Best Center Shaft Putters
When I first learned the game of golf from my dad way back in the day, putters more or less all looked the same. Sure, the Ping Anser heads were the most popular, but the head designs seemed to all mimic each other. Fast forward to 2022 and there are as many different kinds of […]
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When I first learned the game of golf from my dad way back in the day, putters more or less all looked the same. Sure, the Ping Anser heads were the most popular, but the head designs seemed to all mimic each other.
Fast forward to 2022 and there are as many different kinds of putter heads and designs as there are players. It seems like everyone is putting with something a little different.
One recent trend we have noticed however, is the resurgence of center shaft putters. These putters are easy to line up and preferred by players whose strokes work on a square-to-square path.
As such there are a lot of options on the market.
Recently, we gave most of them a try and narrowed it down to the ones that we really like.
Take a look at the list below.
Top Ten Center Shaft Putters
TaylorMade Truss Center Shaft Putter
TaylorMade makes some of the best clubs in the world. No one is going to argue that. When we think of TaylorMade, we usually think of the hottest drivers in the game.
What often goes overlooked however, are the company’s putters. And one of their most unique putters is the center shaft Truss.
Of all the center shaft putters on our list, the Truss is one of the most stable. That’s because the shaft has two connection points to the clubhead.
Golfers also like the way this putter feels off the face. Its cobalt blue Pure Roll insert is soft and solid all at once.
Perhaps the most notable feature of the Truss though, is that its head is adjustable. No matter what type of stroke you have, the Truss can be fine-tuned to your liking.
Odyssey Stroke Lab Versa VLine Putter
It should come as little surprise that an Odyssey occupies a spot near the top of our list. All the company makes is putters, and they’re darn good at it.
While most putter manufacturers focus solely on the head, the Stroke Lab line of putters take the shaft into account as well. Made of both graphite and steel, these shafts are finely tuned to provide consistency, optimal feel, and consistent performance.
The microhinge face insert is engineered to get the ball rolling end over end the moment it leaves the clubface. The result is putts that stay online and travel the correct distance every time. The insert also increases MOI, so not matter where you strike the ball on the clubface, you know it’s going to roll true.
Aesthetically, the sleek black finish provides the perfect contrast behind the ball and inspires confidence at address.
An all-around great putter for players of all abilities, you can’t go wrong with the Stroke Lab VLine from Odyssey.
Cleveland Golf Huntington Beach SOFT #11 Center Shaft Putter
Everyone knows that Cleveland leads the way when it comes to wedges. What often gets lost in the conversation is that they make some stellar putters too. And they don’t cost nearly as much as flat sticks from other premium brands.
The mallet-style head design of this putter is meant to give you the most forgiveness and consistency possible.
A speed-optimized sweet spot makes finding the right distance on any length of putt easy. All you have to do is find the right line and make a solid stroke.
If putter faces with inserts aren’t your thing, you’re sure to love the diamond pattern CNC milled face of this putter. Its feel is exceptionally soft and gives you plenty of feedback at impact.
For a well-built putter at a great price, it’s hard to find better than the Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT #11.
Tour Edge Wingman Putter
While Cleveland makes a putter that’s more than affordable, the hands down best value for a center shaft putter is the Tour Edge Wingman.
If you’ve read any of our other buying guides, you’ve probably noticed that we consistently talk about the value Tour Edge gives to golfers. That’s because it’s true.
But just because their clubs are less spendy, doesn’t mean they don’t make quality equipment.
When it comes to alignment, no one makes it easier than Tour Edge. That’s thanks to the cutting-edge alignment technology the Wingman employs.
Unlike a lot of other putters, the Wingman comes with interchangeable weights that allow you to customize the putter to your stroke and the speed of the greens.
Mirco Groove Face Technology gives you a soft feel off the face. At the same time, the design ensures the ball comes off rolling true toward the target.
The best value on our list, the Tour Edge Wingman won’t disappoint.
Evnroll ER2 Satin MidBlade Center Shaft Putter
For some time now, Evnroll has been one of golf’s premier putter manufacturers. As the name suggests, the hallmark of this putter is getting the ball to roll evenly off the face.
That’s made possible by patented face milling that maximizes the transfer of energy from the face to the ball at impact.
