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Bettinardi’s new BB-Series and Inovai 5.0 putters, and H2 303 SS wedges

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Over recent years, Bettinardi has employed two-year product cycles for its most popular lines; the Queen B and Studio Stock putters have launched on even-numbered years, while its BB-Series and Inovai putters have launched on odd years. Being that it’s 2017, Bettinardi is rolling out its new BB-Series lineup, and a new Inovai 5.0 putter.

In the new BB-Series, you’ll notice new Super-Fly Milled faces, matte black finishes with hints of electric yellow, slight adjustments to classic head shapes, and a few new models, as well. Each of the putters will sell for $300, and come with electric yellow Lamkin grips. The Inovai 5.0 (also $300), which follows up the Inovai 3.0, has been redesigned for more MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness), and shifts away from counterbalancing that the Inovai putters have used in previous models.

Also part of this launch of new products, Bettinardi is announcing its H2 303 Stainless Steel wedge that replaces the previous H2 wedges released in 2014, and they will sell for $165 apiece.

Below is everything you need to know about each of the products, and see more photos of the lineup here.

BB1 

This classic head shape has been given a slight adjustment to performance. While BB1 putters of the past have had a 3/4 toe hang, which Sam Bettinardi, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, calls “tough putters to use,” the 2018 BB1 has a 1/2 toe hang that makes it easier to square the face. The design is essentially a replica of a putter that Sam Horsfield — who Bettinardi calls “one of the best putters I’ve ever seen” — has in his bag.

  • Weight: 350 grams
  • Material: Soft Carbon Steel
  • Finish: Stealth Black
  • Face Milling: Super-Fly Mill
  • Lie/Loft: 70 degrees/3 degrees
  • Length: 33-35 inches
  • Dexterity: Right and Left-Handed
  • Toe Hang: 1/2

BB29 

The BB29 is a new model that’s based on a Japan-only release, and it features a “boxy, square frame,” according to Bettinardi. It has a mid-slant neck that creates a bit more offset than the BB1, helping to keep the hands in a more forward-pressed position, thus locking the hands in place throughout the stroke.

  • Weight: 350 grams
  • Material: Soft Carbon Steel
  • Finish: Stealth Black
  • Face Milling: Super-Fly Mill
  • Lie/Loft: 70 degrees/3 degrees
  • Length: 33-35 inches
  • Dexterity: Right handed
  • Toe Hang: 1/2

BB39

“As a mallet guy, this is my favorite putter in the series, says Bettinardi. And he’s not the only one; Francesco Molinari is also currently using a production model of the BB39 putter. In this year’s model, the flange has been extended and given a longer sightline, which Betinardi says will frame the ball nicely. Being that it’s a bit wider than previous BB39 models, it will also be a bit more forgiving on off-center hits because of the increase in MOI.

  • Weight: 350 grams
  • Material: Soft Carbon Steel
  • Finish: Stealth Black
  • Face Milling: Super-Fly Mill
  • Lie/Loft: 70 degrees/3 degrees
  • Length: 33-35 inches
  • Dexterity: Right handed
  • Toe Hang: 1/8

BB56

The purpose of the BB56 design is to raise CG (center of gravity) in order to get the ball rolling faster along the putting surface. It’s body is made from 6061 military grade aluminum, and the sightline section is made from 303 stainless steel. Being that SS is heavier than aluminum, the weight placement raises overall CG, helping golfers impart less backspin on the golf ball, and therefore, less hopping/skipping.

  • Weight: 350 grams
  • Material: 6061 Aluminum and 303 Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Stealth Black
  • Face Milling: Super-Fly Mill
  • Lie/Loft: 70 degrees/2 degrees
  • Length: 33-35 inches
  • Dexterity: Right and left-handed
  • Toe Hang: 1/8

Inovai 5.0 and 5.0 Center shaft

The new Inovai 5.0 putters have 6061 aluminum bodies, and 303 stainless steel rear sections that are screwed into those bodies; the design brings more weight toward the back of the putter, thus raising MOI. This year’s Inovai putters also go away from the previous counterbalancing concept, which Bettinardi says many golfers are no longer employing.

  • Weight: 358 grams
  • Material: 6061 Aluminum and 303 Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Black Anodized and Hand-Polished Stainless Steel
  • Face Milling: F.I.T. (Feel Impact Technology)
  • Lie/Loft: 70 degrees/2 degrees
  • Length: 33-35 inches
  • Dexterity: Right Handed
  • Toe Hang: 1/8

H2 303 SS wedges 

Bettinardi’s new H2 303 wedges, as their names imply, are forged from stainless steel, a material that Bettinardi says “no one else in the wedge industry is using.” According to Bettinardi, the SS material will be more durable than other common materials used in wedges, and it will not rust. As with the previous wedge release, Bettinardi has chosen to use the versatile C-grind. What’s new in the H2 303 wedges, however, a honeycomb milling that Bettinardi says will impart more friction on the golf ball to impart greater spin, and therefore green-side control.

The wedges are available in six loft options ranging from 50-to-60 degrees, and have three bounce options (8, 10 and 12 degrees). They come stock with KBS Tour Hi-Rev shafts and Lamkin Crossline Cord grips.

