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​The Difference Between Mallet and Blade Putters

Originally Published:
9/17/2020

When it comes to choosing a putter, PXG has eight different models, including a variety of mallet- and blade-styles. When it's mallet vs. blade, which one of our putters is best for you and your stroke? Let’s find out.


 

WHAT IS A MALLET PUTTER?

Blade and mallet putters are the two most common putter styles. Mallet putters generally feature a large clubhead profile for added stability and forgiveness. Mallets come in many shapes including semi-circle, teardrop, and square – in the case of PXG the Gunboat, Lucky "D," and Operator. These shapes often have distinctive weighting and alignment characteristics to support the overall aesthetic and performance.

For players who are less consistent with their putting stroke, a mallet-style putter is often an excellent option. The larger head supports enhanced alignment characteristics to improve accuracy and creates the opportunity to achieve a heavier overall clubhead weight to help quiet the yips and increase MOI (moment of inertia).

 

 

WHAT IS A BLADE PUTTER?

Blade-style putters present a more straightforward design often favored by golf purists and lower handicap golfers. As compared to mallet putters, blade putters have a smaller clubhead profile, which is often desirable by those golfers who have excellent control of the putter face.

Putter weighting in a blade-style golf club – including the PXG Brandon and Closer – is located in the heel and toe of the clubhead. The weighting can be easily adjusted to influence both bias and overall head weight.

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A MALLET AND BLADE PUTTER

Now that you know the differences between a mallet and blade putter, it's time to decide which one is going to be best for you.

At PXG, the choice is relatively simple given our unique approach to putter fitting. Start by selecting the putter profile that best suits your eye at address. This will give you added confidence when standing over a shot. Once selected, your putter can be optimized to suit your stroke by identifying the ideal hosel style – plumber's neck, heel shafted, or double bend – and by adjusting the putter weights in the sole of the club.

Always built to spec, there are multiple ways to purchase a PXG Putter. Golfers can build and buy online, talk to a PXG Fitting Specialist over the phone, or work with a PXG Fitting Specialist in person. In-person fitting experiences are available at PXG Fitting Studios and via the company's mobile fitting program.

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