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I Used This $70 Putter In A Competition And Here’s What Happened

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One of the notable things when testing the best putters of 2022 was the cost of the latest models. The vast majority of putters tested were priced over $200, with high-end models reaching over $400. Although this is the club you use the most and also the one you need for the main purpose of golf, which is to put the ball in the hole, these are prices you would normally find on a driver.

So with the cost of living crisis in mind, can you get a putter for under $70 and how would it work? The MacGregor MacTec X 004 putter features a steel head and shaft and a milled ARC Tech face insert for improved roll.

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Using Arccos Caddy to track performance on a competitive round, I benched my trusty old Odyssey 2-Ball putter to see how a budget putter would compare to it in performance and value -price.

First impressions weren’t too bad compared to the best mallet putters on the market. The X 004 has a shape that is now considered familiar with two long bars on either side of the head that create a balanced face design that is similar to my player. It aligned very well at address and the feel was pretty good for a face insert made from a similar material to the head rather than a fancy compound or multi-material super forged metal.

MacGregor MacTec X 004 Putter

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The shaft is steel and the handle is pretty standard, which is where you might expect most of the savings to come from, but the quality is still there. On the course, the MacTec X 004 felt pretty good. The lie was a little flatter than my usual putter, but the big difference was the weight of the all-steel head, which was a bit heavier.

MacGregor MacTec X 004 Putter

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In this price range, you won’t get multi-material heads that use lightweight metals with tungsten weights in the corners to increase MOI. It’s 100% steel throughout and you can feel it. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, as the MacTec had a decent level of forgiveness and feel and for the money it was very playable.

After the round I compared my Arccos Caddy stats and the Macgregor MacTex X 004 saw me gain 0.6 strokes which is less than the 1.0 stroke average I was gaining with my Odyssey putter.

Arccos stats for the MacGregor putter

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A difference of 0.4 strokes per round on my first round using the MacGregor without training is a very acceptable result and I’m sure with a little more practice I could get the same numbers and have a couple hundred extra pounds in my pocket for the cheaper price.

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