These New Putters Help Golfers Boss the Moss

Putters are the most personal of golf clubs: In addition to the technical aspects that golfers consider, those sometimes-elusive qualities of feel and confidence play a huge role in putting success. Which is why so many golfers love to experiment with new and different putters. And what's new in the world of golf putters? That's why we're here.

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Shaftlign Putter

Shaflign Putter's alignment
Looking down the shaft at the Shaftlign Putter head. Shaftlign Golf

Unlike with every other category of golf club, there are still lots of tinkerers and dreamers building and marketing their own designs in the putter market.

The Shaftlign putter is the latest example of a flatstick design conceived, built and marketed outside of the major manufacturers.

The Shaftlign CJ1 putter ("CJ" are the initials of the designer, Clay Judice) is a fairly standard-looking heel-toe blade putter head, with one exception: its alignment method.

The shaft of the putter is white. On top of the putter head, running from heel to toe, is a white bar that matches the rounded shape and white color of the shaft. Looking down at the putter in the address position, what the golfer sees appears to be one long, continuous, straight white line.

It's an alignment trick that may help golfers who struggle with the yips, or any golfers who struggle with setting up square, improve their putting. On the company website (shaftlign.com), the putters are listed at $200. Buy from Amazon »

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Scotty Cameron Select Newport 3

Scotty Cameron Select Newport 3 putter
Scotty Cameron Select Newport 3 by Titleist. Acushnet Company

The Select Newport 3 mid-mallet putter from Titleist's Scotty Cameron studio is a putter aimed at golfers who prefer a smaller, round mallet and who need maximum "toe flow."

What's toe flow? It's the term for how much a putter opens and closes during the putting stroke. A putter that displays a lot of toe flow is a toe-balanced putter, and toe-balanced putters are best-suited to golfers with arcing putting strokes. So golfers with strongly arcing strokes are those to whom the Select Newport 3's "maximum toe flow" will appeal.

The Select Newport 3 (browse Cameron Select putters on Amazon) is heel-shafted with a flow-neck shaft bend (three-quarters of an inch of offset). There are also two removable and customizable heel-toe weights.

Retail availability is scheduled for March 17, 2017, with an MAP of $379. scottycameron.com

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Scotty Cameron Futura: 2017 Models

Scotty Cameron Futura 2017 putter models
Putter heads in the Scotty Cameron Futura 2017 line of putters. Acushnet Company

Do you prefer a larger mallet? Then Titleist's Scotty Cameron brand has something new for you, too: The 2017 models of the Scotty Cameron Futura line of putters (shop Futura putters on Amazon).

The family includes high-MOI larger mallets, but also some rounded mid-mallets. There are seven models (the higher the numeral that appears in the model name, the larger the mallet head):

  • Futura 5CB and Futura 5MB: Two rounded mid-mallets, the 5CB has a pop-through flange plate (cavity back) while the MB has a rounded back flange (muscleback).
  • Futura 5W and Futura 5S: The 5W is a winged mallet similar to the Cameron Futura X5; the 5S model is a straight-shafted, more compact take on the previous Cameron Futura X7M design.
  • Futura 6M: High-MOI mallet with pop-through bar-back design and deep heel-toe weights.
  • Futura 6M Dual Balance: A Dual Balance version of the 6M, with a heavier head and counterweighting in the grip end, is also available.
  • Futura 7M: Another riff on the previous Futura X7M model with back wings and a stainless steel bar-back.

The 5CB and 6M models will be available in left-handed models; the others, RH only. All come with customizable sole weights and stepless steel shafts.

All models arrive at retail on March 17, 2017, with MAPs of $379, except for the Dual Balance model, which is priced at $399. scottycameron.com

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TaylorMade TP Collection

Four putters in the TaylorMade TP Collection
These are the four TaylorMade TP Collection putters that reach retail in 2016. TaylorMade

The TaylorMade Golf TP Collection includes six models of putters:

  • Juno and Soto models: These two TP Collection putters are classically shaped heel-toe blades, both with plumber's neck hosels. Both are customizable for swingweight through two, 10-gram moveable weights in the soles. The Juno has a sightline on top; the Soto's sightline is in the back cavity. The Juno has the longer face and the blade is more squared off; the Soto is shorter and more rounded.  
  • Mullen and Berwick models: These TP Collection putters are mallets. The Mullen has the more compact clubhead of the two. The Mullen has a slight toe hang (38 degrees) while the Berwick is face-balanced. Both mallets have two 5-gram moveable weights in the soles.
  • Ardmore and Chaska models: These are mid-sized modern mallets. The Ardmore has a weight of 355 grams with a larger MOI and is face-balanced. The Chaska's shaping was inspired by the original TaylorMade Corza Ghost putter; it is also face-balanced.

All six putters are available in lengths of 34 and 35 inches (plus 33 inches by special order).

The stock grip is the Lamkin Sink Rubber grip. The MSRP for each model is $199 or, with an upgrade to the Super Stroke 1.0 GT Pistol grip, $219. taylormadegolf.com Buy from Amazon »