Matt Kuchar was the last man standing at the Match Play Championship on Sunday, winning with an unorthodox “arm lock” putting method on the desert greens in Marana, Arizona.
Matt Kuchar’s putter is a Bettinardi Signature 1 at 44.75 inches, which you would typically consider a belly putter length. However, Kuchar doesn’t anchor the shaft to his torso, but rather the inside of his arm. This type of anchoring is not included in the proposed USGA ban on anchoring the putter to the torso (ie: the belly putter ban).
The Signature 1 is a wide-body blade with heel-toe weighting. The one pictured here is not the actual one used by Kuchar (the sole of his gamer is blank).
We reached out to designer Robert Bettinardi this morning. He said, “Bettinardi Golf is very proud of Matt Kuchar…He played awesome and just kept making the putts. The putter is the Matt Kuchar Model 1, milled from soft carbon steel with pewter PVD finish.”
In a previous interview with PutterZone.com, Bettinardi extolled the benefits of a wider blade profile: “A wider body gives you the impression of more mass behind the ball. It’s a very sturdy look and it produces results.”
It certainly produced results for Matt Kuchar, who won a cool $1.5 million with his Bettinardi putter.