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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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Forum Thread of the Day: “Players iron with a large head and wide sole?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from MillHill88 who is on the hunt for a players iron featuring a large head and wide sole. Preferring the “low offset of a players iron, and the wider sole of a game improvement iron”, MillHill88 receives plenty of suggestions on what could be the ideal fit from fellow WRXers.

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.

  • hackdaddy360: “Some will disagree, but I like the Titleist T-MBs. Minimal offset and a slightly larger head – yet retain a relatively thin top line. I’ve been a long time blade player but decided to give these a go after trying a number of irons. So far I’m happy with them – the notable difference for me is how much straighter my shots are vs. blades. Ball flight is also higher on average – which I didn’t really need help with – but it’s nice to see the mid irons stop on a dime after falling out of the sky like a meteor and freeze where they land.”
  • 3PuttsRLife: “Callaway XR Pro. They split time in the bag with a set of snake eyes 600 blades, and it’s an easy transition. The XR Pro has just the right amount of offset, and top line is not too thick, and the sole is just a hair wider. A lot of forgiveness in a head that suits better players’ eyes.”
  • SwooshLT: “Srixon z785……you’re welcome.”
  • mtlJeff: “The Mizuno 919 forged has a bit of a bigger head than the Srixon Z785. Those might be a good option. I remember thinking they were quite forgiving for a forged ‘players’ club.”

Entire Thread: “Players iron with a large head and wide sole?”

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Madelene Sagstrom’s winning WITB: Gainbridge LPGA

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution IV

3-wood: Callaway Mavrik (15 degrees)

5-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (18 degrees)

Irons: Callaway Apex UT (4), X Forged ’18 (5-PW)

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (50, 54, 58 degrees)

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Marxman Black Stroke Lab

Ball: Chrome Soft X Truvis

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII

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Every golfer should have an accurate, reliable, easy-to-use rangefinder. With the new Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII, you get all of that and more in one of the smallest, lightest packages on the market.

Not only do you get a ton of features, but when you consider these devices start at only $199.99 for the 20 G II and then $229.99 for the 20i GII, you get one of the best values in a rangefinder from one of the most well-known consumer optics companies in the world.

Review: Nikon CoolShot 20 GII and 20i GII

First Target Priority and 8-Second Continuous Measurement: “First Target Priority” is Nikon’s way of making sure you are picking up the flag and not a tree behind your intended target. There is nothing worse than thinking you have your distance dialed in to then have a shot fly over the green. With how quickly it lets you know the ranger finder is locked, getting that distance and double-checking can happen remarkably fast.

In the eight-second continuous measurement setting, the rangefinder will continuously measure the field of view as you scan the target area for approximately eight seconds. This setting is great when playing unfamiliar courses or trying to figure out the exact spot to a dogleg, tree, or hazard on your intended line.

Bright, 6x Monocular: Nikon is known for its glass and multi-coating technology, from telephoto camera lenses to rifle scopes, if it’s Nikon glass, it’s going to be clear, fog-resistant, and high-contrast for easy viewing. From a viewing experience perspective, the Coolshot 20 GII’s 6x monocular has an adjustable diopter for sharp focusing, along with long eye relief—meaning you can keep your glasses (or sunglasses) on when acquiring your target.

Review

The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII’s size and weight make it ideal for anyone who regularly carries and wants the benefit of knowing distances but without having to worry about weight—it weighs about the same as a sleeve of balls.

The size allows you to hold the units stable. However, I could see for those new to the rangefinder space, it could take some time getting used to when first getting acquainted with it. The best bet for this is to take it to a range or just step outside with it on your next walk and get used to hitting targets before you take it to the course—plus it makes for a fun game to see how good you really are at estimating distances.

Overall, for the price and size, it is one of the best rangefinders on the market. Plus, with a five-year warranty, you can be assured of years of use with the Nikon CoolShot 20 GII rangefinders.

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