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#1 jsmil4901



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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:22 AM

I currently use an anser style putter. I putt fairly well but like most, I do not hit the sweet spot every time and distance and direction will be off. I've been looking at changing to a mallet style putter, either the Evnroll ER7 or the Bettinardi BB39. Both styles are appealing to me. Will a mallet style face balanced putter offer more forgiveness than the anser style putter? Also, Evnroll claims that their putters offer even more forgiveness with the variable grooves on the face. But wouldn't any face balanced putter offer the same forgiveness even without the grooves? For anyone who has made the switch are mallets more forgiving?

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:53 AM

Mallets usually do offer more forgiveness by design, with less twisting at impact, and more stability during the stroke.  Many people like the looks and feel of a blade better.  The Evnroll ER7 is not face balanced, and does have some moderate toe hang.  They now offer a center shafted version (ER7CS) which is almost face balanced.  Evnroll putters have been tested often and those grooves really make a difference.  Distance does not change whether you hit it in the center, heel, or toe, and there is some gearing which helps with any left/right variances.  The Bettinardi may look nicer, and will offer the forgiveness of a mallet, but it doesn't have the technology to do the things to the ball that the Evnroll does.  I'm in the midst of changing to the ER7 and I love it so far.  Very stable, we know about the grooves, and easy to aim.

I just saw this too.  The BB39 and Evnroll ER8 (very similar putters) were both tested this year (https://mygolfspy.co...ters-golf-2018/), and the ER8 smoked the BB39 in testing.

Edited by dsmil, 13 June 2018 - 11:01 AM.

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