Today we enter the home stretch of our series of stories from inside the tour vans and around the practice green at the recent AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Now on the tee: Bettinardi Golf.
We meet Bettinardi tour representative Ben Bradbury on the practice green. The morning air is rather brisk off the bay, but Ben is based out of the Bettinardi Golf headquarters in Illinois, so he appears to be enjoying the comparatively balmy weather of Pebble Beach.
Ben has set up a Bettinardi tour bag surrounded by a variety of Bettinardi’s finest sticks, which collectively look like pure eye candy. Ben has a cool demeanor on the green, ready to accommodate any player who shows interest.
Ben shows us a prototype “JAM” putter with a head similar to the new Studio Stock #8, but in a black oxide finish. The putter also has a white prototype Matrix Ozik putter shaft, and the black-on-white effect is truly righteous.
Another putter that catches our eye is an all-copper blade putter with Bettinardi’s signature honeycomb face (pictured above).
Ben says that the copper putter was perfectly shined upon his arrival the previous day, but it has now developed a patina since being exposed to the Pebble Beach elements. This gives the putter a sweet visual texture that will only get more interesting with use. It’s truly one of the prettiest putters we’ve seen lately.
The unifying effect of the Bettinardi putters is one of sheer quality and craftsmanship, the twin hallmarks of designer Robert Bettinardi.
Click here for PutterZone.com’s Pebble Beach equipment photo gallery, and stay tuned for more putter stories from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.