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Kirkland Golf Putter Review

Costco exploded onto the golf equipment scene in recent years with its Kirkland brand. First with their Kirkland golf balls, then following up with Kirkland golf gloves, Kirkland Wedges, and now with their ‘non-budget’ Kirkland Signature KS1 putter.

Here we review the Kirkland Signature KS1 putter and give you our opinion of whether it is worth the price, or if you should look elsewhere. The Kirkland wedges, golf balls and golf gloves really impressed us so we were keen to see how the putter performed.

Looks

At first glance, the Kirkland putter looks like a premium putter – I see where people are coming from, saying it looks like a Scotty Cameron. Undoubtedly, the head shape and contours took some inspiration from one of Scotty Cameron Newport putter series.

Kirkland putter from back

There is a large Super Stroke putter grip, and it comes with a nice-looking headcover (Again, kind of like a Scotty Cameron).

Kirkland Putter Super Stroke grip
The Kirkland putter has a slightly larger-than-standard Super Stroke grip with boxy edges.

The trouble is when you stand over the ball and look at the club from the top down. The top-down look feels a bit chunky, with a bit more of a boxy look to the club head compared to a Scotty Cameron or similar high-end putters.

Feel

The Kirkland Signature Putter has a decent feel off the clubface. It is not the purest putter we’ve ever tested, but it will offer a nice feel for most golfers out there. However, where we run into some issues is the overall feel of the putter when making a putting stroke.

As I mentioned, the Kirkland Signature comes with a SuperStroke CounterCore Mid Slim 2.0 putter grip. This SuperStroke grip is large, and it is incredibly heavy. In fact, it’s so heavy that it throws the balance of the putter and makes it difficult to feel the club head when putting.

The putter head has adjustable weights, so you can play with the heel and toe weight and move things around, but the weight kit is sold separately and if you’re paying this much for a putter you’d expect that to be included in the price. As a side note, make sure you know that the weight kit does not come with the Allen key.

Overall, we would not say the Kirkland Signature KS1 putter shines when it comes to feel. Feel off the face is fine to good, but there are better value, better-feeling putters out on the market when it comes to how this putter feels during your putting stroke – it doesn’t feel like you know where the putter head is.

Kirkland Putter face at setup

Forgiveness

The boxy, heel-toe weighted clubhead makes this relatively stable at impact, and miss-hit putts don’t lose too much in terms of speed.

The larger SuperStroke grip will also help most golfers keep their wrists quieter when putting, which is a common fault for beginner and high-handicap golfers. So we’ll give this putter a thumbs up there for increased forgiveness.

In terms of stability for heel and toe strikes, the KS1 putter is good but we’d suggest you look for other putters with high MOI if this is a problem you struggle with. Premium putters have a bit more technology regarding things like descending loft, material composition, and better weighting in the club head.

Alignment

Getting the Kirkland Signature putter lined up to hit is not hard. The sharp leading edge to the face and simple alignment aid is a great design for new golfers and those who have played for many years.

Kirkland putter alignment with golf ball

This is a blade-style putter, so there is a shorter line than you would find with a mallet putter, but this is more of a preference in putter types than an issue.

The SuperStroke CounterCore Mid Slim 2.0 sits nicely in the hands and can encourage better alignment of the club face thanks to its size. However, we should note that our putter grip wasn’t perfectly square on arrival. We corrected this, but there are a few of these comments online, so be sure to check yours out if you do order one of these.

Value

What we’ve learned to expect from Costco is great core products at a great price. They often lack the variety or custom options that you will find elsewhere, but their usp is price and value.

The Kirkland Signature Putter has a decent-looking clubhead and a fancy grip, but when all these components are put together they just don’t make a great performing putter in our opinion.

I would think differently if this was under $80/£80*, as there is little worth buying in that price range. However, at this price there are many other brands offering better mid-priced putters – Wilson, Cobra, TaylorMade & Cleveland to name just a few. As a coach, I would much prefer players to try out some of these putters instead of buying the KS1 putter.

*Note: At the time of buying this putter the UK and US prices were £149 / $149. These appear to have been reduced in price since in the US.

Golf Insider verdict

7.1
Golf Insider Verdict
Looks6.3
Feel6.2
Forgiveness7.5
Alignment8.5
Value6.9

We had high hopes for the Kirkland Signature putter after testing the Kirkland Signature wedges. The wedges offer impressive quality and performance for a great price, we can’t say the same for the putter.

The competent parts are all well-made, but they don’t come together to make a high-performing putter. If you are a beginner or high-handicap golfer, the Kirkland Signature putter will work well, the large Super Stroke putter grip will help you make a less ‘flicky putting action‘, but we’d suggest you look elsewhere for a new or 2nd hand putter and save any extra cash for play golf or some lessons.

Alternatives

We plan to do some additional product testing of other value-type golf putters like the Kirkland Signature KS1. However, two options out there initially came to mind that could be a good alternative for better quality and feel.

The first is the Odyssey DFX line of putters. You won’t get the same premium Stroke Lab performance that you see from other Odyssey putters, but it’s a good value for a nice-looking and well-received putter for amateur players.

Another option I would consider trying is the Cleveland Huntington Beach line. The look can be pretty similar with a superior feel and balance. In addition, the Cleveland Huntington Beach line at least allows for some different models and lengths, so you can get something that’s a perfect fit for your golf game.

Kirkland Signature KS1 Putter Specs

Here are the basics of the Kirkland Signature KS1 putter:

  • Only comes in Right-handed
  • CNC Milled 303 Stainless Steel
  • SuperStroke CounterCore Mid Slim 2.0 putter grip
  • Adjustability in Heel and Toe Weighting
  • Length: 34.5 inches
  • Head Weight: 340g

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about the Kirkland putter.

Is the Kirkland putter the same as Scotty Cameron?

The Kirkland signature putter seems to be modeled closely to a Scotty Cameron Newport putter series, but it has a much different feel and performance on the course. When comparing a Kirkland to a Scotty Cameron Newport from a distance they will look pretty similar, but close up and when putting you will notice a difference and quickly realize the Cameron is a very different putter.

What is the Kirkland putter?

The Kirkland putter is a blade-style putter with premium components and mid-range pricing. The Kirkland putter has some great reviews, but from our expert testing, we’d suggest it is good but not great. There are better alternatives out there for the price.

How heavy is Kirkland putter?

The Kirkland putter has a head weight of 340g. It is not an overly heavy putter, and with the SuperStroke CounterCore grip in place, it becomes hard to feel the club head as the swing weight of the club (the balance point between the grip and club head) is low.

How long is a Kirkland KS1 putter?

The standard Kirkland putter comes at 34.5 inches, and there is no option for other lengths from the manufacturer.

Is the Kirkland Signature Putter worth it?

From our testing, we feel the Kirkland Signature putter was not worth the money. The component parts are well made, but the overall feel and performance of the putter is not great for the price.

Does the Kirkland Signature KS1 putter come with the weight kit?

There is a weight kit that you can purchase additionally when you buy the Kirkland Signature KS1 putter. The fully adjustable heel and toe weighting is a nice benefit, but the additional weights are purchased separately, and our putter didn’t come with the wrench to adjust the putter head.

Feel free to leave any additional questions below.

Happy golfing – Will @ Golf Insider

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Will is a PGA golf professional, with a PhD in Biomedical Science and MSc in Sports Biomechanics & Psychology. He spent 10 years lecturing part-time at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds in Biomechanics and Motor Control before becoming the Head of Golf for the University of Exeter. He currently runs Golf Insider UK, Sport Science Insider around wider consulting and academic roles in sport performance and motor control.

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