2017 Best Mallet Putters

A mallet used to carry a certain connotation. Chiefly, that its player couldn't putt. But as the club's technology and innovation have grown, so has its utilization across golf's landscape. With top players like Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Adam Scott finding room in their bags for this flat stick style, that negative stigma is a thing of the past.

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A mallet used to carry a certain connotation. Chiefly, that its player couldn't putt. But as the club's technology and innovation have grown, so has its utilization across golf's landscape. With top players like Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Adam Scott finding room in their bags for this flat stick style, that negative stigma is a thing of the past.

If you're looking for this trend's catalyst, forgiveness is the name of the game. One of the primary benefits a mallet brings to the table is a heavier-based clubhead. Using the added size from the clubhead construction, manufacturers have captured the advantages of redistributed weight to heighten the putter's moment of inertia. This helps reduce torque, i.e., the twist at impact. By keeping the clubhead on the right path during the swing, the amplified MOI reduces the chances and consequences of a mis-hit. For shaky putters, this consistency and stability is key.

However, while this extra weight used to mean sacrificing feel, designers have maintained an enjoyable touch and experience. This is accomplished through the advancement of impact-softening materials and face inserts. Even the way the club is constructed, feel is kept at the forefront of the process, ensuring golfers don't surrender feel for forgiveness.

Also at play: the bigger clubheads allow for easier to see visual aids. These sight lines help with target aim, as well keep the putter square through impact. Though plenty of blade putters have sight lines, the sizeable space that a mallet provides makes these visuals more apparent to the player.

These characteristics are featured throughout the selections on the 2017 Hot List. And whatever your preconceived thoughts on the mallet, a few putts with these clubs will make you a believer.