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Wilson Staff reintroduces its classic 8802 putter

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The putter that has won more majors than any other is back. To celebrate its 100th anniversary as a company, Wilson Staff is reintroducing the classic 8802 putter.

Although Wilson used the 8802 moniker earlier, the putter essentially came into being with the “Designed by Arnold Palmer” in 1962. When Palmer left Wilson in 1963, the putter was renamed “The Wilson 8802.” For the next 50 years, the 8802 found its way into the bags of the top players of the world, including Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson, and it has been a favorite of amateur golfers around the world.

Some 50 years later after its original introduction, Wilson is bringing a new milled 8802 putter to market. And as you can see, it’s a beauty.

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Made from 304 stainless steel and featuring the traditional 8802 heel-shafted design, the putter is equipped with a double milled face and a 335-gram head as well as stamping consistent with the original 8802.

A steepless True Temper Head Speed shaft and Lamkin 3GEN pistol grip are standard on the new 8802.

The new 8802 comes with a red and white putter cover that is at once bold and classic, which you can see below. The putter is presently available in only a right-handed model at one length: 35 inches and retails for $179.99.

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  1. stephenf

    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Very nice views, Wilson. If you’re going to look at the putter from on the ground up the line, on the ground down the line, or on the ground from behind the heel of the putter, this will give a player a really good idea of what it’s like.

    I don’t know why people prefer the Jetsons putters. None of them have the feel you can get by hitting a good forged putter on the sweet spot. They just dampen the feel of bad strikes. It’s not that hard to hit the sweet spot of a putter anyway, which makes it even more inexplicable to me why any pro would use them. If you can’t line up a simple, clean blade and hit the sweet spot at putter speed, maybe you need to go work at it until you can. Then work on hitting the sweet spot on chips and pitches, and work back. Watch what it does for your game.

  2. hells no

    May 11, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    For all of those looking to make the game of golf harder.

    • stephenf

      Oct 24, 2016 at 9:33 am

      For all those who have the minimal skill it takes to hit a putter on the sweet spot.

  3. VoteOutIncumbents

    Apr 19, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I bought this putter and used it for the first time last week. I remember as a kid my first putter was a blade…I remember (I think, it’s been forty years) being a better putter back then. So I went back to the future with this new blade. On my first hole I made a twenty footer…haven’t done THAT in a while. Made another long one later in the round. It takes a little getting used to because it requires an arc swing that you have to “feel”. So far (one round) I love it!

  4. Mike

    Mar 29, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Have The Gentle Ben Walter Hagen 8802. Beautiful putter.

  5. KyleB13

    Mar 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Got one and it is super smooth and so good looking! Makes you think of putting as an art, not a mental science with alignments, MOI, colors, shapes, arcs, etc. Hopefully I can just roll it half as good as Crenshaw, Palmer, Nicklaus and we’ll be doing good!

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  7. Ponjo

    Jan 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Just purchased this putter in a 33″ length. The roll is magnificent. Big credit for Wilson turning my order round in 3 days via my Golf Pro.

  8. mario francolini

    Oct 14, 2014 at 4:49 am

    hi we make a similar putter here in England which is Forged in the Black Country (where the Titanic Chains Were made) and we hand finish them in Warwickshire William Shakespeare country, we make them in two materials 303 stainless and a silicone bronze, if anybody would like to see them i can send some pictures of our work

    • Brian Conley

      Mar 14, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Please send me some information.
      Thanks, Brian

    • Steve Bilbrough

      Jul 29, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Would be interested to see your 8802 style putters in 303 stainless and silicone bronze. Pl;ease send pico’s and pricing.

      Thank you … Steve

    • stephenf

      Oct 24, 2016 at 9:34 am

      send send send send SEND

  9. M.

    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Let Tiger have his fun with the stack and tilt bandits, and when his done I’m sure we’ll see him over at the dirt doing the twirl with Elk

  10. tom

    Aug 14, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Have the early 8802, the reissue and the Palmer model. I have used them for years. I really like the reissue but I got to say I like the look of the new one. I swore I was quitting buying the putters but I should never say never! Shouldn’t you put your money into the club you use the most?

