If you're looking for a good, cheap golf putter, then you're not going to be short of choice. There are literally hundreds of them available.
When you're buying a putter, it's easy to spend more than you need to. Buying a new big name brand isn't the only way to get a high quality putter, so if you're tied to a budget you're not always going to have to sacrifice quality.
Buying budget is quick and easy, but it might not give you the best putter, so I definitely recommend you look at used putters (eBay is the best place to start) which are selling well below their shop prices.
Click here for the best big-name putters currently selling on Ebay (not in the US? Click here).
The benefits of buying a putter on eBay far outweigh the risks. It's something I've done successfully lots of times and will do again soon, I'm sure.
Putters in good (if not perfect) condition sell for 30-50% of their retail prices and sometimes less and if you know how to get them checked and fixed if something isn't quite right (and this might cost a few bucks), there's almost nothing that can't be put right with a cheap golf putter you buy on eBay.
This putter is absolutely what you might be looking for in a cheap putter: it's made by a good manufacturer, so the quality is good. It's their cheaper range, which means only a small compromise on the quality of the materials used to produce it and it was extremely popular when it was initially on sale, so there will be a good number of used examples to buy. For a full review of the Ping Karsten Anser, click here.
Otherwise, here are current offers for used (and maybe the odd new one) on eBay right now:
Your putter doesn't show up, doesn't match description or is faulty or damaged: Almost all the issues of buying on eBay are now taken care of by the eBay Buyer Protection program. Either the seller will refund you (to maintain a good seller rating) or you can ask eBay to resolve the situation, and if you've got a valid case, they will refund you.
I have had to call upon this service once and it was quick and easy.
Getting a fake: Perhaps the most serious risk is that you buy a counterfeit putter and never realise it. See our advice page on spotting and avoiding fake or cloned putters here.
Getting a putter with minor damage that affects performance: Putters are precision-engineered instruments even if we sometimes make them look otherwise! If a less-than-careful previous owner of a used putter has thrown it on the ground or taken a swipe at their bag, then the loft, lie and in some cases even putter weighting can be put out of whack. Unless you have an expert eye, you'll only notice this when start putting with it - the ball may jump off the clubface or fail to roll smoothly.
The solution if you think this is the case, is to take your putter to a quality club fitter and get them to check the putter set up against the standards for that model (usually available on the putter manufacturer's website). A few bucks will sort your roll out in very little time.
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