Golf’s best players are using this putter alignment aid

scottie scheffler putter

Scheffler's putter has a single alignment line on the crown.

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Scottie Scheffler’s switch from a blade to a mallet earlier this season at the Arnold Palmer Invitational coincided with an intriguing change to the way he lines up the ball. The two-time major winner added a long, black sightline to the crown of his Spider Tour X that led to the removal of a single black line covering the Titleist Pro V1 side stamp.

“[K]eeping the mind as quiet as possible,” Scheffler said of the change. “Part of the problem is just trying too hard. It’s frustrating to not have the best of myself, just because I know that I can putt really well. It’s not like I’ve been a bad putter my whole career. I’ve just gone through a stretch where it’s been tough.”

The change might feel trivial, but it highlights the importance of finding an alignment aid that removes doubt and allows you to zero in on the target. In Scheffler’s case, a simple long line did the trick. For others, it’s a sight dot, multiple lines or nothing at all.

To get a sense of what’s trending at the top level of professional golf, we took a look at the alignment aids used by the 10 best players in the world to see if anything stood out. As we quickly learned, a single line on the topline remains the most popular alignment aid. Five of the top 10 players in the world currently have one on their putter. The number expands to seven if you include the single line found on the Spider Tour X mallets used by Scheffler and McIlroy.

Only two pros on the list, Wyndham Clark and Jon Rahm, currently use a wand without an alignment aid. And you could debate the Versa technology on Clark’s mallet is a built-in alignment aid.

Peruse the images below to see what the top 10 players are using at the moment.

1. Scottie Scheffler

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

Alignment aid: Black line (crown)

Scottie Scheffler putter
Scottie Scheffler’s TaylorMade putter. TaylorMade

2. Xander Schauffele

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Las Vegas

Alignment aid: White lines (topline and wings)

xander schauffele putter
Xander Schauffele’s Odyssey Toulon putter. Jonathan Wall/GOLF

3. Rory McIlroy

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

Alignment aid: Black line (crown)

Rory McIlroy putter
Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade putter. Jonathan Wall/GOLF

4. Wyndham Clark

Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Cruiser Jailbird

Alignment aid: None

Wyndham Clark putter
Wyndham Clark’s Odyssey putter. Jonathan Wall/GOLF

5. Viktor Hovland

Putter: Ping PLD DS72

Alignment aid: White lines (topline and flange)

viktor hovland putter
Viktor Hovland’s Ping putter. Jonathan Wall/GOLF

6. Ludvig Aberg

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Versa One

Alignment aid: White line (topline)

Ludvig Aberg putter
Ludvig Aberg’s Odyssey putter. Jonathan Wall/GOLF

7. Jon Rahm

Putter: Odyssey Ai-One Rossie S

Alignment aid: None

jon rahm putter
Jon Rahm’s Odyssey putter. Callaway

8. Patrick Cantlay

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom T5 Proto

Alignment aid: Black line (topline)

Patrick Cantlay putter
Patrick Cantlay’s Scotty Cameron putter. Greg Moore

9. Collin Morikawa

Putter: TaylorMade TP Soto

Alignment aid: Black dot (topline)

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Collin Morikawa’s TaylorMade putter. Jonathan Wall/GOLF

10. Max Homa

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom T5.5 Proto

Alignment aid: Black line (topline)

Max Homa putter
Max Homa’s Scotty Cameron putter. Jonathan Wall/GOLF

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Jonathan Wall Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour. He can be reached at

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