WHAT IT DOES: The challenge? Emulate the feel of the company’s classic milled putters with the forgiveness of a mallet. The answer? Milled stainless steel up front with an aluminum body. The stainless-steel face was engineered with an asymmetrical groove design—called “roll control”—that gets the ball running true quicker.
WHY WE LIKE IT: The 303 stainless steel, the source material for the company’s proven milled blade putters, also provides a tour-requested feel at impact here. The Inovai 6.0 offers parallel wings seen in previous models (although this update is more compact), and the 8.0 uses a squarish shape that includes an armlock version with 5 degrees of loft. Both aluminum bodies allow for mass distribution in the rear for high stability on off-center hits. Read more >>
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"It swings itself. Just leave it alone and face comes through square. The face is definitely on the softer side, but the softness doesn't take away your speed control."
"It was very compact, solid, felt like it gave a lot of stability and accuracy. Looking at it was comfortable, especially on short putts. Didn’t feel like it was moving much. Also distance control on long putts was great."
"It naturally wants to ride the train tracks of alignment. Good distance control; no need to manipulate your stroke.”
6 models; Head Weight: 358, 400 grams; Length: 32-42 inches
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