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Odyssey Officially Launches Red and Black O-Works Putters

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When we spotted Odyssey’s Red and Black O-Works prototype putters at the 2017 Dean & DeLuca Invitational, we assumed TaylorMade’s Tour Spider Red and Black putters had at least a shred of influence on Odyssey’s new putters. Of course, the Spider has become one of the most popular putters on Tour given the success of Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson with the putters.

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So ahead of the official launch of Odyssey’s new O-Works putters, we spoke to Sean Toulon, Senior VP of Callaway and the General Manager of Odyssey, who didn’t shy away from the influence TaylorMade had on the decision to make its new putters red and black.

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“TaylorMade has had a great success and they have a great product with [the TaylorMade Spider Red and Black Putters],” Toulon said. “Don’t think for a second Tour players aren’t just golfers like the rest of us… they’re influenced by what other golfers do. The red thing looks pretty cool. We thought we could do a different type of red: a different shade. We tried [the red] with the 2-Ball and the #7, and they looked awesome.”

As golfers and equipment enthusiasts ourselves, we certainly understand. See a playing partner hole a bunch of putts with a putter, it’s only natural to want to try that putter. Toulon admits, however, that there’s no hard evidence that a red or black putter will perform better on the greens. “It just looks cool,” Toulon said.

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Toulon said the technology in the new putters does offer improved performance, however. He was speaking specifically about Odyssey’s Tour-proven Microhinge inserts, which reduces skidding better than Odyssey’s other putter inserts by “hinging” at impact to create top spin. Acoustically, the insert also create a better sound, Toulon said, especially in mallet putter heads. Instead of a muted sound that provides little acoustic feedback, the insert produces a slightly higher-pitched sound in mallet putters that golfers tend to prefer.

You’ll notice that most of the putters available in this release (listed below) are mallets. Toulon believes that the trend of golfers moving toward mallets putters and away from blade-style models will continue, both with weekend warriors and PGA Tour players. When Jordan Spieth experimented with a mallet putter earlier this year, nine of the top-10 ranked golfers in the Official World Golf Rankings were using a mallet-styled putter. He attributed this trend to golfers ever-increasing use of data-capturing technology, especially on the greens.

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  • O-Works Black options: #2W, #3T, #1, 330M, #2M CS, #7S
  • O-Works Red options: 2-Ball, #7, #7S

Odyssey’s Red and Black O-Works will be available August 4. They will sell for $199 with a stock Winn grip, $219 with a SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0 grip.

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  1. Steve

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Why have they gone away with the 38″ option? I have the original Tank 330M and love the counter balance.

  2. ooffu

    Jul 18, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    adult golfers have the brains of a child and oem marketing reflects that

  3. Winner

    Jul 18, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Copying is the highest form of flattery. That, or Callaway saw its Odyssey sales go way down because of TM and decided to do something about it

  4. Jack

    Jul 18, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Why release new ones every year if they’re just the same thing over and over again.

    • Oi

      Jul 18, 2017 at 11:24 am

      It’s not the same. It’s got new colors lmao

  5. Inferno Itall

    Jul 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Yawn! Callaway is simply a fast follower. It takes a little from TM, Titleist, Ping, Scotty, and PGX. Its stock will be $8-9 in a year or two.

  6. Chuck

    Jul 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I half expected to click on this story, and see some engineer explaining that studies somehow showed that a red putter on a green background had some visual or psychological advantage.

    I am relieved to know that it is just a bunch of young guys who have contracts with Odyssey thought that the TM red Spyders were cool.

    No doubt, the guys who went to Ohio State, Oklahoma, Indiana, Washington State, USC, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and any other scarlet/red/crimson/maroon school you can think of.

  7. TexasSnowman

    Jul 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    black with no alignment lines is a winner

  8. TR1PTIK

    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Don’t care for the red color, but the slant neck on the #7 makes me regret pulling the trigger on my Scotty Cam so soon! May have to give one a try when/if one of my local shops carries it.

  9. ooffa

    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I will be buying a Red and a Black and play either depending on how I feel. The Black on my good days and the Red on my red (cotton pony) days.

  10. rebfan73

    Jul 17, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Hey! If it works for TaylorMade, it’ll work for us…….

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Titleist AVX golf balls passed the test, are now available across the United States

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Titleist’s AVX golf balls first came to retail as an experiment in three markets — Arizona, California and Florida — from October 2017 to January 2018. AVX (which stands for “Alternative to the V and X”) are three-piece golf balls made with urethane covers, and they’re made with a softer feel for more distance than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

After proving their worth to consumers, Titleist’s AVX golf balls are now available across the U.S. as of April 23, and they will sell for 47.99 per dozen (the same as Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls) in both white and optic yellow.

According to Michael Mahoney, the Vice President of Golf Ball Marketing for Titleist, the AVX is a member of the Pro V1 family. Here’s a basic understanding of the lineup:

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  • Pro V1x: Firmer than the Pro V1, highest spinning and highest trajectory
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Different from the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, the AVX golf balls have a new GRN41 thermoset cast urethane cover to help the golf balls achieve the softer feel. Also, they have high speed, low compression cores, a new high-flex casing layer, and a new dimple design/pattern.

For in-depth tech info on the new AVX golf balls, how they performed in the test markets, and who should play the AVX golf balls, listen to our podcast below with Michael Mahoney, or click here to listen on iTunes.

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Andrew Landry’s Winning WITB: 2018 Valero Texas Open

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Driver: Ping G30 (9 degrees at 8.8 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue ATX65 TX
Length: 45.25 inches, tipped at 1 inch
Swing Weight: D3

3 Wood: Ping G (14.5 degrees at 15.15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75
Length: 43 inches, tipped 1 inch
Swing Weight: D2

5 Wood: Ping G (17.5 degrees at 17.75 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Yellow 85
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Swing Weight: D2

Irons: Ping iBlade (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105X
Swing Weight: D2

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F and 60-10S)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping PLD ZB-S
Grip: Ping Pistol
Length, loft, lie: 33 inches, 3 degrees, 3 degrees flat

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord

WITB Notes: Landry tweaked his iron lofts before the Valero; 1 degree weak in his 4 and 5 iron, and 0.5 degrees weak in his 6-PW.

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Alexander Levy’s Winning WITB: 2018 Hassan Trophy

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 915Fd (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK 70TX

Hybrid: Titleist 816 H1 (17 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95X Hybrid

Irons: Titleist 716 CB (3), Titleist 714 MB (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 120S

Wedges: Titleist SM6 (52-08F),Titleist SM7 (58)
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Putter: Odyssey O Works 7
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Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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