Modern golf putter designs are incredibly refined. With so many to choose from though, how do you know which best suits your individual putting stroke?

Which Putter is Right for Me?

Golf Putter Designs

To shoot an even par score of 72, a golfer could potentially 2 putt every green for 36 strokes per round. All in all, that’s pretty solid. Amounting to half of all total strokes through an 18 hole round in this example, it becomes more obvious that having the right putter for your game is vital to achieving a better handicap.

Our putter discussions aim to help inform readers which putter design could best suit their individual putting stroke.

The Many Looks of the Golf Putter

Blades, mallets, mid-sized and everything in between exists on the market today. The following descriptions aim to describe how a certain putter design can be best suited for a particular putting stroke. These are based on club design principals used by club makers, such as Scotty Cameron.

Blade style putters have withstood the test of time due to clean aesthetics, and premium design elements such as milled faces that are forged in top-quality metals. The design of choice by the likes of Tiger Woods and countless others.


Classic design. Often paired with a plumber neck hosel, which is best for arcing putting strokes due to more offset integrated into their design. This leads to what is known as “toe flow”, or arc, in their design where face rotation helps re-square the face at impact.

Little offset produced by this straight neck hosel best serve those golfers with a straight, “back-and-through”, putting stroke. Mallets push the limits of moment of inertia, and as such offer the highest levels of forgiveness.


Putters in this category often represent the newest modern designs. This is where manufacturers are pushing the limits in size, balance, moment-of-inertia, and more. They come with a variety of hosel options, we’ll break those down below.

Unique lines created by this mid-sized alternative blend the classic elements of traditional blades, with more modern shape, but without the modern bulk. Available in a variety of hosel designs as well, this “middle-of-the-road” option might just keep you headed in the right direction.


Thankfully for those golfers seeking the best of both worlds, many options exist in-between traditional “skinny” blades and super-sized mallets. For many, these often overlooked options might just be what the greens doctor ordered.

No club gets more use than your putter. Lowering your handicap depends on finding the right putter for you.

Finding the right putter begins with picking the club head that suits your eye, and matching it correctly to the shaft hosel that best compliments your natural putting stroke.

– scotty cameron

Considering the rich history surrounding the traditional plumber neck hosel design, the following represent 4 options popular in the market today. Click the buttons below to shop for putters on


Small Slant Jet Neck

Features some off-set and promotes mild levels of toe flow to produce a slightly arcing putting stroke. The neck jets out slightly ahead of the putter face and is designed to rotate square through impact.


Mid Bend

Often “hosel-less”, the mid bend shaft design creates a single shaft bend elevated above the putter head. Creates minimal offset and is best in the hands of a player who has little to no arc in their putting stroke.


Low Bend

Very similar to a mid bend design, low bend putters differ in that not only is the shaft bend closer to the top of the putter head, there are degrees of offset built into this shaft bend. Designed for players with an arcing putting stroke.



Straight shaft designs are built for the player with a straight-back, straight-through putting stroke. When kept square-to-square, the shaft and the putter face flow in unison to create clean square lines throughout the entire stroke.




What about club length?

And yet another critical point to consider when picking the correct putter, is determining your correct putter length. Watch Scotty Cameron discuss the correct putter length for you.

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