The head is made of 303 stainless steel that feels both soft and stable. Even on mishits, you won’t feel much vibration at impact.
Although the Evnroll ER2 Satin Midblade putter is a little on the expensive side, it more than lives up to expectations.
Ping Heppler Piper C Putter
The first Ping putter ever made had a center shaft. Therefore, it reasons they’re still making center shaft putters today.
The Heppler Piper C is one of the most forgiving center shaft putters on the market. Its mallet head is designed to give you maximum forgiveness across the clubface.
If you like a putter that feels a little firmer at impact, the Heppler Piper C is you. It’s stainless steel face is stable and provides plenty of feedback.
While a lot of modern mallet putters have huge heads, that’s not the case with the Heppler Piper C. For golfers that like a smaller, more traditional look, this putter is the way to go.
Jamesmilr Topspin Mallet 3 Horseshoe Type
Chances are, you haven’t heard of the Jamesmilr putter brand. That’s right, all they make is putters. And they do it well.
Of particular note are its long sight lines that make alignment easy.
Coupled with anti-glare finish, you’ll never have to second guess if you’re aimed where you’re looking.
Face balanced technology and a soft steel putter head combine to provide golfers exceptional feel and great stability.
Affordable and well-built, don’t overlook this Jamesmilr center shaft putter.
Ray Cook Silver Ray SR500
Ray Cook has been making quality putters for as long as we can remember. I’ve owned several myself over the years and have never been disappointed.
This center shaft putter is perfect for beginning golfers because of its simple design. It’s easy to line up, provides plenty of stability and forgiveness, and gives beginners the feedback they need to become more consistent.
Even though the Silver Ray SR500 lacks a lot of the technology found in modern putters, it more than serves its purpose. It won’t break the bank either.
Pinemeadow Golf Site 2 Putter
We’ve written about Pinemeadow golf clubs in a number of our previous buying guides.
One of our writers is familiar with this brand out of the Pacific Northwest and has nothing but good things to say.
He’s not the only one that has taken a liking to the Site 2 center shaft putter though.
Clean lines and precise weighting are the hallmarks of the Site 2. Not only is the putter easy to aim, it’s well-balanced and allows golfers to make consistent strokes.
Here again, the Site 2 doesn’t employ a ton of fancy technology, but it’s proven to help golfers of all abilities make more putts.
Ping Sigma 2 Kushin C Platinum Putter
Ping occupies two spots on our list for a reason: they’ve been making some of the best putters in the game for decades.
This center shaft putter is a great choice for lower handicap players looking for optimal feel and stability. That’s due in large part to its simple, traditional design that looks both familiar and welcoming.
Good players know that having the right length of putter is critical to making a consistent stroke. The Sigma 2 makes finding the right length easy because it’s adjustable. That means no having to guess if you have the right putter in your hands when you go to swipe your credit card.
Even though this putter isn’t the most forgiving of the lot, it’s a great choice for better players looking for consistency.
Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to center shaft putters, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. As such, golfers have a lot of questions.
Below we’ve done our best to answer some of the most common ones.
What Should I Look for When Buying a Putter?
Putting is the most individual part of the game. That’s why you see so many different putters, grips, and styles. Whatever way you feel most comfortable getting the ball in the hole, that’s the way to go.
When it comes to choosing the right putter for your game, there’s no black and white formula. As a general rule, mallet putters have higher MOIs and are therefore more forgiving. This is advantageous for beginning golfers that benefit from added forgiveness.
For more seasoned players, choosing the right putter comes down almost entirely to personal preference. If you find a putter that you like the feel of and gives you confidence, it’s the one for you.
Are Center Shaft Putters Better?
Again, choosing the right putter for your game is a choice only you can make.
With that said, folks that have trouble with alignment, or have strokes that move straight back and straight through tend to benefit the most from center shaft putters.
What Does Putter Offset Do?
Offset putters have heads that sit slightly behind the shaft. For people that tend to leave the face open at impact, the added offset can help get the face square.
Center shaft putters are back en vogue and manufacturers are taking notice. Moreso this year than in years past, we’re seeing lots of different options.
The key to finding the right center shaft putter for you is to try a few and a decide which one you like best. When you do, you’ll be holing more putts and shooting lower scores in no time at all.