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Bettinardi 2017 Studio Stock and Queen B putters

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For putter enthusiasts, not just Bettinardi fans, the yearly release of Bettinardi putters is exciting, even if just to see just what Bettinardi came up with this time. This year is extra special, as the 2017 marks the first time Bettinardi will control almost the entire production process in its recently expanded headquarters.

“We wanted to own the process,” says Sam Bettinardi, head of sales and marketing and son of company founder Bob Bettinardi. “It also speeds up lead time and gives us more creative freedom.”

Its Tinley Park, Ill., HQ is also its manufacturing facility is, and where the milling, polishing, paint filling, and assembly (shafts and grips) of Bettinardi putters takes place. The only thing the company doesn’t do at HQ is apply PVD finishes to its putters (it trusts a U.S.-based partner for that).

Bettinardi releases its BB Series and Queen B/Studio Stock Series putters on alternating years. This year, it’s the Studio Stock and Queen B’s turn.

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With the new Studio Stock Series, Bettinardi introduces a new Mercury Grey finish and a blue-and-black paint fill scheme on the familiar, Tour-proven head shapes. You will notice a new model, the Studio Stock #3, which was in high demand after multiple Tour wins in recent years. The Studio Stock 28, popularized by Matt Kuchar in an Arm-Lock option, also saw a few adjustments, including additional head options.

The Studio Stock Series faces use Bettinardi’s F.I.T. (Feel Impact Technology) Face Finish, which is “Fly-Milled,” and then milled again to remove 55 percent of the material from the putter face. According to Bettinardi, the lack of material on the face is why the Studio Stock Series putters are the “softest milled putters you can find.”

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In the Queen B series, Bettinardi introduces a bumble bee black-and-yellow color scheme, and swarms of bees are engraved on the soles of two completely new head shapes.

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Bettinardi says the Queen B series is where Bettinardi really expresses its creative freedom in shaping and style. Both putters come with the company’s Micro Honeycomb milled face, which offers a “crisper feel,” according to Bettinardi. Check out more info about each head model below, and join the discussion in our forums.

Studio Stock #3

  • Head weight: 352 Grams
  • Toe Hang: Slight
  • Lie, Loft: 70 degrees/3 degrees
  • Lengths: 33-35 inches
  • Material: Carbon Steel

The #3 is a new model in the Studio Stock Series line, and a more compact, stout mallet option with a slight toe hang. It’s available in 33-35 inch lengths, in both left and right hand, with a counterbalance option, as well.

Studio Stock #3 Counterbalance

  • Head weight: 400 grams
  • Toe Hang: Slight
  • Lengths: 36-40 inches
  • Lie, Loft: 70 degrees, 3 degrees
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel

The Studio Stock #3 CB has a head weight that is 42 grams heavier, making its total weight 400 grams. The putter is also 3 inches longer in length and equipped with a longer, heavier grip to produce more stability throughout the stroke.

Studio Stock #8

  • Head Weight: 358 grams
  • Toe Hang: Half
  • Length: 33-35 inches
  • Lie, Loft: 70 degrees, 3 degrees
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel

The #8, as you’ll notice, is the most classic-looking putter in the line, but differentiates itself from Anser-style putters with a raised toe, which Bettinardi says Tour players enjoy. It also has a plumbers neck.

Studio Stock #28 Arm-Lock

  • Head weight: 400 grams
  • Toe Hang: Quarter
  • Lengths: 38-42 inches
  • Loft, Lie: 71 degrees, 5 degrees
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel

The Studio Stock 28 head shape takes after Matt Kuchar’s famous Model 1 Armlock putter, and is designed to be used with the grip secured along a golfer’s forearm to create a more stable stroke. The model Kuchar used in previous year’s had 7 degrees of loft and 2.5 shafts worth of offset.

Recently, however, Kuchar has “toned back the armlock,” according to Bettinardi, and the Studio Stock 28 takes after Kuchar’s new putter specifications. It has only 5 degrees of loft and 1 shaft worth of offset. That means armlockers no longer need to forward press as far. The new armlock head style also has a lower face profile than its predecessor.

