Expert Review: Bettinardi BB Series BB8 Wide PutterPublished on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in December of 2022.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in December of 2022.
The Bettinardi BB Series BB8 Wide Putter is great for “feel” putters who want that soft face who can feel the ball connect with the putter head. In addition, the mid to low handicapper would benefit from this putter because it will create more consistency within putts of 10 feet and closer.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2022 Bettinardi BB Series BB8 Wide
- Shape: Blade
- Hosel Neck: Plumber
- Balance Point: 12 inches
- Shaft Length: 35 inches
- Grip Type: Traditional
- Finish: Silver
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Straight Back and Through
- Golf Ball Used: 2021 Callaway ERC Triple Track
- Height: 5’10’’
- When I tested this putter: December 2022
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Practice Green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Inside
- Green Speed: Medium
- Grass Type: Turf
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a putter that had a soft feel within the face and offered more consistency within 10 feet.
Why I chose to test this club
I chose to test it and give feedback because it has a soft face that is ideal for “feel” putters who aren’t as mechanical within their stroke. Its 303 stainless steel design allows for that feel and creates a consistent stroke on both short and long putts.
What I love about it
- Face Feel: The face has a smaller design which in turn creates a sense and softer feel when contacting the face. I believe this is what “feel” putters want in their bags.
- Forgiveness: The smaller face allows for fewer off-centered hits creating more centered strike hits, meaning more consistency rolled and holed putts from close range.
- Alignment: The blade style with the white singular white line on the silver head makes it easy to line up each putt
- Length: The 35in length is ideal for my 5’10’’ frame as it allows my arms to swing back and through comfortably.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The silver is a simple, sleek design that isn’t super flashy but has a positive aesthetic to it.
- Balance: The half-inch toe hang allows for a balance that can be maintained consistently on the way back and way through each putt.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Weight: The weight is 350g which is lighter than I prefer at 365g. This difference isn’t much, but I feel it is harder to bring back and through on a straight line consistently
- Grip Feel: Traditional grip on the putter isn’t what I prefer as I like the oversized pistol grips, so that would be my one change to this putter
- Customization: The putter weight isn’t adjustable, which is a knock on the overall performance.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I made five putts in a row from 10 feet and found myself two-putting every putt from 20-25 feet.
Value for the money vs. other options
I tried the M.Craft Series from Mizuno, the Scotty Cameron Special Flowback editions, and the Bettinardi BB8W on the same day and believe the M.Craft series is the best bang for its buck. However, the Bettinardi is better and cheaper than the Newport 2.0 Scotty Cameron model.
The 303 stainless steel design creates a putter that is designed for optimal feel and consistency on shorter putts within 10 feet. Adding this into the bag will create more scoring opportunities the next time on the course.