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Bettinardi launches new Antidote putters in 3 different head shapes

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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.

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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 1

Model 2

Model 2 Center-Shafted

Model 2 Left-Handed

Model 3

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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. BN

    Oct 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    BRING BACK THE BB32

  2. Larry Cooper

    Oct 13, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I’d rather stay sick with the plague that take this Antidote. I love my BB1 and Betti blade. These are terrible. Please don’t do this again Bob.

    1,2,3 are Bad, Terrible, the worst.

  3. DB

    Oct 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Hey, the Model 3 looks pretty nice. Clean and simple aside from the weights. But the website says it is 1/4 toe hang? Is that right? If you’re going to make a classic shape why not do the classic 1/2 toe hang?

  4. M. Vegas

    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    If these were any uglier….
    They’d be Brian’s mom

  5. MB

    Oct 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I like the Number 2. That giant fly swatter works for me. I wish there was one with a flow neck

  6. BB

    Oct 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    If you like the square don’t sleep on the BB55. Been gaming mine for 3 years now and love it. Feel is there too, unlike many larger mallet style putters.

  7. Shawn K

    Oct 11, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Been trying to replace my Bobby Grace V-foil but nothing can touch it. Maybe the square one here as the Betti feel is as close to it as I have felt. We’ll see. Actually, I changed my mind. If it ain’t broke!

  8. cosmos411

    Oct 11, 2017 at 10:05 am

    For $550 I better be able to pick up my ball with the back of the putter!

    • Jeffrey

      Oct 12, 2017 at 2:20 am

      You should be picking it out of the hole.

      • Robert Parsons

        Oct 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm

        Maybe he wants it to come with the suction cup at the end of the grip? Hahaha

        Nobody makes suction cups like we do. Period.

        • Jeffrey

          Oct 13, 2017 at 5:48 am

          Your line up of rollers looks awesome. Is the suction cup an optional extra? LOL.

  9. Jon

    Oct 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    It looks like they beat PGX to the punch on this group, minus the excessive amount of screws.

    • alvin

      Oct 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Plenty of ‘screws’ here, particularly for $550…..

  10. Steve I

    Oct 10, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I’m amazed, amazed, at all the fantastic engineering that has gone into all three models.
    The square mallet headed putter has got to be the final solution to putting, not to mention the fantastic metallurgy and machining that has gone into the head.
    I love the markings on the putter soul and the pride of bagging a Made in USA putter…. and only $550 plus sales tax …. which can be amortized over the next 10 year for ~$60+ per year cost.
    It’s a steal and worth every penny for what must be a guided missile putter.

  11. Tider992010

    Oct 10, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    too much money. too much square. too much everything. Sad thing is, I love Bettinardi’s.

    • etc.

      Oct 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      How deep is your love for Bettinardi’s?…. share your feeelings.

  12. Milo

    Oct 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Mmm, that model 2 center shafted putter looks delicious too bad I’m not spending 550 bucks on a putter.

    • etc.

      Oct 10, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      …. and they don’t even provide instructions on how to use this Antidotal putter… not really a bargain, is it?!!

      • Milo

        Oct 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

        I’ve been gaming an OG Futura since release but switched it up this year, bought a Callaway The Tuttle for 10 bucks and sold the Futura, kinda miss the big spaceship.

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WRX Spotlight: AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones

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AfterShokz Trekz Air Wireless Open Ear Headphones

Honestly, this is not a review we intended on doing. Wireless headphones were not on our radar for 2019, and certainly not on our list of “golf essential” equipment. But an ad for Aftershokz headphones caught our eye. Sleek. Lightweight and “Open Ear”? We needed to check them out in person. With that, here we are.

Product: AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless open air headphones

Basically, this is a wireless headset with bluetooth connectivity with and open ear design. You can still hear your music AND the world around you at the same time. It’s a bit of genius. If you like sports but are one of those “one earbud in, one out so you can hear your surroundings” people, AfterShokz is marketing to you.

Pitch: From AfterShokz: “The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside our lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. We cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too. Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.”

Our take on the AfterShokz Trekz

While the AfterShokz Trekz Air are not golf specific, they are a nearly perfect accessory for your range practice time. They are comfortable, sweat and water resistant and have very good sound. The open air nature is a huge plus, so you can still hear the world around you while listening to music, a recorded lesson, or a golf tempo trainer. Aftershokz claims up to a 6-hours of continuous use on a single charge. We found that to be fairly accurate.

