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Bettinardi to release 10 new putters for 2015

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Don’t think of it as a new putter line. Think of these putters as distinct models that just happen to be released at the same time. That was my takeaway from a conversation about Bettinardi’s new putter line with Sam Bettinardi, vice president of sales and marketing for Bettinardi Golf, and it’s not a hard conclusion to reach.

Last year, Bettinardi took a more conventional strategy with its 2014 line of BB Series putters. It included several different models, and every putter (sans the BB55) had the same finish, face milling, paint fill and headcover.

Demand for Bettinardi’s putters was greater than ever in 2014, which led to the company’s expansion of its Chicago-area production facility from 20,000 to 40,000 square feet. But for 2015, the company wanted to do something different.

“We don’t just want to change the paint fill every year,” Bettinardi says. “We want to be innovative and creative.”

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This year, the company will release 10 new putter models, each of which is unique in some way or shape. Putters such as the iNOVAi (pronounced in-o-vey) and Kuchar Model 2 are completely new models, while the others are classic Bettinardi shapes that have been refined for 2015.

The putters will be available through Bettinardi.com and at select retailers on Jan., 15, 2015.

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Bettinardi’s iNOVAi putter has an aluminum body (260 grams) and a stainless steel weight (128 grams) that increases its MOI. Each piece is 100 percent milled.

The iNOVAi is a high-MOI mallet with a 6061 aluminum body and a stainless weight located on the back of the putter that pushes its center of gravity rearward to improve its forgiveness. It’s available in both a standard-length and a counter-balanced model that has a heavier putter head and a longer-length, back-weighted grip to improve overall MOI.

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The Kuchar Model 2 (above) was designed specifically for Matt Kuchar, who asked Bettinardi to make him a halfmoon-styled Arm Lock putter that had no offset. The putter is available in a standard-length model, as well as the Arm Lock model used by Kuchar.

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A Bettinardi Queen B Model 6 putter with the company’s Savannah Blue PVD finish. 

The Queen B Model 6 and Model 7 putters have the company’s new Savannah Blue PVD finish, which emits hues of purple, orange, yellow, turquoise and aqua, depending on how the light hits it.

The Studio Stock 2 and 16 putters have an Olympic Bronze PVD finish that fits somewhere between chocolate, bronze and oil can.

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A Bettinardi Studio Stock 2 putter with the company’s Olympic Bronze finish. 

Several of the putters also have have Bettinardi’s new Super Fly-Mill Face, which offers a slightly different feel than the company’s Honeycomb and F.I.T. Face milling patterns.

[quote_box_center]”All our tour players are using our F.I.T. Face, which has our softest feel,” Bettinardi says. “But people were asking, ‘Can you make something a little firmer?’ The Super Fly-Mill is a nice middle ground between our F.I.T. Face and our firmer Honeycomb Face.”[/quote_box_center]

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Bettinardi’s Signature Series 9 and 10 putters are the most exclusive in the line, limited to 1000 pieces. They’re stamped with the initials of company founder Robert J. Bettinardi, and milled from what the company calls D.A.S.S., or double-aged stainless steel.

To create D.A.S.S., 303 stainless steel is cooked to a temperature of 600 degrees fahrenheit, cooled, and then re-heated to a temperature of 375 degrees. The “double-aging” process creates a softer-feeling putter, Bettinardi says.

The putters will be available through Bettinardi.com for pre-order starting Dec. 17 and in stores on Jan., 15, 2015.

Learn more about each of Bettinardi’s new putters below, and click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the putters in our forum. 

iNOVAi ($299)

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Face Balanced, Super Fly-Mill and F.I.T. Face Milling. Also available in a counter-balanced model ($350). 

  • Weight: 358 grams
  • Material: 6061 Aluminum (body), Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Black Anodized
  • Grip: Black Pure (standard or midsize)
  • Headcover: iNOVAi Black
  • Dexterity: RH and LH

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Kuchar Model 2 Halfmoon ($375)

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1/4 Toe Hang, F.I.T. Face Milling. Also available in an Arm Lock ($375).

  • Weight: 350 grams
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel
  • Finish: Meridian Blue
  • Grip: Gray Pure (standard or midsize)
  • Headcover: Kuchar Signature White/Blue
  • Dexterity: RH and LH

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Queen B Model 6 ($375)

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 Face Balanced, Micro Honeycomb Face Milling

  • Weight: 360 grams
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel
  • Finish: Savannah Blue
  • Grip: White Pure (standard or midsize)
  • Headcover: Queen B Royal Purple
  • Dexterity: RH Only

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1/4 Toe Hang, Micro Honeycomb Face Milling

  • Weight: 360 grams
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel
  • Finish: Savannah Blue
  • Grip: White Pure (standard or midsize)
  • Headcover: Queen B Royal Purple
  • Dexterity: RH Only

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the putters in our forum.

