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Best Putters Under $100 Review

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Best Putters Under $100 Review

There comes a time in every golfer’s life to get a brand new flatstick – the only thing to decide is whether to go for broke and get a $500+ big-brand name, or cheap out and get something more reasonably priced. In this best putters under $100 review, we’ll be discussing the latter option and make a short list of what we think are the best putters under $100 at the moment. This should be of particular interest to anyone just taking up golf or wishing to force their child to play… erm, show them the wonderful world of golf. Yeah, that’s better.

You Have Some Options

On a more serious note, though, if you’re a budget golfer, you’re probably well aware that you can just get used big name brands at only a fraction of the original price. However, this is often like getting a cat in the bag, and besides, not every brand or model ages the same, so the used price might be either a fraction of the original or not far from it. 

Still, here’s a nickel’s worth of free advice – the most important thing you’ll want to check out here is the wear on the club face, and avoid anything that has a big shiny spot dead in the center. Also, be sure to check out the price for the same model with the manufacturer directly (if they’re still carrying it) – sometimes it just so happens that they’ll have a discount or trade-in promo.

Best Putters Under $100 Comparison Table

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Pros

Cons

Rating

Tour Edge HP Counterbalanced Putter
  • Two head variants
  • Good visual cues
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Fairly small production runs
Wilson Staff Infinite South Side Putter
  • Plenty forgiving
  • Comes in left hand
  • Nice oversized grips
  • Too many sightlines
Wilson Staff Harmonized M2 Putter
  • Comes in a ladies’ version
  • Nice alignment aids
  • Great for beginners
  • Only one shaft length available
Cleveland Huntington Beach #1 Putter
  • Consistent distance control
  • Easy to line up
  • Hard-to-miss sweet spot
  • Some might feel more confident with a bigger head
Pinemeadow PGX SL Putter
  • Fairly hefty
  • Good balance and feel
  • Great for beginners
  • The finish is prone to scratches
Cleveland TFI 2135 1.0 Putter
  • Solid feel
  • Nice grips
  • Plenty of forgiveness
  • Take a bit of getting used to
Ray Cook Silver Ray SR500 Putter
  • Very sleek looking
  • Good balance and stability
  • Comfortable quality grips
  • The anti-glare finish chips too quickly

Best Putters Under $100 Review

For the purpose of this article, we’ll be focusing solely on new inexpensive putters, or, rather, putters that are still produced and sold by the manufacturer and/or licensed retailers. Some of them might be revamped oldsters, others newly developed, but they’ll all have one thing in common – reasonable prices. So, without further ado, let’s get stuck into the 7 best budget putter reviews!

Tour Edge HP Counterbalanced Putter

As far as putters go, Tour Edge is similar to Bettinardi in that both manufacture some of the most underrated clubs out there. The difference, however, is that Tour Edge makes their putters, if not cheap, then at the very least affordable.

Their HP Counterbalance putter showcases this quite nicely – you get a nice counter balance putter for under $100 (although not by much). There are two distinct flavours available – the traditional anser-style #1 Blade and the oversized #2 mallet, each suiting a particular type of stroke (arc and SBST, respectively).

Both flatsticks, however, come with 60 grams of added weight in the butt that are intended to counterbalance the heavier head. This increases its Moment of Inertia (MOI) and makes every stroke smoother than butter.

While we’re at it, it’s worth mentioning that the entire HP series is quite affordable, and the same can be said of the Backdraft. So, if you feel the counter balance version doesn’t suit your stroke, you needn’t look far for something more up your alley.

Pros

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    Two head variants (blade and mallet)
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    Comes with either 36 or 38-inch shaft
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    The added weight makes it very stable
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    Good visual cues that won’t overwhelm you
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    Lifetime warranty

Cons

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    Available only for right-handed players
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    Fairly small production runs
Wilson Staff Infinite South Side Putter

The South Side, much like the rest of the Wilson Staff Infinite line, comes with counterbalance, so the actual balance point is moved somewhat to the hands. This, in turn, gives you more control and forgiveness due to the enhanced MOI.

If you’re looking for a nice budget putter, pretty much the entire line hits the mark, with the face-balanced South Side being the only with a center shaft (its direct counterpart is the plumber’s-neck North Sized, also a midsize mallet).

Another important feature is the deep-milled face, which goes a decent way to keeping the ball speed consistent across the face, so whether you catch the ball on the sweet spot or more to the heel or toe, you can still get within tap-in range.

Pros

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    Plenty forgiving
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    Comes in left hand
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    Nice oversized grips
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    Solid feel with tons of feedback
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    Strong distance control

Cons

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    Too many sightlines
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    Not everyone will appreciate the center shaft design
Wilson Staff Harmonized M2 Putter

In case you need a putter on the cheap, the Wilson Staff Harmonized M2 (or, indeed, the entire Harmonized series) might be just the thing for you. The stainless steel head gives out a nice click at each impact, neither too firm nor too pillowy (courtesy of the polymer insert). 

