The putter. The club you kiss when you sink a putt — or the club you want to snap in half when you pull the ball to the left or push it to the right. Every golfer will admit the same thing: it’s a love-hate relationship.
Nevertheless, golfers and collectors around the globe are more than willing to cut massive checks for the best putters money can buy. If you’re intrigued by just how much people will plop down, here’s a glance at some of the most expensive putters in the world.
Unless you’re rolling in the dough, the most expensive putters on the market aren’t exactly accessible to the average person. But between sports memorabilia collectors, golf enthusiasts, and those aiming to own a rare piece of golf history, putters can fetch a pretty penny. Here are some of the most highly valued and expensive putters.
Scotty Cameron putters are synonymous with quality. Perfectly weighted and expertly machined, these putters can sell between $400 and $4,000. But placed in the bag of Tiger Woods, it becomes a relic and a part of sports history.
In August 2021, Tiger Woods’ Scotty Cameron Red Dot backup putter sold at a Golden Age auction for $393,000. Not only was this the most expensive golf club ever sold, but it’s also the third-highest price paid for any golf memorabilia — trailing only PGA Tour great Gary Player’s 1974 championship trophy from The Masters Tournament ($523,483) and a 1904 Olympic gold medal belonging to world champion Warren Wood ($493,777).
Believed to be one of only seven authenticated Scotty Cameron putters owned by Tiger Woods, the club was in Woods’ bag throughout the 2000 season. While Woods’ caddie Steve Williams never pulled it from the bag, Tiger routinely used it to practice his putting stroke. Maybe that’s what made the golf ball roll into the hole so routinely. With three major championships and 10 total tour wins, 2000 was arguably Woods’ coming-out party.
Sold at auction in 1998 for a whopping $165,000, the Cossar Club Company blade putter was manufactured in Scotland sometime in the late 18th or early 19th century. Made by golf club designer Simon Cossar, the company’s clubs were one of the first to have a branded stamp — something copied by almost every golf club manufacturer thereafter.
The high price of the club set a record at the time that was eventually eclipsed, but the fruitwood shaft with a hybrid metal-wood putter head makes the Cossar Club putter one of the most unique in the world.
Featuring a 24-carat gold shaft, a leather grip, and crystal inlays on the putter head, the Barth & Sons Golden Putter First Lady Special Edition isn’t just golf equipment. It’s a work of art in its own right.
As comfortable to play with as it is striking, the Golden Putter is available by custom order only. No one’s sure how many have been produced, but its $150,000 price tag makes it one of the most expensive putters in the world. It’s safe to say few have had the privilege of owning one.
Bernhard Langer isn’t a household name, but his 1993 victory at The Masters was one of the most dominating major performances of all time. Jumping out to a four-stroke lead after the third day, Langer never looked back en route to his second Masters championship.
Although this putter didn’t fetch six figures, the $59,000 price tag still places it as one of the most expensive putters ever sold. Not every day can a person say they owned a putter used to win the Green Jacket — unless you’re the collector who shelled out the median salary of Americans in one check.
Another collectible golf club that's consistently on the radar of collectors is the rare Scotty Cameron Circle T. Denoted by a "T" with a circle around it, these putters were made by Cameron specifically for players on the PGA Tour. The story goes that a shipment of putters made for PGA Tour pros went to the LPGA instead, so to avoid the confusion in the future, Cameron put the signature "Circle T" logo on them.
Though knockoffs can sell in the low thousands, a real one starts at around 5G's. The price is almost entirely dependent on which pro used the putter, whether it's game-used, and what tournament the pro used it in.
Perhaps the most important club in your bag, a putter can make or break the best golfers in the world. But when it comes to your own clubs, does a price tag equal precision? The answer is entirely subjective.
An inexpensive putter may work for beginners and intermediate players, while advanced players aiming to lower their handicap might need a brand name that’s synonymous with precision — even at an extravagant price.
If you’ve graduated beyond bargain bin blade putters and have some money to invest in your equipment, here are some of the most expensive putters to consider for your next purchase.
If you want to skip the mortgage payment for the next two months, nothing will give you solace like swinging a Tyson Lamb Crafted Allendale putter. As the most expensive putter that’s still accessible to the well-off golfer, this expertly milled putter has a stainless steel body and shaft paired with Damascus wood inlay.
Keep in mind that Tyson Lamb has a waiting list for this beauty. But then again, good things come to those who wait — or have $4,500 in disposable income.
Maybe it’s more about flashiness than practicality, but the Hoya Crystal Putter will surely turn some heads. Made by Japanese golf club maker Hoya, the top-of-the-line crystal putter features a 100% crystal putter head and a stainless steel shaft — fetching a price of $2,500.
If that price is too rich for your blood, Hoya sells low-end and mid-range crystal putters as well. At any given time, you can usually find a used one on eBay for around $500. But the looks you get are well worth the price.
If you can muscle your way onto the fairway and to the green, the Scotty Cameron TeI3 will certainly make you feel calm and collected enough to sink the putt — no matter what type of grass you’re on.
Popularized by Tiger Woods during his 1997 campaign, the TeI3 features teryllium putter head — a copper alloy created by Cameron himself. It also has 32 dots — a nod to his age when he created the putter, as well as a smooth, lightweight feel.
Produced by Titleist, the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 is among the most accessible putters for those willing to spend the cash. Showcasing a stainless steel shaft and a tungsten-weighted heel-to-toe putter head, the Newport 2 is just as accurate and forgiving as any putter on the market. Plus, you only need to hop over to your local sporting goods store or Amazon to bring one home.
The Ping PLD Milled Anser 2 is an engineering marvel — or at least one steeped in common sense. The Anser was the first putter to feature an offset hosel, allowing the putter to see the entire club face during a putt.
The Anser 2 is simply an updated version of the original club design, boasting a longer yet narrower profile and superb heel-toe weighting. Providing forgiveness and stability, it’s one of the top putters on the market, regardless of your skill level.
Available in both mallet and blade putter styles, the Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K is aptly named. It’s sure to send your putt sizzling over the green on long putts but offers enough touch to sink one from 100 feet.
The Tri-Hot isn’t one of the most expensive putters due to brand recognizance — its design and materials are beyond reproach. A multi-material shaft and stainless steel head provide excellent comfort, and the adjustable tungsten weights allow you to customize the club to fit your tastes.
If you don’t want to spend a small fortune but you still want to own one of the most expensive putters — either for practicality or status — the TaylorMade Spider is a surefire winner.
Although the build quality is a selling point, the Spider’s True Path Alignment truly stands out. If you’re consistently pushing or pulling your putts, this should help you line it up with ease. All you need is a bit of finesse and a finishing touch.
You don’t have to shell out thousands for a great putter, but the price can make a difference, just as it would with the other golf clubs you put in your bag. Cheap golf putters — such as ones that are $100 or less — may have poor build quality and an inconsistent putter face. Conversely, expensive ones may feel better in your hands, have high-quality construction, and offer more consistent precision.
Since putters are arguably the most crucial club in your bag, you just need one that feels right for you. Trying them out at a pro shop is ideal — it allows you to discover one that meets your budget, skill level, and personal touch.
But whether you opt for a metal-headed blade putter or a mallet putter, a limited edition putter or a bargain brand, it’s all for naught if you don’t practice. So hit the office putting green, head out to the golf course, and hone your craft in every way possible. You just might find that the best putter is simply the one that helps you regularly put the ball in the hole.