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Forgiving and responsive, the Bettinardi Queen B #10 is a top performing mallet. Its beautiful lines and exquisite details make it a standout putter.
A few years back I saw my first Queen B putter and thought for sure the sole was custom. The swarm of crowned bees gave the putter an artistic flair that seemed above and beyond the norm. Learning it was a stock model, Bettinardi garnered my full esteem. There are other great series in the Bettinardi stable but none with a more deserving name.
In the bag, the single large crowned bee on the head cover disguises the prize inside more than the 2018 versions. It’s not abstract, but the wrap around design requires a bit of study to fully grasp. The Tiffany blue bee and embroidery really pop against the base grey. For a stock head cover, the Queen B #10 is impressive in the looks department, but I’m not a huge fan of velcro closures.
The face of the #10 is quintessential Queen Bee micro honeycomb – mesmerizing beauty. I even enjoy it tactile-ly by running my thumb over it.
While the successful #9 had four tiers top to bottom, the #10 simplifies the design with just three. The blend of elegant curves and crisp lines creates a putter that’s easy to align and attractive to the eye.
Sound & Feel
Milled from a solid piece of proprietary soft carbon steel, the sound is pure and crisp. There’s a subtle difference in tone as strikes move from center that matches the feedback your hands feel.
With a 45 degree toe hang, the Queen B #10 has wonderful flow with an arcing stroke.
If you’ve listened to the podcast with Sam Bettinardi, you know that the honeycomb milled face has the firmest feel of the three Bettinardi face offerings, and that hasn’t changed with the 2019 models.
Already enamored with the beauty of the Queen B #10, I really wanted it to perform exceptionally, and I wasn’t disappointed. Off the face the ball gets rolling quickly and accurately. The roll-out was amazingly consistent, even when my contact wasn’t. Winter time in Central Florida means lightning fast greens and the firm feel of the face translated into confidence on short putts.
Bettinardi offers two grip sizes: standard and jumbo. Both are deep etched cord grips by Lamkin. I opted for the jumbo and loved it from the very first ball I putted. Even if you’re accustomed to a particular brand, these grips are worthy of a try out.
Visually, the Bettinardi Queen B #10 is sublime from every angle. The champagne silver finish showcases the impeccable milling and polishing that Bettinardi is well known for and executes in the U.S.A. The Queen B #10 is deserving of a spot in a display case, but its performance demands play.