Equipment roundup: Shell Houston Open

Bettinardi’s iNOVAi putter has undergone some cosmetic and design changes in the last year, but the general idea behind the putter remains the same. The mallet is designed to improve MOI by lowering the club’s center of gravity.

Shell Houston Open winner, Jim Herman, was one of the first to start using the original iNOVAi 1.0 that was unveiled at the end of 2014. Made from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, the putter has a milled stainless steel weight that creates the low and back design.

The company’s FIT (Feel Impact Technology) face – proprietary milling removes 55 percent of the material from the face — gives the putter a soft, responsive feel on an aluminum head.

Herman had been using the retail version with a darker finish before switching to a 37-inch prototype — 363 grams with 2 degrees of loft and a lie angle of 69 degrees — with a silver finish on the body and stainless steel weight.

Herman finished fourth in strokes gained putting (plus 6.577) en route to his first PGA TOUR victory at the Shell Houston Open.

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