Top putters: Strokes gained and the blades used by the PGA Tour's best

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Top putters: Strokes gained and the blades used by the PGA Tour's best

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Top putters: Strokes gained and the blades used by the PGA Tour's best

During a chat with Harry Potter, Mr. Ollivander, the owner of a magic wand shop, said, “The wand chooses the wizard, it’s not always clear why.”

The same holds true of putters. There are several guidelines that can help players find a putter that suits their stroke, but there is a healthy amount of art blended with the science. Face-balanced putters tend to benefit golfers who have a straight putting stroke; players who have an arched putting stroke tend to favor toe-down putters. The ideal length and lie angle should position the hands directly beneath the shoulders.

The best putters on the PGA Tour use a wide variety of blades and mallets. Some feature a classic look, others are colorful space-age designs. The one thing they have in common: They all have been custom-fit to match the player’s stroke.

Below is a list of the golfers who are currently in the top 10 in strokes gained: putting on the PGA Tour, along with their putter.

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1. Jason Day

Strokes gained: +1.106
His putter: TaylorMade Spider Limited Red

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2. Steve Stricker

Strokes gained: +.930
His putter: Odyssey White Hot #2

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3. Jamie Donaldson

Strokes gained: +.887
His putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth

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4. Phil Mickelson

Strokes gained: +.821
His putter: Odyssey Versa White Hot #9

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5. Jordan Spieth

Strokes gained: +.875
His putter: Scotty Cameron for Titleist 009 prototype

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6. Harris English

Strokes gained: +.688
His putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro 2-Ball

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7. Brian Harman

Strokes gained: +.669
His putter: TaylorMade Spider OS CB

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8. Adam Hadwin

Strokes gained: +.650
His putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line

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9. Aaron Baddeley

Strokes gained: +.628
His putter: Odyssey Works #7CH

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10. Bryce Moulder

Strokes gained: +.627
His putter: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Futura X5

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