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Bettinardi fuels counterbalanced putter trend with BB Series

By E. Michael Johnson

By E. Michael Johnson

loop-bettinardi-putter1-300.jpgBob Bettinardi has made putters for some of the game’s best, with 21 wins on the PGA Tour since 1999, including a pair of majors (Jim Furyk at the 2003 U.S. Open and Vijay Singh at the 2004 PGA). His latest models should attract tour interest as well, but they’re designed to help everyday players in need of options with the looming anchor ban.

The BB Series (BB1 blade, BB32 mallet and BB55 high MOI mallet—all $350) are Bettinardi’s newest counterbalanced putters, and he takes a literal view of the technology.

loop-bettinardi-putter2-300.jpg“We add 42 grams to the end of the shaft by extending it three inches [to 38 inches], which is the same amount of weight added to the head,” Bettinardi says. “This weighting technique boosts the club’s overall moment of inertia so that it swings and feels more stable. Sacrificing feel simply by moving weight higher is the last thing we want to do.”