Futuristic putters are the latest development in putters. They're designed with almost no regard for looks, and offer the best technical advantages of high M.O.I. (moment of inertia, or resistance to twisting)
They are almost without exception face balanced putters, so will best suit a stroke that does not have a great deal of arc to it.
In general, this type of putter has every type of technical advantage that's possible. They are built for performance and not for looks. If you can get used to the appearance of the putter, then this may well be a great choice for you.
Although the feel may not be the same as a classic
unless you're a very low handicapper the design features of these putters will
help you far more than any loss of feel might hold you back. Give one a
The most futuristic putters out there...
The Taylormade Spider
The Taylormade Spider re-wrote the text book on what shapes of putter were normally seen on the world's professional tours. Although they were way out when they launched, as soon as major champions and top tour stars like Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm started using them, they became mainstream.
The advertising hype surrounding these putters would lead you to believe that they possess so much science that you could barely miss with one, but we found them an acquired taste, and not all that easy to line up despite the long line on the top, so it's well worth giving one a thorough trial before shelling out the $100s they cost brand new. Alternatively, buy a used one, just to see what they're like.
on a classic Taylormade Spider...
The Scotty Cameron Phantom Range
Scotty Cameron Phantom X12
Scotty Cameron jumped on the big-tech futuristic bandwagon in the mid 2000s with the Futura. This wholly unattractive putter stayed in Phil Mickelson's bag for a season or so before he went back to more conventional shapes. Since then Scotty Cameron has introduced the Futura X and Phantom styles which are heavy looking mallets with weights in all sorts of places.
The later models with black inserts are the best of these, combining great roll and high tech with a surprising amount of feel. Not quite up to Scotty's more conventional styles, but good nonetheless.
on a Scotty Cameron Phantom...
The Ping Wolverine
Ping have always produced angular, ugly futuristic putters to go alongside their beautiful and minimalist Anser range. Amongst the weirdest were the Ping Craz-E, which we really liked when we tested it back in 2009.
Towards the end of the 2010s, the Ping Wolverine became the manufacturer's oddest shape. With Ping, you're always guaranteed good feel and a good roll, so even if you are the only one who thinks one of these models is good to look at, then it'll be worth giving a go, especially on the second-hand market.
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Cleveland Cleveland T Frame
Surprisingly well finished futuristic putter. If you like see-through frame designs this is a good value-for-money option
Never Compromise Never Compromise Voodoo Daddy Belly Putter
Super-long aimline and futuristic design. Solid, affordable belly putter.
Never Compromise NCX Ray
Nice face balanced belly putter with a big, but light head.
on a Never Compromise putter...
Odyssey Odyssey 2 Ball
The iconic putter of the 2000s - easy to aim, great feel
One of the most revolutionary designs in putting. Love it or hate the look, the results are good
Odyssey 2 Ball Blade
Padraig Harrington used this combination of blade and 2 ball design to win majors, but what's it like?
Odyssey White Hot 7l
Great looking long putter with slightly dead feel - excellent for fast greens
Odyssey White Ice Progressive Terron Mid
Sharp edged star ship of a putter - you need to like futuristic shapes to use this one!
on an Odyssey putter...
Ping Crazy E
One of the easiest putters to line up we've ever tested, but feel is hollow
Ping Scottsdale Pickemup
This cross between the Batman sign & a Star Wars fighter has surprisingly good feel
Ping iN Wack-E
A radical spin off from the successful (but hollow-sounding) G5i Craz-E
Technology has led the Ping designers to create a holy mess of a putter. If you love the weird and the wacky, you might (just) like this
on a Ping putter...
Rife Rife Hybrid Tour Mallet
Despite the Tour element to this putter's name, we haven't seen any of them actually on the pro tours. One of the least impressive of Rife's range
on a Rife putter...
Scotty Cameron Scotty Cameron Futura
Phil Mickelson toyed with the Futura, before heading back to a blade. The first of the truly futuristic putters, and probably about as attractive as they're ever going to be
on a Scotty Cameron putter...
Taylormade TaylorMade Rossa Spider
Lots of hype when this putter launched, but pros who rely on their putters have not stuck with the Spider
TaylorMade Ghost Corza
Beautiful square-designed Anser with great aimlines - well worth a look!
on a Taylormade putter...
Yes Yes Natalie (C-Groove)
Futuristic design with amazing roll and super long aimline.
The least attractive of the Yes belly putters - although that's just our opinion
on a Yes putter...