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Is Rory’s Odyssey Putter Coming to Retail?

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Rory McIlroy has made more equipment changes than any other top player on the PGA Tour this season, but one club he’s stuck with has been a prototype Odyssey putter. And since the 27-year-old started using the putter early this year, it has has been both literally and figuratively a secret.

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As Odyssey does with several of its prototype models, the sole is engraved with question marks to highlight its prototype nature. And out of respect for McIlroy’s current status as an equipment free agent — the No. 2-ranked golfer in the world says he’s playing without an endorsement deal from any equipment manufacturer — neither Odyssey or its parent company Callaway is commenting on what clubs he’s currently using.

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That brings us to this week, where we spotted new Odyssey prototype putters on the putting green of the Valero Texas Open, one of which looked almost identical to the prototype putter McIlroy is using. It’s called the 3T, and appears to be a new model in the  O Works line Odyssey unveiled earlier this year. While the putter is black, it seems to have the same shape and size as McIlroy’s prototype, and also uses Odyssey’s new Micro-Hinge insert, which the company says helps putts roll more true.

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So is Rory’s Odyssey putter coming to retail? A Callaway representative says that the 3T, as well as the other Odyssey putters we spotted in Texas, are just prototypes for now. If it did, however, it’s safe to say that a lot of golfers would buy one.

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  1. Darryl

    Apr 20, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Things you should use Rory to advertise in golf: Drivers, Fairway Woods, Blade Irons, Tight shirts that make your odd shaped pecs look more defined.

    Things you shouldn’t use Rory to advertise in golf: Putters

    Tried the Micro-hinge at the recent Scottish golf show, didn’t really notice any difference to my old DFX 2 Ball, if I’m honest. Maybe a bit heavier, but I think that’s a general design trend.

    • Gozer

      Jun 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      When it comes to putters, Rory does more damage to who he dumps than who he picks up. What he chooses next may not make him a great putter (and thus is no reason for us to leap to that one yet), but he clearly thinks it is better than the old one (based on a lot of his comparison testing), which is at least somewhat damning.

  2. Golf Traditionalist

    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:42 am

    If the USGA and R&A had any principles to protect the game they would ban the dubious Odyssey Micro-hinge face insert… but we know they are in the pockets of the OEMs to keep the industry scams alive. Golf on it’s last legs.

    • Chuck

      Apr 20, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Hey, I’m okay with that. Then, 460cc driver heads, composite shafts, and a re-regulation of multilayer urethane balls.

      But seriously (well, I was being serious above); do you think that the Microhinge is a huge/unfair advantage? If so, why?

  3. Mike

    Apr 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Why does the retail model have the black ferrule and Roy’s doesn’t? Is the ferrule even needed never understood why odyssey put’s them on all of these style putter.

  4. gunmetal

    Apr 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    I love that there is a small dent on the bottom of the shaft of the darker finish one from bending. Some of my clients cry when they see a small ding from club alterations. I tell them to think of it like a badge of honor – no “standard” for you – type a thing. It’s refreshing to see arguably the best player in our game with imperfections on his clubs!

    • NoName

      Apr 20, 2017 at 12:33 am

      The crimp on the hosel is “tour only”

  5. Brad T

    Apr 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    how long before rory has a spider in his bag ?

    • gg

      Apr 19, 2017 at 1:09 am

      As he s probably signing/signed a deal with callaway, it doesn t appear to be soon…

  6. Chuck

    Apr 18, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    So I wanted to tell you guys about a silly little anecdotal-and-not-quantitative “study” I did at my local Golf Galaxy the other day.

    First, I grabbed about four or five Pro V1’s on their indoor putting green, which is a carpet and which feels like about 9.5-10.0 Stimpmeter speed.

    Next, I grabbed two new putters, and one used putter. Each was 34.” The first putter was one of the new Microhinge O-works Odysseys, a 1W. (My favorite model.) Next, was my favorite current Scotty Cameron, the Newport M2. Similar head shapes. Third and last was my previous favorite Odyssey, an older model Versa BWB 1W. Again, nearly identical head shape.

    So the experiment was to hit 4-5 putts with each one, just listening to the sound of the ball on the carpet-y putting green surface. There was a scuffing sound as the ball started to roll in the first 2 feet of the putt, before it started its true roll. The sound of the ball skidding along the top of the surface instead of rolling silently.

    The putter that felt the best in my hands, was the Scotty. But it produced the noisiest roll. The putter that produced less noise in the first two feet of roll was the old Versa (which had the softest feel, I must say). The putter that produced NO sound as the ball started to roll was the O-works Microhinge. And it was freaky, what the difference was. There was nothing else like it in the shop. And it seemed as though every O-works Microhinge putter produced the same result. It also seemed like the Microhinge was effectively “faster” too. That is, putts got rolling so fast that it was easy to hit it too far.

