Review: Bettinardi H2 Wedges

Bettinardi Is Taking Over All Your Short Game Clubs
For years Robert Bettinardi has been making some of the best putters on the market.  For the last 5 years, some Bettinardi putter has been in my bag.  Between their looks and performance, they never seem to leave my bag.  The next logical steep in the short game arena is to make wedges.  Putters and wedges are two very different clubs, but many of the techniques used for making great putters, can also be used to create great wedges.  After playing the Bettinardi H2 wedges, Bob is taking over all my short game clubs.
Bettinardi has an eye for design.  Whether it is the variety of putter shapes, finishes and details or now wedges, he seems to nail it every time.  The H2 wedges are a perfect example of logos and stamping, yet maintaining a clean look.  The two finishes are really muted with the golden cashmere or the silver brushed.  I liked the silver brushed look and went with a 54* and 58*.  There aren’t too many bounce options, basically one in each loft, and the same goes for grinds.  While some might want something different, these were the exact same as what I would typically order from a huge list of options anyways.  I assume the options will expand over time, but right now they are pretty limited.

The Bettinardi H2 name comes from their milling machine’s High Helix Cut.  I’m no machinist, but after playing these wedges, it works.  I had consistently the highest spin numbers of any CC conforming wedge.  According to my FlightScope testing, I averaged over 10,000 rpms with full 58* shots.  That didn’t really surprise me after playing with them in Hawaii.  I was sticking everything from every lie.  My playing partners were “wowed” how many held the greens and ended up tight to the pin.  There is a lot of technical information on Bettinardi’s site as to what makes their milling different, but results on course and from the LM simply show it works.

The look at address is a very important aspect of wedges for my game.  If there is offset or onset or too much round, I just can’t get my eyes to adjust to the look, which typically means lack of confidence and poor results.  These however have a smooth transition from hosel to leading edge all the way out to the toe.  They are rounder in overall shape, but square along the leading edge.  They set up very nicely behind the ball.

After the grooves and shape comes the grind.  I keep coming back to a version a C-grind, which has toe and heel relief with a somewhat narrow sole.  These are typically found on lob wedges and a few manufactures will include it as an option on other wedges.  I love that Bettinardi has it on all their wedges.  It works great when a delicate shot doesn’t need the full lob wedge loft.  The 54* was used a couple times on some more delicate shots when I used the grind to my advantage with good success.  The ball didn’t have the tendency to climb up the face which can happen when only using a 58* wedge for such shots.

I probably say that feel is near the end of requirements for my wedges.  I like forged best but I’ve enjoy some cast wedges too, that were only slightly more firm.  These are the beloved forged steel which really does offer the best feel on full or half shots.  I did hit them out of bunkers, rough or whatever lie I had and found their durability to be quite tough.  I was concerned I’d end up with nicks or marks on the face or sole, but neither resulted after 5 rounds.  While that isn’t a lot of rounds, I’ve had dings after one round so the fact that they reached 5 rounds makes me happy.

So what’s the catch?  The only things that will hold these back are their lack of options and price.  They are not quite double the price of an “off-the-rack” wedge, but close.  The price isn’t crazy, but more.  Also since they basically offer one wedge in each loft;  not hundreds of grinds, bounce angles and finishes, just 5 lofts and 2 finishes, some might be looking for more options.  But as golfers start adding these to their bags, Bettinardi will start adding more options. (I assume) Wedges are just as much an investment as a good putter.  There are so many strokes to be gained with a good short-game, now Bettinardi might just take over all the short game clubs in your bag.

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Quick Hits
+Super High Spin
+Great accuracy and control
+Clean lines and shape
+C-Grinds for every loft
+Excellent forged feel

–Higher price
–Limited options

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