Bettinardi BB Series

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  • GeoGeo Happy Geo's Day in the moment 7105WRX Points: 62Marshals Posts: 7,105 Marshals
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    To be fair, this is a somewhat untested review, but I will try to keep the smilies to a minimum to convey how serious my feelings on this putter are. I got my putter too late in the season to give it too much of a go, but I’m betting dollars to donuts that it will be in the bag for quite a while, so I’ll follow up when I get more experience.

    For pics click on the link in my signature—again, dollars to donuts it’s still there. My putter is a DASS BB18, Tour Special Southpaw, 27/30 made on 10.6.02. Headweight is 360 grams, currently on a 35” shaft—but I’ll be getting it cut down soon enough (still hesitant to ship and I want to get it cut down either by TKS or Studio B).

    Appearance: Seriously, I couldn’t design a putter better (yes, a big, fat, understated no-s***-sherlock) and wouldn’t change a thing on this one. I love the shaft-over hosel and the minimalized half-shaft offset. The thick top line and finely satinized finish is a perfect balance of bling without the blind—you know from sunlight. The face looks money—I honestly don’t know if the honeycombing has any real world effects, but I can’t eyeball the difference in flatness between forged, cast, and other milled putters. But like the rest of this putter, the face is just one more example of the meticulous attention that Mr. Bettinardi gives his putters (personally, I love the hosel millings too).

    Feel: For my money, 360 some-odd grams at 33” is about as good as you can get in stainless. This provides the perfect balance of tracking and distance control (look at that, something I learned on the David Mills chat, or at least the articulation—thanks again golfWRX). To be fair, this putter feels VERY similar to my Von’s putter (365g @ 33”, SSS anser-style putter), but what is VERY industrial in the Von’s is VEERRY finished in the Bettinardi. Appearance does affect perceived feel, so the nod definitely goes to the Bett. Also the DASS does have what I like to call the price-tag dampening effect so very good feel.

    Performance: Honestly, this is where I can’t fairly qualify this putter, too early in the game. Putting green and carpet putts, I can’t miss. image/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' /> However, it does get a definite nod over the Von’s, which has been my steady backup for over a year so I am very confident that this one will work for me very well.

    Intangibles: In addition to the performance factor, the bling factor in this putter definitely keeps me from looking elsewhere. The only putter I really want, really badly (well, TP Mills, but that don’t count) is a backup BB18 from Which is another one of the intangible benefits of this putter. Although I didn’t get my putter through him, Todd S. has been incredibly helpful in providing stats and background on my putter. He also hooked me up with a couple Tour-Only/Japanese-released covers. Very great support from Todd S. and Robert Bettinardi. It shows the faith they have in their product, which helps weak-minded souls like me to have faith as well.

    Conclusion: For me, it doesn’t get better. I was extremely fortunate to be able to pick mine up for what I did. Right now, I couldn’t afford to pick up a backup, but am comfortable enough to use my Von’s for when I travel. When Slighter is able to flip the Bellevue to the South-Side I’ll look into that as my travel putter (made as close to spec as possible to the BB18). But if I ever get famous, and any of you is asked to pick the Holy Putter of which I played Indiana Jones-style—you guys can now choose wisely. image/betty.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cheesy:' />

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  • nobreak1970nobreak1970  586WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 586
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    Couldn't say it any better myself!

    I love my BB 8
  • WhiteBettinardiWhiteBettinardi  403WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 403
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    Just bought my first Betti, thanks for the advice
  • Hand JockeyHand Jockey  41WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 41
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    I think I'm hooked. I bought a BB-27 last November and I just got a Signature Series 2 today!!!! As Ben Crenshaw said when he was captain of the US Ryder Cup team

    I have a very good feeling!!!!!
  • WhiteBettinardiWhiteBettinardi  403WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 403
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    I love mine, I just got it and it rolls the perfect distance and is easy to line up
  • Hand JockeyHand Jockey  41WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 41
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    I would have to say that of the (9) Classic Bettiardi's I own, my personal favorites are the BB-8, (soft carbon steel), and the BB-41, (1 of 3 limited production DASS Millennium models). Note: DASS = Double Aged Stainless Steel. I love the "flattened Anser style" look of the (2) models above when you set the head behind the ball. That said, it is awfully hard to beat the slightly thinner blade and the orignal anser styled head of the RJB Classic BB-1. It is still generally regarded as the best Bettinardi Classic for feel and accuracy. Like the BB-8, The BB-1 is made of soft carbon steel. These (3) Putters, the BB-1, BB-8, and BB-41 are my personal picks of the litter when it comes to all the various Bettinardi Putters.

    That said, the other (6) Bettinardis I own are really fantatic putters too, and the only other Bettinardi styles that really had eye appeal for me. Once I had these (9), I was very content to pass on the other Bettinardis.

    My other (6) models are:

    - BB-1ms (ms = mid-slant) - Soft carbon steel

    - BB-1ss (ss = short slant - Soft Carbon steel

    - BB1ssi (The "i" = 24K gold face insert) - Soft carbon steel

    - BB-42 (Another "work of art" DASS Millennium model)

    - BBX-80 (Mercedes Championships edition in "X" material

    - BBX-81 (The super soft "X" material in another style)

    All these models are currently worth more than I paid for them when I bought them brand new about 10 years ago. Most remain in new or "like new" conditon and are complete with the origianl Bettinardi headcovers. Its a very nice collection if I do say so myself. When I pass on, these will likely remain in the Family.


