Four years ago I wrote an essay in which I examined the putters that the top-50 world players were using and the top-50 in strokes gained:Putting. I was interested in finding out if more mallet-style or blade-style putters were being used by world’s top players.
I discovered that 44% of the Official World Golf Rankings top-50 players were using mallet-style putters and 56% of the top-50 in strokes won: putting used mallet putters.
Flash forward to 2022 and it seems that more top golfers are switching to mallet putters. Scottie Scheffler for instance, changed into a mallet putting after he had used a blade-style putter all his career.
But what are the actual numbers? Is it true that more top PGA Tour players are using mallet putters or is this a rumor?
I was curious.
To do my research, I just looked through the latest GolfWRX WITB photos and the most recent Getty Images photos to determine which style of putter each Top-50 player is using.
Here are the results
Top-50 in OWG: Blade or Mallet
Mallett putter users, 62 per cent (31 of 50)
Rory McIlroy (No. 1: TaylorMade Spider Tour Hydrblast
Scottie Scheffler (No. 2: Scotty Cam T-5.5 Proto
Patrick Cantlay (No. 4: Scotty Cameron Proto T5
Jon Rahm (N0. 5: Odyssey Rossie S White Hot OG)
Xander Schauffele (No. 6: Odyssey O-Works #7, CH Red
Will Zalatoris (No. 7: Scotty Cam Cameron Circle T Phantom X Proto
Justin Thomas (No. 8: Scotty Cameron T5 Proto Tour – Only custom
Viktor Hovland (No. 11: Ping PLD DS72)
Sam Burns (No. 12: Odyssey O-Works7S
Billy Horschel (No. 16: Ping PLD Sigma Tyne 4
Cameron Young (No. 17: Scotty Cameron prototype T5
Max Homa (No. 18: Scotty Cameron PhantomX T5.5 Prototype
Sungjae Im (No. 20: Scotty Cameron 5 Prototype
Shane Lowry: (No. 21: Odyssey 2-ball DFX 2-ball
Abraham Ancer (No. 23: Odyssey White Hot No. 5 Stroke Lab
Keegan Bradley (No. 25: Odyssey Versa Jailbird)
Sepp Straka (No. 27: Odyssey Tuttle Stroke Lab
Tyrrell Hatton (No. Tyrrell Hatton (No. 28: Ping Vault Oslo
Kevin Kisner (No. 29: Odyssey 2-Ball 11,
Dustin Johnson (No. 30: TaylorMade Spider GT Black
Corey Conners (No. 31: Prototype Ping PLD
Tom Hoge (No. 32: TaylorMade SpiderX Hydroblast
K.H. Lee (No. 33: Odyssey Works Versa 2-ball)
Adam Scott (No. 34: L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 prototype)
Aaron Wise (No. 36: TaylorMade Ghost
Brian Harman (No. 37: TaylorMade OS CB)
Daniel Berger (No. 43: TaylorMade SpiderX Hydroblast
Jason Kokrak (No. 44: Bettinardi Studio Stock 38)
Harold Varner III (No. 46: Odyssey White Hot 7S
Seamus Power (No. 48: Ping LLD3 Mallet
Harris English (No. 49: Ping Scottsdale Hohum
Blade putter owners, 38 percent (19 of 50)
Cameron Smith (No. 3: Scotty Cameron Prototype 009M
Collin Morikawa (No. 9: TaylorMadeTP Soto
Matt Fitzpatrick (No. 10: Bettinardi DASS Prototype)
Jordan Spieth (No. 13: Scotty Cameron Tour Prototype
Tony Finau (No. 14: Ping PLD Prototype
Joohyung “Tom” Kim (No. 15: Scotty Cameron TourType SSS Prototype
Hideki Matsuyama (No. 19: Scotty Newport 2 GSS
Joaquin Niemann (No. 22: Prototype-Ping PLD Anser
Tommy Fleetwood (No. 24: TaylorMade TP Juno)
Ryan Fox (No. 26: Ping Anser IID
Thomas Pieters (No. 35: Scotty Cameron squareback Select 2 Tour Only
Talor Gooch (No. 38: Odyssey Tri-Hot Two
Brooks Koepka (No. 39: Scotty Cameron Teryllium NNP2
Kevin Na (No. 40: Odyssey Toulon Madison)
Kurt Kitayama (No. 41: Scotty Cameron Newport prototype
Louis Oosthuizen (No. 42: Ping Vault 2.0 Voss)
Mito Pereira (No. 45: Ping Vault 2.0 Dale Anser Stealth)
Paul Casey (No. 47: Scotty Cameron Prototype 009M
Alex Noren (No. 50: Odyssey O-Works 1W
Top-50 in Strokes: Putting
Mallet users: 70% (35 out of 50 players).
