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The best putters on the PGA Tour using mallet putters this season

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The title says it all. Inspired by Dave Dusek’s breakdown of the irons gamed by the Tour’s best in that department over at Golfweek today, and going off some articles we did in the past, here are the top-eight golfers in Strokes Gained: Putting for the 2015-2016 season thus far who are using mallet-style putters and their weaponry (as well as links to their full WITBs, where applicable).

In-hand photos of players’ actual putters (where applicable). Exclusive to GolfWRX!

T13. Kevin Kisner (0.578 SG:P)

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #7
Grip: SuperStroke Mid Slim 2.0 (Black/White)

T13. Brian Harman (0.578)

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Note: This is a stock image. Harman switched putters since we last photographed his bag.

 

Putter: TaylorMade OS CB Spider

9. Martin Piller (0.610)

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Note: This is a stock image. Piller switched putters since we last photographed his bag.

Putter: Ping Craz-E-R Heavy

7. Aaron Baddeley (0.666)

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Putter: Odyssey Works #7CH

6. Harris English (0.690)

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 2-Ball

4. Phil Mickelson (0.756)

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Putter: Odyssey Versa #9 (WBW)
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke

3. Jamie Donaldson (0.784)

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot Sabertooth

1. Jason Day (1.072)

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Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider Limited Red

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  1. snowman

    Aug 14, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I Like the Spider that Jason Day uses as it has no alignment lines or dots. I’d like to see more ‘plain’ putters like this as I feel that I do best by “aiming the face” and don’t want to look at alignment lines and such. The 2 Ball (without lines) and phils putter also meet this criteria to some degree.

  2. Korean Slum Lord

    Aug 11, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    For maximum forgiveness and feel, try a Wilson 8802.

  3. DaveyD

    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Looks like Scotty Cameron mallets aren’t too popular in this ranking. Probably better known for their blades.

  4. KK

    Aug 10, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Phil’s putter is not a mallet, it’s a flanged blade according to Odyssey’s website. I consider it a rounded blade, definitely not a mallet.

  5. George

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    does this actually mean anything? If you gave thesew guys any putter I’m sure they would still be in the same position they currently are. Sponsorships or sponsorships

    • Charlie

      Aug 11, 2016 at 11:20 am

      So why not bend a lob wedge to 3* and have a completely matched set of irons? Putters are definitely not all the same. Height, weight, offset, toe hang, visual, audible, tactile, MOI, etc…

      • George

        Aug 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        the putter still needs to be fit to you sorry for not clarifying that. My point was that Mallet putters are not the reason these guys are the best putters out there. These guys are promoting mallet putters for their respective sponsors. If they were allowed to choose any putter they wanted they would still be in the same ranking as a putter. If you gave them a blade putter that was fit to their specs I am sure they would still be as good as they currently are. The mallet putter is just the new tools these companies have so they are making them use them

        • John

          Aug 11, 2016 at 12:42 pm

          Not sure I can agree. The Mallet stroke vs the Blade stroke are different. Most Mallets are face balanced and thus are best suited for a straight back straight through stroke. Blade are typically toe balanced and better suited to an arced putting stroke.

          You have to use the tool best suited to your stroke.

          • George

            Aug 11, 2016 at 1:29 pm

            So those with a striaght back and forth swing are better putters?

      • George

        Aug 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm

        also I said putter not wedge

    • Anna

      Aug 12, 2016 at 8:47 am

      So much bad information on this comment. These are not the best putters out there. These are the best putters out there who do use mallet style putters, it’s in the title. Also, these players are not made to play a mallet style by there sponsors, they choose to play a mallet style from there sponsors offerings, they have a ton of models to chpose from and go with the one that suits them best.

  6. nick

    Aug 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I switched from a Newport 2 circa 2000 to a spider limited (red) and absolutely love it. it took about three rounds to get used to the line up at address, but the feel is unmatched. all preference, but I love the mallet I’m using now. whatever works, roll with it.

    • Justin

      Aug 11, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      I’ve used various blade putters over the past 20+ years and had 2 short stints in that time with mallets. For me, I could get the ball on line easier with a mallet, but felt that I struggled much more with distance control. Have you noticed that it’s taken some time to get used to the distance or do the new mallets have a much softer feel to them? I did try out a Ping Ketsch the other day and found that when I switched to cross-handed my distance control was much better. That in itself seems odd, but hey… whatever works!

  7. Justin

    Aug 10, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Would be interesting to include the other 5 players that make the top 15 who use blade style putters. It would also be cool to break down the top 25 putters by putting style… standard, cross-handed, claw, etc.

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Driver: Titleist TSi2 (8 degrees, 0.75 degree flat lie)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (9 degrees, A1)
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