Bettinardi Studio Stock 28 and Arm Lock putter review

We check out Bettinardi's latest models.

Our score:   
Overall: 
5

Need To Know

Soft and responsive feel, well balanced, great aesthetics
Arm Lock takes a while to get used to
PRICE: £319.00     YEAR: from 2017

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Bettinardi Studio Stock 28 and Arm Lock putter review
Submitted by Charlie Lemay on Thu, 01 Jun 2017


Bettinardi is consistently producing some of the best putters on the market, year in year out. Original designs have stood the test of time, while new innovations push the boundaries and expand our view of what a putter should be.

Birthed in 1999, owner Bob Bettinardi set about pioneering CNC milling putters from one piece of metal.

It was a revelation, and saw Tour pros flock to the brand. In 2017, Matt Kuchar is the most high profile golfer using the clubs, but he is backed up by a solid stable.

We picked up the Studio Stock 28, in both the standard length, and the Arm Lock style, which has long been favoured by Kuchar.

Looks



The new Mercury Slate finish and PVD coating ensures you won’t be having any problems with glare on sunny days, and overall we love the aesthetic. It’s something a bit different, and contrasts nicely against the blue paint job on the underside.

The putter looks like a classic blade that has been slightly stretched, and we love how it sits behind the ball.

It has solid, clean lines - oozing class.

Feel

Soft carbon steel, CNC milled from one block and Feel Impact Technology  - this combines to produce one of the best feeling putters you will ever hit.

Incredibly soft but also with heaps of feedback, it has a clippy feel to it, that is also well-rounded and smooth.

The Studio Stock 28 - which does not have an insert - is an absolute pleasure to hit.

Performance

The wide body really increases the stability of this bladed putter. We felt it aided a smooth rhythm, helping us roll the ball towards the target. At 358 grams, it is on the heavier side of standard in regards to weight, which again will promote a smooth stroke.

It has a slight toe hang, making it suited to a player with a slight arc to their stroke.

The feel, control and stable nature of the putter really excels from mid to long distance - we found we were lagging putts right up to the hole every time.

From 10 feet and in we were were impressed by the amount we holed, and felt confident standing over putts, which is crucial when waving the wand from close in.

The Blue Lamkin Corded grip complements the putter, providing feel and control over the head, and the simple alignment line works well.

Studio Stock 28 Arm Lock

Available at 40.5 to 42 inches, the Arm Lock putter is held braced to the forearm of the front arm, keeping the putter locked in throughout the stroke. The idea is to minimise movement while putting, leading to more hole outs. The technique can help players rock their shoulders, thus using the big muscle groups and minimising small movements and changes of face angle.

It does take quite a bit of getting used to, and players will need to adjust their grip in order to get the putter in the correct position. Once you get the hang of it, however, it can prove helpful for the right player. 

The loft is 5 degrees as standard with one shaft of offset, allowing for some serious forward shaft lean, which is needed to have the grip solid against the forearm.

Verdict

The Bettinardi Studio Stock 28 is an outstanding putter for 2017, with a stable feel through the stroke and an utterly delicious feel.

Both lethal from distance and close to the hole, this is one of best flat sticks out there this season.

For something a bit different, try the Arm Lock version. This technique could help you square the face at impact and hole more putts, but it will take a little while to get used to.

A premium putter, at a premium price. 

Rating
Performance
100
Quality
100
Value
40
Overall
100
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