    This was a completely subjective, unscientific, unquantifiable test. I’m not trying to kid myself or anybody else. But I worked at it for a while. And what I saw/heard was real.

  7. Joe

    Apr 18, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Not funny.

  8. Dat

    Apr 18, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Funny, it was released years ago as a PING.

  9. Bob Chipeska

    Apr 18, 2017 at 9:32 am

    You can now own one for the low, low price of $600.

  10. Tony

    Apr 18, 2017 at 8:56 am

    You can wait for this to come to retail or you can go find a Scotty Cameron Fastback. Exact same shape

    • rebfan73

      Apr 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      That’s exactly what I thought……

    • Chuck

      Apr 18, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      No; it’s not the shape. It’s the face insert. And no; a Scotty Cameron Fastback doesn’t have that insert. Nobody else does.

      Some people might not like the insert; some people might like it. So far, I see Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, about ten LPGA players (using amazingly stock-looking models) all gravitating to the Microhinge.

      • Tim

        Apr 18, 2017 at 9:20 pm

        Except if you hit the hinge just right it goes off line…

        • Chuck

          Apr 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm

          See, you are arguing that the Microhinge is a bad idea. You can make that argument if you want. But no matter what, this O-Works putter is not a Cameron with a different name on it. You just sort of admitted to the point; the Microhinge makes it different. That was my point.

          I don’t know if what you are saying is true, by the way. I didn’t hit any putts that I thought jumped off the face off-line. And I have a hard time imagining lots of Tour-level players using Microhinge technology if it were actually suspect, in getting putts started on-line. Just guessing here, that Phil Mickelson knows more about putting, and has more money riding on his making putts, than I do.

    • NoName

      Apr 20, 2017 at 12:35 am

      But it doesn’t have the micro hinge technology

  11. Dj

    Apr 18, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Of course they’re going to release it. They release so many putters per year I’d be incredibly surprised if they don’t sell this at retail.

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Forum Thread of the Day: : “Can a club be a perfect performer but too ugly to play?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Patrik1982 and discusses the question of whether a club can be an excellent performer but too ugly to keep in the bag. Our members share their thoughts on the matter, with the majority siding with performance over aesthetics.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Tim Sherwood: “Taylormade R9 irons. I have bought, sold, regretted selling, bought again, sold and so on 3 times now. I love the cavity badging, feel and performance of those irons, but every time I bring them back, I remember just how comically oversized they are, and I can’t play them. Shame really, they are a great product if they fit your eye.”
  • boggyman: “If it works, who cares what it looks like? My current gamers are from the early ’90s. They’re not new or the latest iron but just flat out work!!”Emerich: “I feel this way about some of those ridiculous new putters – for me, I just don’t want to look down and see that.”
  • BIG STU: “I say it is subjective— And I will be the first to tell you if I do not like the looks at address I more than likely can not and will not hit it. That changed for me about a year or so ago. I had always thought ALL hybrids were ugly. Now I could tolerate the early TM Rescues to some extent, but they were hook machines. I ended up on a bulk trade deal acquiring an older Adams A-12 OS 23* with a Pro Launch Red shaft in it. That thing is fugly, but I figured out with a hosel adjustment and some lead tape in the toe to make it anti hook for me. Like I said that thing is ugly, but I love it, and you would have to pry it from my cold dead fingers. A good friend of mine who is getting up in age but is still an accomplished player and lifetime PGA member told me ” It does not matter what a club looks like if you can hit it and it works for you” I had sorta adopted that line of thought previously being brand agnostic, but after that hybrid experiment I have also adopted his policy too.”
  • slimreaper30: “Tools, man. Tools.”

Entire Thread: “Can a club be a perfect performer but too ugly to play?”

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Cobra Golf 2020 F-Max Airspeed: Less mass = More power

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Cobra Golf has always been about creating innovation for golfers of all skill levels, and with the all-new Cobra F-Max Airspeed for 2020, Cobra is helping golfers go higher and further with weight-saving technology and forgiveness.

With a singular focus on helping golfers gain or regain lost speed, Cobra’s new F-Max Airspeed drivers and fairways for both men and women, offer a new level of lightweight performance for golfers with moderate swing speeds.

The Flagship of the F-Max Airspeed line are the drivers that have been re-engineered by the Cobra design team with new weight-saving technologies from head to grip. Not only that, but Cobra understands golfers in this category want clubs that will make the game more enjoyable and won’t break the bank either—the F-Max line delivers on both!

A carbon fiber crown on the driver replaces titanium from the previous generation to save 10 grams of discretionary weight to be re-distributed low and back in the clubhead to maintain a high MOI all the while still having a clubhead that is two grams lighter without sacrificing any stability. This is pretty cool when you consider that as weight drops so does the potential for higher MOI.

