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The Bettinardi Queen B #8 putter is a beautiful mallet putter with excellent feel. Moderate forgiveness. Designed for player with minimal arc in their putting stroke.
For 2017, Bettinardi released two new models in its Queen B line: the #9 that we reviewed in February, and the #8. While both models are traditional mallets, the #8 is the one designed for players with a straight back, straight through putting stroke.
From an address position, the Queen B #8 is reminiscent of a wide-body Anser with a chunk taken out of the middle – a style that has become popular in the past few years. Further inspection, however, reveals a wealth of unique details. Most notably, the shoulders and bumpers slope toward the heel and toe creating a deeper cavity.
The Queen B #8 features Bettinardi’s signature honeycomb face milling. This mesmerizing pattern steals the show and elevates the putter from good looking to 10/10.
The sole of the putter has some fun with the Queen B theme. A swarm of crowned bees fly across the sole, leading your eye to the cursive branding and the proudly displayed “Made in the USA.”
Sound & Feel
Just like the Queen B #9, the feel of the Queen B #8 is soft and satisfying. The impact sound can be either a “thud” or a soft “tock” depending on the type of ball you’re using.
The Queen B #8 also has an impressive level of precision in the feedback. From an audio perspective, even the slightest mishits are noticeable. Though the putter is quite stable, mishits can be clearly felt in the hands as well.
Where the #9 is designed for players with a slight arc in their putting stroke, the Queen B #8 is built for the straight-back-straight-through putter. Combined with a properly fit grip (Bettinardi offers two very different sizes), this putter will provide a stable feel for the player seeking to minimize face rotation.
The forgiveness in the Queen B #8 is better than a blade putter but not as good as high tech mallets from other makers. Small mishits will still get to the hole, but if you wander too far from the middle you can expect to see line and speed affected. The Queen B #8 is a great compromise choice for players who want something beautiful that feels great but don’t want to lose all the forgiveness of a mallet.
The Queen B #8 is a strong addition to a great 2017 class from Bettinardi. Longtime fans of this line will enjoy the mix of familiar (honeycomb face) and new (the finish and shape). Players who haven’t tried a Bettinardi before should prepare to be impressed with the craftsmanship and quality of this flat stick.