Expert Review: Bettinardi Queen B Series QB11 PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in January of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in January of 2023.
The Bettinardi Queen B Series QB11 is great for the “feel” player who wants a top-of-the-line stick to go low. This was one of the softest faces and most forgiving putters I’ve tested within this last year. I believe this putter will help anyone lower their scores but especially take that mid to low-handicap player to the next level.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2022 Bettinardi Queen Bee 11
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Plumber
- Balance Point: 12 inches
- Shaft Length: 35 inches
- Grip Type: Traditional
- Finish: Rose Gold
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and through
- Golf Ball Used: 2021 Volvik Vivid Matte Yellow
- Height: 5’10”
- When I tested the putter: January 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Practice Green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Indoor turf
- Green Speed: Slow to medium
- Grass Type: Turf
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a mallet putter that offered feel within the face. I believe this is one of the softest, best faces on a putter I have ever felt.
Why I chose to test this club
I didn’t buy this club, but this club has a design feature with a 0.5in toe hang that creates a direct CG (center of gravity). This results in a soft feel where each putt is felt all the way up to the hands. Distance control and consistency on 10-foot and closer putts are premium.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The CG is designed in such a way that leads to one of the softest faces on the market—creating consistency on longer lag putts but also for the feel around the hole on closer ones.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness is impressive. Putts struck off-center can still stay on line and find their way to the hole.
- Weight: The Queen Bee 11 comes in at 362 grams. This is on the heavier side, considering its smaller mallet head, but it is proportioned well throughout, which keeps the backswing and follow-through consistent to control.
- Alignment: The alignment has a simple, blank top surface with one white line going back on the mallet portion of the putter, which definitely helped me sink more putts because I was confident standing over each putt.
- Length: I tested my preferred length of 35 inches. The fact that this was a stock club allowed me to get a solid gauge of its swing arc and feel.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The rose gold finish is sleek and really sharp when one takes off the head cover.
- Grip Feel: The grip is a standard pistol grip. This forms nicely to my hands and allows for consistent short and long putts.
- Balance: The 0.5in toe hang allows for a nice putter arc and a symmetrical backswing and follow-through to take place, which helps control the distance on longer putts.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Customization: The QB11 putter doesn’t have any adjustable weights that can be added or subtracted. I tried the Mizuno M.Craft series and thought those putters were some of the better putters on the market, and a key feature of that is the weight adjustability. If I could, I would add weights to the bottom of the head so that I can play around with a heavier or lighter putter head.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I made my first three putts from 10 feet, which were all in the center of the hole. The feel on this putter is amazing and allows me to adjust to the slope and speed of the green.
Value for the money vs. other options
I tested the entire Queen Bee series of putters, and all of them are priced the same and believe this is the best putter because of its feel and consistency from short, medium, and long-range putts. Comparative to the Scotty Cameron Special Flowback series, this is just as good, if not better.
If someone is looking for feel and they have a larger budget, this is one of the better putters on the market and will definitely aid in lowering scores.