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Anyone besides me just not into the Mallet putters

oneaugustaoneaugusta Advanced Members Posts: 2,991 ✭✭
I know the mallet style high MOI putters are all the rage on the tour but I tried one at the end of last season and and start of spring and half to say I can't wait to get back to a blade style. I like it on longish putts but not on short putts and hated the lack of feel and feedback. I sorta did an unscientific at tours wins and blade style putters top the mallet style by 75%, correct me if I'm wrong but but very few majors.



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  • theothertwotheothertwo Advanced Members Posts: 2,454 ✭✭
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  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Advanced Members Posts: 7,029 ✭✭
    oneaugusta wrote:


    I know the mallet style high MOI putters are all the rage on the tour but I tried one at the end of last season and and start of spring and half to say I can't wait to get back to a blade style. I like it on longish putts but not on short putts and hated the lack of feel and feedback. I sorta did an unscientific at tours wins and blade style putters top the mallet style by 75%, correct me if I'm wrong but but very few majors.



    Happy to be back home with a blade style flowneck. Anyone else have the same experience?


    I wouldnt say they are all the rage. It's still about 50/50 and many of those considered mallers are something like the GOLO 5 kind of shape. At the end of the day, it's what shape fits your eye the most but also it is about fitting. High MOI mallets launch the ball higher...so if you already hit up on your putts, you may launch the ball a bit more and not get ideal roll (which is my case).



    If I play mallets, I need to use them around 1* loft vs a blade at around 3*.
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  • JunkerJorgeJunkerJorge Advanced Members Posts: 239 ✭✭
    Just out of curiosity, what mallet did you try?
  • LUMALUMA I Am My Greatest Downfall Advanced Members Posts: 2,337 ✭✭
    I dont like them, but I do putt well with them. I had an Odysee 2 ball yeeeears back and I could not miss long putts with that thing. I just feel more comfortable with my Scotty blade putters standing over a putt. I've also changed my putting stroke and setup over the years to better fit a blade putter. I feel more comfortable with standing a bit closer to the ball and a lighter swing weight with a bit of an arch.
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  • EgobblewobbleEgobblewobble Advanced Members Posts: 296 ✭✭
    I’ve tried a fair share of mallets and mid mallets and none of them have stayed longer than a round. I don’t mind them on short straight putts but I feel they lack in feel and make me want to control my stroke too much. I like the idea of forgiveness on miss hits but the lack of touch brings on longer second putts. I’ll stick to my anser style putters they just feel so much more natural and I hate the looks of a big chunk of metal behind the ball
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  • LUMALUMA I Am My Greatest Downfall Advanced Members Posts: 2,337 ✭✭


    I’ve tried a fair share of mallets and mid mallets and none of them have stayed longer than a round. I don’t mind them on short straight putts but I feel they lack in feel and make me want to control my stroke too much. I like the idea of forgiveness on miss hits but the lack of touch brings on longer second putts. I’ll stick to my anser style putters they just feel so much more natural and I hate the looks of a big chunk of metal behind the ball




    Yeah, I love them on straighter putts. Putts with a lot of movement or speed control, not so much.
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  • kmay__kmay__ Advanced Members Posts: 196 ✭✭
    I picked up a #7 last year to play around with, couldn't get used to the look of it, went back to anser style.
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  • manfrey4611manfrey4611 Members Posts: 6 ✭✭
    I definitely agree with the idea that mallets are worse for longer putts. I also think the quality of design are starting to go down as well with all the big companies going for busier sight lines and alignment aids. Blades are so much simpler on the eye imo.
  • jholzjholz Advanced Members Posts: 1,245 ✭✭
    It's all a matter of personal preference obviously, and I think each option provides benefits and detriments.



    After experimentation, stroke/score tracking, and some simple calculations, I came to the conclusion that a mallet results in better scores for me. YMMV.
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  • golfluvzmegolfluvzme Advanced Members Posts: 2,715
    In my conversations with the guys over at Breakthrough Golf Technologies, the Stability Shaft guys, I learned a few things. Their testing showed that a blade-type or Anser-style putter has a lot less twisting on off-center hits that a mallet. How is THAT for going against what the marketing says for a lot of the bigger mallet putters? I could try to explain my theory and how this happens with the blades, but without having my hands to show what I am talking about, I'm 99% sure I'd struggle to explain it correctly. Just my opinion that the testing for BGT was about as completely non-biased when it comes to putter heads, brands and sizes, as could be possible. They are just the shaft guys and the shaft will fit most putters heads on the market today.