  11. LeoLeo

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I have the “Original” Wilson 8802 which was obviously not the original that I bought around 1982. It has a dull pickle finish no the shine of the original. It’s so simple compared to all the space ship shaped putters out today.

  12. Shallowface

    Jul 25, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Love the direction in which Wilson is heading!

  13. luc van heirweghe

    Jul 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I’m particularly interested in buying a Wilson Staff 8802 – putter but cannot find a stie on which to buy one. Can you offer any assistance ?

    • Jeff S

      Jul 14, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      You can buy one directly from the Wilson website.

    • stephenf

      Oct 24, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Also give the Palmer or Old Master replicas a look.

  14. bobbycj

    Jul 11, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve played the 8882 blk for the past few years. I think the head is fairly heavy (350 gm), I love it, very consistent roll, I like the milled grooves. Have a Winn pistol grip (oversized) on it. I saw a new 8882 the other day in the shop for $79. I think $179 for a 8802 is steep unless you get it just for nostalgia…if that’s the case get an original on ebay for $40. If you’re getting it to actually make putts just get the 8882. Or, just get it to look like a big shot on the practice green. I can’t say enough good things about the 8882 blk. I like the Napa toe hang style putter and hit one whenever I can to see how it compares against the 8882 blk. I’ve yet to find one better

  15. Jack

    Jul 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Bettinardi made a blade similar to the 8802. I have it my bag. It’s the real deal.
    This particular is no longer in production. If you find one buy it.

  16. Mike Webber

    Jul 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I think the original Wilson putter was made of a heavier metal, which I believe was Pot Metal. Unlike today’s version of stainless steel, which has a livelier face upon contact, the heavier putter was referred to as being almost dead. That means you hit the ball as far as you wanted it to go. To me that’s a step ahead of today’s blended metals in which their is a measured amount of guess work. While I’m at it, I also have to give me regard to the Staff Irons of the mid 60’s through 1971. I still play the button backs.

    • David Findla

      Jul 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      I was told many years ago that the original 8802 was made of metal from scrapped WWII warships.

    • Joe Duffer

      Jul 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      The original Wilson Palmer and 8802 putters were made from 1030 carbon steel.

    • Truth Hurts

      Mar 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

      The amount of nonsense in the world of Golf regarding Putters reminds one of the alchemy of the Middle Ages.

  17. Grant

    Jul 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

    My 1970’s model 8802 is looking at me from the bag
    Best feeling putter ever. Ihave some old green shafted Ironmaster’s that also feel good. Never have any doubt whenIuse the 8802.

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  19. Neil Cooney

    Jul 2, 2014 at 6:35 am

    What Retail outlets in Ireland can new “retro” putter be bought through ??

  20. tlmck

    Jul 2, 2014 at 3:34 am

    I wish they would remake the old “Flag Hi”. Basically the same as 8802 except for less flange. More solid hit as well. Mine is has decades of bag chatter, but is still gameable.

  21. Boo

    Jul 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    The putter head is just too light at 335 grams. Wish they could make it more in the 350 plus range!

  22. Mike

    Jul 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Originally was made from pot metal not stainless steel

    • Joe Duffer

      Jul 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Wrong… they were made from 1030 carbon steel.

  23. Cwolf

    Jul 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Buttah

  24. Chuck

    Jul 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Ummm, somebody please correct me if I am wrong. But the classic Wilson Head Speed shaft was a STEPPED shaft.

    So if Wilson is selling a shaft that is stepless, but is calling it (as is no doubt their proprietary right) “Head Speed”, it is something else entirely, right?

    Wilson has made lots and lots of 8802 variants and reissues over the years. I would have thought that the modern challenge would have been to absolutely faithfully re-create the orignal “Designed by Arnold Palmer.”

    • I

      Jul 2, 2014 at 3:40 am

      Inane comment

    • Bill Morrell

      Jul 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      I have owned three original (1964) 8802’s and one Designed By. All had 5 step shafts with green shaft bands. Why Wilson wouldn’t use this in their “tribute ” putter is baffling at best.

