In January of 2017, Bettinardi introduced an Antidote prototype on Tour that used weights on top of a blade-style putter to raise the center of gravity (CG) toward the equator of the golf ball for a faster end-over-end roll. At the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August, we spotted a new Antidote prototype; this time, it was a nearly square-mallet head, also with weights on top for the same purpose… to raise CG for a better roll.
Today, Bettinardi announced that it’s officially launching Antidote putters to retail in three different head shapes — 5 models in total.
The Antidote putters (Model 1, Model 2 and Model 3), like the prototypes that preceded the official launch, use weights on the top half of the putters to raise CG closer to the equator of the golf ball, which Bettinardi says produces a quicker “end-over-end” rotation of the ball. The positioning of the weights also produce higher MOI (moment of forgiveness, a measure of forgiveness), which help offset off-center hits.
The retail versions of the Antidote putters have a carbon matte black finish, and they come with three weights; aluminum (5 grams), stainless steel (10 grams) and copper (15 grams). They are available today, selling for $550 each.
Check out graphic images of each of the models below.
Model 2 Center-Shafted
Model 2 Left-Handed
Forum Thread of the Day: “Which 2020 driver did you order?”
Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from PR3CI5N who asks WRXers which new-release driver have they ordered for the new year. Our members disclose which driver will be in their bag for 2020 and why they chose the model they did over other options.
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.
- federerfan23: “Tested everything possible today at Club Champion and couldn’t believe the results. I have never got along with Titleist drivers and have always been 10-15 yards shorter but wound up with a TS3 with Diamana BF 60. My clubhead speed was 3-5 MPH better with the Titleist than anything else.”
- tgoodspe1991: “I haven’t ordered a new driver yet, but I’m strongly leaning towards Mavrik or Speedzone. PING makes great drivers but looks wise I preferred G400 over G410, and I cannot get comfortable with the shape of TM driver heads. I didn’t like Epic Flash at all, but man the Mavrik looks awesome (I love orange too lol). I haven’t seen the Speedzone in person, but I liked F9 a lot, and Speedzone looks like an improvement in every way. We’ll see what ends up making the cut!”
- getitdaily: “Hit SIM, SIM MAX, Mavrik SZ, and speed zone. Speedzone – too much spin like all Cobra drivers SIM MAX – higher spin than SIM. SIM numbers were better. Mavrik SZ – best numbers but toe side strikes were less than stellar, including a few off the grid left. Deal-breaker. SIM 9.0 ordered. Really good numbers. Ordered with rogue silver 70 X. Shaft will get installed in my backup 17 m2 3wood. My 125msi rogue gamer will go in SIM.”
- PR3CI5N: “I called and changed my order from the 8.0 to the 9.0 SIM. I want a little more adjustability, which I was limited on with the 8.0. If I want to play the club slightly open, I don’t want the head to be at 7.0 lol”
FootJoy unveil all-new Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon shoes
FootJoy has unveiled its new Pro SL shoe for 2020 featuring improved traction, stability and comfort as well as an all-new Pro SL Carbon shoe.
The Pro SL shoe features a new Infinity outsole configuration containing 189 points of traction that aim to deliver maximum contact with the ground and the perfect foundation throughout the golf swing for ultimate traction and stability. The infinity shape has an 11.5% wider heel than its predecessor, which seeks to optimize and increase forefoot stability.
The shoe contains a Dual-Density (D2) Midsole which utilizes two densities of FJ proprietary FineTuned Foam (FTF) – designed for a firm FTF around the perimeter for support and control, and a softer FTF under the foot which aims to produce maximum cushioning and comfort.
The new Pro SL from FootJoy is constructed of fully-waterproof ChromoSkin leather by Pittards and arrives in six color codes in laced plus a Boa option for men, and three color codes laced plus a Boa option for women.
Speaking on the new release, Richard Fryer, Director of Product Management, FJ Footwear stated
“As the industry leader, we didn’t tweak or adjust the new Pro|SL, we innovated and advanced and received Tour approval.As a result, we’ve developed a product that delivers more stability, more traction, more comfort and more choice, setting the standard in performance footwear, again”
In addition to the Pro SL, FootJoy has launched the Pro SL Carbon which integrates a full-length carbon fiber insert into the midsole in a bid to provide ultimate stability and motion control.
The Carbon fiber on the Pro SL Carbon flexes and elastically snaps back to its molded position with each step in a design to recover more of the energy generated while walking and allowing the body to work less. Per FootJoy, this feature results in less leg and foot fatigue at the end of the round.
The Pro SL Carbon features enhanced wrap-around comfort and no-slip fit with a soft, molded collar and conforming underfoot cushioning thanks to an OrthoLite Impressions FitBed. The shoe arrives in two color codes and is also constructed of fully-waterproof ChromoSkin leather by Pittards.
Both the Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon are available at retail from February 1, 2020. The men’s Pro SL costs $190 laced and $210 Boa, while the Pro SL Carbon costs $220. The women’s Pro SL is priced at $175 laced and $210 Boa.
PGA Show 2020: Day 1 recap
The GolfWRX crew are on the ground at this week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando primed to deliver bundles of content to our members from the annual gearhead junkie extravaganza all week long.
On Wednesday, it was the show’s Day One from Orange County National Golf Center, and we got an up-close and in-hand look at the latest and greatest in the world of golf equipment. Here’s a recap of what our team got their hands on from Day One.
5 eye-catching shots from Wednesday
Here’s a look at what has grabbed our member’s attention from Day One:
Additionally, you can snack on some photo and video morsels—including the “3-Shot Challenge”—on our Instagram and in our Instagram stories.
GolfWRX had all the bases covered on Wednesday at the PGA Merchandise Show, and the team will be live for the rest of the week’s action, so stay tuned for more great content from the Major of the Golf Business.
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