On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Bettinardi Inovai Putter, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other putters we have recently reviewed.
We reviewed the Bettinardi Inovai Putter as part of our Best Putters 2016 Review. It came in forth, just behind the Titleist Scotty Cameron Select, Ping Cadence Anser 2 and Odyssey White Hot RX, so it’s definitely in good company!
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In depth research and development have resulted in an alternative weight placement in the Inovai. As a result, this putter offers superb balance, feel and most importantly roll off the putter face. It comes at a high price, but if you're a performance fundi this will keep you occupied for some time admiring it's quality in design and manufacturing.
Pros and Cons
- The alternative weight distribution is fantastic and really promotes the end over end roll that all golfers desire from a putter
- Beautifully balanced which aids alignment as well as strike and forgiveness
- Only available in right handed options
- The standard putter grips aren’t the best and our suggestion is opt for the SuperStroke – if you haven’t tried it before then now’s your chance!
Design & Appearance
There are handful of different designs in the Inovai model, but the original 1.0 is the one I tested and will be focusing on. A hefty large piece of silver steel takes up the rear of the rounded putter head. This is contrary to the general black look of the Inovai and is actually an effective alignment aid. Looking from the aerial point of view it almost seems as though the rear steel piece ‘cups’ the ball both at address and impact. One centered white line perpendicular to the putter face with lengthy slots either side of it lightening the weight in the center of the head.
There are some fierce looking models though such as the Inovai 3.0, which is basically a mixture of both blade and mallet and has an aggressive look about it. There are also counterbalanced options, but appearance of those is very similar to each standard model.
The Inovai is a high-MOI mallet with an aircraft grade 6061 aluminum body and a stainless weight that is located on the back of the putter. That isn’t there for aesthetic purposes, but serves a very valid purpose which I will elaborate on under performance. The overall putter has been designed taking optimum weight locations into account and in this scenario they have done it exceptionally well.
The putter head itself is milled and the Superfly mill and Face Impact Technology (aka F.I.T) are superb. Each Bettinardi is available in three separate grip options being Standard, Jumbo or SuperStroke. The Standard and Jumbo options aren’t wonderful, so I would go for the SuperStroke.
Control / Feel
Again, the F.I.T milled face offers tremendous feel that is responsive and works equally well on both long and short putts. The weight favoring the rear of the putter head also has an effect on the sound and feel at impact. In a nutshell it sounds and feels ‘pure’, but is solid and provides outstanding feedback. Bettinardi do offer three face types across each of their putter models, but the F.I.T face is in our opinion the best they have to offer. 55% of the material has been removed from the putter face due to their aggressive milling technique.
I have to give the Inovai an A+ on the performance front! Absolutely superb in many departments. The weighting is the key factor and responsible for the beautiful feel, the end over end roll and great sound. What Bettinardi have done is remove as much weight as possible from the center of the head and moved it to the rear of the putter, which shifts the Moment of Inertia (MOI) completely to the back of the club.
Think about it for a minute. What does more weight in the rear of a putter actually do for your stroke? Well in simple terms – when stroking the ball generally you struggle to keep the putter low to the ground particularly through impact not so? Exactly. Weight in the rear enables the putter to return to the ball at the perfect angle and aids your stroke immensely, especially on the tentative short ones. If the weight favored the front of the putter it would influence a downward blow to the back of the ball and result in inconsistency and poor contact.
The balance of the head is good. It provides stability particularly on the longer putts of 20+ feet and over the short ones of 6 feet and in the Inovai is one of the best that we tested this year.
Value for Money
This is a good putter, no doubt about it. And the research and technology that has gone into the creation of all Bettinardi putters, but particularly the Inovai – is outstanding. Honestly, outstanding! However, at the price of $299.00 upwards and for a name that is not exceptionally well known in the golf industry it is a tough ask.
Sure it provides great feel, forgiveness, roll and stability but is it REALLY worth the money? For the traditionalist, I’d say no. But for some it may make sense, particularly if you are looking for something different and unique that still provides great performance.
The Bettinardi Inovai Putter Review by Robert Bettinardi in nutshell – Video Length 01:50
The Making of the Bettinardi Inovai
A closer look at the Inovai that is aimed at every level of golfer specifically by an alternative weight distribution.
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|Product Details||Bettinardi Inovai Putter|
|Launch RRP||From $299.00|
|Handicap Range||Low – High|
|Hand Availability||Right hand Only|
|Putter Length||33″, 33.5″, 34″, 34.5″, 35″|
|Grip||Standard, Jumbo, SuperStroke|