CARLSBAD, Calif., January 9, 2017 -- Odyssey Golf has set the standard for industry- leading innovations for more than 20 years. The latest is Micro-hinge technology, announced today and featured in the new O-Works putter line.
Micro-hinge technology consists of two pieces: a 304 stainless steel Hinge Plate backed by a soft thermoplastic elastomer inner layer. The Hinge Plate is populated with "micro- hinges" designed to gently flex and rebound at impact to impart forward spin. That helps start the ball rolling immediately, smoothly and accurately. Odyssey robot tests indicate that Micro-hinge technology promotes almost twice as much forward-spin as Odyssey's Fusion RX insert.
The Micro-hinge insert and elastomer inner layer are co-molded to ensure they fit together perfectly, which is essential to achieving the performance and feel targeted by Odyssey engineers.
A deliberate, 23-step production process is required to complete each insert. The Thermoplastic elastomer inner layer measures 46 on the Shore D hardness scale, making it softer than the cover of the average Tour golf ball. That creates a uniquely soft-and- satisfying feel that should appeal to golfers of all types.
The O-Works lineup consists of four popular Odyssey blade shapes -- #1, #1W, #2, #9 - and four mallet shapes #7, #7 Tank, 2-Ball, V-Line Fang CH and R-Line. Tank versions of the #1 and #7 are also available.
Blades incorporate Odyssey's new Versa-T alignment system to further enhance accuracy. Versa-T combines the alignment benefits of our Versa line's contrasting black and white color scheme with the alignment benefits of our Big T alignment lines, making it extremely easy to determine precisely where the face is aimed.
"Tour pros are much better putters than amateur golfers, partly because Tour pros impart forward-spin at impact for a smooth, accurate roll," said Austie Rollinson, Chief Designer at Odyssey. "Micro-hinge technology promotes the kind of Tour-level forward- spin that can immediately help golfers at any level putt better."
The new product introduction retail price for each O-Works model is $229.99. All models are available in left handed except the #2. Grip options include SuperStroke Slim 2.0 with CounterCore Technology, SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour with CounterCore Technology, and SuperStroke Tank.
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#1 Putter on Tour claim based on combined 2015-2016 usage on the U.S. PGA, PGA European, LPGA, JGTO, Web.com and Champions Tours.
CARLSBAD, Calif., January 26, 2016 - Odyssey Golf, the #1 Putter on Tour and the #1 Putter in Golf, today announced its new line of White Hot RX Putters, available at retail nationwide on February 26. The putter brand also announced a line extension to the popular Odyssey Works line that will be available at retail on February 5.
In the new Odyssey White Hot RX Putters, Odyssey has taken its legendary White Hot feel, made it even better, and combined it with better roll to get the ball in to a pure roll faster to help golfers control their speed. The White Hot RX insert is coupled with a dual-layer injection molded insert with a softer core that leads to exceptional speed and feel.
To promote even better roll, White Hot RX features the oval pattern design that was made popular in Odyssey's Metal-X and Odyssey Works lines. The new elastomer insert features oval roll technology with a textured clear coat to increase friction and help get the ball rolling faster.
The White Hot RX lineup includes the following head shapes: #1, #2, #7, #9, Rossie, 2-Ball V-Line, and the new V-Line Fang. The V-Line Fang combines the technologies and shaping of the Odyssey #7 model with the popular V-Line mallet for improved alignment and accuracy.
These putters are all available in multiple grip options, and golfers can choose from Odyssey's standard rubber or SuperStroke grip options to find the perfect setup for their stroke. The White Hot RX line starts at $159.99; $179.99 with Superstroke grips.
The new Odyssey Works line extensions include the Fusion RX insert - where feel meets roll - and major-winning Versa alignment from Odyssey Works, along with some of Odyssey's most innovative technologies and head shapes.