While the $149 price point is not small change, these are not golf specific and can be worn daily. We found them to be plenty comfortable jogging, biking and just running errands. Some reviewers on the internet claim they weren’t as comfortable on the ears over a long period of time, but we didn’t experience it. We were able to wear them comfortably for extended periods with and without glasses or with or without a hat or helmet.

Very impressed.

One criticism is we felt the mic functionality was a little spotty. The users on the other end had some difficulty hearing us on the phone. It works in a pinch, but for longer conversations, we thought it was just easier to disconnect the device and put the phone to our ear.

While AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones won’t make your golf game better, their one of our favorite golf accessories of 2019 so far.

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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura KM-009 putter

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Product: Miura KM-009 putter

Pitch: From Miura: “A rolled top line and a tapered heel help to deliver a putter head which is both pleasing to the eye and easy to square to your putting line. As is the case with our other putters, the milled face is extremely forgiving and produces a strike which transmits to the feel, distance control and in achieving the truest of rolls from reduced skid. This classic putter design goes through the same forging process as our irons.”

Our take on the Miura KM-009 putter

When you hear the name Miura, you think of forged irons, forged wedges, and tales of Tiger’s old clubs. Rarely do we think of putters when we hear that legendary name. Like the classic, legendary name’s wares, the KM-009 putter has a classic shape and great lines.

The Miura KM-009 is a chunky looking version of the classic Anser blade putter in a brushed white chrome. From address, it has a thick top line and looks a little shorter heel to toe, with slightly rounded bumpers. Almost like a Newport and Newport 2 had a child!

The flange seems to be a standard length with a single thin sight line. From behind the flange and bumpers are thick and hefty, giving you the look of being really solid. I am typically not a blade putter guy, but I like the thicker look of the KM-009, as other blades can get to small and thin for my eye. The face milling looks great going from shallow at the top of the putter to deeper near the bottom.

On the green the white chrome color contrasts well and I personally like the shape. I know shape is personal and how it looks to your eye could be drastically different. With the thicker top line I think the heavier bumpers help frame the ball well and focus your eyes more towards the sightline. Again, putter feel and sound really depends on the player and to me the KM-009 is a great feeling and sounding flatstick. The thicker face provides a really solid feel, responsive but without any unnecessary vibration.

Even putts off the heel and toe have a solid feel with just a slight bit more vibration to them. The distance on those mishits was actually better than I thought. For a putter that doesn’t have touted technology in the face the rollout was really good. Now those same mishit shots did travel farther offline, missing the cup by more than a couple inches each way.

The sound of the putter to me was perfect, with just the light click on impact.

The only negative to the putter is that the milling on my head wasn’t flawless. Inside the logo on the sole and near the model number you could see some milling that shouldn’t be there, something that shouldn’t be an issue on a $400 putter. From images on the web I haven’t seen other heads with similar issues, so it is probably just this one.

Overall, the KM-009 is for the player who wants great feel and sound, without caring about tech. Miura club users will find themselves in familiar territory with the KM-009: phenomenal feel and sound in a traditional package.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from keithrichards, who is looking to add a 5-wood to his bag. Good elevation off the deck is a crucial requirement in his search, and ignoring the latest lines, our members discuss what 5-wood they believe is the best option.

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.

  • uwhockey14: “Sonartec, 19* is an awesome club with the right shaft in it. Excellent off the deck! Only 5-Wood I’ve been able to be somewhat consistent with as I played 2-Iron for years and years and struggle with hybrids!”
  • mwink822: “I like my Titleist 917 F2 from all areas (tee, fairway and rough).  The Ping G400 was also a good performer, but I hated the way it looked behind the ball.  The Callaway Steelhead XR is also a good option, but I elected not to go that avenue myself as the 5-wood has a slightly closed (to my eyes anyway) appearance at address.”
  • mowakebum: “G400 5 wood, easy to hit, put it in the bag last year and it’s in no danger of being replaced. Point and shoot full send.”
  • Mitchell: “In a 5-wood, still very difficult to beat a V steel with the appropriate shaft for your stated needs in a non-adjustable.In adjustable, the various Cobra clubs with baffler rail system would be a great place to start, f6 baffler is phenomenal out of rough.”

Entire Thread: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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