Studio Stock 2 ($399)

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1/4 Toe Hang, Super Fly-Mill Face

  • Weight: 358 grams
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel
  • Finish: Olympic Bronze
  • Grip: Blue Pure (standard or midsize)
  • Headcover: Studio Stock Legend Blue
  • Dexterity: RH Only

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Studio Stock 16 ($399)

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Face Balanced, Super Fly-Mill Face

  • Weight: 358 grams
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel
  • Finish: Olympic Bronze
  • Grip: Blue Pure (standard or midsize)
  • Headcover: Studio Stock Legend Blue
  • Dexterity: RH Only

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Signature Series 9 ($495)

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Face Balanced, Super Fly-Mill Face

  • Weight: 348 grams
  • Material: Double-Aged Stainless Steel (D.A.S.S.)
  • Finish: Tour Blast
  • Grip: Red Leather Gripmaster (standard or midsize)
  • Headcover: Signature Red
  • Dexterity: RH Only

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Signature Series 10 ($495)

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1/4 Toe Hang, Honeycomb Face Milling

  • Weight: 348 grams
  • Material: Double-Aged Stainless Steel (D.A.S.S.)
  • Finish: Tour Blast
  • Grip: Red Leather Gripmaster (standard or midsize)
  • Headcover: Signature Red
  • Dexterity: RH Only

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Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the putters in our forum.

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  1. FTWPhil

    Dec 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Haters gonna hat.

  2. Andy

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Putters look amazing, those that are upset are scared Bettinardi is on the up and up. Those new finishes, I mean, how do they get those colors!

  3. T-MAC

    Dec 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Need a Newport and/or Newport 2 style head with a flow neck Betti!
    Love the 3 different milling patterns though.

  4. Preston

    Dec 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Are these carbon steel or SS? The craftsmanship looks good, but not paying those prices for SS. I don’t even buy new Scottys (thank you ebay)…

  5. John

    Dec 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Same old crap being relabeled “New”. Overpriced and poorly marketed.

  6. dot dot

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    releasing 10 pieces of crap just makes a bigger pile of crap

  7. Bryan

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Worst looking putters ever lol

  8. Matt

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Ouch! My wallet!

  9. Bubba Watson

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Sexy putters. Wish they would help me get the ball home.

  10. Jonny B

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

    LOVE. I like how they explain the different feels of the various milling patterns on the face. Reminds me of what Ping has done with their stroke arc fitting based on hosel length/offset – they are aiming at the variety of golfers out there by creating products for individuals, not mass producing one-for-all like many equipment companies do.

  11. Henry

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Why no flow neck or #9 style!!! You’re killing me Betti

    • Josh

      Dec 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Looks like a funky little flow neck on the Queen Bee #7, but I would bet you’re looking for a blade with a flow neck and more toe hang than 1/4?

  12. TheBrokenTee

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Each one of these putters are starting to really grow on m . They looked funky at first but I’m starting to really like how the iNOVAi looks. Might have to grab tha .

  13. other paul

    Dec 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Is the arm lock in LH?

  14. chad ryan

    Dec 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Mother of god…..the studio stock will be mine

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Titleist Vokey SM8 wedges

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What Titleist tells us:  “SM8 features a reimagined progressive center of gravity, which produces the most accurate and forgiving Vokey wedge yet. Using tungsten weights and varied hosel lengths, the Vokey R&D team has moved the CG outside of the wedge head and placed it in front of the face, resulting in increased MOI and exceptional feel.” 

“For the golfer, this means an optimized ball flight and a clubface that simply wants to square up at impact. SM8 accomplishes all of this while preserving the classic Vokey head shape players demand.”

In simple terms, what Bob Vokey and his team have done is gone even further with CG placement and dialed it in to make sure each unique wedge has its own flight DNA. Since most players go with a four wedge system—46, 52, 56, 60, for example—it is essential that full shot wedges do full shot things and higher lofted wedges do their duty around the greens. 

Spin Milled grooves to ensure maximum spin and consistency is also a trademark of Vokey wedges. All OEMs have their version of this, they all work effectively and the SM8 is no different.

Vokey SM8 wedges: Specs and grinds

The grind I was most taken with was the M Grind, which, according to Titleist, is the most versatile of all the grinds. It’s got plenty of bounce squared up and has just the right amount of heel and toe give when opened up.

