Best Putter For The Money(2024)Tested By Pros With Reviews

Written by Michael VanDerLaan 

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The putter often can be one of the most expensive clubs in the golf bag. Oftentimes this is justifiable because of the importance of the putter and how much it is used. On the other hand, it is one of the clubs in the bag where you can see the least drop-off in performance when using a cheaper alternative. Most if not all golfers have wondered at some point in their life, what is the best putter for the money?

We have tested all of the best putters on the market today and reviewed them below so that you can make an informed decision and find a new putter to help improve your putting stroke and lower your scores.

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Best Overall

Odyssey White Hot OG Putter

Odyssey White Hot OG Putter

Best Mallet

Taylormade Spyder GT Putter

Taylormade Spyder GT Putter

Best Used

Scotty Cameron Newport Putter

Scotty cameron Newport Putter

Best Putters For The Money At A Glance

Odyssey White Hot OG Putter

The Odyssey White Hot OG putter very well could be the quintessential putter of the generation. There was an era where the PING Anser putters and their variations dominated the landscape, and with some slight modifications the White Hot OG series has supplanted it as perhaps the best-selling amongst consumers and the most-used amongst professionals since its inception in 2000.

White Hot OG putters, despite retailing now for perhaps the best price-point amongst top name-brand putters at around $199.99 off the rack, are very straightforward but absolutely cannot be considered a no-frills option. The highlight is their White Hot face insert. After experimenting with a few modifications of their breakthrough urethane face insert over the years, they have found the most success with their original or “OG'' formula that has been a hit since its introduction. This face insert provides a firm feel to the touch but deforms under impact to provide some of the best sound, feel, and consistency on the market.

What We Like

  • The White Hot OG Face Insert is one of the best feeling features ever to be added to a putter
  • Available in every classic head shape to match the preferences of most golfer
  • At $200, this putter is an absolute steal given the portfolio of success it has compiled on all the major tours

What We Don't Like

  • Lacks the durability and feel of 100% premium milled options
  • Very limited options for customization or personalization when compared to other premium putters

For sheer, straightforward performance, you are going to get a putter identical to what many, many professionals have used to win at the highest level for a price that is less than half what you would pay for  the top blade putters. In fact, Jon Rahm won the 2023 Masters using the mid-mallet “Rossie” version of the White Hot OG. There are really no compromises in the performance of this putter, and Odyssey has figured out a way to put major-championship-caliber equipment into the consumer’s hands for a price that makes it a no-brainer choice for the best putter for the money in today’s market.

PXG 0211 Clydesdale Putter

PXG started their company on the premise that they were going to make the best golf clubs that they could with modern technology, and spare no expense in the process, marketing themselves to those who wanted to fully invest in their performance on the course. So when they come up with a club that is extremely competitive with the rest of the market on price while still offering PXG engineering and build quality, it’s definitely worth paying attention to.

The PXG 0211 Clydesdale putter is an oversize blade design offering a heel-toe length and weight profile that aims to provide more stability and a bigger sweet spot without having to go to a “mallet” look. The club features PXG’s patented Pyramid Face milling pattern on a cast 303 stainless steel body with black finish. It accents the classic blade look from the playing position with an ultra-modern “runway reticle” alignment aid on the back flange of the club.

What We Like

  • One of the most affordable options in PXG's catalogue
  • We love the feel of the milled face
  • The highly developed alignment aid makes it very easy to get properly lined up to your target line
  • One of the highest MOI ratings for a putter on the market

What We Don't Like

  • It looks a little odd as an oversized blade putter
  • Not 100% milled, only the face is milled

PXG entered the game to compete with and surpass the premium brands on the planet. The 0211 putters represent a venture into trying to make the highest-end putter they can at the mid-price point. Naturally this means a sacrifice of the 100% milled technique, but after that no real expense is spared and what we have is one of the most stable and forgiving blade designs anyone can come up with for about half the price of the top-of-the-line milled putters.

