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Bettinardi’s Military-inspired, limited-edition BB1 Armageddon putter

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With a passion for military, Robert Bettinardi has created a prototype putter inspired by military-grade weaponry. The BB1 Armageddon has a topline made to look like a Picatinny Rail, a term that has evolved from a military standard, and more specifically a “MIL-STD-1913 (AR).”

Armageddon Sole

The putters are made from soft carbon steel with Bettinardi’s F.I.T. (Feel Impact Technology) Faces for better feel and roll. For that stealthy military look, the putters have a new “Flat Dark Earth TPT” finish applied to both the putter heads and shafts. Filling out the look are hits of a hunter’s orange color on the sole, hosel and topline, and it comes with an orange Lamkin Deep-Etched grip.

Robert Bettinardi also developed the headcovers, called “UPatch,” which are made of velcro and allow golfers to apply custom patches in different locations to personalize the look. Bettinardi will be making four patches available for stock purchase.

Bettinardi’s BB1 Armageddon will sell for $550 apiece on The Hive starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday May 26, and at select Bettinardi Specialty Accounts on June 2. Only 200 putters are available, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Warriors of Freedom charity.

Armageddon Sightline

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  • Weight: 350 grams
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees
  • Loft: 3 degrees
  • Toe Hang: Half
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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. Mad-Mex

    May 31, 2017 at 12:24 am

    I noticed a trend, GolfWRX “writers” don’t answer questions nor comments unless they are being given praised.

  2. Mad-Mex

    May 28, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    With 20+ years of military service, I can say most if not all the equipment I used was function based.
    A military inspired IMHO would have been a putter would be sand blasted or with no finish at all, edges smoothed down a bit. Minimum stamping/engraving, smooth sole. Headcover canvas with stencil like stitching, again, minimum.

    And like it has been said, I would have loved to know what percent is being donated.

  3. MilSpec

    May 25, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    This is cool…but nobody in the military could ever actually afford this stick…wish he could make a mil only version!

  4. rebfan73

    May 25, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Agreed. I don’t like he “stole” Ping’s grooves on the face……..

  5. ooffa

    May 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    What is the portion of the proceeds that are being donated. 1%, 10%, how bout 100%, That would be a nice gesture. It’s only 200 putters c’mon if you’re gonna step to the plate do it right!

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Miura Golf teases Jack Nicklaus collaboration

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What do you get when you cross Jack Nicklaus—the greatest golfer of all time—with Miura—the most idolized forging company in golf?

Well, we’re not exactly sure—beyond the fact that we have been leaked pictures of a unique forged blade that is a collaboration between the two parties. From what we can see, it’s certainly going to be a very special set of irons.

At GolfWRX, we like to go deeper, and take you behind the curtain of where designs and ideas come from and although we don’t have any specific details of what makes this Miura X Nicklaus blade unique, we have other recent examples of Miura collaborating with companies both in the open and behind the scenes to bring very cool designs to market.

The most recent is the Miura LinkSoul Color Theory Set that consisted of 4 clubs in the lofts of 25, 32, 40, and 49 degrees – we originally covered these irons here: Long live the Half SetIt is one of the first openly recognized collaboration Miura had ever done with another brand.

As for the newly teased iron, it would seem that a collaboration between Nicklaus and Miura would almost be inevitable since both brands are held under the 8AM Golf umbrella, which also has Golf Magazine and True Spec golf, among others, but what makes this different is it’s not about brands—it’s about the best working with the best to create something completely new.

Miura is highly regarded as the premier forging company in golf and Nicklaus is a golfer known for his keen eye and specific attention to detail.

The relationship goes back much further than 8AM Golf, because well before Miura and Nicklaus were under the same umbrella, Jack has been spotted using Miura irons dating back to the mid 2010s.

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For the time being, there is going to be a lot of speculation on what the design details of this Miura X Nicklaus iron will mean for both Katsuhiro Miura, the founder of Miura Golf, and Jack Nicklaus—two of the most respected men in their fields.

Without a doubt, this is going to be a highly sought after set of clubs when they are announced, and we will bring you more details as we have them.

 

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Puma unveil new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

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Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Puma Golf has launched its new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear – a new version of the NXT with premium leather accents.

The upper of the shoe features a premium leather saddle wrapped around Pwrframe reinforcement. The Pwrframe TPU is an ultra-thin frame that is placed in high-stress areas of the upper for lightweight in a bid to offer added support and increased stability.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The new additions feature Puma’s Pro-Form TPU outsole with an organically-altered traction pattern, containing over 100 strategically placed directional hexagon lugs in proper zones, designed to provide maximum stability and traction.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted footwear contain a full-length IGNITE Foam midsole, wrapped in Soleshield in design to offer maximum durability, comfort and energy return. Soleshield is a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole designed to make cleaning off dirt and debris effortless.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Speaking on the new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The Ignite NXT Crafted perfectly fuse the beauty of handcrafted shoemaking with modern development techniques to deliver optimum elegance and peak performance. With the combination of style and performance these shoes will appeal to a wide variety of golfers – those who appreciate the classic look of a leather saddle shoe and those who value modern comfort and stability technologies being a part of their game.”

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted shoes are available in 4 colorways: White-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Black-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Peacoat-Leather Brown-Team Gold and White-Hi-Rise-Team Gold) and come in sizes 7-15.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The shoes cost $140 per pair and are available online and at retail beginning today, June 5, 2020.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best Nike driver ever

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

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.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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