Bettinardi BB54 Putter
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
WE TESTED: 34", 35" shaft lengths
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A slot is milled into the sole so that more weight can be moved away from the face to increase forgiveness on off-center hits. Mass in the rear accounts for 40 percent of the putter's total weight.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Very accurate on mid-range putts; a real birdie-maker -- you don't feel like you have to put a lot of energy into a 10-foot putt; very good shot correction on heel or toe misses, with little distance lost.
FEEL: Impact is relatively soft but with a substantial metallic "click" sound, similar to a driver; the ball comes off the face quickly; head is very stable on all types of hits, with little twisting or negative vibration.
LOOK: The T-square alignment aid helps you see the intended line and makes setup a snap; the pewter gray finish cuts down on glare and contrasts well with the green putting surface.
Several testers find the head too large, even clumsy looking; a few others believe it's too heavy and not conducive to longer strokes; some guys say the insert is too soft, and less responsive, than previous Bettinardi putters.
BOTTOM LINE: It's a large, very forgiving putter that's easy to align and rolls the ball consistent distances, no matter where you make contact on the clubface.
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