  25. Reid

    Jul 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve loved every past model including the original and still have a ton in my collection. This is a definitely must add for me!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “A comparison of current blades”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from CardsChamps11 who recently tested out an array of different modern blades using the same shaft and shared his findings after doing so with our members. CardsChamps11 goes into fantastic details in our forum on his results using the blades giving a terrific write up which you will want to check out, and summarised his findings with the following takeaways:

“Favorite Iron: Honma (Surprise!)
Best Looking: Titleist 620
Best Feel: P7TW
Most Forgiving: PXG 0311t
Least Forgiving: Titleist 620 or P7TW

Ranking of all Irons:
Honma
P7TW
Apex MB
Blueprint
MP20 MB
0311t
MC 501
620 MB
P730″

Our members have been reflecting on CardsChamps11’s research and findings in our forums.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Z1ggy16: “Nice write up, thanks. I have only hit the MP20’s, and I agree they aren’t as soft as the older offerings. I feel like though somehow, they are a lot more forgiving than those old offerings. The Blue Prints have me intrigued because of the hydropearl finish, and I’m already a pretty big fan of the Glides.”
  • Z4Z3R: “Very nice write up! Thanks for Sharing! I go back and forth between my Apex MB’s and my P7TW’s. That’s also partly because I have different shafts in each. My first couple of month’s with the TW’s, I thought they were fairly forgiving, but I think I was just swinging it really well. They do feel very good when middled. I started struggling a bit, and everyone in the group knows when you miss it, even if the result doesn’t show. The sound quickly changes to very clicky. The Apex MB’s on the other hand, still sound pretty good/soft on misses which I like. I know when I miss it, but I usually like my playing partners to still think I hit it good!”
  • cflo2382: “Solid write up. Spot on with the Miura MC-501. I’ve gamed them for a year now, and my takeaway is very similar to yours. Miura feel. Easy to hit. Look incredible.. but.. OFFSET. It didn’t bother me so much, but after hitting some of the recent blade offerings and then coming back to these, it’s striking how much it stands out. I keep kicking around the idea of moving into something else or sticking with them for another year. They do perform well (for me), though, that’s for sure.. but the Blueprints and Baby Blades have my attention.”

Entire Thread: “A comparison of current blades”

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Bettinardi unveils 2020 BB Series and Inovai Series putters

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Bettinardi Golf has unveiled its 2020 lineup, which includes a refreshed BB Series and completely re-engineered Inovai Series.

The BB Series features the brand’s classic head shapes, improved visual details as well as contours, and an all-new Glacier Black finish and paint scheme for a more glare-resistant appearance.

The company describes the Inovai series as its most advanced MOI mallets to date. The putters are milled in a one-piece 303 stainless steel face with a 6061 aluminum rear piece. The new additions also contain a Cobalt Blue anodized finish with the 303 stainless face in a platinum finish, which aims to offer golfers optimal visual cues while framing the ball at address.

2020 Bettinardi BB Series

Along with the features mentioned above, each putter from the 2020 BB Series is 100 percent milled from one block of soft carbon steel. The four new additions contain a super-fly mill face milling formed by what the company describes as a “less aggressive tool” for ultimate smoothness and response to provide players with maximum feel at impact.

Each addition comes paired with a tour-grade putter shaft with added stability and stiffer structure to promote a constant weight throughout the player’s swing arc, as well as Lamkin’s new SinkFit putter grip.

The BB1 is offered in both right and left-handed options, while all four of the new BB Series putters are weighted at 350 grams with a lie of 70 degrees and three degrees of loft.

BB1

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The classic BB1 features a plumber’s neck, designed to offer more of a traditional appearance and moderate toe hang, with tighter radiuses along the topline, shoulders, and bumpers. 

