Putting is the act of hitting a golf ball with a gentle tapping stroke along the ground on a green, aiming for the hole. Putter is the golf club use on the green to ensure the ball is guided to the desired destination.
A lot of debates and research have ensued from the two types of putter faces; Insert putters and Milled putters. While examining the difference of both, we would be giving the best of each putter.
The Insert putters are putters which have a different material (the “insert”) inlayed into the face which is actually used to strike the ball and not the material used to make the main part of the putter head itself.
Milled putters on the other hand are shaped from a single lump of steel and their faces are made by a complex milling process.
Though the difference between both is perceived in the feel. Feel is subjective and in reality linked to sound that the club produces at impact more than anything else. A lower pitched sound off of the face is going to give a “soft” feedback to the user, while a louder aura “click” off of the face (higher pitched sound) is going to give the user the sensation of being more “firm”.
Typically, insert putters give a lower sound off of their faces than milled putters, for those who like soft, this is definitely the best. The other option in milled is a DEEP milled putter face, while in recent times the deeper milling means less surface area is contacting the ball and produce a lower sound and thusly “feel” softer than a less aggressive face milling.
While various golf manufacturers do a great job at convincing us that one putter rolls or feel better than others, As far as feel goes it is definitely whatever works best for you. I’ve putted with everything, and in my research of milled putters vs. insert putters, neither guarantee 100% impact distance control nor forgiveness of a putter.
THE BEST MILLED PUTTERS
1. BEST MILLED PUTTERS OVERALL: TITLEIST SCOTTY CAMERON PUTTER
The Scotty Cameron putter is the best in golf world currently, any golfer looking buy premium milled putter not minding the premium price tag is definitely in for a treat.
The Scotty Cameron putter delivers all of the latest materials and technology you’d expect in a high-end putter, its four-way sole balancing means the putters are well balanced to promote easier alignment on virtually any lie. Improved sound and feel are also the result of up to 30% more vibration dampening material connecting the face inlays with the putter bodies.
Titleist Scotty Cameron putter has a pure feel every time you use it, delivering perfect feedback while forgiving on mis-hits.
2. BEST BARGAIN MILLED PUTTERS: CLEVELAND HUNTINGTON BEACH
This top quality affordable milled putter has a customized Speed Optimized Milling pattern on its head shape, that helps putts roll to the same distance regardless of where they’re struck on the face. The sightlines are raised 21.35mm off the ground “the exact radius of a golf ball” for more accurate alignment regardless of your address position.
The Cleveland Huntington Beach putters come in different models, it is however one of the few budget milled putter that offer top quality results for little cost.
3. BEST MILLED BLADE PUTTER: WILSON 8802
The Wilson 8802 design is one of the best blade shape putter I’ve seen amongst others, more reason its classical look have been emulated by many putter maker in golf.
This milled blade putter have been used by some of the greatest to ever play the game. The 8802 putter shape is one of the most aesthetically simple head shapes out there.
The key changes Wilson made were to make the new putter slightly heavier than before, at 335 grams, as well as adding a double milled face. Not only does the milling look good, it makes a big difference when it comes to sound and feel.
THE BEST INSERT PUTTERS
1. BEST OVERALL INSERT PUTTERS: TAYLORMADE
TaylorMade Insert putter has recently risen to the top of putter brands. They have released some excellent putters that ended up being well-liked. My favorite is the TaylorMade Spider putter which is the hottest thing at the moment due to the level of forgiveness it offers.
The head of the Spider Mini provides high MOI for increased directional accuracy and improved distance control. While the vibration damping PU foam embedded between the body and frame delivers enhanced sound and feel, the Moveable Weight Technology allows for the player to adjust weight settings to desired head weights.
2. BEST VALUE INSERT PUTTERS: ODYSSEY O-WORKS
The best value brand of insert putters is definitely Odyssey. They are on this list for that very good reason.
The Microhinge Face Insert Technology Odyssey provides help, impart more topspin at impact for an earlier, truer roll while the thermoplastic elastomer surrounds to ensure great feel and feedback.
They come in so many different colors and models; my golf bag is never complete without an Odyssey.
3. LOWER PRICED INSERT PUTTERS: RAY COOK
Any good golfer would know Ray Cook has been one of the world’s greatest putter masterminds. For this unpopular name brand putter, cheaper price makes it a great alternative for people who may not be able to afford a top-of-the-line model.
As a result, I will throw this budget brand Ray Cook putters in this article. They produce a wide range of putters, so you are sure to be able to find one that suits you.
Ray Cook is more famous for mallet putters which are very stable throughout the putting motion and feel very soft at impact due to their insert.