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The PXG Operator putter is a massive mallet with huge forgiveness. Numerous neck and weighting options.
Lost in the hype surrounding the Gen2 irons is the fact that PXG also added a new putter to their line up. The Operator is one of the largest putters you’ll find, and PXG has also made it one of the most customizable. We tested it to see who should consider adding this to their bag.
It’s impossible for me to look at the PXG Operator and not see the TaylorMade Spider. From the enormous footprint to the “wings” in the back, the design inspiration is obvious.
There are two alignment aids on the Operator, one obvious, one less so. The obvious one is the long white stripe that pops off the black finish. Less obvious is the raised “T” that stretches from the back edge to the top line.
Sound & Feel
On many of PXG’s smaller putters, I’ve found that the insert creates a soft, solid feel. As part of the enormous Operator, I think that the face just feels dead.
While some may disagree about the feel, I think it would be hard to argue that this putter provides much in the way of feedback. If you putt the ball with the extreme heel or toe you can produce a slightly higher-pitched sound. Outside of that, everything on this very stable face feels the same.
It wouldn’t be wrong to make this entire section one word: forgiving. I could also go with stable. If you can’t find the middle of the putter face, the Operator is going to be your best friend. You can practically hit the ball on the shaft, and it will still get to the hole.
PXG has added some welcome fitting options to the Operator. First, there are three necks: a double-bend, a plumbers neck, and a short-slant (seen here). With these three options, the Operator can fit a wide variety of players from the “straight-back, straight-through” guy to one with a substantial arc.
There are also five sole weights that can weigh 2.5, 5, 10, 15, or 20 grams. This gives the Operator a range of head weights from 330 grams to 400 grams. With this much flexibility, you can easily alter swing weight and total weight to fit nearly any player.
The PXG Operator is certainly not the only large, forgiving mallet on the market, but it is the only one I can think of with this much fitting flexibility. Though the feel left me cold, the value in being able to adjust the weighting precisely and easily is undeniable.