Why should you consider buying a Toe-Hang Mallet?
When it comes to putters, while better players prefer blade putters, mallets have been the putter of choice for golfers in need of help. In recent years, however, mallets have been increasingly popular. It all started when Jason Day won the 2015 PGA Championship using a TaylorMade Spider Tour prototype. In addition to their trademark stability and forgiveness, many mallets now have blade-like heel weighting, often known as toe-hang. How can a toe-hang mallet help you in your golf game?
Among the top-50 players in the world, more than half use mallets, particularly those with heel-shafted, toe-hang weighting. A toe-hang mallet encourages an arcing stroke, which usually matches only with blade putters. They also offer the off-center-hit forgiveness often reserved for oversize, face-balanced shapes designed for a pendulum stroke. According to Nick Sherburne, master fitter for national clubfitting chain Club Champion, toe-hang mallets filled a gap for that kind of stroke type. They are more forgiving on mishits, and as such, they are a great help for any player, regardless of their level. They are especially suitable for those with an arc in their stroke.
Titleist’s Scotty Cameron claims that about 50 percent of the brand’s putters in play on tour are mallets. There are many reasons for this, including success by others, availability of product, and the ability to see the benefits via technology. Although toe-hang mallets are not new, the benefits that they offer, such as more forgiveness and better alignment features, are still of great interest and much sought after. Is this a fad or a trend? Only time will tell.
Top Toe-Hang Mallets:
1 ODYSSEY O-WORKS RED MARXMANS
Key features: Slant-neck hosel, classic mallet aiming line, and perimeter weighting for extra forgiveness
2 PING SIGMA G TYNE H
Key features: Parallel arms offering stability, Anser-style hosel, and milled face pattern providing consistent speed on
3 TAYLORMADE TP COLLECTION ARDMORE 2 L
Key features: Groove face insert for quicker roll, five versions with different degrees of toe hang.
4 SEEMORE MINI GIANT FGP
Key features: Center of gravity designed to keep the putterface square to your path, wide-sole blade with four copper heel and toe weights for forgiveness
5 ODYSSEY TOULON DESIGN ATLANTA
Key features: Milled stainless steel head with an aluminum soleplate, multiple hosel choices, face-balanced and toe-hang versions available.