A lot of guides lump high handicappers and beginners into the same group for putting but I know there's a big difference.
As a high handicapper, you've played more golf than new players and have significantly more experience on the greens. I trust that you know a bit more about your preferences so I made this guide especially for you.
I know in my heart of hearts that with the right putter that gets you aligned easily, has the right balance and gives great feedback to your hands, you will make more putts and be more confident on the greens.
You'll drop that old junky putter you've got like first period math. Your handicap will plummet as well, let's not forget that.
You know, people have always told me a new club won't make miracles. But what I've personally found, and you might be the same, is once I lose confidence with a club, I just can't play with it anymore. And it can happen poof just like that. One bad round after using a club for two years and it's like my putter and I are divorced. Sometimes the driver too!
And you know what? I replace those clubs immediately and boom, I can play again (for another year or two). Perhaps I'm strange but I'm sure you, as a sportsman, at some point have experienced something similar.
So to help you have more fun and get confident on the greens, I've found you some putters and combining them with a bit of practice on the greens, you can easily shave off 3 or 4 shots a round by avoiding the three-putt but also by making more short putts!
Also check out my guide on step by step putting to jam more putts in the back of the jar.
Truth be told, whichever you prefer! There is no right or wrong answer here. The best putters for high handicappers and any golfer are whatever you want them to be. Once you get a feeling and positive vibe about a putter, you will generally play nicely with it. I like smaller rounded mallet putters and I love classic blade putters with very little offset.
Go with your gut.
Are you spending the majority of your time on the range? Are you reading all the golf magazine instruction sections looking for that thing to take you closer to mid handicap heaven? I know I did, but nothing got me quick wins like learning to putt.
While I believe a great driver you can hit straight and consistently is the biggest asset you can have, the quickest win after that 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 on most holes. Three putting can happen up to 5 or 6 times a round and when it does it destroys your score. Imagine if you could just two putt every green you hit and make all those 5 foot putts you leave yourself after chipping!
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 3 feet of the hole every time. When they are, move onto step 2...
Take the 5 to 10 balls and scatter them in a 3 foot circle around a 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.
Next time, move the circle to 4 feet and 5 feet eventually. You'll become a machine!
Here's a putter that reminds me of Wolverine from X-Men - it's even called the Fang.
What makes this putter so unique is the many ways to line up your putts. You get the 'fangs'; two dark lines on the back of the putter and two smaller dots on the top edge. Lining up those 6 footers is easier than a girl with a tattoo on her lower back.
The Fang has such good feel, those lag putts are going to be more fun and less stress with the consistent roll this beauty puts on the ball. The Odyssey insert is the best in the business and provides a soft click with excellent feedback to let you know how you've hit the ball.
Combining the easy alignment and feel makes this one of the best putters for high handicappers out there.
The Cleveland Huntington Beach #1 is a beautiful looking piece of equipment. The face has been milled deeper than ever to provide a buttery soft feel off the face.
That face-milling on the Huntington Beach #1 gives the ball a consistent roll with less skidding and with the offset hosel placing your hands in front of the ball when putting, you'll be draining a lot more putts.
There's no reason at this point of your golfing career to blow $200+ on a Scotty Cameron. If you like blade putters, this one looks and feels as good as anything out there for a fraction of the price.
This is the best putter for high handicappers who like classic looks and at a very wallet friendly price.
Callaway have broken the mold again with this putter. Their inserts are world-famous but the new design has changed the face of putter inserts with the O-Works range.
The newly designed face makes the face insert feel more like a steel faced putter which has been missing from insert putters. This is particularly important with the move toward softer and softer golf balls. Insert putters and a soft compression ball makes for marshmallow feeling putts.
On top of the superior feel, the new face promotes a top spin on your putts to get them rolling quickly instead of an initial skid.
From the top when addressing the ball, the black color of the head contrasts heavily with the 2-ball alignment aid. Lining up the putt is even easier than any of the previous and very famous 2-ball putters Callaway have released.
Just pick your spot, put the putter behind the ball and line all 3 white dots (including your ball) to the target and fire. This system has been tried and tested since Callaway first released it in 2001 and this makes it probably the best putter for high handicappers in terms of overall ease of use, forgiveness and alignment. With the new insert, this is a real winner.
My best golfing buddy, Dietmar uses this putter and I've seen countless other high handicappers dropping their scores into the mid handicap range using the White Hot Pro 2.0 Rossie.
The compact mallet shape is simple to line up and doesn't give you the feeling of hitting the ball with a big sledgehammer or a Roswell space craft.
The Rossie is an older putter but the thing works and with countless rounds watching my buddy taking my cash, draining putts left and right with this thing, this ranks as one of the best putters for high handicappers I've ever seen. It's just a putt-dunking lag-making machine.
I can't say enough about this putter and truth be told, I have "upgraded" to this older model in exchange for my newer model Odyssey blade.
The milled copper face in the Cleveland TFI 8.0 2135 provides excellent feedback and through the copolymer insert behind the face.
What's unique about this putter is the 2135 number in the name. 21.35mm is the distance to the center of a golf ball. The aiming device on the flange of the putter has been raised to 21.35mm above the ground to line up perfectly with the center of the ball.
The 2135 comes in a range of shapes and the mallets are also very appealing but this blade feels and looks so good, it's hard to ignore.
Odyssey continues to dominate in the putter realm and without any hesitation, you can't go wrong with the Rossie 2.0 if you're on a budget and if you want to splurge, the VLine Fang from Odyssey is the ultimate champion just because it's so easy to line up and use on any type of green, fast or slow.