Best Mallet: TaylorMade Spider GT

Taylormade Spyder GT Putter

One of the telltale signs of an actual revolution in golf club design as opposed to the nearly countless gimmicks and experiments we see is the staying power of that club in top players’ bags. While some shapes come and go as fads and quickly fade into the background or odd player here and there, when TaylorMade introduced the first Spider in 2008 it quickly became popular, and when Jason Day switched to it, won 5 times in 2015, and then in 2016 posted by far the most statistically dominant putting season that we’ve ever been able to accurately measure, the legendary status of the Spider was cemented.

The latest versions of the Spider GT keep very true to the functionality of the original Spider designs while hiding what’s “under the hood” with a very clean top plate with a singular sight line on it, calming down the look at address quite a bit from some of the more elaborate Spider designs. You still get all of the MOI and balancing advantages of their spacious mallet design with a lot less distractions.

What We Like

  • The incredibly high MOI design makes this putter extremely forgiving
  • The design has been proven and improved upon over time
  • A very clean top line look is very easy to adjust to and is very useful for alignment to the target

What We Don't Like

  • Higher price tag than some more simple putters or those from less recognized brands

TaylorMade hit a massive home run with their original Spider and the success on TOUR popularized an entire new genre of space-age putter designs. What you’re getting with this putter is a maximum-MOI design with top-class aesthetics for a legacy price.

Best Value Blade Putter: GoSports GS1 Tour Golf Putter

GpSports GS1 Tour Golf Putter

GoSports GS1 Tour golf putter is basically a clone of some of the highest end putters on the market, minus the marketing costs, brand awareness, and using more affordable materials and construction methods. It might seem a step down but for decades cast stainless steel Anser-shaped putter heads absolutely dominated the market before Titleist and Bettinardi brought 100% milled putters to the forefront, and many great putters used them for their entire careers.

This GS1 from GoSports is going to give you not just that reliable blade head shape but despite being a budget putter made from cast stainless steel, it still delivers a milled face which is a very high-end touch and matches up well with mid-market putters that cost 3-4x as much. Along with that you’ll get their version of a classic pistol grip or for a slight up-charge a SuperStroke style “fat” putter grip clone.

What We Like

  • We enjoyed browsing the options for classic grip and head designs
  • The dimensions are identical to the best brands on the market
  • At this price range, we were pleasantly surprised to see a milled face

What We Don't Like

  • Lower quality materials make for less feel and lower durability than premium putters

At the end of the day, this putter looks the part, and you’re not going to have to chip in to pay any PGA TOUR pro’s endorsement bill. That combined with cheaper materials and manufacturing practices makes for a putter that can give you a fantastic entry into the market at a price you almost won’t even notice.

Best Value Mallet Putter: Pinemeadow Golf PGX SL Putter

Pinemeadow Golf PGX SL Putter

This Pinemeadow PGX SL takes a page from the playbook of the GoSports putter above, and has made themselves ostensibly a clone of one of the most successful putter designs to ever hit the market. This time they are mimicking the style of the Odyssey 2-Ball putters and attempting to deliver as much of that experience as possible to the consumer at a fraction of the price.

The signature elements that are being employed by this model are the “2-ball” alignment aid which has been one of the most successful innovations in alignment markings in this generation and the polymer face insert in an attempt to provide their version of the “White Hot” technology from Odyssey. In addition to that the overall mallet design is very spacious while not looking too much like something that just landed from outer space.

What We Like

  • The high MOI design provided a user friendly, forgiving feel
  • We always love the look of the 2 ball alignment aid. It is really easy to get lined up properly
  • The polymer face insert adds a higher level of touch for refined speed control
  • Using a graphite shafted putter can create a more refined feel for golfers of all levels

What We Don't Like

  • The putter is produced with cheaper materials, especially the face insert. This is particularly noticeable in the sound of the strike
  • As with most white-finished putters, it is prone to showing wear and tear

Ultimately, you cannot go wrong with this design. One area to take into consideration, however, is that face inserts are not all created equal, and while the concept is the same as Odyssey’s White Hot putter lines, this face insert cannot truly replicate the 2-layer urethane design that has been patented by Odyssey, for this price. It is however still a big bonus in this price range and overall if you ever wanted to try a 2-ball or mallet putter this design is going to let you do that without having to hesitate about whether it’s the perfect choice or not.