    I love to look at mallets and some of my favorite shapes are the Zebra or Scott's Caliente', but if I am putting a putter down behind a ball, my eyes really want something like a blade.

    Just one Mann's thoughts. Take 'em with a grain of salt.

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  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,947 ✭✭
    golfluvzme wrote:


    In my conversations with the guys over at Breakthrough Golf Technologies, the Stability Shaft guys, I learned a few things. Their testing showed that a blade-type or Anser-style putter has a lot less twisting on off-center hits that a mallet. How is THAT for going against what the marketing says for a lot of the bigger mallet putters? I could try to explain my theory and how this happens with the blades, but without having my hands to show what I am talking about, I'm 99% sure I'd struggle to explain it correctly. Just my opinion that the testing for BGT was about as completely non-biased when it comes to putter heads, brands and sizes, as could be possible. They are just the shaft guys and the shaft will fit most putters heads on the market today.

    I love to look at mallets and some of my favorite shapes are the Zebra or Scott's Caliente', but if I am putting a putter down behind a ball, my eyes really want something like a blade.

    Just one Mann's thoughts. Take 'em with a grain of salt.

    LaMont in AZ




    It goes against conventional thought but in general anser style blades have higher moi than most mallets. The main determining factor of moi in a single material putter is heel to toe length and most mallets are shorter heel to toe.



    I also have a personal theory that putters with COGs more toward the rear of the putter are harder to consistently square at impact.
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    edited March 15
    golfluvzme wrote:


    In my conversations with the guys over at Breakthrough Golf Technologies, the Stability Shaft guys, I learned a few things. Their testing showed that a blade-type or Anser-style putter has a lot less twisting on off-center hits that a mallet. How is THAT for going against what the marketing says for a lot of the bigger mallet putters? I could try to explain my theory and how this happens with the blades, but without having my hands to show what I am talking about, I'm 99% sure I'd struggle to explain it correctly. Just my opinion that the testing for BGT was about as completely non-biased when it comes to putter heads, brands and sizes, as could be possible. They are just the shaft guys and the shaft will fit most putters heads on the market today.

    I love to look at mallets and some of my favorite shapes are the Zebra or Scott's Caliente', but if I am putting a putter down behind a ball, my eyes really want something like a blade.

    Just one Mann's thoughts. Take 'em with a grain of salt.

    LaMont in AZ




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  • tleadertleader Advanced Members Posts: 509 ✭✭
    I struggle with speed/distance control with mallets. Don’t know why, but I always gravitate towards a blade and putt better. Likely a confidence thing as welll
  • Adam CAdam C Advanced Members Posts: 194 ✭✭
    I always found a mallet, especially ones with alignment stuff on top caused my eye to follow the putter head throughout the stroke instead of focusing on the back of the ball. Less is more.
  • golfgirlrobingolfgirlrobin Advanced Members Posts: 2,253 ✭✭
    I’m much better at aligning a mallet on longer putts but prefer an anser style on putts that break a lot.



    You’d think that a mid mallet would split the difference, but not so much.



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  • sheldonjhackersheldonjhacker Advanced Members Posts: 3,699 ✭✭
    Z1ggy16 wrote:

    oneaugusta wrote:


    I know the mallet style high MOI putters are all the rage on the tour but I tried one at the end of last season and and start of spring and half to say I can't wait to get back to a blade style. I like it on longish putts but not on short putts and hated the lack of feel and feedback. I sorta did an unscientific at tours wins and blade style putters top the mallet style by 75%, correct me if I'm wrong but but very few majors.



    Happy to be back home with a blade style flowneck. Anyone else have the same experience?


