Yes Bella

Yes Bella

How does it look behind the ball?

The Yes Bella is obviously based on the ever-popular Anser style of head that incorporates heel and toe weighting and an unfussy style.

The white color is reminiscent of the Taylormade Ghost series or perhaps the Odyssey Versa range - white was very much the color of the moment between 2011 and 2013!

Unfortunately the Yes doesn't manage to match the quality of finish that either of these alternatives offers, but it's by no means an ugly putter.


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One question remained in my head when testing this putter, however. If this is just an Anser with a curved back, then why bother? Putters with curved edges have been shown in optical research to be more difficult to align than squarer putters with lines which are all either parallel or perpendicular to the target line.
 

How does the Yes Bella feel?

The Yes Bella is a heavily toe-weighted putter (perhaps that would be the only reason to opt for it over a straightforward Anser shape?!). Because of this weighting, it supports a putting stroke that follows a pronounced arc. You can really feel the head opening and closing in the back and through swing.

Unfortunately I felt that the amount to which the head rotated open and closed was inconsistent from one stroke to the next and as a result I didn't feel confident that I could create a repeatable stroke with this club.

This may simply have resulted from the fact that I am not used to blade or toe-weighted putters, but I would nevertheless advise you to practise for some time with this putter before you buy to make sure it fits well with your stroke.

How does it roll the ball?

As with all Yes putters, the Callie-12 features the patented C-Groove on its face which always rolls the ball beautifully. This is no exception, although for some reason the roll I managed from the Yes Callie-12 wasn't quite as awesome as the other Yes C-Groove putters I've used in the past.

It feels to me as though the C-groove technology works far better with face balanced putters as the amount of rotation in the brief moment in which the C-Groove is in contact with the ball is the least with a face balanced design.




Unfortunately, this was one of my least favorite of the Yes putters I have used.

Your stroke would need to have quite a large amount of arc to make consistent use of the amount of toe weighting this putter has.

If you don't have this kind of stroke, the Yes Tracy 2 or Yes Callie-12 are better looking and better performing putters, so my advice would be to buy one of those.

Others to consider:



Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio Stainless Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio Select The "more affordable", but rather unimpressive Scotty Cameron.




Ping Karsten Anser Ping Karsten Anser Unbeatable on price and right up there for feel and design.



Ping Anser Ping Anser 2 The Anser is the putter that has been copied a thousand times - now available from Ping at a variety of prices.



TaylorMade Rossa Kia Ma Daytona TaylorMade Rossa Kia Ma Daytona Good looking Anser style putter - Part of TaylorMade's resurgence as a designer of high quality putters



TaylorMade Ghost TM-110 TaylorMade Ghost TM-110 Beautiful square-designed Anser with great aimlines - well worth a look!



TaylorMade Rossa Daytona TaylorMade Rossa Daytona Setup Well constructed Anser style putter - excellent if you're after a good putter at a lower cost - gunmetal color looks classy - feels good too!



Ping Redwood Anser Ping Redwood Anser The design which has won more pro events than any other, made with top quality materials. This Ping is a winner!



Yes Donna (C-Groove) Yes Donna Wide bodied anser-style head with the amazing C-Groove for a terrific roll.



Yes Carolyne Yes Carolyne A straightforward heel and toe design with great roll from the C-Groove



Nike Method 001 Nike Method 001 The best of the Nike Method putters. Favored by Tiger Woods while he was contractually obliged to use a Nike putter. A standard looking Anser style putter, with nice roll and feel. But not good enough to stay in Woods' bag once Nike gave up on the golf equipment industry.



Nike Method 004 Nike Method 004 Face balanced version of the Method 001. Favor this putter if you routinely pull your putts or you're trying to produce a straight-back-straight through stroke.



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