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The LA Golf Bel-Air X putter is noticeably more stable than your typical Anser. Consistent launch angle thanks for Descending Loft Face. Unique aesthetics.
Last summer, LA Golf made the surprise move of adding a putter to their established line of high performance golf shafts. With a huge price tag and an ad campaign that took direct aim at putting’s biggest name, the LA Golf Putter turned a lot of heads.
New for 2023, LA Golf is back with four new putters. Both the bombast and the price have been turned down substantially, but the technology is still there. I tested the Bel-Air X to see if that combination will have more golfers bagging an LA Golf putter.
When you take the LA Golf Bel-Air X putter out of its head cover, the first thing you’re struck by is the forged carbon fiber. The look of this material is unlike anything I’ve seen in a putter. It has hints of Damascus steel, but it’s more layered than swirly.
A second look reveals that this is a multi-material putter. The majority of the head is forged carbon fiber, but the face and neck are stainless steel. There is also a “high-density weighting system” in the heel and toe, but LA Golf doesn’t specify the material. All these different materials are black, giving the Bel-Air X an overall stealthy appearance.
At address the original blade version of the LA Golf Putter [review HERE] was much larger than a traditional Anser-style putter. The Bel-Air and Bel-Air X, however, are only a fraction of an inch longer from front-to-back and heel-to-toe. That difference does seem bigger in the playing position as the cavity is noticeably larger than the golf ball.
The Bel-Air putter is the same as the Bel-Air X, but it uses matte carbon which doesn’t have the layered, intricate look of the forged carbon fiber. If Anser-style putters aren’t your thing, LA Golf also offers the Malibu and Malibu X. These are fang-style mallets with matte carbon or forged carbon heads, respectively.
Sound & Feel
The combination of a stainless steel face, carbon fiber body, and LA Golf P-Series shaft [review HERE] gives the Bel-Air X a very solid, muted feel. The LA Golf putter shaft “cleans” the feel of impact. On mishits, the character of the impact feel doesn’t change, but you’re still able to determine the strike location.
Striking a Tour quality ball with the LA Golf Bel-Air X putter produces a mid-pitch “tock” that’s slightly above average in volume. The feedback on strike quality comes primarily through volume because, like the feel, the sound doesn’t change on mishits. Pure strikes are slightly louder than off-center strikes.
The exotic look of the LA Golf Bel-Air X putter hints at the technology inside. There are three key features that make this noticeable more stable and consistent than your traditional Anser.
First is the high MOI (over 6700 g/cm²) achieved through the multi-material construction. Because the carbon body is much lighter than steel, more weight can be put in the heel and toe. LA Golf’s “high-density weighting system” makes up almost 55% of the total head weight, which makes this putter more resistant to twisting. That translates to off-center strikes holding their intended line.
The second key technology is the Descending Loft Face. From top to bottom, this putter has lofts of 4, 3, 2, and 1 degree. This is done to create consistent launch angles and roll out regardless of the strike quality. In my testing, I did see a measurable improvement in launch angle consistency compared to a standard milled Anser.
Finally, the Bel-Air X has an LA Golf graphite putter shaft. This shaft is both very heavy and heavy stable. It’s impossible to say how much of this club’s stability of owed to the head versus the shaft, but the combination is extremely stout.
Leaving aside all this technology, the Bel-Air X plays like a standard Anser. It has a 4:30 toe hang, which I found very comfortable. The only thing that was off-putting was the alignment line which is about 1/4″ closer to the heel. This required some getting used to, but the forgiveness in this putter smoothed the transition.
If you want a technological upgrade without leaving the comfort of the Anser-style, the LA Golf Bel-Air X putter is the flat stick for you. At $600, it is pricey, but given the inclusion of a $400 shaft, you could look at it as a bargain. You can also save $100 by opting for the standard, less exotic looking Bel-Air.