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Bettinardi to release limited-edition BB1 Sound Slot Tiki Putter

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Bettinardi Golf is launching its limited edition 2019 BB1 Sound Slot Tiki Putter, of which just 250 will be available worldwide.

Just like their limited edition putters from 2018, the newest edition from Bettinardi will once again contain a Hawaiian theme to coincide with the PGA Tour’s opening event of the year, the Sentry Tournament of Champions – with face milling that resembles the ocean waves along the Hawaiian coastline.

The new limited-release putters will feature a sound slot, milled into each putters sole, designed to offer a responsive sound at impact.

The 2019 BB1 Sound Slot Tiki Putter is made from soft carbon steel and milled to 350 grams. The flatstick features tribal-milling along the outer-neck, as well as a sole that displays a great white shark, which is hand painted in a Tiffany blue, pink and white color scheme.

The limited-run putter will feature Bettinardi’s Fancy F.I.T face technology, which aims to produce a soft feel at impact.

The putter is completed in a matte black PVD finish and comes equipped with a perforated black leather Gripmaster grip. The new edition from Bettinardi will also come with a matching Tiki headcover.

The 2019 Bettinardi BB1 Sound Slot Tiki Putter will be available to purchase from select Bettinardi speciality dealers worldwide and online at Bettinardi.com from January 10, 2019. The putters are limited to 250 worldwide and will cost $525.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Charlie Waffles

    Dec 31, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Nice putter but I don’t know if I would buy something like a putter that you would use on every hole without even rolling it first just see how it feels!

  2. wilbur

    Dec 31, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Beautiful Betti putter with an equally beautiful turquoise accented headcover and worth every penny. I would be proud to have this beauty in my WITB arsenal of gonadal weapons to show off on the greens of the nation.

  3. Longmorn

    Dec 30, 2018 at 11:25 am

    If I had to spend that much on a putter, I would rather get in touch with Machine putters and get a truly made-to-order stick. Bettinardi’s are nice, but they are basically stock putters. I do like the fact this particular putter is a soft-carbon head.

    • James

      Dec 31, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Machine is out of business, and if you wanted to order a complete custom with Betti you can, just contact their Hive Concierge. This is one of their 4 limited run “themed putters” they make every year.

      • Longmorn

        Jan 1, 2019 at 11:57 am

        Really? How come their website (doglegright.com) is still running with a 2019 copyright?

  4. Crusher

    Dec 30, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Ugly! Expensive! Unoriginal! Looks like you challenged a bunch of grade schoolers with crayons to come up with GRAPHICS for you and NOT an original design.

  5. Duh

    Dec 30, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Hawaii is not Tiki. Hawaiians want you to know.
    Bettinardi sucks

  6. 2putttom

    Dec 30, 2018 at 12:12 am

    wonderful, this should appeal to collectors

  7. Will

    Dec 29, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    This putter CRUSHES the Cameron releases.. Scott uses a head that hasn’t sold that well, changes the sole plate, grip, and headcover and calls it limited. You can see the craftsmanship oozing from the face milling, unique finish, design, sound slot (never offered at retail) and amazing headcover. I might not be a buyer just quite yet but this putter is awesome!

  8. Rich Douglas

    Dec 29, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Translation: “Here’s an article about a product you can likely afford, but you cannot have. Enjoy!”

    Yuch.

  9. Clancy Adams

    Dec 29, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    It’s still funny to me that after 40 years, the Ping Anser is still the most successful design in golf history. Even today, designers keep going back to Karsten’s original ideas and manufacturing processes. Amazing!

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New Mitsubishi Chemical ZF shaft in play at the Tour Championship

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Even after winning just a week ago, Justin Thomas has put a new MCA Diamana ZF-Series shaft into play for the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Final this week at East Lake Golf Club. JT is using the 60g TX version in his 9.5-degree Titleist TS2 driver (see Thomas’ BMW Championship-winning WITB here).

MCA has confirmed the new shaft and given us some great information on why it is are adding this fourth profile to the Diamana line—something the company has never done before.

The new Diamana ZF has taken the easy loading bend profile from the BF-Series and tweaked it in certain spots along the length to further maximize the design and find greater performance for players across swing speed ranges.

“The result is a profile that makes ZF a little more explosive and easier to accelerate.” -Mark Gunther, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCA GOLF.

Like the other shafts in the Diamana Fourth Gen. Series, the Diamana ZF shafts owe their stiffness and stability to two unique technologies. First: the MCA-developed MR70 carbon fiber material, and the second: Boron fiber. MR70 is found in both the butt and tip sections of the shaft and is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials, with a 10 percent greater modulus (a measure of stiffness). These designs have additional strength thanks to Boron fiber in the tip section to create the exact EI curve desired.

When you compare the new ZF to Diamana BF-Series, the ZF-Series shafts are a slightly stronger profile and built to have increased stability in both the butt and tip sections. They feature a softer, more active middle for better energy transfer and clubhead acceleration.

A cool feature for those looking to get a bit more distance but are on the lower end of the swing speed spectrum: There will also be a 40-gram version of the ZF, which is the lightest shaft of the fourth generation Diamana family.

“We’re extremely happy to have a 40g option within Diamana™ ZF,” says Gunther. “This opens the performance benefits of these unique Mitsubishi Chemical materials to a whole new range of players who prefer to play an ultra-lightweight shaft.”

Mitsubishi Diamana ZF-Series Availability and Specs

Diamana ZF-Series will be available September, 13 2019 at MCA GOLF authorized retailers and dealers nationwide, with a suggested retail price of $400.

Weights and flexes

  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 40 (R2, R, S Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 50 (R, S, TX Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 60 (S, TX Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 70 (S, TX Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 80 (S, TX Flex)
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Forum Thread of the Day: “Are 919 forged irons really that good?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 9ironiscash who asked fellow members what they thought about Mizuno’s 919 forged ironsOur members dish out their experiences gaming the irons, with the majority of WRXers answering with a resounding yes to 9ironiscash’s original question.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say at the link below.

  • Gmack1973: “I think the 919 forged are great irons. I play to a handicap of 4 and think I’m not a bad ball striker. I had the tours 6-pw, and they were great but a bit unforgiving if you don’t get them out the middle. I now have 919 forged 4 – PW and couldnt be happier. They have the Nippon Modus 120 stiff shafts.”
  • Gofguy224: “They are great irons! Had them for about a month and I’ve already shot 3 of my lowest scores ever! Very forgiving and they feel buttery soft
  • chjyner: “The whole 919 range is probably the best on the market “
  • PowerCobra98: “I like them. Moved from Apex 19’s into 919 Forged. I’ll likely be looking at a set of MP20 HMB’s though.”

Entire Thread: “Are 919 forged irons really that good?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your last ever set of irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Nickc who asks fellow WRXers what they would choose if their next set of irons were the last clubs they could use. Some of our members mention a range of different irons which they would love to splash out on, while others choose between a set of clubs already in their possession.

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.

  • cfasucks: “If I had only 1 set to play with for the rest of my life it would probably be my 845s. They are great feeling and forgiving when I’m not at the top of my game, and they’re built like tanks.”
  • kekoa: “At this point, I’d have to choose Seven MB’s. At a price tag of about $4,000 4-PW I wouldn’t be able to afford another set.”
  • bodhi555: “That would be my VR Pros, as they do everything I need an iron to do. Feel awesome, let me get away with not being precisely on the centre of the face, look great and seem to go as far as some distance irons I’ve tried.”
  • Lumberjack627: “Think I’m going to get 790s, and that would be it for me.”

Entire Thread: “Your last ever set of irons?”

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