Bettinardi Golf debuts new wedge line

Bettinardi Golf, a company synonymous with high-end milled putters, is venturing off the shortest grass and back into the rough with a new line of wedges.

Bettinardi made wedges in the late ’90s, shortly after Robert Bettinardi founded the company. It returned to making wedges again briefly in 2011, but it focused exclusively on putters the past several seasons.

Available in 52-, 54-, 56-, 58- and 60-degree versions, the new Bettinardi H2 wedges are forged from 1020 carbon steel for a soft feel. The H2 stands for High Helix, which is a tool used to machine each wedge.

Sam Bettinardi, the son of Robert Bettinardi and the company’s vice president of marketing, said the grooves provide plenty of spin and do a good job of removing water and debris from between the ball and the face on shots hit from the rough.

“We spent a lot of time in R&D, working to get these wedges to feel exactly the way we wanted,” Sam Bettinardi said. “We really like the way the ball comes off the face.”

The H2 wedges are available in two finishes: satin nickel and a darker tone the company calls cashmere bronze.

The C-Grind sole has relief in the heel and the toe areas, which should make it easier to open the clubface and still get the leading edge under the ball on flop shots and delicate pitch shots.

“The C-Grind is my father’s favorite sole design, and it’s the most versatile for the widest array of golfers,” Sam Bettinardi said. “We just wanted to simplify things.”

The H2 wedges have a classic shape and can be bent to allow customized lofts to ensure proper gapping.

“A wedge is very personal,” Sam Bettinardi said. “We want to put all of efforts into being more than just a putter company, that’s why our name is Bettinardi Golf and not Bettinardi Putters. We want to capture the short-game market.”

PRICE: $180 for the satin nickel; $195 for cashmere bronze.

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