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

One of the noticeable things when testing the best putters of 2022 was the cost of the latest models. The vast majority of the putters tested were over $200, with the top of the range models reaching over $400. While it is the club you use the most and also the one you need for the main purpose of golf, which is to get 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 perform? Fitting the bill in more ways than one is the MacGregor MacTec X 004 putter with a steel head and shaft and a milled ARC Tech face insert for a better roll.

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Using Arccos Caddie to track the performance in a competitive round, I benched my trusty old Odyssey 2-Ball putter to see how a budget putter would compare against it for performance and value for money.

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

MacGregor MacTec X 004 Putter

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The shaft is steel and the grip is pretty standard, which is where you might expect most of the savings to come from, but the quality is still there. Out 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 little heavier.

MacGregor MacTec X 004 Putter

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At this price range you are not going to get multi-material heads that use lightweight metals with tungsten weights in the corners to increase the MOI. This is 100% steel all the way through and you could feel it. Not that this is 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 Caddie stats and the Macgregor MacTex X 004 saw me gain 0.6 strokes, which is less than the average 1.0 strokes I was gaining with my Odyssey putter.

Arccos Stats For MacGregor Putter

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A difference of 0.4 strokes per round in my first round using the MacGregor with no practice is a very acceptable outcome and I am sure with a little more practice I could get the numbers to be the same and have a few hundred pounds extra in my pocket from the cheaper price.

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