2014 Hot List: Mallet Putters
New offerings from eight different companies
NIKE METHOD MOD
TECH TALK: Based on a classic mallet shape (the 1970s-throwback Ram Zebra), the MOD-00 is face-balanced and has seven sight lines on the back flange. The computer-milled face features polymer-filled grooves to start the ball rolling quicker and to reduce skidding. Heel and toe sole weights increase forgiveness. PLAYER COMMENTS:
(L) "The smooth sole is slippery across the grass. It's impossible to fat a putt." (M) "Wow. Super accurate. I couldn't miss in the 10-foot range. A couple of putts I thought were short rolled out."
HOT: These smaller mallets with a traditional shape offer a comfortable look, but the innovation here gives them big-mallet performance.
NOT: Some testers didn't like so many lines.