The F-Max Airspeed driver crown has improved in the looks department too thanks to the new PWR Ridge structure to assist golfers with alignment towards the target and improved aerodynamics. Beyond the internal weight pad towards the back and heel of the driver head, the Cobra F-Max Airspeed is made more draw biased thanks to the offset hosel design. For players who prefer a traditional setup at address, the F-Max Airspeed drivers are also available in a non-offset straight hosel model.

On top of the head (or should I say attached), a five-gram lighter Airspeed shaft, and six-gram lighter Lamkin midsize grip creates another 11 grams in weight-savings, bringing the total overall weight to an extremely light 285 grams—13 grams lighter than its predecessor. 13 grams might not seem like much, but when it comes to engineering golf equipment, every single percentage point matters and 13 grams is a 4.3 percent improvement.

“Not a single aspect of club design was overlooked when we were trying to maximize the weight savings in this line,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D for Cobra Golf.  “We even use an unpainted shaft with clear coat and a decal design to save two extra grams of weight over a typical painted shaft. That is a perfect illustration of the level of detail that went into making these clubs as lightweight as possible.”

The new F-Max Airspeed fairways employ similar weight-saving innovations as the driver, such as a new lightweight carbon crown and a five-gram-lighter Airspeed shaft design. Additionally, a low profile, shallow face design lowers the center of gravity for higher launch while weighting towards the extreme back and heel help create a draw bias trajectory.

Cobra Golf 2020 F-Max Airspeed: Specs and Availability

The men’s F-Max Airspeed driver is available in both right and left-hand versions in stiff, regular, and lite flex, with the choice of offset or straight neck hosel. Available lofts include 9.5, 10.5, and 11.5 degrees in right-hand and 10.5 degrees in left-hand. $329 retail.

Men’s F-MAX Airspeed Fairways are Available in both right and left-hand versions with AIRSPEED shafts (NOTE: 50-gram in stiff, regular and 45-gram in lite flex,).  Available lofts include 16°, 20° and 23° in right and left-hand. MSRP: $219.

Women’s F-MAX Airspeed Driver Available in offset only in both right and left-hand versions with a 40-gram COBRA AIRSPEED shaft in ladies flex. Available lofts are 11.5° (RH only) as well as 15° of loft (LH/RH).

Women’s F-MAX Airspeed Fairways ($219) – Available in both right-hand and left-hand
versions with a 45-gram Airspeed shaft in ladies flex. Comes in a striking black/lilac
colorway and available lofts include 19°, 23° and 27° in right and left-hand.

But Wait, There is MORE!

The new Cobra’s F-Max Airspeed line also includes iron with the additional option of a hybrid combo set for both men and women.

The hybrids offer the same technology as the woods, and the irons are built around offering a lighter-weight, easy-to-hit progressive offset option to players seeking maximum forgiveness in an affordable package.

The men’s irons are 5-GW (seven pieces) in steel for $599, and the combo set with 4-, 5-hybrid, 6-iron to pitching wedge for $699.

The women’s irons come stock 5- and 6-hybrid, 7-iron to sand wedge with 40-gram ladies flex graphite for $699.

If you are looking to go the full set route, the F-Max Airspeed men’s complete set includes the choice of lite flex set, featuring an 11.5-degree driver, or a regular flex set featuring a 10.5-degree driver. The complete set comes with a driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, 4-hybrid, 5-hybrid, 6-iron, pitching, sand wedge, a Cobra blade putter. The set comes with a premium cart bag, featuring a 14-way top, nine zippered compartments, a velour-lined valuables pocket, an insulated beverage cooler, and a shoulder strap featuring COOLFlow EVA foam for maximum comfort. The complete set is available in right hand only for $1,299.

The F-Max Airspeed women’s complete set also comes standard with a premium, full-feature cart bag (same features as the men’s version), 15-degree ladies flex driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, 7-wood, 5-hybrid, 6-iron through pitching wedge, sand wedge, and a Cobra mallet putter.

Available in right-hand only in either a black/lilac or white/copper colorway. NOTE: The white/copper colorway is only available in the complete set and not as separate pieces.

The F-Max Airspeed drivers, fairways, and complete sets are available beginning January 10, 2020.

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Jason Dufner WITB 2019 (Cobra)

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Driver: Cobra King F9 Speedback (10.5 @9.5 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 65-TX (tipped 1”, 45.5”)

3-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Proto (15 Degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Shafts OLYSS RSC 75-TX (tip 1”, 43”)

7-wood: Titleist 915F (21 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 MSI 80 TX

4-iron: Cobra King Forged Utility
Shaft: LAGP Proto Rev A

Irons: Cobra King Forged CB (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White S400

Wedges: Cobra Raw Custom (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper DG Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Newport Circa 2001

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