I've always played lighter putters but never fully realized how much I love them until I moved to the tropics! The greens can be very slow here and need a much longer and confident back stroke on putts. And the best part?
You can hit the ball harder and remove some of the break and really because of that, make way more putts on slow greens!
Putts on slower greens need a little more 'hit' to get the ball to the hole and a heavier putter is difficult to control in those situations because the extra weight makes it difficult to hit consistent distances.
For faster greens, I say heavier putters. For slower greens, I say lighter putters. A lot of Tour pros agree. Heavy and light are all relative of course but below I outline some of the putters that feel light but aren't featherweight. There is some weight behind them, just not the same as putters for fast greens.
You won't see the pros using too many putters for slow greens because they keep those greens at 12 on the stimpmeter - that's like putting on marble tiles!
Let's get the ball rolling...
Tour Edge 2
No insert - a nice
Weight is mainly
in the heel for
Jumbo grip for
Remember these three things when you're playing on slow greens:
A deeper milling on the steel club face gives the putter a soft buttery feel when caressing the ball into the hole.
There's less skidding and with the lighter weight, you can go ahead and give the ball a solid thump on lag putts and on shorter ones, really drill it into the back of the jar.
At this price, there are very few brand name putters that can deliver this level of quality in a putter. One of the best putters for slow greens.
When you rest the Toe Up #1 on a table, the toe of the club points straight up in the air which is unusual since most putters toes hang down.
That's something very good for golfers who have trouble timing their putting stroke to be square at impact. Some of us putt with a rounded arc and with the Toe Up, the weight all being in the heel helps to square the face up easily for you.
The Tour Edge 4 Backdraft GT+ putter makes it easy to align your putts with the white clubhead and high contract black lines in the back of the club.
It comes with a jumbo sized grip to maintain a wrist free stroke giving you more consistent feel and distance control.
The white finish lasts and won't chip off like the cheaper Pinemeadows. It's a medium weight club and will be a hit on slower greens.
For most golfers, we need a little more top spin to get the ball on a purer roll to the cup. This putter delivers that in spades.
On the aluminum-polymer face of the Taylormade Juno Putter are 45° angled grooves that cause friction and reduce backspin on putts.
The Taylormade Juno also gives us that classic blade look so many golfers are familiar with. It brings together sexy looks, soft feel, a pure roll and reliable distance control into one solid package.
An aluminum-polymer insert on the face sends feedback into your loins to let you know how you hit the putts and with the oversized grip, your wrists aren't going to sabotage you anymore.
It's a really nice all-round performer with a touch of Scotty Cameron to it. Great value at the price.
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.