BB1 Flow

Back in the lineup for the first time since 2016, the BB1 Flow features a flat topline, softened for a tour-preferred look at address with refined shoulders and bumpers designed for a more contoured appearance. The flow neck position sits at 3/4 shaft offset, which aims to offer players with more arc in their stroke optimal visual cues at setup.

BB8 Wide

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Designed for those seeking a traditional blade appearance, Bettinardi milled a wider flange on his classic BB8 head shape aiming to provide a clean looking, squared-off blade with lengthened sightline, compressed shoulders, and flat bumpers.

BB45

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The BB45 is a mallet-shaped putter, which features an extended flange line, tightly milled radiuses along the shoulders and outer flange, and a slightly thinner top-line designed to provide a player’s preference at address. The putter contains a single bend shaft gently flowing into the spud neck. 

2020 Bettinardi Inovai Series

As well as containing an American 303 stainless steel face and 6061 aluminum rear piece designed for optimal weight distribution to provide greater stability and added forgiveness, the new additions from Bettinardi feature the company’s F.I.T. Face milling, which looks to offer maximum response to golfers at impact.

The series arrives with a tour-grade stiffer putter shaft and Lamkin’s new SinkFit putter grip, and all three new additions are weighted at 358 grams, with a lie of 70-degrees and 2-degrees of loft. The Inovai 6.0 arrives in both right and left-handed options.

Inovai 6.0

According to Bettinardi, the Inovai 6.0 is the “best feeling MOI putter” created to date, offering optimal weight distribution for greater stability and added forgiveness due to the addition of an American 303 Stainless Steel Face, along with a 6061 Aluminum rear piece. TheInovai 6.0 flatstick features a crescent milled neck.

Inovai 6.0 CTR

This center-shaft MOI mallet is designed for players with a straight-back-straight-through putting stroke in mind and contains a one-piece 303 stainless steel face without offset, to provide maximum visuals from the straight shaft appearance.

Inovai 6.0 S

The Inovai 6.0 S features a single bend shaft flowing into the putter head and is targeted at players who prefer minimal toe hang. 

Each addition from the 2020 BB Series retails at $300, while each putter from the Inovai Series costs $400. You can pre-order from November 14th on the company website, with domestic shipping starting on January 14th, 2020. See the rest of the line, including the 2020 Studio Stock and Queen B putters at Bettinardi.com.

 

 

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WRX Spotlight: Sense Golf Grips

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In putting, just as in the rest of golf, you often hear the term “line up square” for best results. With the all-new Sense S1 and R1 grips, you can now take the idea of lining up square to a whole new level.

Speaking to level, Sense isn’t just creating a square grip either—it’s about an entire grip system designed to help you find the exact feel and weight distribution that allows you to create the most consistent putting stroke possible. They achieve this with their patented S.A.W. (Sliding Adjustable Weight) system that is hidden out of sight inside the grip and the shaft of your putter.

The S.A.W. System comes with different adjustable weights that move up and down a carbon fiber rod under your hands to create different feels for the users. The placement positions are endless since there are no specific looking points and with the option to also purchase addition weights, there is bound to one combo that gives you exactly what you want. The stock kit comes with 30 g, 20 g, and 10 g weights that can all be used at once (or not at all) to fine-tune weight placement and overall balance point of the entire putter.

There have been a lot of great weight-shifting ideas brought to putters over the last couple of years, but many of them involve purchasing a whole new putter to take advantage of the technology. With the Sense Grip you just need the kit and you can try it in any putter you want, which for those people that love their current putter means not having to make a wholesale change.

From Sense: “The S1 & R1 grips are designed to have the sides of the grip parallel to the putter face. This design gives the golfer a heightened sense of where the putter face is at all points of the putting stroke.”

The theory of a square grip has been applied in other sports like ping-pong for a long time. The squared-off shape creates better awareness of the angle of the paddle to help a player direct and spin the ball as desired. It works the same with the Sense Grip but at much slower speeds and with the desire to hit it perfectly straight.

Sense Grips and additional weights can be found directly from their website: SENSEGOLFGRIPS.COM and for a tutorial on how to install one, our very own Brian Knudson shows you how below.

 

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