Best Cheap Blade Putter: Wilson Harmonized M1

Wilson M1 Harmonized Putter

Wilson is the rare brand that competes in the value/budget market, but still has a significant presence amongst touring professionals. They don’t often do full-bag deals, but many “free agent” PGA Tour pros have enjoyed rotating Wilson Staff clubs into their bags in recent years. While not the same tier as their “Staff” clubs, these Wilson Harmonized putters are uniquely suited to offer a blend of high-end performance with a small financial footprint.

The WIlson Harmonized M1 is their version of the Anser or Newport blade. With this model you’re going to see the common theme of mimicking the design of the top putters in the world but doing so with a casting process instead of 100% milled design. Wilson complements this nicely however with a face insert and 3-piece oversize grip to deliver as more than just a cost-saving model.

What We Like

  • This is one of the best balances of price and brand recognition that we have been able to find
  • The classic Anser blade style is aesthetically pleasing
  • Micro injected face insert technology is a forward thinking design intended to enhance feel 
  • We were surprised by how good the oversized paddle style grip felt in our hands

What We Don't Like

  • This is an extremely low lofted putter that will probably require some adjustment for most players

Wilson has come a long way from some titans of the game (i.e. Snead, Palmer) playing their clubs, but they still hold their own in the market and fill a unique niche, which just so happens to be a niche that might be exactly what a lot of golfers are looking for. You get a step up in branding, name recognition, and trust in quality from some of the purely value brands, but also a couple of steps down in pricing from the Taylormades and Odysseys of the world. This putter represents a very happy medium and shows up with some quality bells-and-whistles in the grip and face insert for bottom-barrel price.

Best Cheap Mallet Putter: Wilson Harmonized M5 Jumbo

Wilson Harmonized M5 Putter

The “sister stick” to our Wilson M1 blade putter is the Wilson Harmonized M5 Jumbo. Again representing the same ideals of showcasing a classic, well-known golf brand that isn’t afraid to compete on value while trickling down the benefits of technology developed for the top TOUR players.

What We Like

  • The face is this putter is extremely stable due to very high MOI rating
  • Comes with an oversized grip to help take the hands and wrists out of your stroke
  • It is very easy to get the putter face aligned properly with the triple alignment aid
  • The polymer face insert gives a firm roll with a soft feel - a rare combination
  • The absolute best price for a high quality, modern mallet style putter

What We Don't Like

  • Highly limited options in design, customization, and specs

The M5 Jumbo is going to compete for the attention of golfers who like a max-MOI full mallet putter head. This putter gives us the same technology in head shape that you’d get from a Spider or 2-Ball type of design but without being a copycat.

The double-winged design provides maximum stability while they differentiate themselves with a triple alignment aid, both of which you’d see in some of the most expensive putters on the market. This is topped off with their harmonized micro-injected polymer face and you check all the boxes you need to compete with anyone.

Best Used Putter For The Money: Scotty Cameron Newport

Scotty Cameron Newport Putter

More than any other club, there is often value in buying a used putter. The designs don’t update as rapidly as the other clubs, and there is a very big market of high-quality clubs on the buy/sell carousel frequented by all of the club collectors and tinkerers in this game. In that space, the undisputed king is Scotty Cameron.

More collectable than any other putter, they hold their value more than any other putter, and there are always a few wives in every city waking up today and asking themselves how many of these things one man could possibly need! For the same reasons that they are coveted and collected, these putters represent a great buy on the second hand market because they are usually well taken care of, and are built to standards that can perform for decades. 