Overall thoughts

I had the opportunity to test the SM8. My biggest takeaways: the feel, which is solid, the flight on the gap and sand wedges was lower with a ton of spin and the higher-lofted wedges were extremely stable on mishits, especially off of a tight lie.

Do you know that shot that comes out at the toe and floats a bit? Maybe not getting to the top of a slope or carrying some rough? Those shots hold their line a lot better which ultimately could be the difference between a six-footer for par or another chip.

In simple terms, this one was kind of a layup. Of course, Vokey is going to make a fantastic wedge line. It’s the most played wedge on Tour by a bajillion and for good reason. They always have a clean simple look, there are enough grinds to satisfy any golfer—and you can’t argue with legacy.

Truth is, there are a ridiculous amount of good wedges out there by all the big OEMs. I know. I’ve tried em all. But there is something about the golfing public and Bob Vokey that just won’t stop. That’s a great thing. 

 

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Today from the Forums: “Recommend me a 14th club…”

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Today from the Forums showcases our members helping out ewe8523 who is on the hunt for a 14th club. Per ewe8523:

“My home course is fairly short 6050 yards, so I’m not really in a position where I have to hit a lot of long fairway shots. There is one par 5 on each side – 548 and 449 respectively.

Open to other options as well.

Including current specs and avg distance.

  1. Driver – Cobra F9 – 250 yards
  2. 3-Wood – Cobra F7 – 220 yards
  3. Hybrid – Callaway Epic – 200 yards
  4. 5 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 175 yards
  5. 6 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 165 yards
  6. 7 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 155 yards
  7. 8 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 145 yards
  8. 9 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 130 yards
  9. PW – Callaway Apex CF16 – 115 yards
  10. 50 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 100 yards
  11. 56 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 75 yards
  12. 60 Degree – Cleveland CBX – Bunker Only
  13. Putter – Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  14. ?”

WRXers have been giving their suggestions on what could work best for ewe8523, and also discussing what they have found most useful from a 14th club standpoint.

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.

  • heathpitts: “Very similar setup and gapping to my setup. Although my wedge lofts are a bit different. I have wedges at 50, 54, 58, and 62 but generally, only carry 3 per round. I adjust the 54-62 based on where I’m gonna play. I do also have a graphite shafted 3 utility iron that I play around with as a driving iron, but I see that you haven’t really found one that you like. I adjust the 14th club based on the course or conditions or time of year (due to different wedge grinds) sometimes but try to keep it as simple as possible. I think your setup is pretty good honestly. I always seem to score better with fewer options, so I don’t try to get cute with shot selection 🙂 I play 13 clubs a lot of times.”
  • MP4444: “I agree with the others on a club to hit that 185-190yrd spot. Either a hybrid or an iron with extra help compared to the CF16s. I personally have a 4 hybrid and a more game-improvement style 5 iron that I use interchangeably for this spot in my bag depending on how I’m striking the ball. When my ball striking is on, I usually prefer an iron in this spot because my misses are smaller, but it’s nice to have the help of a hybrid when I’m not feeling so on with my game. If you go the iron route just be sure to check out the lofts to ensure the proper gapping. Some game improvement and super game improvement type irons have stronger lofts so you may need to look at a 4 or 5 iron depending on the model. I would also recommend hitting both on a launch monitor and comparing peak height and spin numbers. You are still typically looking to hold a green at this distance, so you want to make sure you are getting enough height and spin to have a chance.”
  • Z1ggy16: “The obvious choice is like a 188-yard club but if you never need that shot… Why spend the money? Other option is like a 64* wedge, but that’s probably going to get you into trouble more often than not. I’d lean toward the 185-190 yard club, probably another hybrid, gives you more flexibility if you play other courses that are longer.”
  • crapula: “Higher lofted Callaway Epic?”

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Today from the Forums: “Best 54/56-degree wedge for a sweeper?”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 54 and 56-degree wedges which are effective on full shots from tight lies. WRXer, 10of14, is a sweeper of the ball and has reached out to fellow members who have been giving their suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • dhen9: “M grind or ES Glide 2.0.”
  • PowerCobra98: “Callaway MD4 or MD5 with the C Grind.”
  • bsb70x7: “I am a sweeper and a low bounce player. I play Vokey 54 with 10* of bounce (as my highest bounce). You may want to go with 8* of bounce if you use your Lob wedge in the sand.”
  • NYCGolfNut: “I’m the same. M grind Vokey – 8 deg bounce, heel and toe relief. Works great.”

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