My Bettinardi Studio B Experience
and what to beware of (PHOTOS ADDED)I went through the fitting at Bettinardi's Studio B today, and the experience that Kenn810 described in his post was pretty much the same as mine.
I have two things to add:
1. beware - there are a lot of putters to choose from, and MANY in an anser-type style. It took me a while to choose, and I was tempted to buy a few while I was there (Maru23, a new 'Signature' putter). Probably good idea to do some research online first if you go there, or the choices might be overwhelming (not that I'm saying it's a bad thing, choices are good, but it's very different from - for example - Cameron Newport, Newport 1.5, Newport 2, Newport 2.5).
I would have been pretty happy with 4 of them, some rarer and more expensive...
2. More than just getting fit, I learned something. When I first set up to the cameras, having chosen the putter and shortened it, I set up where I thought the putter was pretty good - lie-angle-wise. Seeing the playback, the toe was quite a bit up, something I just wasn't seeing at address. At address, the heel looks like it's too 'up' (to my eye) when the putter is actually level. Good to know. It's like seeing your full swing on tape, if you have a tendency to go off plane or past parallel - but you feel like you're in good position...
Anyway, my specs ended up being pretty close to my standard Cameron, but I have more confidence in my set-up having seen it on camera. The putter, of course, looks and feels great - it's the MC series 360g - I'll post pictures over the weekend. I got to talk to both Paul (who fitted me) and Glenn while I was there, and they both had good information and good stories to share. A highly recommended experience.
((As a side note, my fitting was originally Wednesday, and when I showed up, the fitting system was down and being fixed. They didn't have my phone number, so they couldn't call and tell me ahead of time. Today, they gave me a snazzy Fairway and Greene Bettinardi shirt for my inconvenience. That says as much about the company as the fitting story...))
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