Ready for a close-up: These modern putterfaces can take your game to the next level
It’s time to stop sleeping on putterface technology. Driver faces usually receive all of the fanfare, but putter manufacturers have been hard at work behind the scenes in recent years, cooking up face-milling patterns and smart inserts geared to help you save strokes on the greens.
Whether you prefer the feel of solid construction or need all the help you can get from a multi-material insert, there truly is a face design for every golfer. Take a look at some of the available options that could be right for your game.
1. Cleveland Speed Optimized Face Technology
The forged aluminum insert features a variable milling pattern. Speed and distance control is normalized as a result of grooves that are packed tighter in the center of the face and spread out toward the heel and toe.
2. Evnroll Sweet Face Technology
Patented face-milling pattern transfers additional energy to the ball on off-center hits and creates a gearing effect that steers the ball back to the target.
3. Odyssey White Hot Insert
The inimitable two-part urethane insert hasn’t changed in 20 years. Derived from the cover material found on the Rule 35 golf ball, White Hot offers a unique combination of firm face performance with the feel of a softer model.
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4. Odyssey Microhinge Star Insert
Featured on Odyssey’s eye-catching Triple Track line, the Star version provides the same White Hot Microhinge roll benefits with an overall firmer feel and sound at impact. Removing the grooves from the current design increases the surface area where the insert contacts the ball for a consistent end-over-end roll.
5. Ping Dual Durometer Insert
The 2021 putter line from Ping incorporates a low-density Pebax Elastomer in the face to save weight and increase forgiveness. Uniform shallow grooves across the face work in tandem with the Pebax to produce a soft feel with repeatable ball speeds on putts of all lengths.
6. PXG Pyramid Face Pattern
The variable-sized design grips the cover of the ball to generate consistent launch and roll characteristics. The pyramid design varies in size across the entire face, with the highest pattern density in the center to minimize distance loss on mishits.
7. Scotty Cameron 303 Stainless Steel Milling
Scotty Cameron describes the face milling on his solid construction Special Select line as “precise and good-looking.” Of course, there’s a purpose behind the pattern, which is designed to enhance sound and feel with the shift to softer golf balls in the industry.
8. TaylorMade Pure Roll Insert
The popular Pure Roll insert has undergone some slight modifications since it was first introduced. The current design features a thicker 5mm white surlyn insert that enhances sound and feel, while the 12-groove configuration promotes exceptional forward spin and distance.
TaylorMade Spider S putter