What it does: Milling is Bettinardi’s bailiwick, and that extends into its wedges. The forged carbon-steel head features a milled sole and machined grooves along with a new ladder-milling technique high on the back flange. This process removes less material compared to the company’s classic honeycomb pattern that ran the entire area of the back flange. The result is a higher centre of gravity, allowing for a lower trajectory with higher spin on full shots.
Why we like it: Yes, Bettinardi makes more than putters. In fact, this is the fourth version of its HLX wedge, but this model is more user-friendly. A new RJ grind, named for company founder Robert J. Bettinardi, has higher bounce with more heel and toe relief for players looking to manipulate the wedge on shorter shots.
SPECS 11 options (48-60 degrees); 2 sole grinds; 2 finishes
“I get good distance on full shots, and the ball checks nicely on pitches into the green. The sole slides along the grass like it has rollers.”
– Player Comment