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Over the course of the last year I’ve done a lot of putter testing. I’ve come to find what works and what doesn’t. Some of it has surprised me, other things not so much. 
 

Plumber’s neck blade or blade mallet styles (fang style mallets, wide blades) work best for me. I never really cared for the aesthetics of a plumber’s neck, but they work best for my stroke. I’ve learned to love the look. 
 

370-375g is my sweet spot. It gives me the most enough stability on shorter putts to keep the putter on line and just enough heft to lag putt as well as I can. 
 

Milled faces, of any variety, feel better to me than any of the inserts. I haven’t found any insert firm enough for my taste. 
 

Length, loft and lie. I play all of my putters at 33”, 69* lie, and 3-4* of loft. I’ve experimented with longer lengths, and counterbalance builds. None of them have produced the consistent results of just a plain old length. I’ve started to set my hands higher at address so playing a flatter lie gets me from being too toe down at impact. I’m not much of a forward presser so I don’t require too much loft. 

Alignment aids I need a line. As much as I like the look of a sight dot or nothing at all I’ve got no idea where the ball is going. Top line or flange work equally well for me. 
 

This is the one that I most recently noticed and really surprised me. The darker finishes with clean, white paintfill in the alignment line work significantly better for me than my stainless finish with black lines. I’m not sure exactly why, but it’s true for me. 


Being someone who loves putters, I’d love to hear some other peoples’ preferences as well. 

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-#1 Toe Hang 45ish

-345g-355gs

-Site Line is a Must. If not I am lost as well

-Plumber/Slant/Flow necks as long as toe hang is around what I want. Using flow neck currently seems like a combo of plumbers and slant almost to me

-Length 35", Lie 70, Loft whatever is standard on the putter

-I actually prefer TMs insert like the one on MY TP SOTO. I find it gets the ball rolling and dont have to swing as hard. Especially great for longer putts

-Milled putters just nothing that comes off dead

-Pistol Style grip with square top for thumbs up

 

 

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full shat offset

lighter side for weight

site dot

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No flange site line and a plumbers neck with full shaft offset have always been my lowest putting rounds. 

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I think I've finally found what I like in a putter, I do like a lot of different putters but this is what I putt best with.

 

- Blade or wide blade w/square lines ie trail edge and toe to be squared off, bumpers can be round, square, no bumpers. 

- Material: Stainless or Carbon is just fine, don't need anything fancy unless same price.

- Milled heads.

- No inserts unless metal as well like copper.

- Feel: it all depends on mood, could do a clicky smooth face or soft deep mill. 

- Weight: 355-365g

- Length: 34.5" to 36" 

- Lie: 70-71°

- Offset: 0 to 1/2 I prefer best, full I don't mind if a flow or slant neck.

- Neck, I prefer a flow or slant, plumber I can use but not as clean, double bend doesn't get me enough toe hang.

- Toe Hang: Anything from 25° to 60° I can putt with fine. 

- Alignment: At least a flange line, can use multiple lines as well. 

- Grip: Round grip with flat top.

 

That's pretty much what you'll see on any new custom I order. Not many OTR putters fit that bill for me sadly. 

 

Edit: and one of the biggest ones, it has to sit square at address, I hate when a putter flops like a fish out of water. 

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took me years and many MANY putters, but i do know for a fact ARMLOCK does not work for me. ALSO flow necks such as the ODYSSEY White Hot PRO putters or similar models to Patrick Reeds set up or Matt Fitzpatrick's bettinardi. Also love the top line dash. 

 

I learned things that I hate for sure. Those spider putters (don't get understand them at all) 

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How the putter soles might be the most important thing that determines how I get along with a putter.

 

When I putt, I like to basically stand into the putter when it is soled flat. I don't grip the putter and then sole it. I very lightly grip it, sole the putter flat, then take my actual grip. If the putter wants to roll closed or something when it's sitting on the ground, I simply can't use it. I need a putter that sits nice and flat and a little upright.

 

I'd probably really enjoy one of those Bloodline putters, but I don't see me ever going down that road.

