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These blade putters mix old-school cool with next-wave technology to improve your roll. 

We considered 26 models; 17 made the list.


GOLD

Listed alphabetically


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Bettinardi BB SeriesBettinardi

bb series    

Performance ★★★★½
Innovation ★★★½
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★★
Demand ★★★

VERDICT

Bettinardi putters are known for their classic shapes and American-made precision milling from solid blocks of carbon steel. But this latest line thinks beyond the head. Yes, the shapes are still traditional, with flatter, softer toplines and a glare-eliminating “glacier” black finish. But now a heavier, stiffer, tour-weight shaft adds stability to the stroke for consistent feel. The “super fly” face milling pattern is designed for a muted, crisp response.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Bettinardi BB Series

 

COMMENT

A classic sound to it – sharper and more distinctive than those modern exotic materials.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Cleveland Frontline  Cleveland

frontline        

Performance ★★★★½
Innovation ★★★★½
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★
Demand ★★

VERDICT

The forgiveness of high moment of inertia (MOI) putters might be good, but Cleveland’s point here is that the pursuit pushes the centre of gravity (CG) too far back, making off-centre hits start farther offline. Instead, the CG is closer to the face so that there’s less of a push on those toe hits, and you get a straighter roll. To further help mis-hits, an S-shape groove pattern replicates the benefits of, you guessed it, high-MOI putters.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Cleveland Frontline

 

COMMENT

A lot going on, but it all comes together. Consistent sound and feedback no matter where you hit it.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Odyssey Stroke Lab Black • SilverOdyssey

stroke lab black • silver

Performance ★★★★★
Innovation ★★★★★
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★½
Demand ★★★★★

VERDICT

Odyssey’s breakthrough Stroke Lab shaft – part graphite, part steel – returns, saving 40 grams compared to a standard shaft/grip setup. A slightly heavier head and more weight in the grip counters that weight savings to push the balance point closer to the hands for a more consistent stroke. The Silver is the softer insert, and the new Black models feature the similar microhinges in an insert without grooves for a firmer sound.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Odyssey Stroke Lab Black • Silver

 

COMMENT

The grip and the head match up in a unified feel. The subtle curve to the sole lets you set it up just right.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Odyssey Toulon DesignOdyssey

toulon design        

Performance ★★★★½
Innovation ★★★★
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★½
Demand ★★★

VERDICT

These are classic, milled putters, but there’s more going on than aesthetics. The 303 stainless-steel head features a cross-hatched diamond-shape milling pattern that now extends across the face. These edges channel vibration for a more solid sound and enhance initial roll. Plus, there’s the standard graphite-steel Stroke Lab shaft that shifts the balance point towards the hands for better tempo control.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Odyssey Toulon Design

 

COMMENT

It’s a sharp look. Easy to align. Milling feels cushy but firm. It makes a living from 10 feet and in.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Odyssey Triple TrackOdyssey

Triple Track        

Performance ★★★★½
Innovation ★★★★½
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★
Demand ★★★½

VERDICT

Alignment might seem like an afterthought in a blade putter, but there’s real value when a serious commitment is made. This system of two blue lines framing a thicker red line is taken from the visual science known as vernier acuity, or the way the brain processes subtle differences in alignment detected by the eyes. In short, the lines let the golfer perceive straightness more clearly. The counterweighted Stroke Lab shaft aims to improve tempo.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Odyssey Triple Track

 

COMMENT

It’s easy to frame the ball. Hard to not have good touch with this. The weighting is spot on.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Ping Heppler SeriesPing

heppler series        

Performance ★★★★
Innovation ★★★★½
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★
Demand ★★★★

VERDICT

These two classic Ping blade shapes (Anser 2, ZB3) have been around for decades, but they take on new life through a multi-material approach. Combining a soft, lightweight aluminium face with a heavier steel flange is a significant boost in off-centre-hit stability. The adjustable shaft-length system features every length from 32 to 36 inches for a better fit, and the flat, ungrooved face provides a firmer sound and feel at impact.   

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Ping Heppler Series

 

COMMENT

Forgiving but with instructive feedback on off-centre hits. Rolls true. The stable head keeps it on path.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Ping Sigma 2Ping

sigma 2        

Performance ★★★★½
Innovation ★★★★★
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★½
Demand ★★★★½

VERDICT

The Sigma 2 features an adjustable shaft that lets you change the length from 32 to 36 inches. Ping says 80 percent of golfers require a different length shaft than the standard 35 inches. This year’s shaft is stiffer for better feel. A dual-layer polymer supports the multiple-groove-aluminium face insert. The softer outer layer provides extra feel for short putts, and the firmer inner layer provides more energy from long range.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Ping Sigma 2

 

COMMENT

The insert causes the ball to hug the green after it leaves the face. The roll stays true to your line.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - PXG Milled SeriesPXG

milled series    

Performance ★★★★
Innovation ★★★★½
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★
Demand ★★

VERDICT

With four blade models, all with variable weighting and three hosel options, this is a line to have your preferences truly explored. An adjustable shaft enhances the fitting process, as does the ease of moving among heads and weights to find the right toe hang or head stability. Beyond the fitting, though, there’s roll control through a variable-size, pyramid face pattern that increases in size and decreases in density as it moves from centre.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - PXG Milled Series

 

COMMENT

The wide footprint inspires confidence. Sits square – you don’t have to manipulate your hands.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - TaylorMade TP PatinaTaylorMade

tp patina        

Performance ★★★★★
Innovation ★★★★
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★½
Demand ★★★½

VERDICT

The distressed copper finish offers a classic contrast to the updated face-insert technology. The lightweight aluminium insert still features downward-facing grooves that reduce backspin to improve the roll during initial contact. But now that insert is thicker and is secured with screws to eliminate any voids for a more consistently solid feel. Sole weights customise the head weight to the shaft length and the golfer’s preference.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - TaylorMade TP Patina

 

COMMENT

The copper look works. The head feels balanced and easy to lag. I like how it naturally sits square.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - TaylorMade TrussTaylorMade
truss    

Performance ★★★★
Innovation ★★★★½
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★
Demand ★★★★

VERDICT

Blade putters aren’t known for their stability, but the steel-frame topline support on this model looks to change that perception. This structure reduces twisting of the face at contact to improve the consistency of energy transfer while unifying the movement of the head throughout the stroke. The beam’s stiffness also lends to an improved sound and feel at impact. The grooved face insert reduces backspin for a quicker start to a smoother roll.   

