Many beginner golfers and high handicap golfers struggle to keep their putter face square through impact. I have seen loads of players who push and pull their putts and they often have one thing in common. They are using the wrong putter for their game.
The easiest putters to keep square are a face balanced putter or mallet putter. Blade putters look cool but they aren't the most forgiving putters on the market so think twice before gaming a blade style putter.
I have tried nearly every putter under the sun in an effort to slash my scores and here is a list of the easiest putters to keep square. Let's say goodbye to missed putts for good.
Odyssey White Hot OG 2 Ball Stroke Lab Putter
The original easy to line up putter
Guys who think they are bad putters usually suffer with poor feel or bad alignment. If you have issues with both of these things, then the Odyssey White Hot 2 Ball is made for you. These mallet putters have been helping golfers with their golf game for years and if you check the golf bags at your local course, you will be guaranteed to find a few in play.
The two ball alignment aid, coupled with the super soft White Hot face give you the best chance of making a consistent stroke. Mallet putters tend to suit golfers with a back and through putting stroke and the weight of the Two Ball is evenly distributed to help you keep the face square.
Pair this putter up with a thick Super Stroke grip and start getting some confidence on the greens.
Wilson Harmonized M5 Putter
Best value putter for stability
You don't need to buy a premium putter to get maximum forgiveness and stability. This Harmonized M5 putter from Wilson is a budget option and is a great putter for the money.
The Horizontal lines on the putter head visually support alignment for a more accurate setup and the midsize Harmonized putter grip features a vertical seam on the back side to improve feel throughout the stroke. A premium feature (for such a cheap putter) is the the micro injection polymer face insert which improves feel upon contact with the golf ball.
I really like the colors of this putter and I've recommended it to many guys who are working to a tight budget as it provides loads of premium features for a fraction of the price of some premium models.
TaylorMade Spider Putter
Best looking stability putter on the market
I've really liked the TaylorMade spider putter since I borrowed one from Pro Mo who features on my YouTube channel. He really likes how stable this shape of putter is and how evenly the weight of the club head is distributed.
I bought one of these when I was in Malaysia after the country was on lock down. Getting back into the groove with my putting was tough, and my usual Cleveland Classics V blade putter was really difficult to use. I was struggling with sliced and pushed putts and the TaylorMade Spider felt reassuringly heavy in my hands and big behind the ball.
I prefer mallets for slower greens and if that's what you play on regularly, this is such a good putter. Couple that with the awesome looks and you've got a winning combination. Just make sure you get the correct shaft length for your style of play, otherwise the lie angle of the putter face will be wrong.
SK7 Standing Putter
Looks gimmicky but actually works!
When I first saw this putter in action on the golf course, I thought it was a prank being played by one of my playing partners. He hadn't told us he had bought this putter, and on the first green he lined up his putt and just walked away. WOW! The putter just stood there and didn't budge.
I had to try it and guess what, it's actually a really great putter. The weight in the head and shaft makes the whole piece feel very, very stable through your stroke and it's very easy to commit to long putts on slow greens.
On faster greens it's a little less of a finesse tool but if you're lacking in confidence it has "that" feeling. It also makes lining up long putts a breeze as you just put the putter behind the ball, step back and check your alignment. Once you're happy, just step up to the ball and make a stroke. Simple!
Putting drills to keep face square
Buying the right putter for you can help you to keep the face of the club square at impact, but we can always practice to make our short game sharper. Hare are some useful drills I've found to help keep that putter moving on the right line and the ball going towards the cup.
2 ball drill
For this drill you need to use two golf balls. Place the first down as you normally would for a putt in your stance and them and then put the second directly to the left (as a right handed player).
Now make a putt as you would on the course and watch how the second ball reacts. If you have a square club face at impact, the second ball should move towards the target in a straight line. If you have an open or shut clubface, the ball will spin off in a direction away from the hole.
If you aren't able to get the second ball rolling straight, make some adjustments to your stroke to see what works. The second ball doesn't lie!
The club nudge
This is a great drill for grooving a solid impact feeling with the putter. Much like using an impact bag with your longer clubs, this practice drill will show you if you a striking the center of the putter face consistently.
On the practice green, place you 7 iron on the surface so the bottom of the club is pointing towards the hole. Now, address the butt of the club's grip like it's a golf ball. You then make a putting stroke and "nudge" the club towards the target hole. If you aren't squaring the face up at impact, the club won't move straight, and will try to flip over. It's also a great drill for training yourself to follow through on putts, as if you quit on the stroke, the club won't go anywhere.
It's a strange one to people watching, but trust me, it works.
Blade putter vs. Mallet putter
The best putter for the beginner and low confidence golfer is going to most likely be a mallet putter. That being said blade putters are very popular so it's important to understand the main differences between these styles of putters.
In a blade putter, the shaft connects either close to the heel or sometimes in the center of the head. Blade putters are typically used by golfers that prefer an arc or open and closed action to their putting stroke. Blade putters can feel heavier as they have their mass concentrated around the sweet spot of the putter face and this can make them less forgiving than a mallet.
A mallet putter is usually more confidence inspiring for beginner golfers than a blade style head. They are notable for their larger heads which come in different sizes and shapes from a thor's hammer to a spider. A large portion of the weight is away from the face of the club, giving it a different feel when used. Those that prefer the straight back, straight forward swing, like this style because the center of gravity is toward the rear of the club, making it easier to keep square.
These are often call high MoI (Moment of Inertia) putters and make it easier for you to make a consistent and confident stroke.
Belly putters vs Broom handle putters
Belly putters are usually 40-45 inches long and are anchored around the navel. If you’re struggling with too much wrist action, the anchor serves as a point of contact reducing wrist movement. Caution, as of January 1, 2016 anchoring putters to your body isn’t allowed, but the putter itself remains legal.
Broom handle putters range from 46-50 inches long and up. The advantage of the long putter is, it removes any wrist action. With the anchor hand, it holds the club to your chest while your opposite simply guides or barely touches the club. Some say the long putter is easy on the nerves, which makes it very appealing who tend to get into their own head.
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Final Thoughts on the easiest putter to keep square
If you struggle with your putting stoke on any type of surface, the putters in this list will help you to have a more stable and consistent stroke. I would avoid the super blade style putters you see Tiger Woods using until you can keep the face of the putter square through impact. If you are still having issues, check out my article on the best golf balls for putting for some added help.