I’m a big believer that most people spend way too much money on their putter. Sure, if you’re on tour then it probably matters, but for the average player like you and me, it’s not going to magically improve our game. Today, I’m going to be showing you my three favorite putters that are cheap and affordable.
Here are the best affordable putters:
These putters are in no specific order and the one you go with will depend on what club shape you like best. The three of these have a nice feel to them, they’re quite solid through impact, and the price is right. If I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a new putter I’d go with one of these for sure.
What Putter Length To Use?
There are a number of different lengths you can pick from but the most common putter length is 34 inches long. This should suit the majority of golfers but most models also come in 33 and 35 inches.
Basically, the choice will depend on how much you want to bend over when you’re putting and what feels the most comfortable. There isn’t a one size fits all answer but here are some common guidelines that most people follow:
- Under 5’9″: Use a 33-inch putter.
- 5’9″-6’2″: Use a 34-inch putter.
- Over 6’2″: Use a 35-inch putter.
What Style Putter To Use?
Just like with putter length, you can also pick between a number of putter styles. The most common style is the traditional bladed putter but there are a number of putters with bigger heads (called mallet putters).
For the average golfer, I’d recommend you go with a mallet putter instead of a traditional blade. They’re normally a lot easier to align and they’re a bit heavier, which should improve your consistency and distance control.
An example of a mallet putter is the Pinemeadow PGX. It’s much longer than a normal putter and that’s going to make alignment a lot easier. This is the only option available for this putter.
Both the Cleveland and Odyssey putters have the option between blade and mallet. It’s really your choice but I really think the average player should play a putter that has a bigger head.
Pinemeadown PGX Putter
The PGX is a mallet-style putter and it’s perfect for someone who wants to try this style. It’s very inexpensive and I think it’s worth giving a try if you’re used to the traditional blade putter. I find these putters a lot easier to align properly and that’s why this style is perfect for the average or beginner golfer.
It’s a little bit on the heavier side but I actually do prefer that myself. A slightly heavier putter will benefit the beginner golfer since it has more feel to it and you’ll be able to learn from your mishits. A heavier putter will also help you become more consistent on faster greens.
It’s also one of the easier putters to align properly which will help a lot of weekend golfers. The extra mass on the back should help you align things properly because it has an alignment line. This along with a line on your golf ball will be a lethal combo on the greens.
The length of the PGX putter is 34″ long, which is a pretty standard size. I’ve tried a number of more expensive putters like this (Taylormade Spider) and the weight and balance of the PGX were very similar. Also, the ball rolled smoother than any other putter in this price range, which makes the PGX the best of the cheapest putters.
Here are the PROS:
- It’s super cheap.
- It has a good amount of feel on faster greens and shorter putts.
- It’s one of the better putters for alignment help (lines on the top).
Now the CONS:
- It’s not the best on slower greens or uphill putts.
- It’s probably not going to be something that’ll last for years.
- It isn’t the best sounding putter at impact (doesn’t impact performance).
Cleveland Huntington Beach Putter
This putter is getting a little bit up there in terms of price ($60 more than PGX) but it’s still pretty reasonable. The good news about it though is that it’s actually one of my favorite putters on the market. If you’re someone who’s going to be golfing quite a bit then you might want to pay a bit extra for something that’s a bit higher quality.
It has an extremely soft feel to it and it helps a lot with improving accuracy and consistency on the green. Improving on the greens is the single best way to lower your scores. The soft feeling will probably feel a lot better and I found that it really helps with distance control.
What I like about this putter is that it comes in different lengths and styles (blade, mallet, etc). I ended up throwing an oversized grip on mine and would highly recommend that because it helped a lot with keeping the ball rolling flat. It really is a must-have for any putter.
Here are the PROS:
- It’s one of the smoothest and most balanced putters in its price range.
- It’s pretty lightweight (which most people like).
- It has a good alignment aid on it (will help pretty much everyone’s game).
Here are the CONS:
- It’s a little bit pricey for beginner golfers.
- The stock grip isn’t the best.
Odyssey Hot Pro 2.0 Putter
The Hot Pro is the most expensive putter on this list and is one I used for a number of years. It’s around $10 more than the Cleveland but it’s pretty hard to beat for the price. Pretty much everything about it was just as solid as the more expensive options out there.
Odyssey is pretty much the most well–known putter brand on the market and they have a lot of experience in making the best product possible. The majority of people I golf with use Odyssey putters as well.
Again, the nice thing about this putter is that you can pick between different lengths and styles. Some people like a bladed putter but the majority of average players would prefer a bigger putter head. Compared to the other two, this putter probably had the best roll on the green. This, along with the soft feel, should really help your distance control and make you a more consistent putter.
Now the PROS:
- The grips feel really nice (go with the jumbo grip).
- Nice and soft feel at impact.
How about the CONS:
- The alignment line isn’t as good as the others.
- The highest price.
Which Putter Should You Buy?
If you’re brand new to the game of golf or just don’t go a lot and want an affordable putter, these three are great options. I really don’t think you could go wrong with any of them and I’d be perfectly fine adding them to my own bag.
If you’re brand new to golf or you’re wanting to give a mallet putter a try, go with the Pinemeadow PGX. It’s the cheapest putter by far but the performance is pretty impressive for the price. Once you know you like it, go ahead and buy a higher quality one.
If you’re fine paying a little bit more or you want something that’s built a little bit better, go with the Cleveland or Odyssey. Both of them are awesome and it’ll really come down to what shape you like best.