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Odyssey’s new EXO Indianapolis, Seven and Rossie putters (updated 4/18)

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Update: 4/18/18

Odyssey announced today that the three EXO models highlighted below — each with head perimeters made from 17-4 stainless, center sections made from 6061 aluminum, and “White Hot Microhinge” inserts in the faces — will be available in stores on May 18. Read below for in-depth tech information we gathered from the 2018 PGA Show.

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Along with the multitude of putters that Odyssey recently launched, the company had three new putters on its putting green at the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day in Orlando.

They’re called the EXO putters — at $299 they’re more affordable than the $500 Odyssey EXO 2-Ball — and the whole idea is to create a line of putters that has the ultimate in forgiveness. But that forgiveness is created by not only shifting weight toward the perimeter, but also by making center of gravity (CG) shallower in the club head, according to chief-designer at Odyssey, Austie Rollinson.

Here’s everything you need to know about the EXO putters, as described by Austie himself.

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day here.

The high-MOI, but shallow-CG design

Austie says: “The whole idea behind the EXO putters is to create high-MOI designs. The center section being aluminum takes all that weight out to redistribute weight into the perimeter. So the No. Seven (EXO) compared to the regular No. 7 is about 50 percent more inertia. That really gives you a lot of forgiveness on off-center hits. We got a new insert in it, as well: a White Hot Microhinge insert. It’s a firmer version of the standard microhinge. We got some feedback from the players that the standard microhinge has great performance, great roll, but it’s a little quiet, a little soft. So we wanted to get more sound. That’s why you see the bigger hinges on it, as well as a little firmer material… you get more sound out of it. But the key to it is that it’s designed to get more inertia for more forgiveness.

The other thing we’ve done, which we’ve learned through the years, is a lot of times you make something big, like in drivers, the CG gets deep because you make it bigger, and that actually hurts you for forgiveness. Even though the inertias big, if the CG gets too deep, actually the side angle goes up. So, on these designs we wanted to get the inertia big, but also the CG pretty shallow. A lot of these, the CG is about an inch to an inch-and-an-eighth deep. Versus some we’ve had are an inch-and-a-half to two inches.

Even though you have high inertia, you start losing forgiveness. That’s another thing we tried to engineer into these by using multiple materials is to control the center of gravity position and then enhance the MOI.”

A Toulon-like Indianapolis, a No. “Seven” and a bigger Rossie

Austie says: “The thing we changed from the Toulon (Indianapolis) is that we flipped the materials. On that one we had an aluminum face with a steel sole to try and get the CG low on that one. We flipped it (for the EXO) so it’s a steel front and an aluminum sole, and then some steel weights in the back. So the inertia is a little bit higher. The (Toulon) Indianapolis is already high, so (MOI) is about 5 percent higher, but the center of gravity is almost a half-inch shallower, so that really enhances forgiveness.”

“We’ve also brought the No. Seven design, which is one of our iconic shapes. And then the Rossie type shape. It’s a little bigger than the Rossie shape, but it’s reminiscent of that design.

So three really cool progressive shapes in (the EXO) line.”

Release dates and pricing

The EXO line of putters will be available in May, and they will sell for $299… a bit lower than the EXO 2-Ball that Odyssey recently released.

Austie says: “That one is (the EXO 2-Ball), we spared no expense to machine every part. It’s a very complicated shape. But, the result of that is a really cool, rich look. This one we wanted to make a bit more affordable. We know $500 is out of reach for a lot of golfers, but $299 is not that big a price. We’ve done a combination of casting and skim-milling on the bodies, then the tresses are all forged and machined. So that helps us make them a reasonably priced product. They’re not coming out until May.”

See all of our photos from the 2018 PGA Show Demo Day here.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest club that you game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from uwhockey14, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for the oldest club that they still use out on the course. Despite the latest technologies continually leading to new and improved equipment, this thread shows that for many of our members, there will always be a place in the bag for that certain trusty older club.

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.

  • leo the lion: “Odyssey Dual Force 56 degree wedge which is about 20 years old. These wedges have what I believe are called Stronomic inserts in the face. The inserts are made of a very hard material and still look new. I have not found a wedge that gives more spin and control than these wedges. Ping Eye and ISI’s come close but the Dual Forces can almost stop on a dime. I also have a 52 degree that I will use together with the 56 on shorter courses.”
  • NRJyzr: “Playing Golden Ram Tour Grinds right now, they’re approximately 38 years old.”
  • Moonlightgrm: “My Ping ISI irons are 18-years old. Nothing can move them out of my bag. Easy to hit and very forgiving. I tried a set of Mizuno JPX900 forged this year, and they lasted exactly 3-rounds.”
  • sneaky_pete: “18* Mizuno Fli Hi II Driving Iron from around 2006/2007.  This will never leave the bag! Also still rocking my Adams Speedline Super S 3 wood from 2012.”
  • dpb5031: “Arnold Palmer AP30r blade putter – ~50 years old. Kasco K2K #33 (sorta between a 2 hybrid & 5 wood) – 18 years old.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest club that you game?”

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Wilson Staff Cortex wins “Driver vs. Driver 2” (in-hand photos)

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Designed by show contestant Evan Hoffman of San Diego, California, the Wilson Staff Cortex is the winning driver design of the second season of Driver vs. Driver.

The titanium-bodied Cortex features carbon panels and a sliding adjustable weight system.

Additional Cortex features

Fast Cage Technology — The company describes this as, a “weight-tuned titanium internal structure with an impressive 44% of its surface area covered in Carbon Fiber Panels. This Ti –Carbon construction allows for extremely precise distribution of weight and frees up additional weight for maximum adjustability.”

Wilson’s longest ever Slide Track — An eight gram sliding adjustable weight is positioned in the center of the head. Additionally interchangeable two and eight-gram weights can be adjusted on the sole and heel of the club.

Fast Fit Technology hosel system — Players have six adjustable options to dial in the loft of the driver in half-degree increments.

A Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec shaft — red, blue, or black — is standard.

“Season Two of the show yielded two amazing finalists; the Cortex and the Rozwell,”
said Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf. “Ulimately, the Cortex came out on top with
its clean, classic shape, overall consistent performance results from a wide range of
player testers, and steady sound across the entire face of the club. We are excited to get
this driver into the hands of players at all levels of the game.”

Hoffman presented his original concept to Wilson LABS, and the engineers chose if from hundreds of submissions. After a nearly two-year process of refining, Hoffman is the winner of a $250,000 grand prize and the inclusion of his creation in the Wilson Staff Line.

The Wilson Staff Cortex will retail for $499.99 and will be available in 9-, 10.5-, and 12-degree models.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from moorebaseball, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their recommendations on soft and forgiving players cavity irons. A whole host of different irons get a mention in the thread, with Mizuno’s cavity irons proving to be one of the most popular choices amongst our members.

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.

  • jimb: “I haven’t hit anything better feeling than the 2013 Callaway X-Forged.”
  • deep18: “As others have said, JPX919 Tour. Players look but according to Mizuno’s data, slightly more forgiving than the AP3 and almost as forgiving as the MMC.”
  • elwhippy: “Mizuno will be the softest. Srixon a close second. I imagine the TM will be most forgiving. AP2s are very blade like in their performance. P760 goes very high and straight with DG 105 and 120 shafts.”
  • 300_Straight: “Wilson V6 Tour is also a great feeling iron from what I’ve heard. Never personally tested it, though. Any Srixon 7 or 9 series irons are very soft, as are most Mizunos, Callaway X Forged, etc.”

Entire Thread: “Softest, most forgiving players cavity irons?”

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