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Bettinardi

HLX 5.0

Hot List Silver 2023

Our Review:

WHAT IT DOES: Milling is Bettinardi’s bailiwick, and that extends into its wedges. The forged carbon-steel head features a milled sole and machined grooves along with a new ladder-milling technique high on the back flange. This process removes less material compared to the company’s classic honeycomb pattern that ran the entire area of the back flange. The result is a higher center of gravity, allowing for a lower trajectory with higher spin on full shots. 

WHY WE LIKE IT: Yes, Bettinardi makes more than putters. In fact, this is the fourth version of its HLX wedge, but this model is more user-friendly. A new RJ grind, named for company founder Robert J. Bettinardi, has higher bounce with more heel and toe relief for players looking to manipulate the wedge on shorter shots. Read more>>

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Price: $220
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Ratings
Performance

50%*

Innovation

30%*

Look / Sound / Feel

20%*

* Percentage of total score

Player Comments
Low-Handicapper
"All-around exceptional. I could make it dig or slide whenever I wanted. No resistance preventing me from hitting the shot I chose. Takes just the right amount of sand."
Handicap, 0
Medium-Handicapper
“I get good distance on full shots, and the ball checks nicely on pitches into the green. The sole slides along the grass like it has rollers.”
Handicap, 8
High-Handicapper
"The spin was super high. Great versatility. Maneuverable through different lies. Stops near the hole. Easy, controlled dispersion."
Handicap, 14
Club Specs
Models Finish Price
HLX 5.0 Chrome, Graphite PVD $220

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