2015 Most Wanted Putter: Overall Winner
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2015 Most Wanted Putter: Overall Winner

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2015 Most Wanted Putter: Overall Winner

Over the past few weeks we’ve shared the results of both our Most Wanted Blade and Most Wanted Mallet Tests. Those individual results will help blade guys find the best blade, and mallet guys find the best mallet.

But what if you’re less certain? What if you don’t care if your putter is a blade or a mallet?

Fortunately, for those who’re looking for the best putter PERIOD, this year we’re providing you with a head to head comparison of blades vs. mallets.

Does one style perform better than the other? We’ll answer the question on the top of everyone’s list…

Which Putter is The Best?

That is a valid question. Now that the Carbon Putters Ringo 1/4 has been crowned the 2015 Most Wanted Blade Putter and the PING Cadence TR Ketsch Heavy has earned the 2015 Most Wanted Mallet title, it’s only natural to want to see how they stack up against each other.

Today, we will give you the overall winner.

However, we are not just going to compare the two winners. In fact, we are going to show you how all fifty-seven putters stacked up in head-to-head competition.

This time, the title is not Most Wanted Blade or Most Wanted Mallet. Today’s winner is the Most Wanted Putter in 2015!

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How We Test

Strokes Gained (developed initially by Professor Mark Broadie of Columbia Business School) putting has been approved by the industry and golfers as the most accurate and important way to present player putter efficiency.

Based on Professor Broadie’s Strokes Gained methodology, our formulas translate our results into a metric golfers can easily understand – the impact of a given putter over 18 holes.

The final Strokes Gained 18 number you see is the number of strokes you can expect to drop off your score for a 18 hole round of golf relative to the average of putters in the field. As we mentioned yesterday, MyGolfSpy scoring is based upon the Strokes Gained putting statistic. Like years previous, our testers putted from 5, 10, and 20 foot distances, but rather than measuring radial accuracy, this year we are looking at strokes gained vs. the average.

For more details about the test itself, visit our How We Test page.

For the Most Wanted overall winner, we combined the mallet and blade data together, calculating strokes gained versus the stroke average for the entire cohort. This means that the numbers can be different, since we are not just isolating the mallet or blade data sets. For consistency, all fifty-seven putters were tested by the same testers, on the same greens, and during the same time of year.

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The Results

As we said before, the Most Wanted Putter will be the one that allows you to put lower numbers on your scorecard. That’s what matters, and that is why this system of assessment was adopted.

PING Cadence TR Ketsch Heavy

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Carbon Ringo 1/4

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MLA Tour Classic

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bPutters Panther

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Kronos Mandala

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TaylorMade Tour Black Indy

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Odyssey Works Versa 2-Ball Fang

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Scotty Cameron Futura X5

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Bellum Wimore 707i-CB

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PING Cadence TR Rustler Standard

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The Head to Head Data

To reduce the size of the chart our default view shows only those putters with strokes gained values of zero and above. We’ve provided two filters at the bottom of the chart which enable you to select a specific range of strokes gained values, mallets or blades exclusively, or 100% of the data.

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      ALEX FONG

      7 years ago

      After 40 yrs and a fitting, I can say it’s not always just the indian or the arrow, but both, in my case anyway. Hunting for a better arrow, cost be damned, I went for a fitting at Cool Clubs several months ago. They use high speed cameras and computers to analyze your stroke, and suggest putters from the data, your preferences, and their experience as fitters. Like Trackman, the equipment revealed details of my stroke that were not observable and clearly explained why my ball was rolling where it was. Face angle, rotation, putter path and point of face impact were not what I thought/felt. It doesn’t take much for anyone of those things to send the ball off-line or off-speed. The forgiveness of a club will only do so much. As a mid single digit, my speed has always been excellent, but have always struggled with line. Some days magic, somedays mud. At the fitting, I was able to improve my stroke/results a little, and decided to work on my stroke with the putters I already own. Slowly but surely, my putting has improved, and I have a truer idea what goes wrong when it does. Changes can be tough to make when your mind, eyes and body run on 40 yrs of grooved instincts. The $120, or so, that I spent was well worth it, as there is no other way to discover what I did, and I am improving, which is part of the enjoyment of the game. All of my putters feel different, now that I’m using them differently (better actually), but none of them sets-up or feels just right, even when the ball goes exactly where I want. After my stroke stabilizes a bit more, I will look at the suggested putters, and find an arrow that fits my improved stroke. Btw, I really don’t work for Cool Clubs, lol. If you’re serious about improvement, go to any fitter with the hi tec gear. Whether your stroke is perfect or not, you’ll be pointed towards putters that fit, and if your not perfect, you’ll probably learn things that you could not have any other way. Can’t lose, eh? Cheaper than most of the new putters and the honeymoon will last, lol.

