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I have played blade putters for a long time and have become interested in the Bettinardi BB2. Given that it's going in the $600 range, I'm trying to get a handle on its playability to se if it's worth it. I guess those that either have one or have used one are few and far between, but can anyone compare a BB2 to say the Cleveland or any other blade?

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I'll give you as much info as I can but it's only because a played with a guy who uses one. He says they're all pretty much the same and it's all about personal preference. I had a Wilson 8802 in my bag for years and he said it's very similiar. The only thing I can say is to put a decent sized grip on it because unless you're Ben Crenshaw they just don't stay square. If you can get hold of one try and get the blade that Scotty Cameron bought out late last year instead.

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I have played blade putters for a long time and have become interested in the Bettinardi BB2. Given that it's going in the $600 range, I'm trying to get a handle on its playability to se if it's worth it. I guess those that either have one or have used one are few and far between, but can anyone compare a BB2 to say the Cleveland or any other blade?

 

The BB2's that are at my site are all made out DASS which is double aged stainless steel and to me, DASS is the best metal you can putt with as it is a crisper material for a better feel.

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IMO, ANY of the Bettinardi blade putters below "should" actually be more accurate than the BB2 since they feature more extreme heel and toe weighting making them more resistant to twisting. That said, putters are certainly not just about science. If the BB2 is what fits YOUR eye best, then $600 or more is not too much to spend.

 

IMO, the (7) models shown are more popular Classic, (Production Series), Bettinardi Blades. Because these were higher-volume PRODUCTION models, you should be able to find them for much less than some customized, low-volume Tour-only blade like the BB2 you are looking at.

 

All the heads below are derivatives of the orginal BB1, which of course is Bettinardi's anser-style head design. Aside from the BB8 and BB41, the main differences are in hosel type, metal used, and whether or not any inserts have been added. Certainly, a lot more of these heads were made, so you run into these more than a BB2. You may even find one brand new at TKS.

 

- BB1 (Soft carbon steel with plumber's neck hosel)

- BB1-ms (A mid-slant hosel BB1)

- BB1-SS (A short-slant hosel BB1)

- BB1-SSi (short-slant hosel BB1 with 24K gold face insert)

- BB8 Flattened out weighting - Plumber's neck, gold insert

- BB41 A DASS BB8,short-slant with brass ingots, face plugs.

- BB42 A DASS BB1 mid-slant with brass plugs front and rear

 

My (2) personal favorites are the BB41(DASS) and the BB8 (Carbon Steel). Those feature the "flattened out" weighting design in the rear cavity which suits my eye best, but you can't go wrong with any of the (7) above. Check out all the Bettinardi classics at http://www.bettinardi.com

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