What is the difference between mallet putters and blade putters?
Design-wise, the difference between a mallet and blade putters lies in their club heads. Blade putters feature a more traditional Anser-like design, with compact, sleek heads and square faces. The shaft is usually attached to the heel of the clubhead or to the center, and it impacts the overall weighting.
The stainless steel shafts are the most common among the blades.
On the other hand, a mallet putter has a more advanced design, and their club heads are notably larger. The club heads come in different shapes either, from square designs, semicircles to unstandardized designs. Mallet putters feature perimeter weighting and larger MOI and therefore are more frequently used by high handicappers.
What’s better, a mallet or blade putter?
There’s simply no straightforward answer to this question, as it usually depends on the golfer’s putting stroke style and his/her personal preference. Generally, if the stroking style is straight back and straight ahead, a mallet putter is better due to the perimeter weighting.
Those who arc the ball on the inside and then outside and inside are recommended to use a blade putter because twisting the putter is much easier. Also, what makes a putter a good one is the feel it delivers, its weight, and the forgiveness it delivers.