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What We Like

  • Incredibly high build quality
  • There are endless customization options that you can either hunt for online, or send your putter to the Custom Studio
  • These putters hold their value, so you can resell it for a similar price
  • Many of the older Camerons are considered more antique, and become more collectible over time

What We Don't Like

  • Oftentimes used putters need lots of measurement and adjusting
  • Many used putters have customization for other players that cannot be removed 

In the rare case you can find one of these putters on sale by an unsuspecting owner at a garage sale, flea market, or thrift store … it’s almost always a legendary steal. Otherwise, it may be hard to get your hands on one for much of a discount. Many of these putters actually go up in value as the years go on, however, and they can be handed down or used for decades if taken care of, so they are a great investment even when used. Remember … every golf club is a “used” golf club after it’s been hit one time! 

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Best Milled Putter For The Money: KIRKLAND SIGNATURE KS1 Putter

Kirkland Signature KS1 Putter

Earlier we mentioned that you just couldn’t make a fully-milled putter in the budget price range, and that putters featuring a milled face were a nice touch. The exception that proves the rule - and breaks all consumer logic without breaking the bank - is the Kirkland Signature KS1 putter. The Kirkland Signature (the Costco brand) has hit a home run with shoppers by guaranteeing that their brand will meet or exceed(!) the quality of the leading national brands.

Needless to say, when they decided to introduce a putter that - let’s face it - is a clone of a Scotty Cameron while boasting the same materials (stainless steel) and construction (milled) complete with a SuperStroke grip, weight ports, the whole nine yards … for less than half the price of a the best putters. Quite the frenzy ensued and the putter has been flying off of shelves ever since.

What We Like

  • We absolutely love the price tag on this great feeling putter
  • A 100% CNC milled design provides premium look and feel
  • The head and toe weight ports make it possible to create a more custom experience
  • SuperStroke grips come stock on these putters

What We Don't Like

  • Very hard to find in stock, may take some searching because of the demand
  • Doesn't carry the same feel or look as top tier putter brands

Bottom line is, as with most Kirkland Signature products, you’re getting a TON of putter for your money here. There really isn’t a comparable product on the market at this price point as far as the on-paper specs, as all 100% milled premium putters are going to start at least $100 more than this, generally. That said, it’s still a dubious claim to say it’s a 1-to-1 replacement for arguably the best putter brand on the planet. Scottys still have an edge in feel and forgiveness/performance, plus the artistic touches and subtle uniqueness that Scottys are known for.

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Best Putter For The Money In The Last 5 Years: Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft 3 Putter

Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft 3 Putter

Cleveland has carved out a great niche in the hard goods market by making very high-quality clubs that maximize forgiveness and performance and still compete on value and price. One of their best putter offerings is the Cleveland Huntington Beach putter and the Soft 3 variety seen here delivers some fantastic touches to the popular line.

This putter is reminiscent of the classic Ping MyDay or Ping Zing, and also having the same head shape as some of the best putters available today. The putter is made from soft 304 stainless steel and features Cleveland’s proprietary face milling pattern to ensure a consistent roll. 

What We Like

  • We were very happy with the quality of this putter considering the cost
  • The milled face feels great
  • A classic but still unique head style is a fantastic balance of traditional and modern

What We Don't Like

  • Not 100% milled
  • Many players will not like the stock grip
  • There is no ability to adjust the weight of the head, meaning you have to adjust your stroke to this putter

Manufacturers can’t really make many excuses about copying the best designs on the planet, and Cleveland’s Huntington Beach putters don’t try to hide the SoCal vibe popularized by Titleist, but they back it up with features and performance to match.

For a putter that isn’t completely milled, you’re getting the full package here and a putter that can stay in the bag for a long time while saving up to a few hundred bucks over a premium alternative.

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How To Find The Best Putter For Your Golf Game

finding the right putter for your game will help you make more putts

Most players who have a favorite putter arrived there in one of two ways. They either semi-randomly picked up a putter when they were young, learned how to use it, and have stuck to the same style or perhaps even the exact same putter for decades. The other way is through seemingly endless trial-and-error, with some golfers trying out new styles every few rounds.

