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Blade vs Mallet Putters

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Which one is beneficial and why? Please suggest.
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It just depends on what you personally prefer. If you're in the market for a new putter, try as many as you can and choose the one that feels best for you
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I have been using a blade-style putter for over a season (sig line). I like its looks (how it sets up eye-wise). However, I have been having some stuggles with putting a consistent movement into it - the head is a bit light, and I have been manufacturing speed vs. allowing the head to generate its own speed.

I have tried other putters both on the course and in a few pro shops, and the mallet style feels better from a head weight perspective. As I practice to groove a more consistent putting stroke, the mallet may become my new style (I like the Odyssey line, so the Tour brand mallet (like the #9) maybe the next new toy purchased).

It took over a season of trial and error - my suggestion is to demo as many brands and styles that you can to find the right flatstick for you.
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I have tried a couple mallet putters, and just could never get the speed right with them, for me, they had no feel. But I have friends that play them religiously and love them. I think it all comes down to what feels right to you.
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I had a similar experience as Bullitt5339. I just recently switched from a mallet back to a blade. I had been using the mallet for about 3 years. I tend to do much better with distance - especially on lag putts - with a blade. With the mallet, I tend to be more accurate on short putts because I find it easier to stay on line. In the end, I decided I'd rather work on keeping my stroke straight on a blade than trying to figure out how to better gauge distance with a mallet. There are drills to keep your stroke straight that I can do in my living room. The distance part I thought would be harder. I also got a blade on the heavier side which helps keep it straight for me as well.
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I used a 2-ball putter though high school, recently I switched to a Ping D66 iWi. Blades have the CoG closer to the ball while mallets have it closer to the back of the club head...meaning mallets will have a greater MOI, and therefore the ball will come off more hot than with a blade. I had a problem blowing the ball past the hole, so I switched to a blade to deaden the speed. I'd rather have a car that doesn't hit 60mph by just looking at the gas pedal, if you know what I mean. Of course there are some people who would rather take that car and put a V8 in it...speed freaks.
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It's what I am used to, I hate change and I don't like all that metal behind the striking surface to distract me. Silly but thats my mindset. Just like I prefer the traditional 460cc clubhead on a driver than these the square or the ones that are shaped like a stingray (Cobra). Just doesnt look right in my minds eye at address.
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i've been using blade style putters my entire golf life. i use my bettinardi bc1 now which i do love...but i recently had a chance to play around with the scotty cameron california del mar...which is somewhat of a half mallet style putter and my god thats a beautiful putter.
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I have many putter over the years, I currently playing SC Newport 2 and Yonex ADX blade putters, I have used most recently a two ball putter, and Never compromise mallet putters, I had an alignment problem and since solved this problem and can use any putter and the blades putters are working for me, I usually have under 30 putts per round of 18 holes.
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If there were a universally better putter style, it would be in use everywhere. The variations in putter along the pro tour tells us that there isn't a universal correct one.

I find shorter putts easier with my blade-style, but I am considering getting a mallet-style and practicing the short ones enough with it. I do find distance control easier will mallets, and I'm hitting more greens (and finding myself farther from pins on first putt as a result) lately, so I'm entertaining this switch.
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Right now I play with a blade putter (Scotty Laguna Two) and I love it... Before that it was a Odyssey Two Ball and I did really like that one as well... However, I found myself thinking too much with the Two Ball so I made the switch to the blade. Honestly though, I've always gone back and forth, I've used other Odyssey Mallets (DF 330 and Rossie, if I remember correctly) as well as a Scotty Bullseye and a Ping Anser type putter.
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If there were a universally better putter style, it would be in use everywhere. The variations in putter along the pro tour tells us that there isn't a universal correct one.

That - except completely opposite on both counts.

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That - except completely opposite on both counts.

I assume just for the second paragraph, and not to my note about the lack of a universal putter on Tour?

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I assume just for the second paragraph, and not to my note about the lack of a universal putter on Tour?

Yeah - my distance control is better with a blade and my aim is better with a mallet.

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One thing to keep in mind is that if you have an arcing putting stroke (open to closed through impact) with a heavy putter you will tend to be a little open at impact, so a blade might be a better idea, while on the other hand if you have the straight back and straight through stroke a heavier putter will tend to keep the putter face straight. This is not a perfect system just a common phenomenon. I have a straight back straight through stroke and rock a blade putter while my friend has a big arc stroke with a big heavy mallet and we both putt quite acceptably.
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I am comfortable with both styles, as long as it is heel shafted with a double bend shaft. I do believe mallets give a lttle extra forgiveness on short putts. Arc putters seem to seem to be the majority of golfers who prefer blade putters, but I wonder if it isnt related as much to your feel and mental approach as anything. Are you a feel putter or more mechanical in your approach etc? I would encourage someone who lacks confidence on the short ones to try a mallet. Before going to the long, no I can't even think about it, I might jinx myself.
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I prefer a blade. I've never owned a mallet, and have never found one that I liked the look or feel of.
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Switched from a blade to mallet this year, bought a Taylor Made Rossa Fontana... love it. Love the feel, my putts are straighter because with the extra weight I don't wobble the putter face as much and I've been making more putts.
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