Why a milled putter is better (if more expensive) than any other type
What is a milled putter? How is it different from any other
putter? and why are they so expensive? The answers are a bit technical and depends on how the putter has been
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prettier and feel so much better than other types of putters that it's worth
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Basically milled putters are created from a single block of metal which is cut
and shaved using a milling machine until it's the exact shape desired. Milling
was made popular in the 1990s by Scotty Cameron and Bob Bettinardi who milled
initially by hand.
Now almost all of the high end brands produce at least milled putter design. You
can tell milled putters from the arc shaped marks on the putter face made by the
on a milled putter...
How does a milled putter feel?
Because of the way they're made, a milled putter feels a lot softer than a cast putter (the previously dominant putter type until the 1990s). Because the manufacturing process means shaving away the metal originally by hand and now by extremely precise computer-controlled mills, you have to use a softer type of metal to start with.
Milled putters therefore offer greater feel and touch than cast putters which used to be a little springy off the face. Cast putters sounded great - the Ping sound was the trademark of the Ping 1A and early Ping Anser putters which even had a slot in the sole to allow the face to resonate and make a louder "ping"!
Nowadays, you will only find milled putters on the pro circuits. This is largely due to the improved feel they offer, but also because the major manufacturers have seen the opportunity to introduce premium lines to their ranges, giving them greater profit too. For top pros putting on lightning fast greens, the additional soft feel of a milled putter is essential.
By contrast for the average player, putting on medium-paced greens, a cast putter would probably be just as effective.
Why are milled putters any better than other putters?
The main reason is the feel, but beyond that, you can also create more complex shapes by milling, such as the futuristic putters that Scotty Cameron and Taylormade are now well known for.
But which is the best milled putter? Click below to read independent and
unbiased reviews (inactive links are for putters pending review - please
check back soon)
Nike Method 001A minimalist anser head that looks just a little lightweight. The roll is pure and the feel is good.
Nike Method 002Most similar to a Ping Zing shape, this putter has a simple no-frills look, a good roll, but a high price tag.
Nike Method 003The Nike Method putter favored by Tiger Woods. A heavily toe-weighted putter with classic looks. Fantastic if you have an open-square-closed stroke.
Nike Method 004Face balanced version of the Method 001. Favor this putter if you're trying to produce a straight-back-straight through stroke.
Nike Method 005Face balanced mallet which looks like it's got a good bit of meat behind the head. For our money the best looking in the Method range.
Ping Redwood Anser
The design which has won more pro events than any other, now with top quality materials.
A good looking wide-backed blade which resembles the Major winning TPA putters of the 80s & 90s
A little thin in the top portion of the blade, but otherwise a great looking putter with good blade feel
Scotty Cameron American Classic 3
A simply gorgeous reworking of the Bullseye shape. New materials and great Scotty Cameron workmanship make this a beautiful putter to look at. Still not that forgiving, though!
Scotty Cameron Bullseye Platinum Heavy Flange
A Bullseye putter worthy of consideration! The offset neck and flange aren't quite what you'd want if you're a purist looking for a bullseye, but it putts better.
Scotty Cameron Napa California
As you'd imagine from Scotty Cameron, this is a beautiful piece of equipment. Looks, roll, feel - it has it all ... and a price tag to match
Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi Mid
A big hulk of a putter - face balanced with a long aimline
A nice re-working of the classic FGP from Seemore. Unfortunately only available with an offset shaft that doesn't make full use of the wonderful riflescope aiming system