There can be some method to this madness (although some need to admit it’s just madness), as there are certain tendencies that match certain golfers. Ultimately, the best way to shortcut the years of trial-and-error (and subsequent second guessing) is to get fitted professionally. Many players overlook putter fitting when thinking about club fitting, when in fact it can have arguably the biggest upside and is a relatively straightforward process for the club that we use the most.

If a putter fitting isn’t in the cards, or if you want to know what to expect when going for a professional fitting, here’s a few tendencies to look out for and variables that can be fitted:

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Putter Length

Perhaps first and foremost, the putter length (and accordingly lie angle) ideally will be suited to your most comfortable, balanced putting stance and putting stroke ― and not vice-versa. 

Putter length will influence your putting grip style as well as many of the other factors to consider, including face loft, putting arc, and the type of grip you use.

Typical length putters are between 33' and 36", excluding arm lock putters and broomstick putters which are a longer length putters.

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Face Loft

The best putters get the ball rolling quickly without hopping off the club face. Both a club face with too much loft OR too little loft will both result in a bouncing ball or a choppy start to the roll. First learn to make a consistent stroke, and then fine tune your putter loft and/or ball position to create the best roll possible soon after contact.

Putting Arc Style

Very generally speaking, players who have a slight arc or consider themselves “straight back straight through” are going to match up with putters that are face balanced or have a very small amount of toe hang. These putters generally also stand with their eyes directly over the ball more often, although there are all kinds of successful combinations.

Putters who putt with more arc are going to often stand slightly farther away from the ball, with their eyes inside the line SLIGHTLY, and a putter with more toe hang or heel-shafting is going to help guide their putting stroke in most cases.

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Putter Head Shapes and Weight

Blade style putter
Mallet style putter

These two almost go hand-in-hand, with larger style heads like the mallet weighing more and blade style heads weighing less. Weight is the #1 parameter in tempo and the easiest way to change your putting stroke tempo is by making a weight adjustment, and it’s the norm to see fast-tempo putters preferring blade putters and players who take a slower, longer stroke preferring larger, mallets.

Mallets provide larger heads and more forgiveness which makes them the best choice for all skill levels.

Blade putters are smaller with more toe hang and are the best choice for better players with more arc in their putting stroke.

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Grip Size And Weight

While most focus on grip size stabilizing the small muscles in the stroke, it cannot be overlooked that most players feel the best performance when the head weight and the grip weight are adjusted in harmony with one another. With a few exceptions, larger grips almost always weigh more and usually if you fiddle around with head weight or grip size you’re going to want to update the other accordingly.

A more modern style of putter that changes the way the stroke flows is the counterbalanced putter. These one great for people who aren't very good at releasing the putter and want a little bit of assistance in creating passive hands.

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Face Inserts or Face Milling

Face insert in a Scotty Cameron putter

The smooth-faced PING putters of the 1960s to early 1990s are almost completely bygone now, with players in the “Pro-V1 era” preferring something to grip their soft urethane-covered golf ball a little bit on contact. This has led to an explosion of options for the face of the putter, most notably precision face milling patterns and polymer face inserts. Ultimately these can give a variety of different feels off the face and affect roll and consistently and are worth trying out side-by-side.

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Aiming Aids / Sight Lines

One often overlooked aspect of a putter fitting and putting in general is that it is shocking how many players are not aimed where they think they are. This can be the most revolutionary change in a golfer’s performance, if properly corrected.

Nowadays there are also a bevy of different options here, and some players find they aim better or make better contact with a single dot, while other players like elaborate patterns or even something like Callaway’s 2-ball alignment aid. Any golf store would love to have you pick up a half dozen or so putters and see how they look from above while you check out your ability to aim them on a practice green, so why not take advantage!

Use some of our favorite putting drills to test which alignment aids work best with the way your eyes see the putter head!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a good golf putter cost?

