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The 2019 Bettinardi Studio Stock 2 putter is an Anser 2-style putter with a notable performance twist. Bettinardi’s F.I.T. Face provides extremely soft feel.
No one would fault Bettinardi if they rolled out a perfectly orthodox Anser 2 putter in their 2019 Studio Stock line. Bland copies is all that some companies do. Bettinardi, however, found a way to offer golfers the traditional look that they crave while also adding important new elements that set it apart.
At a glance, the Bettinardi Studio Stock 2 is a traditional Anser 2 putter. The dimensions and proportions are very orthodox, and the sharp, angular look is exactly what I like to align a putt.
There are two things that cause the Studio Stock 2 to differ from other similar putters. One is the position of the neck. Though some might not notice, the neck is attached closer to the center than is typical. Bettinardi did this to change the toe hang, which I’ll discuss more later.
The other noticeable change is the shaping of the bumper in the heel and toe. You can see above that the corner has been softened substantially, and this change is visible at address, too. It’s an interesting tweak that sets the Studio Stock 2 apart in a crowded field.
Sound & Feel
One of the most significant changes to the 2019 version of the Studio Stock 2 is the deeper F.I.T. Face milling. According to Bettinardi, it’s 20% deeper than previous versions. This creates the softest feeling Bettinardi putter that I’ve ever rolled.
With a premium golf ball, impact is a soft, deep, “tock.” When you move away from the center of the face, the pitch gets higher but only slightly. Feedback through the hands is similarly gentle. If you’ve found the feedback of previous Bettinardi putters too harsh, the new Studio Stock 2 is worth a serious look.
The most meaningful change that Bettinardi made with the Studio Stock 2 is moving the neck closer to the center of the putter to reduce toe hang. Where a typical Anser has approximately 45 degrees of toe hang, the Studio Stock 2 has roughly 15 degrees (call it 3:30 if you prefer the clock face). This makes the putter a better fit for players with less arc in their stroke.
For me, the combination of decreased toe hang and slightly heavier weight – 358 grams – made the Studio Stock 2 deadly from short and mid range. I’ve never “made” more putts on my PuttOut trainer than I have with this.
The beautiful 2019 Bettinardi Studio Stock 2 would be worthy of consideration purely for its milled precision and exceptional feel. Add in the substantial performance change of the reduced toe hang and it becomes something even more golfers should take a look at. If you like a traditional blade putter but need less toe hang, this will work perfectly
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