Studio Stock #28 CS

  • Toe Hang: Quarter
  • Head weight: 358 grams
  • Lengths: 33-35 inches
  • Loft, Lie: 70 degrees, 3 degrees
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel

Bettinardi is also releasing the Studio Stock #28 in standard-length models as both a heel-shafted and center-shafted putter due to high demand for the head shape. The center-shafted #28 head model has a slight toe hang.

Studio Stock #28 (Heel-Shafted)

Studio Stock Series Specs

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Queen B #8

  • Head Weight: 362 grams
  • Toe Hang: Quarter
  • Lengths: 33-35 inches
  • Loft, Lie: 70 dgerees, 3 degrees
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel

The all-new Queen B #8 model has a slotback with a milled pocket in the flange thats helps better frame the ball and encourage more consistent alignment. It also has a more squared off look than a classic mallet, and is designed with isolated rear bumpers that create a higher moment of inertia (MOI), a measure of forgiveness. The putter has a quarter-toe hang for a slight arcing stroke.

Queen B #9

  • Head Weight: 362 grams
  • Toe Hang: Half
  • Lengths: 33-35 inches
  • Loft, Lie: 70 degrees, 3 degrees
  • Material: Mild Carbon Steel

“This model combines the best of the signature Bettinardi design principles with a gentle sweeping toe and crescent-milled neck to complement the compact and curved appearance,” Bettinardi says.

The Queen B #9 is also a new head design, which a crescent-milled neck that frames the ball slightly different at address than previous models. Like the Studio Stock Series #8, it also has a raised-toe design.

Queen B Specs

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All 2017 Bettinardi putters will be in stores January 20, 2017, and will be available for pre-order on bettinardi.com in December. See more photos, and join the discussion in our forums here.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. KK

    Nov 23, 2016 at 1:07 am

    I don’t understand the machined insert look face that’s not an insert. Why?

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Wunder: I’ve hit THESE new drivers this year…and this is what I think

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During this lockdown, I have done quite a few “Friday Q & A’s” on my IG, and one of the questions I get asked constantly is “have you hit this?” That, and “whaddya think?”

So, in the spirit of organizing my brain, it seemed like the right time to share what new drivers I have actually hit this year…and this is what I think.

Now, it needs to be said that there is a lot of new gear out there, but, to be honest, I’ve only actually hit a select few enough to actually build an opinion. “Enough” in this case is at least 20 balls. Some of these sticks I tested during our pre-launch preview with the OEMs, at the PGA show, a friend has one, or I actually have it in the bag.

Here we go.

TaylorMade SIM

Setup tested: SIM 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: The best way to describe how SIM looks behind the ball is “comfortable.” TaylorMade has always made drivers that just look correct. The lines are clean, the shape inspires playability, and I dig the paint job. They hit a home run with this one for sure.

FEEL: Best sound out there in my opinion. Heavy, dense, and if you get one dead-nuts center, it lets you know. The feel at contact is just as TaylorMade drivers have always done, center strikes feel like Thor’s hammer and mishits don’t kill your good vibes.

VS THE M5: I get asked this a lot. I loved the M5. Still do. To be honest the two drivers data wise were legit apples to apples. The only difference is my stock shot with M5 was a low spin straight ball and with SIM its a slight draw with a touch more spin and slightly lower launch. I prefer that.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the TaylorMade SIM is the cool kid in high school for 2020. Last year it was F9 followed closely by M5. TM knocked it outta the park on this one.

TaylorMade SIM Max

Setup tested: Sim Max 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: It has a bit more of a longer face at address, which makes the head appear shallow which inspires a bit more confidence to turn it over. That’s the main thing I noticed with MAX. Other than that its a tried and true TM shape.

