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Best Putters Under $200 Review

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Best Putters Under $200 Review

Let’s say you’re a beginner golfer and don’t want to spend too much on your first bag. Alternatively, you’re a seasoned budget golfer looking to break the habit of buying used clubs and get something new for a change. In case you found yourself in either of these two scenarios, you’re in the right place, as in this best putters under $200 review we’ll be discussing the 7 best putters under $200 available at this moment – brand spanking new putters, we might add.

Some Second Hand Advice

Now, if you insist on buying second-hand flatsticks, keep in mind that not all of them age well, and make sure to calculate an additional 30 per cent to your initial budget for restoration. Also (this is for the absolute novices among you), don’t go for anything that has a large glossy spot across the center of the face – scratches and chipped paint are fine, but this is a huge red light.

Best Affordable Putters Comparison Table

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Name

Pros

Cons

Rating

Odyssey White Hot RX #7 Putter
  • Ridiculously easy to align
  • Excellent distance control
  • Ideal for SBST strokes
  • Not everyone will appreciate the head style
TaylorMade TP Berwick Putter
  • Great looking, clean lines
  • Tons of feedback
  • The grips are rather nice
  • Not really for high cappers
Wilson Staff Infinite South Side Putter
  • Lots of forgiveness
  • Available for left-handed golfers
  • Surprisingly cheap
  • A bit too busy visually
Wilson Staff 8802 Putter
  • Beautiful classic looks
  • Good forgiveness for the size
  • Very comfy grips
  • No visual cues
Ping Sigma G Anser Putter
  • Nice, classic blade design
  • Plenty forgiving
  • Good consistency
  • Somewhat light in the head
SeeMore Original Milled FGP Black Putter
  • Crisp feel with tons of feedback
  • Rolls the ball like a charm
  • Excellent alignment system
  • Not the prettiest putter out there
Ping Karsten TR Anser 2 Putter

Ping Karsten TR Anser 2 Putter

  • Lots of forgiveness on mishits
  • Good distance control
  • Hard-to-miss sweet spot
  • Not everyone will like the bronze finish

Best Putters Under $200 Review

For the sake of being efficient, we won’t be focusing on the best used putters, due to the sheer amount of such products on the market, but rather on new flatsticks (i. e. freshly out of the workshop). That said, even with this parameter in place it was tough to shortlist all the potential candidates for the title of the best reasonably priced putters, but we managed to do it. Enjoy the read!

Odyssey White Hot RX #7 Putter

The Odyssey White Hot RX #7 comes, pretty much like the rest of the White Hot RX family, with one of the softest inserts on the market. 

The face is somewhat deeper compared to the rest of the family, though, which gives it even more bite and helps the club impart more forward spin right out of the gate.

Another feature that sets the White Hot RX #7 apart from the rest of the affordable putters is that it has one of the most helpful alignment systems out there (short of the 2-ball). 

From the three white dots, through the cut out the exact shape and diameter of a ball, to the black-lined wings that help frame the impact zone, everything on this club aligns (pun intended) to help you dial in the putt.

Pros

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    Ridiculously easy to align the putt
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    Excellent distance control
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    Exceptionally soft feel for the money
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    Surprising amount of feedback
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    Ideal for SBST strokes

Cons

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    Not everyone will appreciate the head style
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    Some players may want more feedback on short putts
TaylorMade TP Berwick Putter

The entire TaylorMade TP collection is a great source of reasonably priced putters, though if you twisted our arm, we’d have to go with the Berwick as the top pick. This midsize mallet looks all business – no bells and whistles, just a single alignment line and smooth, clean lines all the way.

Another major selling point of the Berwick is the fact it’s machine crafted from a 303 stainless steel billet and then fitted with a Pure Roll insert (somewhat smaller than you might be used to).

The combination gives it a nice medium feel, neither too firm nor too mushy, and most importantly, you get a true feedback on all of your hits and mishits. That said, this flatstick should mostly appeal to more advanced players looking for more response.

Pros

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    Great looking, clean lines
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    Face milling does a nice job of reducing skids
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    Tons of feedback
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    The grips are rather nice
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    Nice and balanced, a bit head-heavy
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    Good feel, a bit on the firm side

Cons

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    Not really for high cappers
Wilson Staff Infinite South Side Putter

If you’re looking for a nice counter balance putter under $200, the Wilson Staff Infinite family might just be the thing for you. 

And if you’re the type of player who prefers center shafted putters, then the South Side is the way to go. Conversely, if you’d rather have the heel-shafted model, you might want to check out the North Side.

Now, what does the counter balance do for the South Side (and, in turn, you) in terms of playability? To put it simply, it moves the point of balance closer to your hands, which stabilizes the putter and increases its Moment of Inertia (MOI). For the absolute novices – it’s ridiculously forgiving and allows for great control.

