Anchoring either a belly or long putter against any upper part of your body for support when trying to shoot the ball towards the hole was prohibited a few years ago which is why you would want to use a counterbalanced putter instead of a conventional one. To help you choose the right counterbalanced putter that you can use to make more stable shots on the green, three of the best that are currently available in the market have been featured below.
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How Did Counterbalanced Putters Come into Existence Anyway?
Counterbalanced putters are a recent innovation in the world of golf as players used to anchor either a belly or long putter against any upper part of their body so that the club wouldn’t swing too wildly once they make a putt.
- The belly putter even got its name as it was intended to be anchored against a player’s stomach.
- The shafts of both belly and long putters are at least 6 inches longer or more than that of a normal one which makes them suitable for making anchored putting strokes.
- However, both the United States Golf Association and The R&A announced in May 2013 that anchoring a club while making a stroke on the green isn’t allowed anymore. Thus, golf club manufacturers had to come with an alternative to both belly and long putters by starting to make counterbalanced ones.
- You can still use a belly or long putter to hit the golf ball towards the hole as long as you swing the club itself away from any upper part of your body as you would a conventional putter.
So, What Makes a Counterbalanced Putter Different from a Conventional One?
Compared to a conventional putter, a counterbalanced one has more weight designed to give you more stability and control whenever you have to make the golf ball roll along the green until it shoots straight down the hole.
- The head of a counterbalanced putter is usually heavier by at least 50 grams or more than that of a conventional one.
- As the weight of counterbalanced putter’s head becomes increased, it only follows that the weight of the club’s shaft should be increased too by making it longer than that of a conventional one, adding some grams to the end of the shaft, or both.
- A counterbalanced putter also has a slightly heavier grip so that a golfer’s tendency to rotate their hands while making a putt can be controlled.
- Counterbalanced putters are also designed to help other golfers with trembling hands and uncontrollable swings so that they can do shots on the green with ease.
Which Counterbalanced Putter Is the Best One for You in 2018?
With almost every golf club manufacturer releasing a counterbalanced putter ever since the enforced ban on anchoring a club, choosing the right one that’s suitable for you can prove to be a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, three counterbalanced putters that are being offered to golfers looking for a club that they can use to make putts without resorting to anchoring have been rounded up for your convenience and reviewed as follows:
TaylorMade Big Red OS CB
TaylorMade may be more well-known for its range of drivers to the point that they even market themselves as the “#1 driver in golf”. However, the said golf club manufacturer doesn’t only produce high-quality drivers as they’ve also been making putters for quite some time already, their counterbalanced offering being the OS CB.
- In case you’re wondering, OS CB stands for oversized and counterbalanced.
- Compared to its OS cousins in TaylorMade’s whole range of oversized putters, the OS CB has a darker finish.
- The TaylorMade OS CB putter comes in three models, namely the Daytona, Monte Carlo, and Spider. The OS CB Daytona model is linked above because of its slim width and simple design. But if you prefer your counterbalanced putter that’s a bit wider, you can go for either the Monte Carlo or the Spider instead with the latter being the bulkiest among the three OS CB models.
- Compared to most other putters with their black and white raised alignment markers, that of the TaylorMade OS CB comes in red and white which makes it very easy for you to see if the ball is perfectly aligned with the putter itself.
- Your wrists might initially stiffen once you hit the golf ball with the TaylorMade OS CB putter which would then make your entire shot go a bit too far right instead of straight through the hole.
- You may also not be able to make consistently good shots with the TaylorMade OS CB putter given its unpredictable nature as an oversized golf club.
Odyssey V-Line Tank Cruiser
Odyssey Golf has been making putters way before the Callaway Golf Company bought it back in 1997. With more than two decades of golf club manufacturing experience under their belt, Odyssey had managed to outsmart their competitors in the counterbalanced putter market by putting out the V-Line Tank Cruiser putter. Click here to see more photos.
- The Odyssey V-Line Tank Cruiser putter lets you adjust its head to weigh between 365 to 385 grams with 10-, 15- and 20-gram weights.
- You can also customize the Odyssey V-Line Tank Cruiser putter’s grip weight to 5, 15 or 30 grams.
- The Odyssey V-Line Tank Cruiser putter allows you to tinker with both its head and grip weight until the desired feel has been reached.
- The various weight options available for both the head and grip of the Odyssey V-Line Tank Cruiser putter can save you money in the long run as you can use only one counterbalanced putter instead of bringing too many putters with you.
- Distance loss can occur when making putting strokes with either the toe or heel of the Odyssey V-Line Tank Cruiser putter’s head hitting the golf ball.
- You might find the Odyssey V-Line Tank Cruiser putter’s head a bit too large for a midsize putter.
Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 8.0
Cleveland Golf’s line of TFI 2135 putters comes in three different models, one of which is the counterbalanced 8.0. Click here to see more photos.
- The number 2135 in Cleveland Golf’s line of TFI 2135 putters refers to the exact radius of a golf ball which is 21.35 millimeters.
- Thus, the alignment marker of any of the three Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 putter models is raised at least 21.35 millimeters from ground level so that you can hit the golf ball dead center for most of the shots that you make.
- The Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 8.0 putter ensures that you’ll frequently hit the golf ball exactly in the middle instead of slightly off-center like most other putters often do.
- With the Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 8.0 putter’s 405-gram head, you can shoot the ball into the hole more easily instead of coming up too short with your putt.
- If you’re left-handed, you’d have to train your dominant hand to get comfortable with the Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 8.0 which was built mainly with right-handed golfers in mind.
- The white insert between the face and back of the Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 8.0 can be a bit too distracting for some golfers using it to line up their shots as accurately as possible.
If you want to achieve stable putting strokes every time without resorting to anchoring, you would have to get yourself the right counterbalanced putter. After reviewing three counterbalanced putters available in the market right now, the Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 8.0 emerged as the best one with its promise of letting you hit the ball right in its center with its raised alignment marker. The TaylorMade OS CB trailed behind in second place with its distinctive red and white alignment marker and three different models for you to choose from should you ever decide to pick it up instead of the Cleveland Golf TFI 2135 8.0.