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3 hours ago, MPAndreassi said:

Over the course of the last year I’ve done a lot of putter testing. I’ve come to find what works and what doesn’t. Some of it has surprised me, other things not so much. 
 

Plumber’s neck blade or blade mallet styles (fang style mallets, wide blades) work best for me. I never really cared for the aesthetics of a plumber’s neck, but they work best for my stroke. I’ve learned to love the look. 
 

370-375g is my sweet spot. It gives me the most enough stability on shorter putts to keep the putter on line and just enough heft to lag putt as well as I can. 
 

Milled faces, of any variety, feel better to me than any of the inserts. I haven’t found any insert firm enough for my taste. 
 

Length, loft and lie. I play all of my putters at 33”, 69* lie, and 3-4* of loft. I’ve experimented with longer lengths, and counterbalance builds. None of them have produced the consistent results of just a plain old length. I’ve started to set my hands higher at address so playing a flatter lie gets me from being too toe down at impact. I’m not much of a forward presser so I don’t require too much loft. 

Alignment aids I need a line. As much as I like the look of a sight dot or nothing at all I’ve got no idea where the ball is going. Top line or flange work equally well for me. 
 

This is the one that I most recently noticed and really surprised me. The darker finishes with clean, white paintfill in the alignment line work significantly better for me than my stainless finish with black lines. I’m not sure exactly why, but it’s true for me. 


Being someone who loves putters, I’d love to hear some other peoples’ preferences as well. 

Same preferences here!! 

Is your wrist-to-floor measurement about 33"?

 

I often feel that new products are gimmicky because some of the best golf technology was invented decades ago. 

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6 minutes ago, MaineMariner said:

How the putter soles might be the most important thing that determines how I get along with a putter.

 

When I putt, I like to basically stand into the putter when it is soled flat. I don't grip the putter and then sole it. I very lightly grip it, sole the putter flat, then take my actual grip. If the putter wants to roll closed or something when it's sitting on the ground, I simply can't use it. I need a putter that sits nice and flat and a little upright.

 

I'd probably really enjoy one of those Bloodline putters, but I don't see me ever going down that road.

 

Yup I never realized how big that is until you try a putter that just likes to open or close. My last 2 putters sole perfectly and have no urge to open or close, I'm hoping the 2 I have incoming do the same. 

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Center shaft (zero offset)

34.5" length

milled head, no inserts (except for Yes!)

wide blade or mid mallet preferred

no satin finish

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1 hour ago, nvr3putt said:

Same preferences here!! 

Is your wrist-to-floor measurement about 33"?

 

I often feel that new products are gimmicky because some of the best golf technology was invented decades ago. 


Ive never measured it to be honest. I’ll check when I get home. But it would make sense with putter length 

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300 Mini 13.5* / Ventus Black 10x

TSi3 19* / Ventus Black HB 10tx

T100•s 4-9 / Dynamic Gold X7

SM8 46, 50 / Dynamic Gold X7

SM8 54, 58 / Dynamic Gold TI X100

 

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Flowneck

Blade or Blade with Fangs.

Milled Face

34/350-360

Line(s)

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380 headweight

Bullseye/ blade shape

1/2 shaft offset

Darker finish

67* lie angle

no more than 5-10* toe hang prefer face balance. 
39” 

No preference on site line but minimal if any. 

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Other than what my specs are, my latest I went Lamont MA/55 style with a slant neck and trying 330ish and am really liking it so far. Like what it does for my stroke. Also added a 1/2 inch - I guess that more of a “fit” vs. preference, but my back and where I found my grip position settling in both were telling me to try a tad more length and that’s been great. 
 

Had been on the mallet train for too long I’ve discovered. 
 

 

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It has to sit on the ground without wanting to move around.

Taylormade 16 M2 9.5º (Tensei Orange R flex)

Taylormade 17 M1 HL3 17º (Kuro Kage S flex)

Taylormade 05 FCT Rescues 21º (20º), 23.5º (24º) (Aldila RIP 85 S flex)

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23 hours ago, MPAndreassi said:

Over the course of the last year I’ve done a lot of putter testing. I’ve come to find what works and what doesn’t. Some of it has surprised me, other things not so much. 
 

