never have to replace this

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    Some might not like the heavier feel
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    Quite a pricey option

Cleveland make putters suited to beginner players and at prices that are very wallet-friendly. The TFi 2135 6.5 is another putt-draining machine providing huge bang for your buck.

The face is made of an aluminium insert infused with copper to give it that unique color and the head is nice and heavy at 365g for a nice smooth confident stroke for those lag putts.

Cleveland have moved the top of the sight line we use to line up our putts. It's been raised to 21.35mm which is the dead center of a golf ball. 

Cleveland does state that 80% of golfers have their eyes on the inside of the line over a putt.

Does it make any difference to your putting? Maybe, but it does remove some error of parallax when your eye is over the ball. Any advantage we can get counts.

If you prefer a classic shaped putter, I also highly recommend the Cleveland 2135 1.0 in the same TFI range. The same technology has gone into this model - only the shape is different for those of us who like the traditional shaped putters.

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    Well-weighted heavy head to get ball rolling smoothly
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    Three sizes: 33" 34" 35"
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    Innovative more accurate alignment system
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    Bent offset hosel to keep hands in front of the ball

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    Alignment markings are a little small
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    Heavy feel takes some time to get used to

What length of putters are available?

Standard length putters

Most standard length putters are 33" to 36" in length and those lengths fit most golfers in good putting posture.


No reason for this picture, not the ideal posture for us boys... but those legs!

What length is right for me?

The PGA suggest "What you want to do is get into a correct address position. When you tilt from your hips, you want your eyes over the ball, hands under your shoulders, elbows bent but touching your rib cage, and hips over your heels. The putter needs to fit this set-up. If you grip a "standard" length putter and find you're gripping down the shaft, you will need a shorter putter. If you grip beyond the end of the putter, you will need a longer putter. Now with the correct length putter in your hands, the shaft would be in line with your forearms. I have found that most golfers play with too long of a putter."


Broom and belly putters

Up until recently you could use a putter that was much longer than standard length and anchor it on your body for more stability. The two designs were broom handle and belly putters and while they're still permitted, you're not allowed to let them touch anything other than your arms and hands. I don't recommend these putters for beginners.

Looks like Phil used it as a weight-loss tactic

Tall Adam Scott always finds a way to look down on people

The broom handle was normally anchored to your chest with one hand and swung with the other hand and the belly putter was stuck into your abdomen with both hands on the grip swinging the putter like normal. 

​Under rule 14-b enforced in 2016, all anchoring of putters to your body was banned. Pros who relied on this method of putting lost their advantage while celebrating the New Year as midnight struck on 1 January 2016. 


What design of putters are available?


The traditional Anser design

This is the most traditional putter. A classic. Ping are the most famous for this putter with their Ping Anser model first introduced in 1966 by Karsten Solheim. All manufacturers now produce at least one model in this style.

One of the original Ansers

The general concept is a very square club head with an offset similar to beginner irons that ensure your hands are ahead of the ball throughout the stroke.

A modern Anser

Generally these have always been considered the best putters for beginners. But nowadays people have become aware of the advantages of mallets and are embracing them whole-heartedly with lots of success.


The mallet

Modern mallet putters

The mallet putter is a relatively modern creation that makes it easier to align your putts. The extended piece behind the club face helps to line your putt up with your eyes over the ball thanks to long lines and contrasting colors used by the manufacturers.

Mallets are also well-known for producing decent distances on mishit putts due to the additional weight behind more of the club face. A traditional Answer style putter lacks that property.

Mallets are fantastic for getting the ball rolling because of the additional weight. Combined with an offset shaft to keep your hands ahead of the ball, this is a lethal combination for beginners.


The NASA Space Craft

There are some weird and wonderful putters out there.

Some guys like to have a show stopper on the practice greens to make heads turn. And in fact some the majority of the putters are actually very good and are used by the Tour players. It does remind me of Formula 1 car racing though.

Yeah, Mercedes has a fancy carbon fiber car that goes 400 mph but they're not selling them - it's all hype. They're focused more on the businessman who wants a C class. That's kind of like these putters we see the pros using that look like they're from outer space.

The main reason I won’t recommend them for beginners is the price. A lot of these putters are $200+ in price. That is a big investment to make only to find that a simple $50 club does the same or better job, particularly while learning. That's why I don't see these as the best putters for beginners.


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