Golf Digest editors picks
April 2014

Mallets help you see the line and smooth out off-center hits, but the latest trend is "counterbalancing," where larger, weighted grips combine with heavier heads to shift the putter's balance point closer to your hands. That breeds a more stable feeling in the entire club, one way to make your stroke less twitchy.

1. ODYSSEY TANK CRUISER / $150

This graduated approach to counterbalancing features adjustable weights that vary the headweight from 365 to 385 grams and change the extra weight in the Super-Stroke grip among five, 15 and 30 grams.

2. CLEVELAND SMART SQUARE / $140

The squares on top are designed to improve aim by framing the ball and enhancing the view when the face is aligned correctly. The "Almost Belly" version features a 400-gram head and 39-inch shaft.

3. TAYLORMADE GHOST SPIDER SI / $200

This counterbalanced model has a 35- or 38-inch length, a 130-gram grip and three materials in the head (stainless-steel frame, aluminum centerpiece, grooved-ionomer face insert). The head's contrasting colors help with alignment.

4. PING KETSCH / $220

A steel sole weight lowers the center of gravity on the milled aluminum head. The face's grooves are designed to make off-center strikes roll like center hits. An adjustable length version adds a slight counterbalanced effect.

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