Bettinardi Hexperimental High MOI Prototype Putter
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Bettinardi Hexperimental High MOI Prototype Putter

Bettinardi Hexperimental High MOI Prototype Putter
  • Bettinardi Hexperimental is a new prototype putter debuting at  BMW Championship
  • High MOI mallet is an evolution of the Baby Ben that Jim Furyk used to win the 2003 U.S. Open
  • Features Bettinardi’s current iNOVAi design scheme

Bettinardi Hexperimental High MOI prototype putter - top view

I’ve got something special for you to check out today: a Bettinardi Hexperimental prototype putter making its debut this week at the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields CC.

Typically, a prototype putter release might slip through without much fanfare. Putter freaks will always gush over prototypes, but everyday golfers may not even realize what they are looking at.

This Bettinardi Hexperimental High MOI mallet is a little different because it likely looks familiar to many of you. In fact, I bet some of you have already identified its major-winning ancestor.

When Jim and Baby Ben Won the U.S. Open

2003 US Open Winning Bettinardi putter

I don’t know that there is a better putter fairy tale than what happened at Olympia Fields CC at the 2003 U.S. Open. Right before the event, Jim Furyk found out that his putter was non-conforming. Luckily, Jim or someone in Jim’s camp realized Bettinardi was located about a half-hour away. After some quick trials and fitting at Bettinardi HQ, Furyk dropped a Baby Ben mallet in his bag that week.

And, wouldn’t you know it, he won the tournament.

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Now we roll the tape forward 17 years and we see this new Bettinardi Hexperimental prototype putter making its debut at Olympia Fields CC during the BMW Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. While I hardly expect a repeat of the 2003 magic, I definitely see why Bettinardi would view Olympia Fields as something special.

If Baby Ben were going to show off his kid, this would be the perfect place to do it.

Bettinardi Hexperimental – Historic Shape with Modern Materials

Bettinardi Hexperimental High MOI prototype putter - bottom view

Prototype putters, by design, are experimental (hexperimental?), and this new high MOI mallet is no different. It may look like Baby Ben, but quite a bit has changed since that original 2003 design.

While Baby Ben was all aluminum, the Bettinardi Hexperimental High MOI prototype putter is aluminum and stainless steel. This design mirrors the new 2019 Bettinardi iNOVAi 6.0 set-up, where the face is made from stainless steel. Aluminum brings up the rear. The seam in the photo above is the site of material transition. The stainless steel front allows Bettinardi more freedom of design, especially when it comes to neck configuration and face milling. The slant neck on this prototype putter would not have been possible with full aluminum construction.

Hole, Not Holes

Bettinardi Hexperimental High MOI prototype putter - side view

When you look at the Bettinardi Hexperimental High MOI prototype putter from the side, you see another design shift. Where the original Baby Ben had holes through the midsection, this putter has but one. This pushes the weight to the front and the rear. With the front being heavier stainless steel, this repositioning of weight actually should make the mallet play a little more blade-like. This is especially true once you add in the flow neck as opposed to a more mallet-traditional spud neck.

This hole in the side reminded me of another mallet, Odyssey’s 2-Ball. I’m not going to go nuts and say that this putter is a 2-Ball copy, but perhaps this internal emptiness will impart some 2-Ball putting prowess.

So You Want a Bettinardi Hexperimental Prototype

Bettinardi Hexperimental High MOI prototype putter - face view

For the putter aficionado, Tour prototype putters are collection unicorns. Prototype putters often represent ideas that putter makers are running by Tour players as experiments. They want the feedback from the best players during the design process. Tour players can have them but not the common golfer.

Fret not. It will likely be possible to grab one of these mallets. The first place to keep an eye on is the Bettinardi Hive. Every week or so, they roll out one-off and prototype putters. A few months back, they made available some tri-sole putters that were previously Tour-only releases. I bet we will see some of these mallets in The Hive soon.

Bettinardi also runs a Black Friday release featuring unique putters as well as blacked-out versions of their current retail releases. That may be another place to hunt for the Bettinardi Hexperimental.

Good luck!

Find out more at Bettinardi.com

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      GMac

      4 years ago

      Kirkland putter in stock. No weight kit tho.

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      C.D

      4 years ago

      Looks good, but so do a lot of Scotty Cameron’s that are nothing special. Not $400 special anyway. Technology can help golfers hit the ball father, straighter. Etc.. Don’t see “ high dollar technology” making a whole lot of difference in improving putting. Unless it can read greens, read grain, etc.. Are some putters really “cool” looking and so on… yes, but some of the best putters I know use 15-20 year old basic as hell putters. Seen nor used anything I felt was worth replacing my really old 2 ball blade. Just me.. but to each his own. With that said, can you send me one?

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      Farther for old fathers. Trying to watch a football game and type. Pardon the typo.

      4 years ago

      Farther for old fathers. Trying to watch a football game and type. Pardon the typo.

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      Ryan

      4 years ago

      Best. Putter. Ever. Want one something bad, of course to replace my original Baby Ben!

      Reply

      Tider992010

      4 years ago

      I’ve had a Baby Ben putter since I bought at Dicks Sporting Goods 15 years ago. It is a great putter but it never looked this good! Great Job bringing back a classic!

      Reply

      RT

      4 years ago

      I have the Big Ben and love it and wouldn’t change at all !!! It makes me look like a pro in putting ..

      Reply

      Kansas King

      4 years ago

      I don’t see anything inherently special about this putter outside of the having a separate stainless steel face section and aluminum body. The materials are nothing special. Until they find a metal that is easier to use in manufacturing and has a higher density than tungsten, I don’t know why it would be any more “modern” than any other putter. I appreciate the neck they used on the putter as I can never get a good feel when putters used the single and double bend shafts.

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      Dave Wolfe

      4 years ago

      The stainless face allows more design versatility than the original one that had 100% aluminum construction. Your point about the different neck is exactly the thing that is more modern about this design. No flow necks are possible with aluminum.

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      Donn

      4 years ago

      Dave, as a putter addict, have you ever tried the hand made wooden putter made by Dave Musty? Anybody else out there in MGS land? I like mine a lot.

      Reply

      Dave Wolfe

      4 years ago

      I am aware of them but have never rolled them. Their putters and other wood putters like Bradley putters and Warren Q putters are on my try sometime list.

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      Mike

      4 years ago

      I had one about 15 years ago. Didn’t last long in my bag. Putter a head felt very light, could barely feel it. And, the slightest rub against any other club or object nicked the head, especially the face. It may work for someone else but it turned out to be a waste of money for me

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      Donn Rutkoff

      4 years ago

      I use its’ head cover. Too bad yours didn’t have one? I putt cross handed, my left hand index finger on the shaft itself.

      Terry

      4 years ago

      It will only cost you $500

      Reply

      Pete

      4 years ago

      Yes…for the club you use far more often than any other club in your bag.

      Reply

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