    I wouldnt say they are all the rage. It's still about 50/50 and many of those considered mallers are something like the GOLO 5 kind of shape. At the end of the day, it's what shape fits your eye the most but also it is about fitting. High MOI mallets launch the ball higher...so if you already hit up on your putts, you may launch the ball a bit more and not get ideal roll (which is my case).



    If I play mallets, I need to use them around 1* loft vs a blade at around 3*.


    ^^^this. My Golo5 style works for me. Minimal toe-hang, looks great at address-very clean, no insert. image/nyam.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':nyam:' />
  • A.PrinceyA.Princey Major Hacker Advanced Members Posts: 1,953 ✭✭
    I've been watching the coverage at the Players and some guys' mallets look like old PC hard-drives attached to a shaft. Seriously, dinner plate sized putters, how is that not distracting? To each their own I guess....
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  • BIG STUBIG STU Advanced Members Posts: 11,054 ✭✭
    Personally I never liked a mallet style putter. I have always preferred either a 8802 style blade or an Anser type. It is whatever fits your eye and more importantly your feel.
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  • BIG STUBIG STU Advanced Members Posts: 11,054 ✭✭
    A.Princey wrote:


    I've been watching the coverage at the Players and some guys' mallets look like old PC hard-drives attached to a shaft. Seriously, dinner plate sized putters, how is that not distracting? To each their own I guess....
    Yep you are correct some of them look as big as some of my persimmon drivers. Kinda like a VW Bug on a stick
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  • caniac6caniac6 Advanced Members Posts: 2,611 ✭✭
    I really like my old Anser2, but I putt better with a mallet.
  • MattM97MattM97 Advanced Members Posts: 124 ✭✭
    edited March 16
    Like a few have said within 10ft mallets feel almost automatic but outside of that the performance drops mainly speed control.



    I do like mallets mainly the toe hang or lack of toe hang really. Some blades have too much toe hang for my liking, that's why I went with an Edel E-3 for this year. Get the speed control I want in a blade I feel good with. Still might add in a mallet but who knows if the Edel works sticking with that.



    The other thing I don't like about mallets is some can be way too busy when looking down on them.
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  • shredNECTARshredNECTAR Members Posts: 83 ✭✭
    Can do mallets. Tried a #9 odyssey and just never worked for me. Give me an anser style putter ANYDAY
  • Rob McHughRob McHugh Rob ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 945 ClubWRX
    I agree with the OP and Larry knows how I feel about mallets. There is only 1 ever made it through the door; the

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    I found what LaMont said really interesting as I would have thought the mallets more stable. I haven’t tried a mallet, so I am not really entitled to proffer an opinion. I just find the overall experience of using a blade putter enjoyable.



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  • KaBoom21KaBoom21 Advanced Members Posts: 1,570
    Aesthetically, I prefer a blade, but my extreme left eye dominance makes me focus on the "squareness" of a blade at address/impact. A mallet just lets me swing the club and avoid steering.
  • ItsjustagameItsjustagame Advanced Members Posts: 1,258 ✭✭
    2018 tour victories where split almost evenly between mallets and blades. Appears they both work- just depends on personal preference obviously.
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  • BobbyLiteBobbyLite Robert M Advanced Members Posts: 127 ✭✭
    Can’t stand the look of mallets. I’m with ya!
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  • vmanvman Advanced Members Posts: 1,217 ✭✭
    I like to look at rectangles, easier to align for me.
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    I have never owned a mallet but when testing putters I tend to lag putt better but struggle with short putts.
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  • shredNECTARshredNECTAR Members Posts: 83 ✭✭
    Mallets are the worst. Never felt comfortable with them. It also causes my eye to follow the mallet head through the stroke. Very distracting.  Sad!
  • BaitkillerBaitkiller Advanced Members Posts: 1,695 ✭✭
    Last mallet was a Zebra. Loved that putter. Love my B60 and Betti 1 more though.
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  • GolfDawg847GolfDawg847 ChicagoMembers Posts: 1
    I’ve tried several mallets (#7, #5, Futura Phantom, etc.) but keep coming back to the Anser style putters. I grew up with a early Phoenix Anser, which is still my go-to (weight strips attached). I recently got a Bettinardi Mizuno C-01, which I like a lot.
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