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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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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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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @ 10 degrees, D4 swing weight)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.75 inches)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90 X

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (22 @ 19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09, 60-10 @ 62 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (1 wrap 2-way tape + 2 wraps left hand, 3 right hand)

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Top 10 clubs of 2003—inspired by Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons

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As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

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.

  • Z1ggy16: “Super important if you’re a serious golfer. Even better if you can get fit outdoors on real grass and even go into a bunker.”
  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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