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Alright, so the round didn't go well. But I really don't think this was Betti's fault at all. I just played and putted, horribly. I couldn't read putts, my stroke just wasn't on. I wouldn't have made any more putts with any other putter, it was completely the Indian, and not the Arrow today. This really isn't a round I think I can include in an accurate review, I was just off. 

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7 hours ago, GB13 said:

Alright, so the round didn't go well. But I really don't think this was Betti's fault at all. I just played and putted, horribly. I couldn't read putts, my stroke just wasn't on. I wouldn't have made any more putts with any other putter, it was completely the Indian, and not the Arrow today. This really isn't a round I think I can include in an accurate review, I was just off. 

Nevermind, we can't be awesome all the time. Otherwise we would be at Bethpage this week rather than haunting our favourite forums 😁😎

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Last week, I got in one full loop and several hours on the putting green with the Armlock. My round was of the super social variety and I subsequently never wrapped my head around scoring that day - result: 33 putts. That’s _a ton_ compared to my average and I didn’t make anything of significant length. But again, I really wasn’t in the mindset to grind. And I also didn’t wiff any short ones.

Stage 2 for our Bettinardi SS38 Armlock review team is slated to drop on Memorial Day. That gives us one more week (cold & wet in my case) to do any specific testing you guys would like. So please reach out ASAP in the official review thread if you have any suggestions or requests.

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9 minutes ago, downlowkey said:

Last week, I got in one full loop and several hours on the putting green with the Armlock. My round was of the super social variety and I subsequently never wrapped my head around scoring that day - result: 33 putts. That’s _a ton_ compared to my average and I didn’t make anything of significant length. But again, I really wasn’t in the mindset to grind. And I also didn’t wiff any short ones.

Stage 2 for our Bettinardi SS38 Armlock review team is slated to drop on Memorial Day. That gives us one more week (cold & wet in my case) to do any specific testing you guys would like. So please reach out ASAP in the official review thread if you have any suggestions or requests.

Question for all testers, and I apologize if it's been asked and answered earlier...

Have you gotten used to setting up with your grips or has it been a struggle to remember how to set-up each time. In other words, have you found you need to "think" about setting the armlock or has become more natural the more you use it?

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6 minutes ago, PING Apologist #9 said:

Question for all testers, and I apologize if it's been asked and answered earlier...

Have you gotten used to setting up with your grips or has it been a struggle to remember how to set-up each time. In other words, have you found you need to "think" about setting the armlock or has become more natural the more you use it?

My grip felt natural from the start. But the putter fitting at CC centered around maintaining my typical setup, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear the other guys on the team experienced a different (possibly ongoing) adjustment period.

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26 minutes ago, PING Apologist #9 said:

Question for all testers, and I apologize if it's been asked and answered earlier...

Have you gotten used to setting up with your grips or has it been a struggle to remember how to set-up each time. In other words, have you found you need to "think" about setting the armlock or has become more natural the more you use it?

In the beginning, it was very unnatural. It took me a good 2 weeks and a couple thousand putts to get used to it. Now, it's muscle memory, and no thought is required.  

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14 hours ago, GB13 said:

In the beginning, it was very unnatural. It took me a good 2 weeks and a couple thousand putts to get used to it. Now, it's muscle memory, and no thought is required.  

I played around with an armlock putter a couple months ago and, like you, it felt very unnatural to me. Bad enough that I wasn't sure I was doing it "right". I'm sure it would have come to me, but don't know that I would have the patience to make it muscle memory.

I haven't been paying enough attention to this thread - are you seeing benefits?

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3 hours ago, MaxEntropy said:

I played around with an armlock putter a couple months ago and, like you, it felt very unnatural to me. Bad enough that I wasn't sure I was doing it "right". I'm sure it would have come to me, but don't know that I would have the patience to make it muscle memory.

I haven't been paying enough attention to this thread - are you seeing benefits?

Absolutely, once I got past the adjustment period, my putting has definately improved. At first, my main issues were, alignment, and an outside to inside putting stroke. I fixed my alignment by adding a couple extra lines to my golf ball, which framed the putter better at address, so I wasn't relying on aligning a line to another line. I'll take a picture of it, and it will explain it so much better than I just did. 