See more photos and discussion about Bettinardi’s new products here.

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. 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. Val

    Nov 15, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I just love all those Betty’s and I’m thinking of buying one of each and then testing them on my backyard putting green for several weeks. I’ll keep the winners and sell off the losers on eBay.
    (p.s. I’m a lottery winner and price doesn’t matter to me.)

  2. Rich

    Nov 15, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Looks like WilsonStaff 2012

  3. eric

    Nov 15, 2017 at 11:43 am

    What is the finish on these? Looks like its painted on or sprayed on like an odyssey, personally not a fan makes it look like a cast head which we know its not because its CNC milled.

  4. DB

    Nov 15, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Nice to see that BB1 head shape released. We had been seeing that head in lots of the Bettinardi Tour pictures.

    Curiously no address shot? I would think it looks pretty clean at address. Maybe a little non-traditional with the single straight-line bumper, but probably looks really clean.

    • DB

      Nov 15, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Meant to say BB29, but the BB1 looks good too. Nice job Bettinardi.

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Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged, 919 Forged, and 919 Hot Metal hit USGA’s conforming list

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As alerted by our always investigative GolfWRX Forum Members, three new Mizuno JPX irons have shown up recently on the USGA Conforming Clubs list; JPX 919 Forged (there is no image of the RH version, but there is of the LH), JPX 919 Hot Metal (and LH), and a JPX 919 Tour Forged iron.

Although still unannounced and unreleased by Mizuno, it’s likely these JPX 919 irons will be the replacements for the previous JPX 900 series. If you remember, Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Opens using JPX 900 Tour irons; now, it seems there may be a replacement for that iron on the way, judging by the USGA Conforming List.

Check out the Mizuno JPX 919 irons below, as listed on the USGA Confirming list.

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Photos have recently popped up in our GolfWRX Forums of Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons. It’s been nearly two years since the company released it’s previous Z565, Z765 and Z965 irons, so it’s possible (if not likely), based on nomenclature, these could be the replacements for that series.

The photos in our forums show Z785 short irons (5-PW) and Z785 long irons (4 and 3), but it does not appear that the Z785 irons shown in the photos are driving irons, so it’s likely these photos come from a mixed set.

We do not have any official tech or release information about new irons from Srixon at this time, so we’re left to speculate for the time being. What do you think about the photos of these Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons?

Check out the photos of each below, and click here for more photos and discussion.

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Michael Kim on why he switched to a Titleist TS2 driver, and the change he’s making for The Open

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Michael Kim set a tournament scoring record at the John Deere Classic last week, so, needless to say, the UC Berkeley alum was firing on all cylinders.

With respect to one of those cylinders, Kim, historically not a great driver of the golf ball, was 34th in Strokes Gained off the tee and tied for second in driving accuracy with a new Titleist TS2 driver in his bag last week. For reference, he’s 192nd in Strokes Gained off the tee and 183rd in driving accuracy for the season. In other words, while Kim’s incredible putting (+13.51 strokes gained: putting) helped, the Titleist TS2 driver he began experimenting with at the FedEx St. Jude Classic also played a role.

We caught up with Kim by phone from Carnoustie and asked him about the decision to put the new TS2 in play.

“When I hit it, I liked it right away. I noticed the biggest difference on mishits. On my old driver, the ball speed would drop a little bit on a toe or heel hit, but with the new one, you barely saw any [drop in ball speed]. And it was definitely going straighter off the mishits. Straighter and longer, honestly.”

“Generally, I don’t make a switch, especially with the driver mid-year, but I put it right in play. And I’m working on some new things with my swing…I kind of turned the corner at the Quicken Loans…obviously hit it great at the Deere.”

“I tried the TS3, but it was a little too low spin for me. So we kept the same shaft [Aldila Rogue Black 60X] and I think it’s the same setting.”

Kim also mentioned he’s putting a steel-shafted driving iron in play for The Open this week–on the recommendation of a guy who knows a thing or two about playing well at the British Open.

“Zach Johnson told me on the plane ride here that I should maybe try a driving iron. So…I got out here and I asked to try a couple of different driving irons…On Tuesday, I tried out a couple of different T-MBs…2-iron, 3-iron. The 2-iron was going way too far, so I tried the 3-iron on the golf course. The way the course is set up, it’s just so firm…It’ll be great if there’s some wind. Exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll put it in play and I’ll probably use it a decent amount throughout the week.”

With respect to Kim’s wedge setup, Vokey Wedge rep, Aaron Dill, offered this comment

“Michael Kim has a really good short game that shows tremendous confidence. Michael uses a great system with his gap wedge having higher bounce, this help with flight and consistency, his 56 is high bounce for bunker and all shots needing extra bounce, and his 60 is a low bounce L for all tighter conditions and shots that need easy and fast lift. The beauty of this setup is it covers multiple shot window and types.”

We’ll see how it works out for him. Kim is competing in his first Open Championship. He tees off at 9:04 a.m. local time with Ryuko Tokimatsu and Chez Reavie.

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