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The first Bettinardi putter I ever owned was an old, used BB1 that I picked up for a relatively affordable price. At that time, I was a typical golfer that thought there was only one high-end putter option out there. Using that BB1 for the first time opened my eyes to some of the best pieces of craftsmanship in the game of golf.
The new 2014 BB Series of Bettinardi putters is once again anchored by the BB1 and it’s certainly worth taking a look at if you want precision-milled putter that is completely made in the USA with superior craftsmanship.
The BB1‘s focal point is the signature Bettinardi Honeycomb milling. This face milling not only visually stunning, but it’s functional in giving you a perfectly flat face to putt with. This is not a feature to take for granted as it is a very complicated and precise milling process that few are capable of getting right.
Though the face and sole of the putter are a polished silver finish, the rest of the putter has a satin silver finish that is great when it comes to preventing unwanted glare from a bright sun leaving you more focused on making putts rather than burning your retinas. It’s a classic finish on a classic head style that should give any golfer that warm and fuzzy confident feeling standing over their putt.
Sound & Feel
When I think of the quintessential tone that should come from the face of a milled carbon putter, I think of the exact tone that comes from this BB1. It’s definitely a pronounced click, but it’s soft and almost sounds as if the face is absorbing the ball at impact.
The feel of the BB1 is just as satisfactory as the sound. At impact, you will experience plenty of response and a solid reassuring feel. On every stroke, you will make certain to hit the sweet spot so you can enjoy the full experience of what it’s like to put a good roll on the ball using a Bettinardi putter.
There’s a reason the BB1 head style has been around for so many decades and been relied on by millions of golfers: it just works. Along with the textbook construction, sound, and feel, this putter rolls the ball very consistently.
We’ve addressed how the Bettinardi BB1 feels, and how the ball rolls off the face and everything seems to be adding up to why this putter performs so well. The biggest testament to its performance is how precisely the BB1 is made. Bob Bettinardi is arguably the best in the game when it comes to precision milling, and it shows when you first feel how well balanced the head is. This makes it easier to swing because you aren’t fighting to control it throughout the whole stroke.
If you’re an avid Bettinardi supporter, the greatness of the new BB1 is no surprise to you. If you’re new to the brand, I hope you come away realizing that the Bettinardi BB1 is a putter worth taking a look at. The BB1 is a classic design with the touch of a master craftsman that should be considered the standard when it comes to precision milling in golf clubs. On top of the build quality, you’ll be hard pressed to find many putters as tasteful and beautiful as a classic Bettinardi BB1.
Price & Specs
The 2014 Bettinardi BB Series retails for $299. The CB (Counter Balanced) models retail for $349.
The available models are the BB1, BB1F, BB1 CB, BB32, BB32 CB, BB43, BB55, and BB55 CB.