Test Results You Can Trust
We spent the last year looking for ways to refine and improve the Most Wanted Mallet Test; already the largest, fully independent mallet putter test conducted on an annual basis by anyone in the golf world.
We have updated our scoring metrics to leverage Mark Broadie's Strokes Gained Methodologies.
We opened a new test facility and doubled the number of putters testers to 20. We putt 25 mallets to the test. As was the case last year, testing took over 120 hours to complete. In total more than 9,000 putts were recorded.
The goal, as always, remains to empower you, the consumer, with accurate and reliable data and analysis that will help you identify the best putter for your game.
If you are in the market for a new putter, this guide is for you.
How We Test
Testers are asked to play a series of holes with each putter. 18 holes total are played from three distances; 5, 10, and 20 feet (each) by each tester with each mallet in the test. The total number of putts required to finish each hole is recorded.
We've simplified our initial results and will now show results using our SG18 methodology. The graphics still reflect the original Strokes Gained number, however; the SG18 values can be seen in the chart below.
The SG18 value reflects the number of strokes (plus or minus) a given putter would be expected to contribute to your score over an 18 hole span, relative to the average for the field. For example, a putter with a SG value of .50 would be expected to save you half a stroke per 18 holes (or one stroke over 2 rounds) relative to the average putter in this field.
Here are the complete parameters of this year's test:
- Number of Testers: 20
- Handicap Range: +3-20
- Test Location: MyGolfSpy Testing Facility
- Balls Used: Bridgestone B330-RX
- Distances Assessed: Five, Ten, and Twenty Feet
- Holes Completed at Each Distance: 6 (per tester/per putter)
- Total Putts in Test: 9000
The Top 5 Mallets of 2016
The chart below contains data from this year's test. You can hover over any column title to bring up the sort feature, allowing you to sort by whatever columns you feel are most relevant to you.
Our overall rankings are based on the Strokes Gained value, which is found in the last column.
Mobile Users: For best results, rotate your phone and view the chart in landscape mode. If things still look a bit muddied, we've created a static version of the chart. We're working to make our charts more mobile friendly in the future.
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