FEEL: Like its sibling, it has a nice solid hit audibly at the impact. So, overall its apples to apples with SIM. However, due to the front weight missing on the MAX, the actual strike doesn’t feel AS meaty as SIM. Not a negative necessarily just something I noticed.

VS M6: Both of these sticks I launched a bit too high versus the weighted versions. That’s why they never got any serious consideration to actually put in play.

OVERALL: As a high launch, more forgiving option, it’s an ace.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Setup tested: Sub Zero 9 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 65TX

LOOKS: To my eyes, the newer versions of the Callaway drivers have looked a bit more compact than its competition. To me, this always looked “low spin” for whatever reason. The Mavrik has the same shape which is good.

FEEL: They really fixed the sound. The Epic Flash sounded like a pop can to me, and the Mavrik Sub Zero sounds like a sledgehammer. The good thing here is the sound now matches up with what the hit feels like. I think the Mavrik is the best feeling driver Callaway has made since Epic.

VS EPIC FLASH SZ: To me, a complete improvement on all fronts. Sound, feel, and performance for me were all substantially better. Now I must say that the Epic Flash Sub Zero was a great driver, I always got great numbers out of it, but the sound took me out of it. I’m sure there isn’t that much difference audibly between the two, but in this game, even something minor can represent so much. Sound to me is huge.

OVERALL: In all honestly, I haven’t given a Callaway driver a real hard look to actually put in the bag since Epic. The sound got louder wit Rogue and Epic Flash. The Mavrik SZ  however is a fantastic driver and will def get some more testing out of me.

Cobra SpeedZone

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: The F9 was a winner on all fronts. The only critique I had was optically it looked like the driver was a little too fade biased. The SZ with its milled in top line gives it softer look at address and for me, softer lines mean more workability, just what my eyes tell me.

FEEL: As with F9 and the earlier mentioned SIM, the Speed Zone sounds EXACTLY how a driver should sound. It has a very heavy hit audibly and that’s across the face. I love the sound of this driver.

VS F9: Apples to apples, it’s the same. Beyond the optics, it feels, sounds, and performs like the F9. Not a bad thing though, the F9 was the driver of 2019 in my opinion.

OVERALL: Nothing wrong with repeating an already awesome driver. SpeedZone will stand up to anything out there. If I’m being fair, I think F9 elevated things in 2019, and this year the competition caught up to it. Changes nothing about how good this driver is.

Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: Like the other drivers in this higher MOI category, it looks a little longer heel to toe.

FEEL: No different than the SpeedZone, sounds great, the impact is solid across the face, and even thin shots feel solid.

OVERALL: The Xtreme is the sleeper hit of 2020 and I’ve heard the fitters love this thing. It’s by far the easiest to hit and overall good time of any driver on this list. Is it longer? No. But is it Xtremely (no pun) playable and competitive? Hard yes. It’s a blast.

PXG Proto

Setup tested: PXG Proto 9 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 TX

LOOKS: Slick. Like all PXG gear, the look is there. The matte crown and elegant lines make it very pleasing optically. I also appreciate that although it’s designed to look high tech. The lines inspire playability, and who doesn’t love a driver that looks like a stealth bomber?

FEEL: I only hit about 20 balls with the PXG Proto in the short time I had with it, but, wow, did this thing surprise me. The sound oddly enough is a bit higher-pitched than the others on the list but for whatever reason, it’s not a distraction. It actually adds to the experience of the hit. I typically detest that, but this sound matched up with the solid hit I was getting. I’m not sure if this is the final version since its a limited tour proto but what is happening is definitely interesting.

VS GEN2: It’s just better. Feels better, sounds great, more playable across the face. The Gen2 did one thing better than everyone else, it destroyed spin. The problem I had was control. The PXG Proto is still low spin but with the new 4 weight system (no intel on the tech yet) seems to add quality launch to the low spin profile and puts the player in a situation where very few to any sacrifices are made.