Plumber’s neck blade or blade mallet styles (fang style mallets, wide blades) work best for me. I never really cared for the aesthetics of a plumber’s neck, but they work best for my stroke. I’ve learned to love the look. 
 

370-375g is my sweet spot. It gives me the most enough stability on shorter putts to keep the putter on line and just enough heft to lag putt as well as I can. 
 

Milled faces, of any variety, feel better to me than any of the inserts. I haven’t found any insert firm enough for my taste. 
 

Length, loft and lie. I play all of my putters at 33”, 69* lie, and 3-4* of loft. I’ve experimented with longer lengths, and counterbalance builds. None of them have produced the consistent results of just a plain old length. I’ve started to set my hands higher at address so playing a flatter lie gets me from being too toe down at impact. I’m not much of a forward presser so I don’t require too much loft. 

Alignment aids I need a line. As much as I like the look of a sight dot or nothing at all I’ve got no idea where the ball is going. Top line or flange work equally well for me. 
 

This is the one that I most recently noticed and really surprised me. The darker finishes with clean, white paintfill in the alignment line work significantly better for me than my stainless finish with black lines. I’m not sure exactly why, but it’s true for me. 


Being someone who loves putters, I’d love to hear some other peoples’ preferences as well. 

I recently found that one with no line on top helps...I had a spider x face balanced with the long line and I think i relied too much on it rather than what my eyes were telling me. I went to a 2 ball ten with no line and have been making everything.

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- 360 to 380 Gram head weight

- 31 inch length

- 71 degree lie angle

- 1/2 to 3/4 off set

- 35 to 55 degree toe hang

- 3 degrees of loft

- Pro Only red star grip

- Bumpers or fangs to frame the ball

- prefer no sight lines on the top line or in the bumpers / fangs (but I can look past them if they are subtle)

- milled face

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On 7/26/2021 at 9:30 AM, MPAndreassi said:

Over the course of the last year I’ve done a lot of putter testing. I’ve come to find what works and what doesn’t. Some of it has surprised me, other things not so much. 
 

Plumber’s neck blade or blade mallet styles (fang style mallets, wide blades) work best for me. I never really cared for the aesthetics of a plumber’s neck, but they work best for my stroke. I’ve learned to love the look. 
 

370-375g is my sweet spot. It gives me the most enough stability on shorter putts to keep the putter on line and just enough heft to lag putt as well as I can. 
 

Milled faces, of any variety, feel better to me than any of the inserts. I haven’t found any insert firm enough for my taste. 
 

Length, loft and lie. I play all of my putters at 33”, 69* lie, and 3-4* of loft. I’ve experimented with longer lengths, and counterbalance builds. None of them have produced the consistent results of just a plain old length. I’ve started to set my hands higher at address so playing a flatter lie gets me from being too toe down at impact. I’m not much of a forward presser so I don’t require too much loft. 

Alignment aids I need a line. As much as I like the look of a sight dot or nothing at all I’ve got no idea where the ball is going. Top line or flange work equally well for me. 
 

This is the one that I most recently noticed and really surprised me. The darker finishes with clean, white paintfill in the alignment line work significantly better for me than my stainless finish with black lines. I’m not sure exactly why, but it’s true for me. 


Being someone who loves putters, I’d love to hear some other peoples’ preferences as well. 

 

We have a lot in common. I'm also getting used to a plumber's neck after years of avoiding them because of aesthetics. I also agree that alignment is much better with dark finishes and white paintfill, although my current putter (Nike MC02W) is stainless with black paintfill. 

 

My backup is a center shafted blade (Scotty Newport 2.6), but if I could find a LAB Blade for a reasonable price I think I'd pull the trigger on one. 

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35" length

Face-balance

No neck

Reasonably rounded bumpers

Softened edges

Sightline (either top rail or flange)

330 - 350 gram head weight

69* lie angle

Matte/muted finish

Little/no stamping

GP Pro Only Red Star grip

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