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The new compact mallet Bettinardi Queen B #11 features a fresh new rose gold finish and the quintessential honeycomb milled face. Expertly executed, excellent consistency.
In Saternus’s review of the 2021 Studio Stock 7 putter [full review HERE] he characterized the Queen B putter series as “golf jewelry.” While I originally took that as a slight, implying the putters are mere bag ornamentation, I quickly shifted my thoughts to that of a fine watch that is defined by precision of function. The product may be visual eye candy but that look reflects the meticulous design and craftsmanship that goes into it. The 2021 Bettinardi Queen B #11 is a prime example.
For 2021, the Queen B series features a rose gold PVD finish that harkens back to the original ‘cashmere bronze’ finish from 2012 and 2013. The new color has a look that can vary between fresh copper and a more brown-like bronze depending on lighting. Although the polish on the bottom makes taking photos challenging, it also makes that queen bee engraving really pop. The more satin-like finish on the other surfaces is much more conducive to glare-free putting.
Where the rounded #9 and #10 putters had a symmetrical look in the address position, the Queen B #11 is toe-centric in the back third. Although that created some optical incongruity, the long, heavy white line pulled my eyes to the desired aim point for centered contact. The thick topline and parallel bumpers create strong reference points for square setup.
The hallmark of any Queen B putter is the honeycomb milled face and for 2021 Bettinardi upped the detail with tiny concentric circles that I would have missed if not for the above photo. For anyone who appreciates the intricacies of fine milling, the Queen B #11 is mesmerizing from every angle. The cover design is also eye catching with well executed stitching, but I have to ding it for using a Velcro closure.
Sound & Feel
Although intricate, the depth of the face milling employed in the honeycomb pattern is minimal, producing a firm feel at impact. Bettinardi calls the head material “soft carbon steel”, but there’s no mistaking that contact is with solid steel – both in feel and sound. As expected with a compact mallet design, the feedback across the face of the Queen B #11 is subtle. Slight mishits still have a nice feel, but the pureness that centered contact provides is rewarding.
The Bettinardi Queen B #11 has a 40° toe hang that worked well with my slightly arcing putting stroke. I opted for the standard Lamkin SinkFit grip, but Bettinardi also offers a jumbo straight version. Bettinardi also offers options on length, loft and lie for a customized fit. The 362 gram head gave the #11 wonderfully balanced flow on longer putts while instilling confidence on pesky 3 footers.
Testing revealed remarkable consistency in both roll and roll-out with the Queen B #11. Although the toe-centric shaping gave me pause before actually trying the putter, I found aim and stance setup accurate and repeatable. The firm face gave me a feeling of precision for dialing in green speed.
The Bettinardi Queen B #11 is another excellent rendition of the rounded, compact mallet, offering both jewelry store looks and Tour worthy performance. Expertly milled in the U.S.A., the Bettinardi Queen B #11 is worth a closer look whether you’re wanting a new putter or just appreciate fine craftsmanship.
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