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      Patrick

      8 years ago

      I got a Ketch with a straight stroke path after MGS first reviewed them and found it definitely improved the 5-6 foot putts. However I found it harder to judge the long putt distances.
      The head just felt too heavy. To remedy this I fished out a thin 8 inch coach bolt from my shed that happened to weigh 50 grams (& cost $1) and fitted it into the butt of the shaft. the result in feel and results was magical – I rarely 3 putt now..

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      Manetti

      8 years ago

      I have been using the Ping Ketsch for a year and a half. I rarely three putt.

      I tell my friends that I bought it for the Guarentee: Never misses a putt five feet or less!

      Now, if the rest of my game was as good as my putting, I would be a hero!

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      scott

      9 years ago

      which stroke path model was used?

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      scott

      9 years ago

      Still see no mention of WHICH Ketsch they used…was it straight? was it slight arc? was it full arc? That is important……did all testers get fitted by PIng then use it?

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      Derek

      9 years ago

      I was wondering what Ketsch Heavy putter was used. Was it the straight back, slight arc, or strong arc?

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      Brett W

      9 years ago

      I’ve been waiting for an order for the Ping Ketsch (355g) and it arrived yesterday but when I looked closer it was the “Heavy”. So I’m in this conundrum of do I just go with the Heavy or turn it down and go with the Ketsch that I trialled and really loved. My course has quite fast greens so initially wasn’t too keen on taking a heavy headed putter out on them: figure that the loss of feel would compromise distance control. A teaching pro mentioned that generally a heavier head is preferred on faster greens for the stability it offers on shorter strokes. Now I’m really confused!!
      What speed of greens was the testing done?
      I kind of find it hard to ignore these results and seeing the Heavy has been custom fitted and another Ketsch is at least 3 weeks away should I just stick with it?
      Unfortunately my club has just cored and sanded its greens so I can’t even give it a quick trial!?

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      steve

      9 years ago

      Go with the heavy it is without doubt the best putter ever. My handicap has come down by 4 strokes great putter.

      Steve

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      Fred

      9 years ago

      Brett: just speaking on general terms, I went with a dual balance (heavier) putter a while back, and have seen the same results as Steve. I have to feel that the added weight has given me an added degree of steadiness which, in turn, has improved my putting. Also, because of the additional weight factor, my putter came with a much longer shaft, which I found to be more comfortable. Just a thought.

      Brett W

      9 years ago

      Thanks Fred and Steve. I noticed that the handicap range of testing golfers was 2 to 20. I’m a 2 marker so I guess I’m supposed to already have a reasonable stroke so whether a heavier head will will make a big difference I’m not sure. I’d be happy if the 2.07 strokes gained works out ;) In saying that, I don’t roll it like Jason Day and he’s using a mallet putter too (Crikey how many putts does he MAKE!!!).
      I’m getting a SuperStroke slim grip on on and will be putting it in play next weekend for Fathers’ Day (in Australia) and taking out the old Oddysey 2-ball mallet. Will drop a note about how I found it.
      Cheers,
      Brett

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      Brett W

      9 years ago

      Okay … it’s in play … and it is simply fantastic. Worth every cent and in fact a better spend than I could have made on any other club in my bag. I say that even though I’m still using a TaylorMade R9 SuperTri driver (early 2010). The decision to put a new putter in my bag was the best decision I could have made in my opinion.

