Expert Review: Bettinardi Inovai 8.0 Single Bend PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in August of 2022.
All photos by David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in August of 2022.
The Bettinardi Inovai 8.0 Single Bend Putter is ideal for making more putts consistently from 10 feet and closer. I believe this putter is best suited for low- to mid-handicap golfers who play frequently and want to improve their putting numbers.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2022 Bettinardi Inovai 8.0 Single Bend Putter
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Single Bend
- Balance Point: 12 inches
- Shaft Length: 35 inches
- Grip Type: Pistol
- Finish: Glossy Black
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and straight through
- Golf Ball Used: Callaway ERC Chrome Soft
- Height: 5’10’’
- When I tested the putter: August 2022
- Days tested: One day
- Where I’ve used it: Practice green/artificial indoor turf
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Indoor, slightly windy, sunny
- Green Speed: Medium to fast
- Grass Type: Bent grass
How it performs
What I was looking for
I play a mallet putter currently and was looking for another mallet putter that offered more consistency on putts within 10 feet.
Why I did not choose this club
I did not end up buying this putter, as it was out of my budget. I ideally was looking for something in the $200-$250 range. However, the performance is undeniable as the feel within 10 feet is second to none. The balance and weight allowed me to confidently sink those putts under 10 feet.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The face technology has a balancing feature that really allows me to feel the club striking the ball, which gave me more confidence to make more putts.
- Forgiveness: Even when the putt isn’t stuck perfectly, it still rolls pure and allows shorter putts to hold their line and farther putts to lag their way close to the hole.
- Alignment: The club boasts sharp alignment with its double lines on the side and dotted line down the middle of the club head when viewed from above.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Pulling this out of the bag is a nice feeling. The steel shaft down to the mallet white and navy head really makes the putter stand out.
- Grip Feel: The grip feel is solid. It has a pistol oversized grip which is comfortable regardless of hand placement.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Weight: The weight was lighter than I would have liked, as it weighs 358g versus what I am used to at 365g, which was more difficult to control on longer putts.
- Customization: I would have liked to see how a 34 inch putter would have performed, as I fluctuate between that and 35 inches as being my preferred length of putter. I wasn’t able to test a 34 inch, as the golf shop did not have any in stock.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I made 12 10-footers in a row while practicing with this putter on the practice green and loved the consistency and confidence that grew with each putt.
Value for the money vs. other options
This putter has high value if it’s within one’s budget. I tried out the TaylorMade Spider EX #3 and the Odyssey Triple Track 2 Ball putters and definitely thought this putter out performed the others with its consistency within 10 feet. It is more expensive, but for the more serious golfer it is a club that can truly lower scores.
This putter ultimately unlocks a world of confidence and swagger to know that any putt under 10 feet will be made.