Putter alignment aids: Here’s what the top 15 players in the world are using

April 6, 2020
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Putters lacking an alignment aid of any sort still exist, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find them in the wild, especially when it comes to the highest level of professional golf.

Scroll through the names listed in this story and you’ll find just one golfer (Jon Rahm) ranked inside the OWGR (Official World Golf Ranking) top-15 using something without a single line, multiple lines or dot. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “alignment aid,” it initially consisted of either a single line on the back flange or a single sight dot, like the one found on the topline of Tiger Woods’ Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter. For a while,  that was pretty much it.

Then along came Odyssey’s 2-Ball to break the mold of a conventional alignment aid. Nowadays, it’s possible you could see a player with a line that extends from the topline into the flange, a combination of dots, or the “T-line” alignment Dustin Johnson used in 2018. It’s gotten to the point where somewhere in the neighborhood of just 5-10 percent of the players on the PGA Tour use something with a “naked” crown.

Here’s a closer look at what Rory, Brooks, Tiger, Tommy and other high-profile names rely on when it comes to the alignment aid on their putter.

1. Rory McIlroy

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

Alignment aid: Black line (crown)

Rory McIlroy's TaylorMade putter.
Rory McIlroy's TaylorMade putter.
Jonathan Wall

2. Jon Rahm

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Chalk

Alignment aid: None

Jon Rahm's TaylorMade putter.
Jon Rahm's TaylorMade putter.
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3. Brooks Koepka

Putter: Scotty Cameron Teryllium T22 Newport 2

Alignment aid: Black line (flange)

Brooks Koepka's Scotty Cameron putter.
Brooks Koepka's Scotty Cameron putter.
Jonathan Wall

4. Justin Thomas

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 Flow Neck Prototype

Alignment aid: Black line (topline)

Justin Thomas' Scotty Cameron putter.
Justin Thomas' Scotty Cameron putter.
Jonathan Wall

5. Dustin Johnson

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

Alignment aid: White line (crown)

Dustin Johnson's TaylorMade putter.
Dustin Johnson's TaylorMade putter.
Jonathan Wall

6. Adam Scott

Putter: Scotty Cameron Xperimental Prototype Rev X11

Alignment aid: Single black line (topline) and two white lines (flange)

Adam Scott's Scotty Cameron putter.
Adam Scott's Scotty Cameron putter.
Andrew Tursky

7. Patrick Reed

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Rat 1

Alignment aid: Single black line (topline) and line with no paint fill (flange)

Patrick Reed's Scotty Cameron putter.
Patrick Reed's Scotty Cameron putter.
Jonathan Wall

8. Patrick Cantlay

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS Prototype

Alignment aid: White line (flange)

Patrick Cantlay's Scotty Cameron putter.
Patrick Cantlay's Scotty Cameron putter.
Jonathan Wall

9. Webb Simpson

Putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line

Alignment aid: Three white lines (flange)

Webb Simpson's Odyssey putter.
Webb Simpson's Odyssey putter.
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10. Tommy Fleetwood

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3

Alignment aid: White line (flange)

Tommy Fleetwood's Odyssey putter.
Tommy Fleetwood's Odyssey putter.
Andrew Tursky

11. Tiger Woods

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Alignment aid: Red sight dot (topline)

Tiger Woods' Scotty Cameron putter.
Tiger Woods' Scotty Cameron putter.
Andrew Tursky

12. Xander Schauffele

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red #7 CH

Alignment aid: Single white line (topline) and two white lines (flange)

Xander Schauffele's Odyssey putter.
Xander Schauffele's Odyssey putter.
Jonathan Wall

13. Bryson DeChambeau

Putter: Sik Pro C Series

Alignment aid: Black line (topline)

Bryson DeChambeau's Sik putter.
Bryson DeChambeau's Sik putter.
Andrew Tursky

14. Justin Rose

Putter: Axis1 Rose

Alignment aid: Single black line (topline) and two white lines (flange)

Justin Rose's Axis1 Rose putter.
Justin Rose's Axis1 Rose putter.
Jonathan Wall

15. Marc Leishman

Putter: Odyssey Versa #6

Alignment aid: Sight dot (topline)

Marc Leishman's Odyssey putter.
Marc Leishman's Odyssey putter.
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