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Weights on the Top of a Putter? Meet Bettinardi’s “Antidote”



GolfWRX photographed a bold new putter from Bettinardi at the CareerBuilder Classic, which uses weights on the top of the putter head to boost performance.


Typically, weights are located on the sole of a putter and used to help golfers dial in head weight for custom-fitting purposes. With the Antidote, Bettinardi added the weights to the top of the putter head to explore how it could get the ball rolling faster on the green.

“We decided to put the weights on top of the putter, which raises the Center of Gravity (COG) of the putter to more closely more match the center equator of the golf ball and give a faster/truer roll,” said Sam Bettinardi, the company’s head of sales and marketing. “We felt this was a better way to have adjustability while also getting the ball to roll end over end quicker.”


The Andidote putters also have a sound slot behind the putter face, which removes weight from the center of the putter to give the putter head more perimeter weighting.

Without any weights, the Antidote weights 330 grams, but it can be made as heavy as 340-370 grams using either aluminum, stainless steel, copper or tungsten weights.

Bettinardi_Antidote_WeightsThe putters are just prototypes for now, according to Bettinardi, but he says to “expect to see more of this technology down the road.”

Related: See more photos and what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Antidote putters in our forum.

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  1. t-ball

    Jan 22, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    A lot of busy to look down at. Maybe get used to it eventually, but would be distracting to say the least.

  2. mick

    Jan 21, 2017 at 3:24 am

    just like the boccieri golf, heavy putters have had for years, and they do have mallet designs in these. been using B3 -M model for many years – awesome putters giving great roll

  3. Ian

    Jan 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Any evidence that this actually gives the ball a faster/truer roll?

  4. carl

    Jan 20, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I feel like these putter companies spend more time creating cool names (hexspermential) and funny logos (bubbling hex) than new decent putters.

  5. Dr Troy

    Jan 18, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Make a mallet with this concept please!

  6. Matt

    Jan 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Can’t wait to give one a roll

  7. Jafar

    Jan 18, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Doesn’t PXG have weights (screws) on top of its putters?

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New Balance adds 2 new Minimus shoes (1 with spikes)



Building on its popular Minimus line, New Balance is adding two new shoes for the fall. Most notably, the Minimus Tour will feature spikes for the first time.

Both models high performance, lightweight shoes feature waterproof uppers and a REVLite midsoles.

Individual details below.

Minimus Tour

  • Low 4mm drop midsole, with a wide forefoot
  • Skeletally engineered FantomFit upper, providing ultralight support and fit
  • Ultra-flexible Ndurance rubber outsole
  • 6 Slim-Lok Zarma Tour cleats.
  • Ortholite insole for cool, dry comfort
  • 2-year waterproof warranty
  • Weight: 11.7 oz.
  • Colors: Dark Grey/Green, White/Black and Black.
  • Sizes: 7 -12, 13, 14; Widths: D, 2E
  • Retail Pricing: $119.95

Minimus SL

  • Breathable waterproof microfiber upper with ultralight FantonFit support
  • REVlite 4mm drop midsole
  • Outsole is a flexible Ndurance spikeless rubber
  • Flex grooves strategically placed to move with the natural motion of the foot
  • Weight: 9.4 oz
  • Color: Grey/Green, Black/Red, Grey/Orange
  • Sizes: 7 -12, 13, 14; Widths: D, 2E
  • Retail Pricing: $99.95
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Luke List, using just his wedge to putt, takes JT to the 18th hole



Typically in match play, a golfer looks to gain an advantage over his opponent in order to win the match, such as hitting more fairways, more greens, or making more putts. While playing against Justin Thomas in the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, however, Luke List bent his putter, and he resorted to using his wedge on the greens for the remainder of the match. Quite the disadvantage.

“I was walking off the 6th tee, and I was a little unhappy about the way I was feeling, a little under the weather,” List explained after the round. “And I thought it was like a brush area and I just kind of swiped my putter, and it turned out to be a wall. It bent like a fraction of an inch. So unfortunately I couldn’t use it the rest of the way. Stupid on my part.”

List was 3-down through seven holes, playing against the No. 2 golfer in the world. Game over, right?

Well… List remained 3-down until the 15th hole when he dropped this bellied-wedge into the hole from off the green.

Then, List rolled in this short birdie “putt” with his wedge on No. 16 to go 1 down.

In the end, List lost to JT 2-down. But the fact List forced the match to even go to the 18th shows a lot of fight.

Related: See the clubs Luke List has in his bag in 2018

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Luke List WITB 2018



Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Valspar Championship (3/6/2018).

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 Tour (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White CK 80TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 Tour (15 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z RPG

Utility: Srixon Z-U65 (18 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100, UST Mamiya Recoil Prototype 135 F5

Irons:  Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey SM7 (50-12F, 54-14F), Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind (58-9T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100 (50, 54), S400 (58)

Putter: Byron Morgan prototype
Grip: Garsen Quad Tour

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

WITB Notes: We spotted List testing two different shafts in both his utility club and his 3 wood. We’ll update this post when we confirm the decisions he’s made.


Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about List’s clubs.

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