What we say...
Bettinardi describes the Inovai as the perfect MOI putter. A lightweight aluminium face is fused with a heavier stainless steel sole to deliver extreme perimeter weighting, which Bettinardi reckons promotes a stable stroke and larger sweet spot. A two-tone black and silver finish helps highlight alignment.
If ever there was a putter to split the opinion of our three-man test team this is it. It’s important to make it clear though, our testers thought from the outset feel from the Inovai’s grooved face was outstanding. It’s Bettinardi’s softest feeling mill pattern (less material between grooves means less “hit” on the ball which improves feel) so when it comes to transmitting feedback to the hands it along with the lovely traditional sized, flat fronted, paddle style grip was well within the top handful of favourites within our test. Our arguments though were centred over the subjective cosmetics. Big, wide, bold black and white alignment lines and a two tone silver and black head weren’t as sleek as some and won’t be to everyone’s liking. But if we’re honest they’re much more common and readily accepted when talking MOI putters.
At the end of the day Bettinardi is a top class putter miller. If the truth be known it’s probably not quite so easy to create a beautiful MOI monster with the looks of a super sleek blade as people think. If you’re after a top milled MOI putter the Inovai certainly won’t let you down and because it’s available in a centre shafted and counter balanced design there’s an option to suit everyone.
2016 Bettinardi Inovai 3.0 Putter Review
Grip: Lamkin Deep Etched
Toe hang: Slight