Expert Review: Wilson Staff Bean Infinite PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in December of 2022.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in December of 2022.
The Wilson Staff Bean Infinite Putter is a solid putter for its moderate price point. It has a tacky grip and is forgiving on long putts. I would recommend this putter for an average weekend golfer looking to upgrade their putter without breaking the bank.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2018 Wilson Infinite The Bean
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Double neck
- Balance Point: 12in
- Shaft Length: 35in
- Grip Type: Oversize
- Finish: Ultra Dark PVD
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Stroke Type: Cross grip
- Golf Ball Used: Titleist PRO V1
- Height: 5’10’’
- When I tested the putter: December 2022
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Turf practice green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Indoor
- Green Speed: Slow
- Grass Type: Turf
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a budget-friendly mallet putter that could replace my current Odyssey putter and offer more consistency within 7–12 feet.
Why I chose to test this club
I play a handful of times per month and wanted to upgrade my putter without paying a huge amount for a new putter. I tested this one because I thought the oversize grip, weight, and mallet style would help improve my game. I also really liked the all-black clubhead because it pops and stands out.
What I love about it
- Forgiveness: When I don’t make solid contact, I still feel this putter performs as it should. It still creates momentum in a way that moves the ball where I am trying to go. I feel as if my shorter putts still go in as they should. Though it isn’t as much of a difference maker from far away.
- Weight: I love the weight. It’s heavier than any other blade putter I’ve used and makes it feel effortless to hit those long lag putts.
- Length: The length is solid, as it is a standard 35in putter. The club feels comfortable at address and allows my arms to swing freely through the ball on each putt—short or long.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The aesthetics are solid with the red, black, and white design all the way up to the grip. The white and red oversized grip stands out, but where it separates itself is the black PVD glossy finish.
- Grip Feel: The grip feel is tacky. It allows me to grip it however I like and the fact it is slightly oversized fits nicely within the hands. Regardless of the conditions being played, one thing for certain is that my hands will not slip or slide when making a putting stroke.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Face Feel: The face feel is very average: it doesn’t have a softness to it that allows me to feel the ball connect with the face consistently.
- Alignment: The alignment isn’t my favorite due to the double neck and the triple lines on the back of the putter. It makes me question if I’m aligning correctly, and that’s less than ideal when standing over a putt.
- Customization: I would customize the putter to only have one line on the back of the head for better alignment purposes.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
Found myself putting all 10 of my 20+ foot putts within three feet. I then made nine out of the 10 on my second putt. Which is a 90% two-putt percentage. This is pretty solid for me—especially with testing out a new putter.
Value for the money vs. other options
This putter is a great option for the price point. I believe most people looking at new putters would be happy purchasing this knowing they aren’t spending their whole budget on one club. This putter performs well compared to other high-end putters like the Odyssey DFX and the TaylorMade Spider EX #3. However, I would only pick this putter if I didn’t want to spend the extra dollars, as I think the DFX and Spider are more consistent throughout short and long putts.
This putter is good on lag putts but struggles to find consistency from close range due to its lack of feel and alignment features.