Moreover, the face on the South Side is deep milled, which gives it more teeth and lets it grab the ball right out of the gates, allowing for more consistency and less skidding.

Pros

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    Lots of forgiveness
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    Available for left-handed golfers, as well
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    Comes with nice oversized grips
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    Feels solid, with a good amount of feedback
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    Consistent distance even on mishits
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    Surprisingly cheap

Cons

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    A bit too busy visually
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    Not everyone will benefit from the center shaft design

Our Rating:

Wilson Staff 8802 Putter

The Wilson Staff 8802 is a rare putter indeed with so much pedigree and history, and it’s even rarer that is still very much alive.

A couple of years back Wilson Staff revamped the trusted old flatstick in an effort to cater to a new audience, one that seeks a bit of a softer feel – hence the face milling.

The head is milled from a single billet of 304 stainless steel, and then the face is double milled in an effort to soften it up. Other than that, and the fact it’s a wee bit heavier, it’s still the same old heel-shafted blade putter.

Pros

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    Beautiful and clean classic looks
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    Fluted steel shaft is quite responsive
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    Comes with anti-glare finish (not on the sole, though)
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    Good forgiveness for the size
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    Very comfy grips

Cons

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    Not for high cappers and anyone struggling with confidence
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    No visual cues

Our Rating:

Ping Sigma G Anser Putter

The Sigma G Anser is a great choice for anyone looking for a reasonably priced blade putter. The major selling point of this puppy is the multimaterial technology, which is quickly becoming the standard in the industry.

There’s lots of “ping” off the face (pardon the pun) thanks to the elastomer insert that sits right behind the aluminum face, giving you a soft feel without sacrificing any of the ball speed. For under $200, this is a great find.

Other than that, the face on the Sigma G Anser features grooves that vary in depth in a pattern that allows it to keep the ball speed consistent across the face. In other words, even if you hit the ball somewhat to the heel or toe, you can still probably get away with it and roll it within tap-in range, at worst.

Pros

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    Nice, classic blade design
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    Available in two finishes (Platinum and Black Nickel)
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    Plenty forgiving
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    Good consistency
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    Plays best on slow greens
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    Really tight roll

Cons

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    Somewhat light in the head
SeeMore Original Milled FGP Black Putter

SeeMore is known for being one of the two manufacturers (next to Bettinardi) to carry some of the most undervalued (and inexpensive, at that) putters on the market. 

As for their Original Milled FGP, it’s a milled putter that comes in two flavours – blade and mallet. Other than the fact one favours arc strokes and the other straight back and through, there’s virtually no difference between them.

Both are milled, much like the rest of the SeeMore range, which gives them a nice and firm feel with a goodly amount of feedback. This is sure to appeal to any golf purists among you.

Granted, the aesthetics won’t make it the belle of the ball, but it’s worth pointing out that SeeMore has one of the most useful, if not the most useful alignment systems out there – the Riflescope.

Pros

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    Crisp feel with tons of feedback
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    Smooth rolls across the board
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    Rolls the ball like a charm
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    Excellent alignment system
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    Good customer service

Cons

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    Not the prettiest putter out there

7. Ping Karsten TR Anser 2 Putter

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Ping Karsten TR Anser 2 Putter

Named after THE (no misspelling there) Karsten Solheim, the Ping Karsten TR Anser 2 puts a new spin to the old design (as the name might suggest). It’s made with slight arc strokes in mind, and comes with a nice throwback finish (glossy on the sole, matte everywhere else).

That’s about it as far as the “old” goes. What’s new is the True Roll insert that Ping’s been adding to their putters. The idea here is to mill variable depth grooves (deeper in the middle, shallower to the sides) in order to make the ball speed consistent no matter what part of the face you hit it with.

If you’re a bit iffy about getting a classical blade, but still need something to suit your arc stroke, the B60 is also a nice choice, and one of the most popular mallet putters for under $200.

Pros

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    The bronze finish gives it a distinctive old-school look
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    Lots of forgiveness on mishits
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    Good distance control from any range
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    Soft feel off the sweet spot, light click off the toe and heel
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    Hard-to-miss sweet spot

Cons

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    Not everyone will like the bronze finish
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    Only a slight difference between center and off-center hits

The Final Verdict

So, bottom line, when you’re looking for a budget putter, you basically have two options (just like any other thing, to be fair) – a used club or a new one. Either way, what you’ll end up doing is going to the range and test-rolling the club, and then walking off with the one that feels the best, right?

That said, when making our list, we included only new items not just because getting a used club is like getting a cat in the bag, but also because the prices may vary wildly, so setting the price limit under $200 would be pointless.

Still, if you’re adamant about buying that way, here’s a nickel’s worth of free advice – when you find the flatstick you like, check the manufacturer’s site before committing to purchasing, as they just might offer a discount that’s more forgiving on your pocket book.

Whichever way you decide to go about this, we hope reading this has helped you make an informed decision. Fairways and greens!

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