      Just be careful if you decide to trial one … it will be hard to walk away without it :)

      NineTails

      9 years ago

      I always enjoyed the follow up post that delved behind the numbers? Are we going to have one for the Most Wanted Putter 2015 testing?

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      Fozcycle

      9 years ago

      I like my Ketsch…….I tend to pull them a bit left, but overall, it rolls very smooth when i concentrate.

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      Abraham Breton Ginestet

      9 years ago

      Ferran Breton Ginestet aqui esta el q te decia

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      Sprout

      9 years ago

      Why did the Heavy Ketsch perform so well and the standard Ketsch so poorly? I still can’t wrap my head around that.

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      Fred

      9 years ago

      Sprout: I have a heavier (SC) putter, and I think the extra weight helps smooth out and steady your stroke.

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      Simon

      9 years ago

      I find it hard to believe that the ping Kadence out performed the smart square putters.

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      Bart

      9 years ago

      Hi Simon,
      With a counter weight at the grip the ‘heavy’ putters encourage a more complete follow through. What happens is the top of the putter doesn’t move or move as much as the head, which gives you the pendulum effect. When I went to my local golf shop and tried out the Ping Ketch it did nothing for me. They didn’t have the ‘heavy’ version, which I didn’t think would make a difference, so I couldn’t understand all the hype. Then I grabbed the Odyssey Works 2 ball fang because it was new and it was there. I didn’t realize it was the ‘heavy’ version. I was blown away and instantly fell in love with it. I try not to make impulse purchases, so I came back a couple of days later to repeat the experiment. This time I unknowingly grabbed the standard weight version. I was depressed with the average results. Then I saw one the same putter with a $20 higher price (they look identical) . I thought it was a simple pricing error but when I picked it up I felt the weight difference. It truly makes a huge difference. I bought it that day,. I believe if Mygolfspy had the heavy version of the Odyessy Works 2 ball fang to test it would be at the top of the list as well.

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      Chris

      9 years ago

      Bart,
      a little confused by you comments about the effect counter weight/balance has in relation to the Ketsch, because according to Ping’s site and specs, the Ketch putter type is conventional, not counter balanced and the difference between the traditional and heavy models is just in head weight (355g vs 388g), not the overall weight. This is not to say that you can’t order it with a counter balanced grip but this tests makes no mention of the Heavy Ketsch being counter balanced. Did the Ketsch you purchased have a CB grip or is it a standard grip & you just happened to have better results with the heavier version?

      Darryn Patch

      9 years ago

      Scotty cameron future X $470 took me from 12 to 7 around coolangatta tweed and there is still 2 to 3 shots to come off. Not uncommon for me to hit 14 girs and still have 38 putts

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      Top Golf Supplies

      9 years ago

      Sweet

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      Jericho Das

      9 years ago

      Thats right Miro Vihanto .. An amateur will not benefit greatly.. $10 putter or $3000 Dirty Rat.. They’ll usually always be around 36 putts a stroke either way.. The average web.com player is a +2 index the average PGA pro is a +4 .. Average income for a decent web.com player is $70,000-$100,000 per year over 10 years thats around $800,000. The worst player on the PGA Tour who is able to keep their card makes $760,000 per year halfway decent PGA Player around $1,000,000 ..after 10 years average $8,000,000 .. What would it be worth for a web.com player to gain two strokes…im thinkin.. alot

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      James Murphy

      9 years ago

      you’re right Miro, to me being an average weekend golfer those two shots I don’t care about because I’m just the average golfer and I play for fun more then score. That’s why I just think to an average golfer most wont pay $200 plus for a putter just to save two shots but that just my opinion. Now if it is someone who is a seriously good golfer then let them spend away!

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      Jericho Das

      9 years ago

      I play a CircleT blade for looks feel an balance it moves smooth through the ball and has a soft quiet yet lively feel .. Also played the spider mallet ..basically lines up the putt for you it squares the entire putt to the eye regardless of distance line wise ..my only issue with it was speed control an feel..felt a little dead .. With that said I did win a mini tour event with that putter after only practicing with it the day before… But I’m a little funny like that I have something that feels amazing which makes me want to practice more with ..but somthing dead an I don’t even feel like getting out

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      Steven

      9 years ago

      Another great test. Looks like I need to track down the Ping Ketsch TR Heavy.

