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A White Hot Mesh: Odyssey Works Putters

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Odyssey’s Works putters merge two of the company’s most successful technologies to create something new.

The putters use a new insert — called Fusion RX — that combines Odyssey’s White Hot insert with a stainless steel mesh that’s similar to the company’s Metal-X insert. The idea was to combine the soft, consistent feel of the White Hot insert with the roll benefits of the Metal-X insert pattern.

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[quote_box_center]”We took a thin mesh of stainless steel about 0.4 mm thick and adhere it to the surface,” says Austie Rollinson, Principal Designer at Odyssey Golf. “And what that does — the stainless steel with the oval pattern — is give you that friction that you’re looking for to put that better roll on it. But it also is thin enough that it flexes with the impact so that you get the feel and sound and resiliency of the White Hot [insert] behind it… so it’s the best of both worlds.”[/quote_box_center]

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The last step? Adding the company’s Versa paint, which uses contrasting silver and black lines to aid golfers with their alignment.

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The new technologies are used on each of the 11 putters in the Odyssey Works line: #1, #1 Wide, #7, #9, V-Line, 2-Ball Fang, 2-Ball Fang Tank, Arm Lock #1 Wide, Tank #1 Wide, Tank #7 and Rossie #1 Tank. All models (except the Arm Lock #1 Wide) are also available with a SuperStroke grip for a $20 upcharge.

The putters will be in stores on Jan. 30, 2015.

Odyssey Works 2-Ball Fang ($199)

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With the Odyssey Works 2-Ball Fang, the company replaced the metal flange on top of the putter with a lighter ABS polymer insert. That reduced the weight on the top by 78 percent, lowering its center of gravity and creating more discretionary weight for designers to place around the perimeter of the club.

The result? A “fanged” look that’s 32 percent more accurate than any 2-Ball the company has ever made, Rollinson said.

  • Lengths: 33, 34, 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 360 grams

A 2-Ball Fang “Tank” ($219) is also available. It has a head weight of 380 grams and is available in lengths of 35 and 38 inches.

Odyssey Works #1 ($179)

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  • Lengths: 33, 34, 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 350 grams

Odyssey Works #1 Wide ($179)

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  • Lengths: 33, 34, 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 350 grams

Odyssey Works #7 ($179)

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  • Lengths: 33, 34, 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 350 grams

Odyssey Works #9 ($179)

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  • Lengths: 33, 34, 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 350 grams

Odyssey Works Arm Lock #1 Wide ($199)

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  • Lengths: 43 inches
  • Head Weight: 400 grams
  • Offset: 1.5 shafts

Odyssey Works Tank #1 Wide ($199)

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  • Lengths: 35, 38 inches
  • Head Weight: 380 grams

Odyssey Works Tank #7 ($199)

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  • Lengths: 35, 38 inches
  • Head Weight: 380 grams

Odyssey Works V-Line ($179)

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  • Lengths: 33, 34, 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 350 grams

Odyssey Works Tank Rossie #1 ($199)

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  • Lengths: 35, 38 inches
  • Head Weight: 380 grams

Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the putters in our forum.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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26 Comments

  1. Steve

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Looks like they ran out of ideas

    • Chip

      Jan 8, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      Hence the name… They gave it “the works”

  2. Bore

    Jan 8, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Great designs, concepts. Horrible GIRLY color. lol

    Great article title, by the way!

  3. Chip

    Jan 7, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    So how is this putter better, yet significantly cheaper, than a Metal X Milled Versa? $349 vs $179. The people who bought those or the Metal X Milled must feel like they were ripped off!

  4. other paul

    Jan 7, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Oh wow!!! Silver instead of white! I must have! Sarcasm. Sorry, just not enough improvement to get excited about. I am actually surprised I even read the article. I knew what it would say but read it anyway.

  5. Gib15

    Jan 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    These look great IMO, I have always thought Odyssey putters were the best putters dollar for dollar, these could improve on their legacy for sure, combining a truer roll with that classic feel. Something the Metal X series could not quite get right.

    The #1 wide having a line is tempting me highly.

  6. obo

    Jan 7, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    So will this line still jive with their eye-line fitting system? Or is that out the door, only to be resurrected and claimed as innovation next year?

