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When it comes to putters, us golfers are spoilt for choice. If you’re looking at higher end putters, you’re likely to find milled putter options, and they can be beneficial in making more putts. But, should you be using a milled putter? 

When it comes to milled putters, they are more often than not going to be on the more expensive side. The reason for this is insert putters tend to offer more forgiveness and a different feel than a milled putter.

A milled putter goes through a series of technical procedures which gives you better feeling and feedback. 

Ping PLD Anser
Here is a closer look at the aggressive milling pattern on the milled face of the latest Ping Anser. (Credit: Ping)

If we look at the latest PLD putters from Ping, for example, the five new shapes will deliver that premium feel and feedback in a CNC milled head. The process does take time, but you can’t rush perfection. 

These putters go through a comprehensive CNC milling process making sure every surface and area is perfectly shaped to achieve that high quality and premium look that is to be expected in a milled design. This is capped off with a gunmetal grey finish, so not only do they look the part, but the perform incredibly well, too.

There is a deep and aggressive milling pattern on the face of the PLD design to ensure great feel, sound and speed off the face.  

With input from Ping tour players such as Viktor Hovland and Tony Finau, these putters have been tour inspired to deliver a premium finish in performance and looks. 

Viktor Hovland Masters swing
Viktor Hovland is one of many players that uses a milled putter. (Credit: Getty Images)

What I will say is that a milled putter design will perform similarly to an insert putter. However, the big difference is the feedback and feel that separate the two. The feeling of a milled putter is crisp and you know when you’ve hit it out the middle or mishit it. The feeling is firm, but it doesn’t jump off the face like you’d expect, it’s smooth in roll and you can see why likes of Viktor Hovland game the Ping DS72. 

Should you use a milled putter?

If you want better feedback, I would 100% recommend trying a putter with a milled face. If you want to hear me explain why, then click below.

The quality in design and build really stands out and the performance speaks for itself. If you’re looking for better feedback, smooth end-over-end roll and feel then try a milled putter as it’s not going to be as soft as a putter with an insert.

If you’re looking for a specific model of milled putter, then you won’t do much better than the Ping PLD line. These are a great option for your bag and with their five latest models there is a great selection to choose from.

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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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