The line extension includes: Odyssey Works Versa Marxman Fang, Odyssey Works Versa #7H Putter, Odyssey Works Versa Sabertooth, and Odyssey Works Versa Tank Sabertooth. The Marxman Fang provides stability and forgiveness from a Dual Fang Chassis that positions the clubhead's weight to the perimeter to increase MOI. And the high-definition marxman alignment uses two alignment stripes to help golfers frame the ball and find the target line. The new Odyssey Works putters start at $179.99.
For more on Odyssey products, please visit odysseygolf.com
Pros: Available in four different models — #1 Wide, #7, 330M and V-Line — and two different lengths (35 and 38 inches). Each Tank Cruiser putter comes with a weight kit that offers three different head weights and counterbalance weights. Stock 15-inch SuperStroke Mid Slim 2.0 grip is a nice touch.
Cons: $249 is pricey for an insert putter, but there’s value in the stock SuperStroke grip that houses an adjustable counterbalance system and the putter’s slick weight kit.
Bottom Line: Odyssey recognized that there was a gap between the company’s conventional putters and its counterbalanced Tank models. Tank Cruiser putters sit nicely in between, offering several different models and a well-thought-out, nicely packaged adjustable weight system.
Odyssey Principal Designer Austie Rollinson told me in last 2012 that the ban of anchored-putting styles by golf’s ruling bodies would fuel putter innovation. My guess is that the Tank Cruiser was exactly what he had in mind.
Like previous Odyssey models, the Tank Cruiser putters ($249) have two adjustable weight ports and three sets of putter head weights that weigh 10 grams, 15 grams and 20 grams. They allow the putter head to be made as light as 365 grams or as heavy as 385 grams in 10-gram increments.
What’s new, however, is that the putters also have a screw-in weight system in the butt end of their grips. Those removable weights, which weigh 0, 15 and 30 grams, allow golfers to change the overall feel of the putter.
Adding the heavier weights to the handle of the grip will move the putter’s balance point closer to a golfer’s hands, while using the lighter weights will move the balance point closer to the putter head. Golfers looking to smooth out their stroke often add more weight to the handle of their putters, while those more reliant on feel or like to feel a more active release during the stroke usually add more weight to their putter heads.
Counterbalanced putters like the Tank Cruiser are nothing new to golf, as many serious players have tinkered with different head weights and “back weighting,” the process of adding weight to the handle of the putter, for decades. But Odyssey is the first major putter manufacturer to simplify this process with adjustable weight ports in both the head and handle of a putter, saving tinkerers time and money.
The V-Line (left) and #7 Tank Cruiser putters. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
The Tank Cruiser putters are available in four different styles — the #1 Wide and 330Mhave a bit of toe hang, while the #7 and V-Line are face-balanced — and each is available in lengths of 35 or 38 inches. Odyssey advises golfers who are interested in a counterbalanced putter to try the 38-inch model if they use a putter that is 35 inches or longer, or to try the 35-inch model if they use a putter that is 34 inches or shorter.
The Tank Cruiser putters come stock with a 15-inch SuperStroke Mid Slim 2.0 grip that weighs about 70 grams without weights. It’s extra length allows golfers to choke down on the longer-than-standard putters as Odyssey advises without the worry of running out of grip. And since the grips are non-tapered, golfers will have the same feel at the top of the grip as they do at the bottom.
As a former long putter user, I was devastated when the USGA announced that starting in 2016, I wouldn’t be able to anchor my 50-inch broomstick to my sternum in the USGA qualifiers I like to play. So like most golfers who were reliant on anchored putters, I started experimenting. I tried arm lock/Kuchar putters, big grips and several different putting styles before I realized that I could survive without my anchor. But surviving on the greens and thriving on them are two different things.
The takeaway from my tinkering was that I needed a counterbalanced putter with special weighting to help me putt my best. One of my favorite options was Odyssey’s Tank putter, but it felt clunky to me and I was moving away from face-balanced models. If only the Tank Cruiser putters were available then, I wouldn’t have spent so much time and money adjusting my gamers with shaft extensions, grips and lead tape.