Coupled with the also stainless steel shaft, the semi-mallet head sends a surprisingly decent amount of feedback, considering the price tag.

Another mentionable feature is the vertical seam on the grip (on the back), which goes a long way to promoting the feel and feedback throughout your stroke. Obviously, the M2 favours straight-back-straight-through strokes.

Pros

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    Imparts an aggressive roll on the ball
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    Nice feel, neither too soft nor too firm
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    Comes in a ladies’ version as well
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    Nice alignment aids
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    Great for beginners
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    Easy to line up

Cons

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    Not everyone will like (or need) the half-mallet design
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    Only one shaft length available (35 inches)
Cleveland Huntington Beach #1 Putter

If you’d love to get a new flatstick, but wouldn’t even consider shelling out $400+ for it or get a used one even if it’s cheap, then the Cleveland Huntington Beach #1 Blade (#6 if you prefer mallets) should be right up your alley. Granted, it just barely hits the price mark we set up (see the title), but it does hit it.

The feel is fairly soft without sacrificing too much feedback, which makes it suitable for mid to low cappers, though even aspiring high handicappers might find it appealing.

It’s somewhat muted on mishits and positively pleasant when you hit the sweet spot. This is grâce à the deep milling pattern that features across the Huntington Beach range, giving the putter much needed bite to send the ball a-rolling right out of the gates.

Pros

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    Consistent distance control
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    Pretty soft feel and a faint click
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    Stable throughout the swing
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    Gorgeous no-frill looks
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    Easy to line up
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    Hard-to-miss sweet spot

Cons

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    Some high cappers might feel more confident with a bigger head

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Pinemeadow PGX SL Putter

The Pinemeadow PGX SL putter is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to find a putter that won’t break the bank (or even make a noticeable dent in it). It’s ideal for beginners or anyone just looking for a nice, cheap putter.

The PGX plays wonderfully on fast greens thanks to the added 40 grams in the head (no counter balance). The face is fairly soft feeling and able to impart a good amount of true spin on the ball to reduce skidding. 

Of course, at the price range, it’s not a miracle worker, and the face isn’t as consistent as the bigger brand names. Still, you get a great bang for the buck and a nice entry level putter.

Pros

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    Fairly hefty
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    Good balance and feel
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    6 shaft lengths to choose from (men’s and ladies’ flex)
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    Available in left hand
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    Nice looks, easy to align the putt
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    Great for beginners

Cons

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    Not everyone will like the looks
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    The finish is prone to scratches
Cleveland TFI 2135 1.0 Putter

The TFI 2135 1.0 is a nice, budget-friendly blade putter from Cleveland that combines their copper-infused aluminum insert with the fairly innovative raised alignment line (what they term the 2135 Technology, hence the name).

The former contributes to the buttery feel at impact, albeit with a sound that’s a bit hollower than you might be used to, while the latter makes aligning the putt a piece of cake even as you shift around changing the position of your eye.

The head weighs in at the standard 350 grams and features the heel-shafted design. Being a blade putter, the TFI 2135 1.0 favours arc strokes, though a unique feel and raised alignment make it stand out.

Pros

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    Solid feel
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    Nice grips
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    Plenty of forgiveness
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    Smooth
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    Easy to line up
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    Comes in left hand

Cons

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    Not everyone likes the looks (feels too busy)
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    Take a bit of getting used to
Ray Cook Silver Ray SR500 Putter

Many golfers are pleasantly surprised when they play the Ray Cook putters and then see the price, and the Silver Ray SR500 perfectly showcases this. 

It’s a mallet putter very much akin to the TaylorMade Spider, but at a fraction of the cost, making it ideal for budget players who have a straight back and forth stroke.

The putter offers decent balance (albeit a bit head-heavy) and stability, and the added weight certainly helps with calming the hands for putts just off the greens. Also on that note, if you play a lot of fast greens, then the SR500 might be just the thing to keep you 2-putting all the way to the 18th.

Pros

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    Reliable brand
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    Very sleek looking
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    Good balance and stability
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    Comfortable quality grips
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    Somewhat heavier head (360 grams)

Cons

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    The anti-glare finish looks nice, but chips too quickly

The Bottom Line

All in all, there’s no escaping the age old golf rule – buy the club that feels best in your hands, and putters are no different. Try it, see if it keeps you from 3-putting, and go with it if so. Don’t worry if you’re working within a restrictive budget, as there are plenty of great putters under $100 out there (in fact, there are so many that shortlisting for this piece was a problem of its own).

Are budget putters as good as their more expensive counterparts? No, in some cases not even by a long shot. However, they’re a great way for beginners to see if they actually like golf, or for budget golfers to get a brand spanking new flatstick for little money. And as the technology advances, we’re sure to see the prices plummet – all it takes is patience. And who’s better at playing that game than golfers?

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