The short answer is $150-$400+ for a new, name-brand putter. The caveat is that you have  a much wider range of what is considered passable or even “good” when it comes to the putter.

If you skimp on your driver, you’re going to see a noticeable performance drop off and technology that just can’t compare on off-center hits. With the putter, you will see a guy in almost every golf group sinking putts with something they either bought at a garage sale or should have been in their own garage sale a decade ago. 

Do expensive putters actually help?

Expensive putters don't make a big difference in performance. The tough truth in golf is that, despite what marketing materials and the other industry experts might be pushing each year, by far the biggest factor is the “Indian and not the arrows.” When it comes to putters, a lot of the advantage with a high-end putter comes down to fine-tuning.

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That said, there are some huge strides that can be made if a golfer’s setup or aim is off, and some putters actually do help with that. Our advice is if you’re going to invest in an expensive putter, it is one of the best equipment investments that you can make, but that investment should go along with getting a professional lesson to dial in your setup, aim, and stroke to match your new toy. If this is done properly you can benefit for many years using the same club and fundamentals.

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Do more pros use blades or mallet putters?

There are typically more pros using mallet putters than blades, but this is a very new development in the golf equipment landscape. This tide has only turned slowly over the past 5 years, after many decades of dominance by blade putter users. As with many things, golfers are stubborn, and creatures of habit, but it seems that the benefits of the technology in mallets has finally proven itself enough to see more and more players making the transition.

What is a cheaper alternative to a Scotty Cameron putter?

Almost any putter is a cheaper alternative to a Scotty Cameron putter! In the putter world you almost always “get what you pay for” and the vast majority of styles are near-copies of each other with some slight proprietary variations or using different materials or manufacturing techniques. 

While virtually all brands offer a putter that attempts to be a cheaper version of the same styles that Scotty offers, definitely one option to look at are the KS1 putters from Kirkland Signature who make the most overt attempt to directly clone the great putter, including the materials and manufacturing process. If you want to go truly bottom-barrel you can take an old PING Anser 2 stainless steel putter, put two strips of lead tape all the way across the bottom, and re-grip it with a new (and slightly heavier) grip and voila! It’s as good as a Scotty.

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Does the brand of putter make a difference?

Since most putter manufacturers concentrate on one market - whether ultra premium, upper-middle class, value, or entry level - this question is more accurately asking: “does the quality of a putter make a difference?”

Ultimately we know that the golf ball has no idea what brand of club is hitting it. Changing to a more expensive brand is almost never going to revolutionize somebody’s scoring ability. That said, the brand can make a difference. The most notable difference is in the quality of materials and the method of construction. These make high-end putters last longer, become collectable, and possibly even heirlooms. There are performance advantages, as well, but these are typically slight, and more applicable to players who have already refined their stroke looking to eek out any edge they can.

Final Thoughts

The putter is one of the spots in the bag that it makes the most sense to invest in big-time, but it’s also the club that you’re most likely to be able to get performance out of a cheaper, older club. This can make shopping for a putter a little bit tricky, and we see so many golfers at all levels go down the rabbit hole of changing putters almost every time they miss a putt.

Fortunately, you can get a TON of performance out of a mid-priced or even low-priced putter, and one of the biggest advantages of this is that you don’t have to be “married” to that putter and you can afford to experiment or change your mind down the road. 

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Whether you just want an upgrade without breaking the bank, want to buy your first putter after starting with a hand-me-down, or want to add something new to the rotation, there’s some really great options and top-line features to be had when looking for the best putter for the money, so don’t be afraid to shop around, try a bunch of clubs, and go bargain-hunting the next time you’re in the market for a new putter!

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Michael VanDerLaan

Michael is an Associate Editor here at Golf Gear Advisor. He is a playing professional with a passion for finding the best equipment through product testing and evaluation. He has an intimate knowledge of the golf swing and a very effective way of communicating his knowledge to those that are interested in learning more. As an Associate Editor at Golf Gear Advisor, Michael shares his knowledge about the golf swing, fitness and finding the right equipment for your game.

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