The top ten most ‘unusual’ golf putters

One of the most remarkable things about the modern touring golfer is the sheer number of hideous golf putters there are in play each week.

Take a trip to any tournament and you’ll be dazzled by golfers taking to the greens with what look like props from an episode of Star Trek tucked under their arm.

It’s not just the modern golfer that is afflicted either, throughout history, golfers have wielded some strange looking putting beasts on the greens.

Here’s our top ten of putters that we’d like to forget

1. Sandy Lyle’s “Black Swan” Putter  (above)

Around Augusta last weekend, former Masters Champ Sandy Lyle was attempting to win his second Masters title using what looked like a branding iron on the greens. Lyle admitted that his Black Swan putter “is strange” and “certainly wouldn’t win a beauty contest” but the Scot tried it in a practice round at Augusta and took just 26 putts, hitting six birdies.

“As long as I keep holing putts, I’ll be keeping it in the bag” stated Lyle.

2. The Scotty Cameron Future Phantom

Scotty Cameron may be a name synonymous with some of the world’s best putter, bus the Future Phantom has been given the nickname “the Retarded Spaceship” for a good reason. Viewed face on, the putter looks like it is being held backwards, viewed from the back it looks like the putter’s laughing at you for trying to use it.

3. The “Crazy Golf” or “Mini Golf” Rented Putter

This will bring back a few memories for anyone who has played Crazy Golf or Mini Golf at some point in their lives with a rented putter. Not only is your golf ball seemingly made from vulcanised rubber, your putter is arguably the most basic invention in history. A lump of brass which can be reversed so lefty’s can play too. It plays all the better too when chipped and scratched which is another bonus!

4. Nike Method Core Drone

Ever had such a bad day on the greens that you felt like sticking two-fingers up to the golfing gods? Well if you purchase the new Nike Method Core Drone, the putter does it for you, with its unusual V shape design the perfect accompaniment on the green for the angry, frustrated golfer.

5.  Tour Edge T Balance 01

With it’s distinctive curved shaft affixing to the back of the putter and it’s Terminator 2 type looks, the Tour Edge T Balance 01 went for a futuristic feel, but instead ended up looking very much like something had just fallen out of the back of your desktop PC.

6. Scott Cameron Futura X (Prototype)

Adam Scott may have wielded this putter to his Masters success in Augusta in 2013, but there is no doubting that for all its effectiveness on the green, the Aussie is certainly going to be building his physique carrying that amount of metal in his bag every round.

7. Odyssey Versa #7

If you are a fan of the Star Wars movies then you’ll no doubt recognise that the new Odyssey Versa 7 putter has been designed by the same team who produced the Millennium Falcon. The shape of the club we can live with, but what is with the dreadful black and white colour scheme?

8. Taylor Made Ghost Spider S

Similar to the Odyssey Versa shown above, this black and white putter should be one of the best new putters on the market today, but the black and white combination, especially in the Spider versions of the club, just don’t look aesthetically pleasing and the design of the club is a bit of a mangle of metal too.

9.  Chase Glen Putter

Only a madman would putt not using a flat putting face, right? Well, if you have the new Chase Glen putter then maybe not. This solid block of aluminium has a curved face and a counterweight at the back, which not only gives it a distinctive look but means that when it is in the bag, you have somewhere to hang your jacket.

10. Ping Karsten Craz-E

This is another putter, like the number 5 Tour Edge T Balance 01, which looks like it belongs inside your computer rather than out on a golf course. The unusual positioning of the shaft and the grandiose back of the putter made it good for picking balls up off the green, but not necessarily getting your ball in the hole.

Images Courtesy of Odyssey, Chase Glen, Tour Edge, Scotty Cameron, Black Swan

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GolfPride April 26, 2013

Mmm that chase glen putter is by far the worst. I don’t even understand how a curved face was ever considered a good “putting” idea….!

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Tommy Priest April 30, 2013

All we can say is if you get down in one or two putts, use whatever suits your fantasy!

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Dunning April 30, 2013

That Chase Glen is something else…. By far the weirdest putter I’ve ever seen. Why anyone would create a putter with a curved head is beyond me.

I wouldn’t use that putter even if it was free.

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Tommy Priest June 1, 2013

Each to his own!

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