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      Jose Manuel Delgado Mendoza

      9 years ago

      90s Scott Cameron are the best!!

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      Martin Smith ‘Shorty’

      9 years ago

      Note Clinton Gauld & Richard Allan….

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      JP Grenier

      9 years ago

      No SeeMore putters at all? Best putter I’ve ever tried !

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      John Ambrose

      9 years ago

      The toe to heel length of all of these putters are within 1/4″ of each other.The Head weight of all of these clubs are within 75 grams of each other…..The physics are the same….their performance perameters are the same. They do look different and are very attractive. Their object is to get golfers to buy them, not to help golfers to putt better. The Physics of these putters have not changed in 100 years. It’s the same box with nicer wrappings. If you want different results…try something different.

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      Ryan Holcomb

      9 years ago

      The putters in this article have various shaft axis, offsets, weights, MOI, shafts, grips, lofts, etc that promote various rotational values for various rotational requirements that various people have based on various body shapes and various postures. Inventing a putter and proclaiming one design works for all is dangerous and harmful marketing. Good luck with that.

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      John Ambrose

      9 years ago

      Never said what works better, only that the physics of these putters are similar. I am referring to the heads, which, by the way have VERY similar MOI since this is based on a size and weight equation.

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      Top Golf Supplies

      9 years ago

      Yes! :)

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      Brandon Wooley

      9 years ago

      It’s the indian, not the arrow.

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      Ryan Holcomb

      9 years ago

      Not all arrows fly straight given various bows. Some designs don’t work as consistently as others for some people.

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      Brandon Wooley

      9 years ago

      I’ve tried everything from thrift shop 2 dollar specials to Scottys. Mallets, blades, short, long, counter balance, belly, you name it. Claw grip, left hand low, interlock, over lap, etc. No matter what I have in my hands, putter, irons, wedges, driver, at the end of the round my score is usually pretty similar. I understand where you are coming from, but I would be willing to bet anything 95% of the golfing population would be better served keeping their current putter and spending the money they would have spent on a new one on a putting lesson.

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      Top Golf Supplies

      9 years ago

      +1 Nice comment

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      Crixus

      9 years ago

      Don’t see what the fuss is with the ketch. I didn’t like mine at all.

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      Miro Vihanto

      9 years ago

      200$ too much for putter? It’s most important club in your bag and it’s too expensive? People are ready to pay 300-500$ for new driver every year and 200 bucks is too much? Ridiculous.

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      John Porter

      9 years ago

      I had so much fun testing all of these putters with the MGS crew, and these #’s definitely make sense! While I had my favorites; you will find this PING as the overall winner, flat out performed! Great job guys!

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      Pete S

      9 years ago

      Well since I’m only going to find 1 of the top 5 in a store, I guess I’ll be looking at the Ping Ketsch TR Heavy

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      Jason

      9 years ago

      Looks like you better get one fast before they sell out. It’s going to be the hottest putter in the world for a while.

      Wins both the mallet putter test and now this one. Hard to dispute the performance.

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      James Murphy

      9 years ago

      Then mfgs wonder why sales are slumping. Roughly $200 for a putter from the well known companies is just ridiculous. Just to save 1 to 2 strokes, maybe, on your score? Just not worth it. No way.

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      Sakari Kuosmanen

      9 years ago

      Wake up

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      Jadie Matthew

      9 years ago

      I’ve (sadly) paid more money for less results. I’d gladly pay $200 to drop two strokes consistently. I bet a lot of pros would pay $2 million to do that. Give Spieth two strokes and he wins the Open.

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      Miro Vihanto

      9 years ago

      James, if your scoring average is 95 and you drop it to 93. That doesn’t matter. But if your scoring average is 74 or someone tour pro 69, that 2 stroke drop is huge for those averages, not to you. Sad but true.

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      Top Golf Supplies

      9 years ago

      Erm? :)

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      Brendo Cornell

      9 years ago

      Putters are an addiction lol

      Reply

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