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Spotted: Bettinardi irons at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Bettinardi has long been known for making some of the finest milled putters in golf. And you know they have even made some really nice forged and milled wedges over the years, as well, if you have had the pleasure of hitting them. Now, it seems Bettinardi is intent on expanding even further, as we just spotted two Bettinardi iron models at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The irons — Bettinardi CB24 and MB 24 irons — also appeared today on the USGA’s conforming club list.

Let’s take a look at the two models from Bettinardi.

Bettinardi CB24 irons

As the name on the USGA conforming list states, this is a cavity back iron with the famous hexagon B logo in the cavity. The CB iron has a heavy matte finish to it that should eliminate glare. The cavity has a little bit of chrome surrounding it with the iconic Bettinardi Honeycomb pattern surrounding the hexagon “B” logo. A lot of trailing edge relief is visible and should create some fast and smooth turf interaction. The hosel says it is forged, but we can’t be sure if it is from carbon or stainless steel.

USGA Conforming List photo

Bettinardi MB24 irons

A classic muscleback blade is always welcome on the PGA Tour, and Bettinardi’s new version is a beautiful rendition. Forged like its CB sibling, the MB looks to be a little more compact. The topline is thinner and it has fairly minimal offset. A heavy matte finish is applied to this head, again reducing any glare from the sun. This iron doesn’t have a cavity in the back, but that didn’t stop Bettinardi from milling in the famous Honeycomb pattern to the top of the iron head. It’s interesting to note that the Honeycomb milling looks to be raised to maybe help dial in the CG in addition to looking fantastic.

USGA Conforming List photo

Our Andrew Tursky spoke to Bettinardi’s Nico Garafoolo at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, who had this to say.

“So we’re doing a CB, 4-PW, and the MB’s are 4-PW, as well. The lofts are 23-45 degrees in both sets, so they transition well. They’re evenly transitioned.

“One piece co-forged 1025 Carbon steel tri-material construction – high-density tungsten and military grade CMC (ceramic matrix composite). [They feature a] progressive center of gravity – more launch in the high irons controlled backspin in scoring irons plus. tighter dispersion

“For the shafts, we’re doing KBS Tours, KBS C-Taper Lights, Project XLZ’s, Project X, and then Nippon Modus shafts, as well, will be offered come retail time.”

Tursky: Any tour player action? Like, what do you guys expect from the tour launch?

“So we had a couple weeks ago after one of the Champions Tour events. Sam, Bob, and the team, they met Fred Couples down there because he’s a batting already staffer. They had some putters to drop off, but they also had an iron for him to hopefully test, I think was the goal, but he didn’t play so well.

“So they were a little apprehensive to have him test it. And, he ended up hitting the seven iron that we had there for over an hour and he was really, really, impressed by it. So we actually sent him two sets. So, hopefully, we see those down the road, but, his feedback was really nice. As far as the scope outside of that, I think it’s just introducing them and seeing where the where they take off and let the dominoes kinda fall where they fall.

“But, yeah, Fred’s our most optimistic look as far as a player’s feedback goes. He hasn’t changed irons in almost 10 years, I think. So it’d be pretty cool.”

 

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From the Forums: How are you liking TaylorMade’s Qi10 fairway woods?

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In our forums, our members have been discussing TaylorMade’s new Qi10 fairway woods. WRXer ‘ace036’ plans on testing them in the next few weeks, saying: “from how they look from address and frame the ball is much more appealing to my eye versus my current Paradym fairway woods.” And our members have been sharing their positive feedback in our forum.

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.

  • Edwardsr: “I got fit into the Qi10 core model with Ventus TR Black 8X and it’s absolutely amazing for me.During the fitting with my 12-15 swings with it, it was the most efficient combo I’ve ever tested, tons of 1.48 smash and 3 or 4 1.49 smash (which I don’t think I’ve ever gotten on 3 wood on a launch monitor).”
  • MiloMalt: “No complaints and so far only high praise for my Qi10 Tour 3 and 5 wood. I’m getting great numbers and a nice penetrating ball flight with great height whereas with my old TSi2 4 wood it was spinny and ballooning and short because of that.”
  • courcy75: “The Qi10 Tour 3 wood I just put in play has been outstanding for me. Finally found something I like as much as the 07 burner tp.”

Entire Thread: “From the Forums: How are you liking TaylorMade’s Qi10 fairway woods?”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (3/26/24): Cobra Dark Speed X 7-wood

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Cobra Dark Speed X 7-wood.

From the seller: (@Rose Park): “Head only with headcover. $225 shipped.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Cobra Dark Speed X 7-wood

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Bettinardi launches first-generation CB24, MB24 irons

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We spotted them on the PGA Tour at the Arnold Palmer Invitational; now they’re heading to retail. Bettinardi Golf today announced its first generation irons: Bettinardi CB24 and MB24 irons.

We’ve seen the veteran putter maker dabble in wedges in the past, but this is the first time Bob Bettinardi and company have set their sites on the widest portion of the golf bag.

“Since I founded the company, the focus has been on crafting the finest equipment in the golf industry for professionals and amateurs alike, and our putters have embodied that belief for 25 years,” said Bob Bettinardi, Founder and CEO of Bettinardi Golf. “I’ve always dreamed of expanding beyond the short game, and now that dream has become a reality. You can feel the decades of expertise and the years of research that went into each head, and we can’t wait to finally bring them to market.”

2024 Bettinardi irons: Key technology

One-piece co-forged solid body: Bettinardi co-forges the 1025 carbon steel chassis with the interior iron components in a bid to deliver superb feel and feedback.

Tri-material construction: Military-grade CMC (ceramic matrix composite) plus high-density tungsten plus forged carbon steel. Bettinardi has balanced these elements to deliver forgiveness in a forged iron and achieve desired weight profiles as well as consistency between irons.

Progressive CG: Bettinardi tweaks the positioning of tungsten and CMC elements in each iron. Accordingly, longer irons (lower CG) are easier to launch, and shorter irons (higher CG) deliver a more penetrating flight with controlled spin.

Bettinardi irons: Additional model details

Bettinardi MB24 irons: Bettinardi’s tour blade features a thin topline and muscleback design. Weighting and feel were the focus in these experts’ tools. The company incorporated its signature honeycomb milling on the rear of the club (and does the same in the cavity of the CB24).

Bettinardi CB24 irons: Bettinardi sought to unite classic design with modern engineering in its CB24 irons. Forged feel meets a progressive cavity with perimeter weighting. Easier launching and more forgiving than their MB24 brethren.

Pricing, specs, availability

  • Price: $1,600/set
  • Pre-order: March 26
  • At dealers/Studio B: April 5 (internationally late April)

CB24 irons will be available in left-handed models as well, which will ship in late June. Bettinardi will offer a range of shaft and grip options.

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