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - TaylorMade Truss

 

COMMENT

It’s different, but you get used to it because of that pure roll. Feels stable. Great distance control.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Titleist scotty cameron 2020 Special SelectTitleist

scotty cameron 2020 special select        

Performance ★★★★★
Innovation ★★★★
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★★
Demand ★★★★★

VERDICT

Gone is the stainless-steel inlay seen in recent Cameron blades in favour of a milled construction (now 100 percent made in California). It’s a switch made for pure, consistent feel across the face. The head shapes were redesigned for a sleeker look, and heavier heel-toe tungsten weights were used to enlarge the sweet spot and enhance stroke stability. A thicker, less-tapered low-hand section of the grip balances your hand action.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Titleist scotty cameron 2020 Special Select

 

COMMENT

It sounds and feels so good, I almost don’t even care if it goes in. It’s just right – not too hard or soft.


SILVER

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2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Carbon Bandit SeriesCarbon

bandit series    

Performance ★★★★
Innovation ★★★
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★½
Demand

VERDICT

Carbon’s hollow-point milling method removes mass from the heel of the putter and replaces it with a brass-bullet casing, a process designed to move the centre of gravity closer to the middle of the club. A clean topline and less mass behind the centre of the club help produce a solid sound at impact. The weight of the head is on the lighter side for those seeking a tour-branded feel, and a sole drift is milled to keep the putter square at address.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Carbon Bandit Series

 

COMMENT

I know pure can be overused, but that’s the word for this putter. Sits square and rolls beautifully.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Cleveland Huntington Beach SoftCleveland

huntington beach soft    

Performance ★★★★
Innovation ★★★★
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★
Demand ★★★

VERDICT

Thanks to a variable-milling pattern, grooves are tightly etched in the centre of the face, becoming wider and deeper towards the heel and toe. This process, which Cleveland describes as “speed-optimised face technology”, ensures putts have a consistent speed and increased friction for a better roll, no matter where the impact location occurs. Each clubhead has its own tailored pattern to maximise stability on off-centre strikes.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft

 

COMMENT

Sweet feel. Excellent forward roll, even on bumpy greens. Soft and muted sound.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Edel E.A.S.Edel

e.a.s.    

Performance ★★★★
Innovation ★★★★½
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★
Demand

VERDICT

Like past Edel models, the E.A.S. removes weight from underneath the toe, reducing torque – i.e, less resistance – to the way the putter opens and closes during the stroke. The idea is that the putter more easily stays square to the target. A milled face with hex patterns, large around the middle and small near the ends, maintains speed across the face. The E.A.S. has 10 alignment scenarios to dial in your ideal setup.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Edel E.A.S.

 

COMMENT

The face is so soft. You get a good reaction off the face whether you killed it or hit it softly.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - L.A.B. Golf BLAD.1 • BLAD.1SL.A.B. Golf

blad.1 • blad.1s        

Performance ★★★★
Innovation ★★★★½
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★
Demand

VERDICT

The company’s “lie-angle-balancing” approach uses four weight ports that are customised to match the balance point for each player’s specific setup and lie angle. The weighting is geared to keep the face angle square to the natural path of your stroke. The tilted grip sets the hands in a natural forward press to make it easier to feel the movement of the putter through the stroke. It’s offered in milled stainless steel or in a softer, milled-brass head.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - L.A.B. Golf BLAD.1 • BLAD.1S

 

COMMENT

Great distance control and shockingly easy to align. Looks a little odd, but you get past it once you hit it.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Mizuno M CraftMizuno

m craft      

Performance ★★★★½
Innovation ★★★½
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★
Demand ★★

VERDICT

Mizuno returns to the putter category with, naturally, a head forged from the same 1025 carbon steel it’s used in its irons.  The head is milled to traditional shapes with a milled pattern on the face for a smooth feel at contact. The slightly heavier head encourages a more stable stroke. Dual, interchangeable weight ports on the sole range from three to 13 grams in a kit that comes standard with every head, which is available in three finishes.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - Mizuno M Craft

 

COMMENT

I love that little audible click it gives. Just the right amount of vibration in your hands. Beautiful roll.


2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - SeeMore Platinum SeriesSeeMore

platinum series    

Performance ★★★★
Innovation ★★★★
Look • Sound • Feel ★★★★
Demand

VERDICT

SeeMore’s blades have won Major championships dating to the 1990s, and the fundamentals haven’t changed. It’s about simplifying your alignment process by setting up to the putter so you can’t see the red dot in the heel at address. Especially interesting is that the technology now works with three shaft orientations (straight, double bend and plumber’s neck). These models are milled from soft 303 stainless steel.

2020 Hot List: Blade Putters - SeeMore Platinum Series

 

COMMENT

Love the red dot and how it keeps the putter at the ideal address position. Soft, with lots of rollout.