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Bettinardi introduces limited run military-inspired BB56 Armageddon

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Crafted from high-grade, Kaiser Aluminum given to Robert Bettinardi by Army Specialist Ryan Finch, the new BB56 Armageddon is one of the most interesting and significant putters the company has produced.

The aluminum is the same material used in the Humvee doors of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s vehicles in Iraq.

Bettinardi has turned this special bit of metal into 125 BB56 putters. All are finished with a stealth desert sand finish and hand painted in an orange and brown army paint scheme, and all feature a matching Made in USA headcover featuring MOLLE Webbing.

Specs

  • Material: High-grade (Military) Kaiser 6061 Aluminum
  • Insert: 303 Stainless Steel Topline
  • Face Milling: Floating Fit-face
  • Weight: 350 grams
  • Finish: Stealth Desert Sand TPT
  • Lie: 70 degree
  • Loft: 2 degrees
  • Grip: Bettinardi Lamkin Deep Etched Cord Orange Grip

The BB56 Armageddon will be available in The Hive, this Thursday starting at 10 AM CST and at select Bettinardi Specialty Accounts starting on Friday, June 25th. Only 125 putters were made.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this limited edition putter will go to benefit the Warriors of Freedom Charity, founded by Major Ed Pulido, Brett Dick, and Scott Momper in 2012 with the mission to improve the lives of our nation’s heroes and their families.

 

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  1. steve

    May 22, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    6061 military grade aluminum comes from Canadian smelters…. but the putter is still ‘made’ in the USA. Why do you think Trump is putting tariffs on aluminum?!!

  2. Pete O'Tube

    May 22, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Luckily, it’s being sold to benefit Veterans charities. Otherwise it would be a jingoistic, vulgarity.

  3. steve

    May 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Gorgeous, simply gorgeous …. a technological piéce de resistance that would make any golfer proud to bag this metallurgical wonder. My golfing buddies would turn green with envy if this beautiful Betti was in WIMB arsenal of weapons.

  4. Man

    May 22, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Dumb. He should have separated himself from Parsons. I’ll never look at Bettinardi again

    • steve

      May 22, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Betti aiming for the “price doesn’t matter” market… duffers with more money than brains or talent. After all, you are what you own.

  5. Jamie

    May 22, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Whatever. There is absolutely nothing special about 6061 aluminum. It’s the heat treatment practice that makes the difference between Humvee doors and putters.

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In-hand photos of prototype Ping “Blueprint” irons

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Our Johnny Wunder paid a visit to Ping HQ in Phoenix, and in addition to getting to step inside to company’s legendary gold putter vault, The Gear Dive host got an exclusive in-hand look at Ping’s new prototype Blueprint irons.

While we can’t provide any additional details at present, we do have these photos of a 6-iron for your viewing pleasure.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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Bargain Challenge: Putting together a set of clubs for $500

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You have a golf trip planned in two weeks. One day after work, you head to your car to hit the range and get some grinding in for the trip. As you walk to your car you notice your car has been broken into and your clubs are gone. Not good. You need new clubs for the trip but aren’t in a position to shell out the $2,000-$3,000 for a brand new set. What are your options? I recommend hitting the used market.

Every year, thousands of used golf clubs go on the market. Some of the clubs had a rough life and some have barely been hit. As an exercise to see what you can get for your dollar, I browsed one of the web’s largest used golf equipment sites (3balls.com) with a budget of $500 for a full set of clubs in my specs. What I found was really interesting.

Rules: 14 clubs for under $500 shipped. As close to my specs as possible.

Driver

Since I play a low loft driver with a low launch, low spin shaft, I knew I was in for a challenge with finding a driver. Once I took a minute to search, I found this beauty of a driver. I remember hitting the Ping G10 back in the day, and it was one of the most forgiving drivers at the time. Plus, it was very close to my specs at standard length, 7.5 degrees, and a mid-launch Grafalloy shaft.

Wood

While searching for a 3-wood, I had two things in mind, I needed a X-stiff shaft, and I needed it to be heavy. After about five minutes, I found this great Titleist 913 with a heavier X-stiff shaft. Normally I play a 13-degree 3-wood, and this 3-wood would allow me to loft it down to get the desired flight. Really a solid deal for $50.

Hybrid

In an ideal world, I’d be hitting a 2-iron or a driving iron here. The problem is that driving irons can sell for $100-plus fairly easily, so that was out of budget. After searching, I found a nice 17-degree hybrid from Ping with an X-stiff shaft. The shaft is a little lighter than I would like, but it is not a bad pick up for 80 bucks.

Irons

I knew I would want to spend the majority of my money on some solid irons. After searching, with the parameters being a 3-PW set with X100 shafts, I found this great Titleist combo set. I current play a MB/CB combo from another company, so this set fits well with what I am looking for if I was to replace my current set. All of this for $200.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was hard because I needed a lob wedge with good grooves and a gap wedge that wasn’t trash. I got really lucky with the Ping lob wedge. It is in very good condition which is really what matters for the grooves since I will be using it greenside. Since it is blue dot, I can get it sent to ping to be adjusted for my specs. For the gap wedge, I picked up a heavily used 52-degree. Ideally, I would have more money for a slightly better grooved GW.

Putter

Can’t go wrong with a White Hot in my preferred length. Not much more to say.

Total

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Is it easier to hit players irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day was created by lazyjc4, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel are some of the easiest to hit players irons on the market. Our members have mentioned a multitude of players irons, with plenty of detailed reasoning behind their choices.

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.

  • thewral: “New Level 902. Single piece forging, feel great, smallish head, low offset, distance lofts.”
  • naj959: “I went through a couple of sets of irons this year which included 765s, flyz+, and finally settled on the…..Bridgestone J15 DPF. There are some great reviews of these irons. The 765s are forgiving, but the j15s are even more so. They have a very thin top line, are workable, and are lonnnng.”
  • Casper_golf: “Take a good look at the Wilson V6, or if you are looking for something older, guys really like the V4’s that can be found as a steal.  Way underrated irons. Soft feel forgiving and long for the weaker lofts they have. No offset.”
  • Sonja Henie: “Very interested in the comment about the 745s being similar to the 545s in forgiveness.  I’ve been very tempted by the 565s but might do better with the 765s.”

Entire Thread: “Easier to hit players irons?”

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