  7. Tom

    Jan 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Thank goodness…back to the solid line and away from the 3 alignment dots. Hate the dots so may have to give this #7 or #7 Tank a ride.

  8. Square

    Jan 7, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Me not like…

  9. Nigel P

    Jan 7, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Where can I get one of these inserts to put on my current Tank?

  10. Michael

    Jan 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I like that they got away from the white. they make good putters but needed to get away from the taylormade white look. i like the size of the #1 wide, reminds me of a sqaureback style. good putter for price. and to “rat’s” comment of a pig painted. they at least have a huge putter line that stays consistnet with shape each year. so people can keep the same style putter they like but get an upgrade or jsut a diff color and change of scenery. there is only so muhc tech in putter. same with betti and scotty. same styles slighly tweaked each year with new color scheme. thats all. dont hate.

  11. lsf_21

    Jan 7, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Still not enough offset in the arm lock.

    • Jesse

      Jan 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      That’s my concern too .. Looks like I’ll have to suck it up and get a bettinardi

      • slider

        Jan 7, 2015 at 5:45 pm

        no a scotty

        • lsf_21

          Jan 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

          Does Scotty make an arm lock?

          Bettis are fantastic I own both. Just wish the feel was a pinch firmer for slow greens I play on most often.

  12. Jesse

    Jan 7, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I’m surprised they brought the arm lock putter back. Anyone have any details on this, is it going to have more loft in the face like the bettinardi?

  13. RAT

    Jan 7, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Much the same ol’ same ol’. A pig painted red or white is still a pig.

    • enrique

      Jan 7, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Winningest putter of all time over PING and Cameron. Probably not a pig by most peoples definition – unless you consider pigs a good thing.

      • jgolf

        Jan 7, 2015 at 7:28 pm

        You’re 100% correct Enrigue. I said the same in another forum. Bettinardi’s, Scotty’s & Piretti’s are beautiful putters. Some of them are like art. But making putts is making money and thats why Odyssey is the number one putter on tour. I’m a white hot pro guy, but for a change, I like a milled stainless putter. I traded a Scotty Newport Mil Spec for an Odyssey # 2 ProType and couldn’t be happier.

        • jgolf

          Jan 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm

          Enrique I meant…my bad

        • other paul

          Jan 7, 2015 at 10:13 pm

          My wife says i am a hot white pro… Probably not the same as a white hot pro…

    • bradford

      Jan 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      But this pig is blue. Blue!

  14. A

    Jan 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I’m diggin the 2-ball fang

  15. Jay

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:43 am

    The putters will be in stores on Jan. 30, 2015

    The Putters will be in the BST Feb 2, 2015

  16. Albatross85

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:09 am

    My lawd! Look at that V-line! Must have one

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GolfWRX Spotlight: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue review

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TaylorMade on the tech features of the TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

  • V Steel Sole design

    The v-shaped sole allows for clean turf interaction and provides additional versatility when playing from tight or difficult lies

  • Twist Face

    Uses corrective face angles designed to overcome inherent golfer tendencies on mis-hits and to produce straighter shots

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How it looks: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

I’ll be honest here: I hate hybrids. They look goofy and I hit em high and left 101 percent of the time. However, every once in a while I’ll find one that I can warm up to. It’s happened twice in the last five years: PXG Gen 2 and SIM Max. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but this hybrid looks like it’s gonna get into the turf and I’m actually gonna hit a good shot. The color scheme is clean and simple. The lines are sleek and not boxy, which is always a bonus. Sometimes hybrids look like a brick on a stick to me. This one does not.

How it feels: TaylorMade SIM Max hybrid

This is where I got really intrigued: the feel. It’s solid. Really solid. Now, I must say that TM didn’t reinvent the wheel with this thing, but the SIM Max is just a simple solid hybrid that is easy to hit and gets through the turf. The V Steel helps that I reckon. It has a nice heavy hit which is good since this is supposed to transition from woods to irons.

Overall: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

It’s a winner. Not hybrid of the century or anything, but a club that could stay in the bag for a while and produce solid results. Look, we have 14 slots to play and they all have a job to do. You cannot go wrong by giving this one a slot in the starting lineup!

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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
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  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
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Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
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