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Bettinardi signs Francesco Molinari to its Tour staff

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Team Bettinardi now has an Italian flavor. Francesco Molinari, who incidentally has been using a Bettinardi putter since the Italian Open, has officially joined Bettinardi’s tour stable.

The No. 21 golfer in the world had been testing the BB39 and BB56 models in competition, ultimately choosing the BB56.

The BB56, which we profiled here in our look at the BB series, is made from 303 stainless steel (topline weight) and 6061 military grade aluminum (body) to enhance MOI. It also features a raised center of gravity, designed to get the ball rolling end-over-end more quickly.

“I’m delighted to have signed with Bettinardi and using what I believe to be the best performing and finest looking putters on Tour,” said Molinari. “I’ve tested different Bettinardi models in my quest to win on tour in 2018 and make the Ryder Cup team again, and the BB56 sits perfectly for me. I love the technology involved and how passionate the brand is on creating quality putters.”

Molinari is coached on his putting by Dave Stockton. The 35-year-old finished runner-up at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, and second at the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. He also tied for sixth at The Players Championship.

Robert Bettinardi, President and CEO of Bettinardi Golf, said. “Signing Francesco is fantastic news for the Bettinardi brand and we’re thrilled to have him on board. He’s a very popular and successful player on both European and PGA Tours, and we’ve worked closely with him to enhance his performance on the greens.”

Molinari joins Matt Kuchar, Ben Silverman, and Jim Herman as members of Bettinardi’s PGA Tour Staff for 2018.

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  1. Acew7iron

    Dec 21, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    *KuchAR
    spell check got me

  2. Acew7iron

    Dec 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I will be joining the team also…
    Just picked up a Kucher #2 arm-lock model off the Bay for a steal of a deal

    #pumped for 2018 golf

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Francesco Molinari’s Winning WITB: The 2018 Open Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M4 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White 60X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila XTorsion Green 70X

Driving Iron: TaylorMade P-790 UDI

Irons: TaylorMade P-790 (4), TaylorMade P-750 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (50 and 56 degrees), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Bettinardi Dass BB-0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Lamkin TS1

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Molinari’s clubs.

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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.

Mizuno JPX 919 Forged

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal

Mizuno JPX 919 Tour Forged

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the USGA photos.

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SPOTTED: Srixon “Z785” and “Z585” irons

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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.

Srixon “Z785” irons

 

Srixon “Z585” irons

Click here for more photos and discussion.

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