Bettinardi Studio Stock 38 Putter Review

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Bettinardi masterfully combines outstanding performance and top shelf looks in the Studio Stock 38 putter.  Soft feel, forgiveness and beautiful milling.

Introduction

For me, over the years and across models, two words have fully captured Bettinardi – precision milling.  That type of distinction takes a team of highly skilled folks working seamlessly together from design to finished product.  And to ensure the highest of quality, all that is performed right here in the U.S.A.  The Studio Stock 38 may be a new model with a new head material, but one look told me it was pure Bettinardi.

Looks

Utilizing 303 stainless steel heads and refined branding, the 2019 Studio Stock series putters have a clean, contemporary style.  The sapphire blue paint fill really pops on Bettinardi’s luxurious and bright “platinum” finish.  The Bettinardi on the sole has wonderfully subtle internal lines that, like the face milling, are amazing to look at closely.

At address, the Studio Stock 38 is visually well balanced.  Clearly a mallet, the lines seem to take cues from a blade before transitioning to the rounded trailing edge. The single, long white alignment line is great for aim.

The head cover is distinctive, complete with some great stitching worthy of a high end putter.  The dark color is perfect for golfers who like to toss the cover on the ground, but I’m not a huge fan of velcro closures.

Sound & Feel

While Bettinardi’s F.I.T. Face (Feel Impact Technology) isn’t new for 2019 they made it 20% deeper, creating the softest face they’ve ever milled.  The resultant sound on the Studio Stock 38 is a quiet tock.  The sound and feel of a pure strike extends generously each side of center.  Feedback on mishits is gentle.

Performance

The Studio Stock 38 made getting comfortable with setup and alignment easy.  With just a hint of toe hang, the putter flowed effortlessly with a straight back and straight through stroke.   The well balanced 358 gram head was deadly on short putts.  On long putts the ball got rolling quickly off the face and roll-out was notably consistent. 

Bettinardi offers two grip sizes: standard and jumbo.  Both are deep etched cord grips by Lamkin.  I loved the jumbo grip on the Queen Bee #10 and felt like it was even better suited for the Studio Stock 38.  Even if you’re accustomed to a particular brand, these grips are worthy of a try out.

Conclusion

With mallet designs getting funkier every year, the rounded, compact shape of the Studio Stock 38 is a stand-out for golfers looking for simple aesthetics.  The precise milling and meticulously hand polished finish are testaments to the craftsmanship of Bettinardi.  With soft feel and forgiveness, this is a putter worthy of a long term relationship.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

2 Comments

  1. Nice looking putter, but never going to pay that much for any club. Prices getting super silly.

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