As for the out to in stroke, turns out, I just need to stand a little farther away from the ball. No complicated fix there, just change my setup a little, and then just rock my shoulders. 

The armlock technique is definately one I'd recommend to try at least once. In all honesty, if you don't end up sticking with it, it can be used as a great training aid if you have too wristy of a stroke. After my initial comfort adjustment period, fixing my alignment, and stroke path, I can honestly say, I'm putting better than I ever have. I've really noticed improved speed control, and I'm making a LOT more 3-10 footers. 

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12 minutes ago, GB13 said:

In all honesty, if you don't end up sticking with it, it can be used as a great training aid if you have to wristy of a stroke.

When I had my putter fitting in preparation for the Stroke Lab testing, the guy asked me if I had ever tried the claw grip to help with quieting my hands. I used it for about a year and had good results starting the ball on line, but my distance control sucked (there are other reasons for that too, but you'll have to wait for the thread). He suggested trying it just in practice to get the feel of a less wristy/quieter hands stroke.

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In the slightly vulgar words of my playing partner today, who had a severely limited vocabulary, "Holy s*** that motherf***** putter is f****** awesome!" At this point, I wholeheartedly, emphatically agree.

   I had 27 putts today, and didn't miss inside 7 or 8 feet. I made a lot of putts over 15 feet. Unfortuanlty I don't have Arccos or Shotscope to giving me a putting handicap for the day, but I can absolutely guarantee that it would have been + a lot. Now I still somehow shot 82, but that was the fault of some extremely poor ball striking and chipping. But yeah, you are here for putter reviews, not me to complain about the rest of my game. So I'll leave it at this, this putter is awesome. 

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My Stage 2 review is posted here.  Please feel free to address any questions or concerns here and I'll try to respond the best I am able.

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1 hour ago, CarlH said:

My Stage 2 review is posted here.  Please feel free to address any questions or concerns here and I'll try to respond the best I am able.

First, I wish you a speedy recovery from your cyborg implementation surgery-do what the Doc says and kick some butt during rehab!

Second, a fine review Sir! Very insightful and honest. I'm actually a little surprised to hear that you'll want more time to decide if it becomes your gamer or not with so many positives that stick seems to have. But it is refreshing to know there is at least one patient fellow out there. Great work Carl!🤙

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9 minutes ago, PING Apologist #9 said:

First, I wish you a speedy recovery from your cyborg implementation surgery-do what the Doc says and kick some butt during rehab!

Second, a fine review Sir! Very insightful and honest. I'm actually a little surprised to hear that you'll want more time to decide if it becomes your gamer or not with so many positives that stick seems to have. But it is refreshing to know there is at least one patient fellow out there. Great work Carl!🤙

Yes, my initial impression is very positive, but since I had to discontinue playing the last month, I didn't get a good feel as to which style putting I prefer long term.  30 plus years of conventional putting will require a commitment to change, but if I'm showing enough improvement, I'm willing to go with it.  Looking forward to hearing what the other testers concluded after their testing!

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5 minutes ago, CarlH said:

Yes, my initial impression is very positive, but since I had to discontinue playing the last month, I didn't get a good feel as to which style putting I prefer long term.  30 plus years of conventional putting will require a commitment to change, but if I'm showing enough improvement, I'm willing to go with it.  Looking forward to hearing what the other testers concluded after their testing!

I like your style Sir! Cheers!

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Stage 2 bumparoo!

Let me know if you guys have any questions.

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13 minutes ago, downlowkey said:

Stage 2 bumparoo!

Let me know if you guys have any questions.

Excellent write up and very much on par with my feelings on the putter (especially that darn headcover!)

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15 minutes ago, CarlH said:

Excellent write up and very much on par with my feelings on the putter (especially that darn headcover!)

Thanks buddy - right back atcha!

That headcover is a beautifully hand-crafted POS.

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1 hour ago, downlowkey said:

Thanks buddy - right back atcha!

That headcover is a beautifully hand-crafted POS.

Great job! 

I have a pretty similar line in my review. It's so nice and well made, but it's also terrible and no one put any thought into it!!  

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My stage 2 is up! Please let me know if you have any questions. 

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