The #1 Wide (left) and 330M putters. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Adjusting a Tank Cruiser putter allows a golfer to play Goldilocks. For me, putting the heaviest weights (20 grams) in the putter head made it feel too heavy. The 5-gram weights, on the other hand, made it feel to light. The 15-gram weights got me closer, but it still wasn’t “just right.” I’ve spent the last month experimenting with the 0-, 15- and 30-gram counterweights in the grips of the #1 Wide and 330M putters I was sent for review, and have finally settled on the 15-gram weight in the #1 wide. That gives me a more traditional look and the counterbalanced feel that I’ve come to enjoy, especially on the short putts that I tend to miss to the right of the hole.
What I was after, and what most golfers will be looking for, is the feeling of an effortless release of the putter at impact. In theory, the extra weight in the handle should slow down that portion of the putter during the stroke and allow golfers to more easily square up the toe with the heel at impact, but that won’t be true for all golfers. Some players, like me, will like the overall heavier feeling, which can add stability to a golfer’s stroke. Some golfers won’t know why they like it… they just will. And that’s great, too.
Each Odyssey Tank Cruiser comes with three sets of adjustable putter head weights (5, 10 and 20 grams) and three different counterbalance weights (0, 15 and 50 grams), as well as a special wrench to make the adjustments.
So how do you know if a counterbalanced putter is for you? Making changes to the putter’s adjustable weight system creates noticeable differences in feel, but if you’re strongly opposed to the way the putter feels in its stock configuration (two 15-gram weights in the head and a 15-gram weight in the handle), it’s probably not right for you. And if you do like the stock setup, you should still experiment with the different weights. You’ll know when you get it right, even if it takes you some time like it did for me.
Looks and Feel
The Tank Cruisers have Odyssey’s Black Matte finish, which gives the putters a classic, no-glare look and offers a nice contrast with white alignment aids on each putter. I found the finish to be fairly durable, although the finish on the sole will show some wear as soon as you take it to the course.
The #1 Wide (left) and 330M putters at address. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Odyssey also took care to offer several different alignment aids in the line. The #1 Wide has a single alignment aid that is located in the flange of the putter, while the 330M has two lines on the flange that frame the ball nicely at address. The #7 has a sightline on the putter’s top line, as well as two longer lines that reinforce a golfer’s alignment on the fins of the putter. The V-Line has the most aggressive alignment aid with three long sightlines on its flange.
Each of the putters has Odyssey’s re-formulated White Hot insert, which feels extremely soft and is Odyssey’s most popular insert on the professional tours.
If you’re struggling with your putting, there’s no reason not to try a counterbalanced putter. They’re great for golfers looking to get a jump on switching from their anchored putters, and while they’re not for everyone, they can be a nice change of pace for golfers who want to feel something a little different.
CARLSBAD, Calif., January 7, 2015 - Today Odyssey® Golf, a brand of Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY), announced the new Odyssey Works line of putters. Odyssey Works represents a new high performance technology platform where feel meets roll. Odyssey Works putters, available nationwide on January 30, 2015, combine a new Fusion RX insert with the company's major-winning Versa alignment, and Tour-proven head shapes like the #1 Wide and the #7. Odyssey also revealed a new head shape, the 2-Ball Fang. It is the company's most accurate 2-Ball of all time.
To support today's product introduction, Odyssey Golf launched this webpage odysseygolf.com/odyssey-works along with some original content, including:
-An Odyssey Works overview video: youtube.com/watch?v=52l7k_pE5B4
-And an informative blog post: cmp.callawaygolf.com/2015/01/07/odyssey-works-feel-meets-roll-like-never-before
Odyssey Works Putters will be available at golf retailers nationwide and on odysseygolf.com. The New Product Introduction Price starts at $179.99.
