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Kuchar makes tweaks to his Bettinardi Arm Lock putter

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Chances are you’ve seen it. Matt Kuchar holed out a bunker shot for birdie on his last hole to win the 2014 RBC Heritage at Harbor Town.

After a rare three-putt miscue on No. 17, Kuchar didn’t even need to pull his flatstick out of the bag to finish the job. That putter model, a Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1, has served him well since he put it in play in 2013, but this year at the Masters, Kuchar felt like he needed to make some minor changes.

Kuchar and Bob Bettinardi started working with prototypes of the current putter back at the 2012 BMW Championship. There were some 15 different “experiments” before the Model 1 was born.  Kuchar rolled to victories at the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (def. defending champ Hunter Mahan) and the 2013 Memorial Tournament.

The Model 1 is a face-balanced blade with a wide body, which offers more stability than traditional Anser-style putters. It also has Bettinardi’s F.I.T. Face (Feel Impact Technology), a milling process that removes 55 percent of the face material for a softer feel at impact. Ahead ofTthe Masters, Kuchar asked Bettinardi for some visual changes to his trusty arm lock model. After his Friday round at Augusta where he shot 71, Kuchar decided it was time to give the new Model 1 a go. It’s a nearly identical Tour Stock Model 1, with a 17-inch Bettinardi grip, Tour Stock shaft band with a black oxide finish that Bettinardi applied in house.

Overall, the Model 1 has served Kuchar well. He’s had four consecutive top-10 finishes, the most on the PGA Tour since 2013. Kuchar’s miss from 4 feet this week was particularly rare, as he has ranked no worse than 14th on the PGA Tour in 3-putt avoidance the last five years.

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  1. david

    Apr 25, 2014 at 7:43 am

    its such a brief article, i’m embarrassed to say i missed what the change are….. can anyone help me out?

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