WILSON STAFF THE BEAN
www.wilson.com Headweight: 365g
Grip: Wilson Infinite
Toe hang: Face Balanced
TECH: A large flanged mallet with extra weight in both the head and grip to create a counter-balanced model. A double milled face ensures precision.
WE SAY: It could be argued the Bean is more mallet than MOI putter, but because it has a particularly big, wide head and benefits from a substantial amount of counterweighting, we reckon it weighs in as a decent MOI option. There are more alignment lines on the head than you can shake a stick at, which some will say is distracting. Our three testers were two thirds in favour of the lines, saying they’d want any help they can get. The face-balanced Bean is well suited to straighter strokes and its oversized grip, decent counterbalancing and reasonable price makes it a sound option.
VERDICT: The head is cast and then its face is milled, which is a very different construction to some of the 100% milled putters in this test. But it doesn’t mean the Bean lacked feel or roll performance; it didn’t. If you’re open-minded regarding brand and factor in the US$122 price tag, this is a solid option.