OVERALL: I was a fan of Gen2. No doubt. But it never flat out beat M5, F9, or SIM. The Proto has elevated PXG’s driver game. I don’t think its a matter of whether or not the driver stands up with the irons, I believe PXG is on the right track to having a driver that eliminates any “yeah, but…” to the conversation. That’s a huge leap since Gen1. These guys are trending hard.

I hope this was helpful.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts. The look of the ultra-stiff shafts, which originated from Bryson wanting a “graphite shaft that was stiffer than the Dynamic Gold X7″, has impressed our members who have been praising the final version and sharing their thoughts on the concept.

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.

  • QuigleyDU: “Awesome.”
  • My2dogs: “Really coming out with some great new stuff.”
  • HateTheHighDraw: “MMT 125TX are absolute fire, but these must be much stiffer.”
  • Robkingasu: “Sweet!”

Entire Thread: “Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts”

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Should I move to heavier iron shafts? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of moving to heavier shafts in irons. WRXer ‘Z1ggy16’ has been making swing changes lately, and the transition has been most challenging for his iron play. ‘Ziggy16’ says:

“Been making some swing changes lately, most notably working to really shallow my club into the downswing. I’m finding that I’m doing this well with my heavy wedge shafts and driver, but I’m struggling a bit in my irons. My strike pattern with my wedges is pretty good, but the irons are a bit all over. Driver is 80g raw, wedges are 132g raw, irons 120g raw. I don’t think I want to go any stiffer, but is there a chance I’ve “outgrown” this weight and need to move to something a bit heavier to help keep these feels going through my set? No idea what swing speed is at this point, but my 7i is normally a smooth/comfortable 175-180 for me.

I really like the feel of my Accra Tour Z Xtreme 475 and my S400’s in the GW-LW. I’m kind of leaning maybe soft stepping modus 120TX or X100’s.. Heck maybe even S200 straight in? Normally I’d just get a fitting, but with Rona still going around, I’m not than keen on it. 2020 is the year of the self fit for me. FWIW, I used modus 120TX 2xSS in my GW & SW last year and that was pretty good feeling. Perhaps a touch too soft… they seemed to really whip/bend hard when hitting from the rough on full swings.”

Our members discuss whether they feel a switch to heavier shafts in the irons will have the desired impact.

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.

  • Pepperturbo: “You’re not alone. Regardless of age, some of us swing better with heavier shafts. I went from 70g driver and 85g 3wd graphite shafts to 58g Ventus shaft in driver and 70g Ventus shaft in 4wd. In irons went from 130g X to 120g 6.0 PX steel shafts which lasted about fifteen years. Then last year made another downward weight change to Steelfiber (steel & graphite) 110g Stiff shafts, lightest I have ever played. Keep in mind as you transition, changing shaft weight is not the only answer. Increasing swing weight can make up for shaft weight. Though I really like them in 6-3i, not thrilled in SW-7i, so just ordered heavier Steelfiber i125g shafts for my PW-7i blades.”
  • Jeff58: “As someone who has gone through and continues to work on what sounds like a similar situation, your ideal iron shafts will likely change. Where they change to isn’t possible to predict with any degree of accuracy. Don’t change your current irons without knowing. It’s frustrating, expensive, and you won’t have any clubs while they’re being changed out. Instead, get a single club from dealsandsteals or similar and experiment with that. Also, the only relevant experience is outdoors under your actual turf conditions. Indoor and mat use can be grossly different.”
  • Red4282: “Just depends on your tempo and load and preferences tbh. My numbers are about identical to yours; I play 77g in the driver and 125 in the irons. I don’t think I could go lighter than 125.”
  • gvogel: “I have a set of hickory clubs. Of course, hickory shafts are darn heavy, maybe 150 grams or so. I probably hit straighter shots with the irons, and particularly hit better shots with the niblick (wedge). Driver and fairway woods, not so much. That might be a stupid insertion into an intelligent thread, but heavier goes straighter, lighter goes longer. You can go heavier, and it helps in transition, but don’t go too stiff.”

Entire Thread: “Should I switch to heavier iron shafts?”

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