Some of us play on bikini waxed greens . And some of us play on slow bumpy greens every week. Since moving to South East Asia I have played mainly on slower greens. Bermuda greens can really be a nightmare and I've learned a lot over the last 3 years.
I always played a blade putter, quite lightweight, on the fast bent grass greens of South Africa. The blade works well if the stimp reading is 9 or more on the greens. That rarely happens out here though and a lot of the time, it's well below 9.
On slower greens, I've discovered that lighter putters require more HIT and less stroke. That caused me to move toward heavier, mallet style putters with some success.
Putts on slower greens need a little more 'hit' to get the ball to the hole with a blade. With a heavier mallet or Thor's hammer style putter head, you can make a shorter stroke and get more consistent results.
For slower greens, go heavier on the putter
For faster greens, I say lighter putters. For slower greens, I say heavier putters.
There is a lot of arguments about this and no one can come up with a clear answer. The problem we have when we look at pro's is they are playing putters given to them by sponsors. They have no real choice in the matter so if someone is using a Taylormade Spider on the tour, and they're sponsored by Taylormade, there are few other options and they're playing on greens that roll like glass.
For us mere mortals, I just cannot see how a lighter putter benefits us. It creates a longer stroke, creating more ability to make an error. Heavier putters will make a shorter stroke for more consistent results overall especially on short putts.
The Best Putters for Slow Greens
How to putt on slow greens
Remember these three things when you're playing on slow greens:
- It's not your fault - When you play on slow bumpy greens, you're going to miss some putts to start with but don't blame yourself too much. The ball can hop all over and depending on the grain of the grass it can affect the amount of break and whether the ball bounces around or not. Just realize that it's not going to all go your way and so...
- Putt for less break and hit it harder - Under-reading your putts is a good idea on slow greens since they break less. Hit the putt firmer on your line and trust the stroke. The harder 'hit' will make the ball move faster, removing a lot of the break you think is there.
- Hit short putts firm, don't baby them in - This one takes a major leap of faith and confidence in yourself. On putts inside 5 feet, pick your line, usually inside the hole and hit it firm so it slams the back of the cup. You might miss one out of ten and it will be a disaster with 6 foot back again, but you'll make 9 out of 10 and walk off with a lot more pars.
Best Putters for Slow Greens 2021
This is my putter of choice at the moment. I do prefer a center shafted model which you can find here.
What drew me to this putter was not only the price, but the blue grip is slightly thicker and more built up than the standard thin grip, but mainly concentrated in the rear of the grip. It's much more comfortable than the slim grips and much more controllable than the pool noodle fat grips, which I am not fond of.
The weight of the clubhead is sufficient so that when you stroke the ball with the same length stroke as a blade putter, the ball travels an extra few feet. The face is milled steel and the milling is deep enough to force an impact on the ball that stops bouncing and sliding, rather promoting rolling.
But what the best part of this putter is, is the alignment aid. There is assistants on the back with the cut out piece which contrasts perfectly with the grass and with the straight edge, almost square shape, helps to align the eyes and mind and putter to the exact line.
Short putts are an absolute dream with this because it feels as if it's too big to fail. of course that's not true, but the FEELING of confidence from a putter that suits your eye is massive. This is a winner in my book.
The Stroke Lab black series feature a shaft with a graphite upper section and a steel lower section. Odyssey counter balanced the putter by adding weight near the grip and in the head. This is supposed to increase feel in a heavier putter.
The double wide is mainly in this list because it appeals to the blade fans. I am a blade fan but on slower greens, the closest I have found to a blade is this square-shaped double wide, with an extended back piece for alignment.
Hinge insert in the face creates a firmer feeling at impact instead of the typical marshmallow feel of inserts. This is a big factor if you prefer a firmer hit off the putter to gauge your strike to be able to adjust for where the sweet spot is.
It's a very simple putter but with the extra weight, it can make a transition from a traditional blade very easy or toward a blade putter from a bigger mallet.
Odyssey gave made a special effort with the weighting in the clubhead to allow for some toe hang, so that blade users, or people with an arc in their stroke can use it out the box.
Alignment is easy witht he heavy contrasting red on black, but on top of the red alignment aid, is a white line too. With alignment being of total importance to get a ball started on line, this putter gets it done best.
The face is balanced so if you have a piston-style stroke, you're going to find a lot of forgiveness and with the White Hinge face, the ball rolls end over end very quickly, in a way previous inserts have not by imparting more top spin on the ball.
But what attracted a lot of people to the Rossie in all it's iterations is that it's always been a COMPACT mallet instead of one of a massive one. The compact design makes you feel like you're hitting a blade but with the weight and heft of a mallet.
I hope the mini-guide and reviews above helped you find a decent putter for slow greens. I've gamed Cleveland putters numerous times and when I played off a scratch handicap, I was playing with a Cleveland. I highly recommend them.