The #1 putter in golf announces a high MOI option in the alternative putting category
CARLSBAD, Calif., March 8, 2013 -- Odyssey®, the #1 Putter in Golf®, today introduces the high-MOI, counterbalanced Tank™ Putter. Odyssey, which led all putter companies with 57 wins across the major professional tours last year, continues to lead innovation in the category by providing a stability-promoting putter designed to help golfers sink more putts. The Tank Putter features weighted components with a calculated balance point for a higher MOI and greater stability through the putting stroke. Tank will be available in conventional length options (34" and 36") and options slightly longer than conventional (38" and 40"). Odyssey Tank putters will be available at retail starting on April 12, 2013.
Austie Rollinson, Principal Designer, Odyssey Golf
"With Tank, we wanted to enhance the stability of the putter by increasing the moment of inertia of the entire club. We feel this achieves most of the benefits of anchoring without actually touching the body. In redistributing the weight in the putter to achieve this increase in inertia we focused on placing the balance point in each length option in relatively the same position as you would find in a conventional putter. So at each length Tank is offered, the balance point is in a slightly different place on the shaft to provide the golfer with an optimal counterbalance and stability."
Alternative Method: How Tank Works
The conventional length Tank putters have a total club MOI that is 34 percent higher than a standard putter (with a 19 percent increase in total club weight), and the longer options of Tank putters have a total club MOI that is 109 percent higher than a standard putter (with a 32 percent increase in total club weight). Stability weighting and a heavier head and shaft quiet the hands during the stroke to provide consistent control while a double barrel alignment clearly frames the golf ball at address. The added weight engages the big muscles to promote a pendulum stroke that helps keep the wrists from breaking down. Traditionally, MOI has been measured only at the head level, but by weighting all of the components in harmony to dial in a balance point, the team at Odyssey has raised the MOI of the entire club.
Chris Koske, Global Directory, Odyssey Golf
"At every golf club in the world, we've heard golfers say, 'I just want something a little heavier.' With the proposed anchoring ban in discussions, we thought it was the right time to service golfers with an alternative and stability-focused method to putting and putter design. We didn't just do heavy -- each component is carefully weighed to ensure a proper balance point and ultimate stability. We brought two prototypes out to Riviera and one went in play immediately. We quickly moved our tour introduction up to this week at Doral."
TANK Product Details:
Technology: Counterbalance Stability Weighting
Odyssey Tank Putters use a counterbalance weight, heavier head (400g) and heavier shaft (150g) to quiet the hands during the stroke. The added weight raises MOI to create more stability through impact, and helps quiet the hands to create more of a pendulum stroke.
Golfer benefit: Added weight quiets the hands for consistent control
Technology: Total Club MOI With Increased Weight
One of the main reasons Odyssey is able to achieve a greater level of stability in Tank is the total club MOI. The shorter-length options (34" and 36" putters) have a total club MOI that is 34% higher than a standard putter with a 19% increase in total club weight. The long options (38" and 40" putters) have a total club MOI that is 109% higher than a standard putter with a 32% increase in total club weight.
Golfer benefit: Greater stability and a more pendulum stroke
Technology: Tour Preferred Balance Point
Based on the shaft length of the Tank putter, the balance point is positioned to provide the counterbalance feel a golfer would be familiar with in a conventional putter.
Golfer Benefit: Balance point is positioned on the shaft for a similar feel to a conventional putter
Technology: New and improved White Hot® insert
The wildly popular White Hot insert claimed more than thirty victories across the worldwide tours in 2012. In 2013, Odyssey introduces an improved version of the insert that brings more consistent sound, feel and performance across the putter face. Critical to the insert's enhanced consistency, a new laser milling cutting process allows Odyssey to achieve extremely tight tolerances and to better match insert shapes to the various head shapes.
Golfer Benefit: More consistent sound and feel
Learn more about Odyssey products by visiting: http://www.odysseygolf.com