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If you struggle with consistency on the greens and are looking for a change then the new iB Putter Sweet Spot is a must-try.
Putters come in many shapes and sizes, like traditional blades and higher MOI heads, but have you ever seen a cylindrical design like this?
This design comes from Ivan Ballesteros, Seve Ballesteros’ nephew, with inspiration being taken from the back of an old RTX putter which Seve Ballesteros and Jasper Parnevik once used.
What started as a project during the lockdown period has now become a huge passion, with Ivan taking belief in this design.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on the iB Putter Sweet Spot and test it and I’ll be honest I was surprised at just how good this putter was.
Immediately, you can see the iB Putter Sweet Spot isn’t something you’d necessarily gravitate towards when you are looking for a putter. The head shape is smaller than the diameter of a golf ball and it is also centre-shafted, very much steering away from the common slant neck and plumber neck designs.
The iB Putter head is 303 stainless steel which is cylindrical in shape with 6061 aluminium wings. It weighs a total of 373 grams which seems quite heavy, but it is extremely well-balanced.
One thing I noticed straight away is just how well-balanced it is and the feedback off the face. When taking the putter back you feel in control of your stroke, and when you catch it off the middle it is a softer-sound.
When you do catch it slightly off-centre you will feel and hear the difference which for me just makes you concentrate even more on hitting it from the centre.
It has three alignment lines which help you focus to line up the ball. One on the top of the putter head and one on each of the aluminium wings. It frames the ball nicely to get you rolling your putts online and towards your intended target.
For something which looks small and unusual in shape, it is extremely consistent and well-balanced. Once you start putting with it, it’s hard to put down and I think if you’re a golfer who is looking for a change and struggling with consistency on the greens this is something you should definitely try.
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