Lucas Herbert (No. 1: TaylorMade SpiderX Hydroblast
Denny McCarthy (No. 2: Scotty Cam GoLo N7
Tyrrell Hatton (No. 4: Ping Vault Oslo
Beau Hossler (No. 5: Odyssey 2-Ball Ten
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (No. 6: Odyssey White Hot OG #7)
Kelly Kraft (No. 7: Odyssey Versa 1ball Red Prototype
Kevin Kisner (No. 9: Odyssey 2-ball 11.
Sam Burns (No. 10: Odyssey O-Works7S
Martin Trainer (No. 12: Scotty Cameron Prototype Phantom T12
Chesson Hadley (No. 13: Odyssey White Hot OG 2-Ball
Mackenzie Hughes (No. 14: Ping Scottsdale TR Piper C)
Rory McIlroy, No. 16: TaylorMade Spider Tour Hydrblast
Ian Poulter (No. 17: Scotty Cameron Proto T-11
Justin Rose (No. 20: Axis1 Prototype Rose
Billy Horschel (No. 21: Ping PLD Sigma Tyne 4
Matthew Wolff (No. 23: TaylorMadeGT Notchback
Adam Long (No. 24: Scotty Cameron Proto T5
Viktor Hovland, No. 25: Ping PLD DS72)
Max Homa (No. 27: Scotty Cam Phantom X T5.5 Prototype
Patrick Cantlay (T28 Scotty Cameron T5 PROTO)
Jon Rahm (T28: Odyssey Rossie S White Hot OG)
Wyndham Clark (No. 31: Scotty Campion T5 Proto
Xander Schauffele (No. 32: Odyssey O-Works #7, CH Red
Vince Whaley (No. 33: Odyssey White Hot OG #7)
Rory Sabbatini (No. 34: Scotty Cameron Prototype Flowback
Austin Cook (T35, Ping Sigma G Tyne
Sungjae Im (No. 37: Scotty Cameron 5 Prototype
Andrew Putnam (No. 38: Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Rossie)
Sepp Straka (No. 39: Odyssey Tuttle Stroke Lab
Seamus Power (No. 40: Ping LLD3 Mallet
J.T. Poston (T41: Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 Black Tour Prototype)
Adam Scott (T41: L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 prototype)
Troy Merritt (No. 43: Yes! C-Groove Mollie Tour)
Jason Kokrak (T46: Bettinardi Studio Stock 38)
Mark Hubbard (No. 50: Odyssey Metal X Miled #9HT
Blade users: 30% (15 of 50).
Brendon Todd (No. 3: Sik Pro C-Series)
Cameron Smith (No. 8: Scotty Cameron Prototype 009M
Matt Kuchar (No. 11: Bettinardi Tour Department SS28 DASS)
Marc Leishman (No. 15: Odyssey Versa #6)
Alex Noren (No. 18: Odyssey O-Works 1W
Maverick McNealy, No. 19: Toulon Stanford MM Custom)
Matt Fitzpatrick (No. 22: Bettinardi DASS Prototype)
Tommy Fleetwood (No. 26: TaylorMade TP Juno)
Patrick Rodgers (No. 30: Odyssey Toulon San Diego)
Seung-Yul (T35: Scotty Campion Select Prototype).
Scott Stallings (No. 44: Scotty Cameron Newport (2.6 Prototype).
Brooks Koepka (No. 45: Scotty Cameron Teryllium NNP2
Justin Lower (T46, PXG Prototype).
Richy Werenski (No. 48: Scotty Campion Circle T Prototype
Patrick Reed (No. 49: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3
In 2018, 44 per cent of the Official World Golf Rankings top-50 players used mallet-style putters and 56 per cent of the top-50 in Strokes Grassed: Putting used mallet putters.
In 2022, 62 per cent of the top 50 players in the OWGR will use mallet-style putters. And 70 percent of top-50 players in Strokes Gained Putting used mallet-style putters.
What do you think it means?
It means that every golfer should test as many putters possible, under the guidance of a professional fitter/local club professional, and then find the most suitable putter for their stroke style and preferences.