Bettinardi Inovai Putter Review

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 Golf Putters Review.

It came in ninth, behind some of the leaders being the Titleist Scotty Cameron SelectPing Cadence Anser 2 and Odyssey White Hot RX.

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Onto our Bettinardi Inovai Putter Review we go then!

Bettinardi Inovai

Our Assessment 

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.

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Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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!

Key Facts

Features

Details

Launch RRP

From $299.00

Gender

Mens

Handicap Range

Low – High

Hand Availability

Right hand Only

Head Weight

358g

Lie Angle

71°

Loft

Putter Length

33″, 33.5″, 34″, 34.5″, 35″

Putter Type

Mallet

Grip

Standard, Jumbo, SuperStroke

Manufacturer's Website

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Bettinardi Inovai Detailed Review

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.

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Bettinardi Inovai Putter

Build Quality

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.

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.


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Image Credit: Official Bettinardi Image

Performance

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 have tested..

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Image Credit: Official Bettinardi Image

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 the Bettinardi Inovai 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.

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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