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Sunday was big for the Odyssey 2-Ball Putter… and stealing

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The Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball putter debuted in 2001. It has, in various incarnations, been a part of the Odyssey family of putters ever since. However, it’s fair to say that the now-iconic design remains on the periphery of professional golf’s radar.

So it’s interesting that, while they’re gaming different models (and thus different inserts), both Inbee Park and Kristoffer Broberg won this week using 2-Ball flatsticks with black alignment lines bisecting the white spheres.

Perhaps even more interestingly, neither used current Odyssey Works or Metal-X varieties of the flatstick. Inbee Park gamed her tried-and-true Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball to capture her fifth victory of the year. Broberg had a center-shafted White Ice 2-Ball in the bag.

Behold: The stolen White Ice 2-Ball.

Behold: The stolen White Ice 2-Ball.

And with respect to Mr. Broberg case, the most interesting item of all the backstory behind his gaming the White Ice.

In short: He stole it!

Not really. Broberg borrowed the putter from his teacher’s wife.

Practicing at his coach’s studio at home in Sweden early in the week, Broberg was looking for solutions following a poor putting performance. He took a peek in his coach’s wife’s golf bag, which was sitting in the studio. The Swede saw the White Ice 2-Ball, and decided to give the putter a try.

”So I just tried (her putter) and the stroke was much, much better and the technique, so I just keep it. And it was pretty good,” the BMW Championship winner said.

He used the putter to hole a 15-footer to topple Patrick Reed in the tournament-deciding playoff and capture his first European Tour title.

It’s safe to say there’s a woman in Sweden looking for a new putter today.

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  1. Joe

    Nov 18, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    annika

  2. John

    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I still use (and have never tried anything else) A 33 inch, Odyssey DFX 2-Ball that I bought when it came out in …? (darker gray, with black insert). it works great for me – 3.7 Index

  3. mike

    Nov 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Seems like personal comfort, emilliano grillo just won with Odyssey’s metal-X. Just because those 2 player won with a 2-ball means nothing.
    http://www.golfwrx.com/321254/emiliano-grillo-witb-2015/

    • TheCityGame

      Nov 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

      What it MEANS is that you can still win a golf tournament at the highest level in the world without the latest, greatest, perfectly fit, overly focus-grouped putter available for over 400 dollars. As long as you can roll the rock and the thing looks and feels good, you can swipe it from your golf teacher’s wife.

      You might think that’s obvious, as I do.

      But, it’s clearly not the general sentiment around these parts.

  4. RH

    Nov 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Its beyond me why Odyssey won’t release a “standard” 2 ball with an etched alignment line. I know they did this in the past with the white ice and recently with the 2 ball fang but nothing else. Odyssey if you listening make one with a line and release it to the public!

  5. Richard

    Nov 16, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I note it’s a Centre- Shafted model. I wish Odyssey would get back to more CS offerings; love that look. My current gamer is a 2006 vintage 2ball White Steel CS that has been in the bag more than not the past eight years. Though I had the insert customized last year with an aluminum 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

  • Thru-Slot Speed Pocket

    Our breakthrough Thru-Slot Speed Pocket technology delivers enhanced sole flexibility to create additional ball speed as well as improved forgiveness on low-face mis-hits

  • C300 Ultra-Strong Steel Face

    High-strength C300 steel allows for a stronger, faster face engineered for explosive speed performance *Only SIM Max Fairway and Rescue

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.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • 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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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

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)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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