    Very nice Bobcat. I am adoptable image/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' /> !!! Truly a nice collection. Getting a BB-42, 1 of 3 Bettinardi is amazing. How'd you do it? You should post some pics of those babies.
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  • Hand JockeyHand Jockey  41WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 41
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    Well now I've done it!!!! Make it 3 Bettinardi's to my collection. Just purchased a new 50 Caliber today.

    1. BB27....Cut and bent to my specifications 33 1/2" with 2.5 degree loft. This is my gamer!!!

    2. Signature Series 2 DASS LTD. Edition....Cut and bent also.

    3. BB-0 DASS 50 Caliber LTD. Edition #'d to 100. Original not cut or bent

    Good thing I'm not married any more. I'd be dead meat!!! Ha Ha Ha.
  • maverickmaverick  1436WRX Points: 180Members Posts: 1,436 Platinum Tees
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    Well now I've done it!!!! Make it 3 Bettinardi's to my collection. Just purchased a new 50 Caliber today.

    1. BB27....Cut and bent to my specifications 33 1/2" with 2.5 degree loft. This is my gamer!!!

    2. Signature Series 2 DASS LTD. Edition....Cut and bent also.

    3. BB-0 DASS 50 Caliber LTD. Edition #'d to 100. Original not cut or bent

    Good thing I'm not married any more. I'd be dead meat!!! Ha Ha Ha.

    I used to trade them on eBay. I bought my first Bettinardi in 2000 directly from Bettinardi plus many more.

    Some I remember:



    BB42-H (Should have NEVER sold this one)

    BB32-360 gram

    BB1 SS Proto 1 of 12

    BC 7 355 gram

    .38 Special

    US Open Olympia Fields

    MC 370 gram center shaft

    SS #6 Weighted with tungsten powder to 350 gram weight

    BB2 DASS

    and a few assorted protos
  • johnnymoose270johnnymoose270  121WRX Points: 0Lefty Boomers Posts: 121
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    beautiful pieces...not easy to find a lefty though.
  • NCkingfisherNCkingfisher  29WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 29
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    I'm very happy with my BB-33 mid mallet. The quality is outstanding and I got a nice deal on a lightly used one on eBay. As info, my backup putter is a Ping iWi Series Anser.
  • biglaubiglau  158WRX Points: 30Handicap: 9Members Posts: 158 Bunkers
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    I play a bb-34, heel shafted. I love it.
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  • DJFRY5DJFRY5  171WRX Points: 30Members Posts: 171 Fairways
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    I've Gotta try this putter out, love the look.
  • CTgolfer10CTgolfer10 let 'em roll  22WRX Points: 0Handicap: 5Members Posts: 22
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    I love the BB series and don't think that I will change from it.

    I used to putt with a BB1F, however, when I saw that Bettinardi came out with their new counterbalance BB series, I instantly bought the BB32 Counterbalance and could not be happier with my decision. I never really liked the style of mallet putters, but there is something about the way that Bettinardi makes the mallet feel that makes me LOVE it. Gotta check it out!
  • joey2acesjoey2aces not as smart as most but not as gullible either  5893WRX Points: 136Handicap: 6.8Members Posts: 5,893 Titanium Tees
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    never rolled a Betti..... image/cray.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cry:' />
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  • rbhan12rbhan12 Be the person your dog thinks you are.  4332WRX Points: 0Handicap: 99Members Posts: 4,332
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    joey2aces wrote:

    never rolled a Betti..... image/cray.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cry:' />

    Let's play next time I'm around and you'll get the chance to!
  • brokauffbrokauff  118WRX Points: 0Handicap: 1.4Members Posts: 118
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    Really like my BB-80, off center shafted brass with great feel. I only wish it was a little bit heavier...
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  • RobClarkeRobClarke  338WRX Points: 38Handicap: 20Members Posts: 338 Greens
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    I had a BB32 and a BB1, the BB32 was so straight!!! I have now graduated to a couple of studio sticks, one Face balanced double bend Studio 9 and expecting Studio JAM soon flow neck. I really like the FIT face on the carbon head.

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    putters rotate.. ;)
  • rb83993rb83993  1359WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 1,359
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    Played a BB16 and now a BB34, best all around putter for me. Weight, feel and balance perfect for me. Now need to save for custom BB34.
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  • JoeprzJoeprz  17WRX Points: 10Handicap: 9Members Posts: 17 Bunkers
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    These are just beautiful putters.
  • redandwhiteandblueredandwhiteandblue  191WRX Points: 0Handicap: 7Members Posts: 191
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    Had a Studio Stock back in the day moved to a BB54 and traded that for a BB16. Great putter, makes putting fun again.
  • ProV1KenobiProV1Kenobi  184WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 184
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    Love my BB mallet. Have a 32 added a shaft upgrade and iomic. It saved my season last year.
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  • CaigeCaige  38WRX Points: 20Handicap: 8ClubWRX Posts: 38 Bunkers
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    Bettinardi BB34 are perfection.
  • YoureStillAway1YoureStillAway1  118WRX Points: 32Members Posts: 118 Fairways
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    Have a BBZero in the matte black finish. Love this stick. Don't think Betti gets enough respect for the work they do, particularly on the face milling.
  • PNWGLFRPNWGLFR  25WRX Points: 11Members Posts: 25 Bunkers
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    Thanks for the review. I just purchased a betti and am super impressed: inovai 3.0 mallet. I always saw them at the golf store beat up because they are not in a glass display. I overlooked them thinking they were high priced but chip very easily (because they are damaged). Likely going to find a blade soon.


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