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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.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Odyssey’s red and black O-Works putters.

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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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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from drvrwdge and delves into the subject of 2019 players irons. Drvrwdge asks fellow members which players iron they rate as the best of this year, with Srixon’s Z785 proving to be very popular amongst WRXers.

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.

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  • KC13: “MP-20 MMC all day.”
  • hypergolf: “I tried all the new iron releases as I am in the market to replace my Mizuno MP60s (TT DG S300). After hours of search, different shaft and head combinations I am going to go with Titleist T100 with Project X 6.0. Historically I never liked Titleist irons and was always a Mizuno iron player, but this year the feel and performance in T100 won me over…”
  • dalillama47: “Z785’s are my vote. Yes, I do play them. I can play anything I want. Between feel, forgiveness and the way they go through the turf, all a tough combo to beat. I’m not saying they are the best, but hard to believe there is anything much better.”

Entire Thread: “Best players iron of 2019?”

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Driver: Titleist 917 D2 (10.5 degrees @ 9.75)
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Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (46 10F, 50 12F bent to 51, 54 10S bent to 55, 60 08M)
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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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*Equipment accurate as of the 2019 Houston Open

Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XT 70 TX

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Putter: Ping PLD Anser 2

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