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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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Mizuno announces new JPX 919 Tour Forged irons are coming August 29 (via cryptic Twitter post)

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While cryptic, it does appear Mizuno is announcing via Twitter that its new JPX 919 Tour irons are coming on 8/29/18. One would have to assume that means they will be launched on 8/29, not actually hitting retail on 8/29, but that remains to be seen.

We recently spotted a number of new irons on the USGA conforming list, including the JPX919 Tour irons pictured above, JPX919 Forged and JPX919 Hot Metal irons from Mizuno. So it’s likely that the JPX 919 Tour Forged irons won’t be alone in the JPX 919 family when they hit retail.

The JPX 919 Tour iron specifically pictured in the Tweet above seems to be the replacement for Mizuno’s JPX 900 Tour irons that Brooks Koepka used to win this year’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship. Learn more about the original JPX 900 Tour design from Mizuno’s Chris Voshal on our Gear Dive podcast.

Diving a bit deeper into the picture from Mizuno’s Tweet, it appears the JPX919 Tour irons will utilize Mizuno’s familiar Grain Flow forging, and will be made from 1025E; that’s based on the hosel stamping that says “GF Forged HD 1025E.”

Stay tuned for more info from Mizuno.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about the JPX919 Tour irons here.

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USA Stars & Stripes, European Flag Chrome Soft Truvis golf balls arrive

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Getting you in the Ryder Cup spirit a little more than a month from the competition in Paris, Callaway announced Chrome Soft European Truvis golf balls and new Chrome Soft X Truvis Stars & Stripes balls today.

The Carlsbad company is also bringing its popular Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls back to market.

The new European Truvis balls features a European-themed white, blue, and yellow design. Both Chrome Soft Truvis Stars & Stripes balls include a patriotic red, white, and blue pattern.

All models of these made-in-the-USA golf balls will be available at retail August 24th and will sell for $44.99.

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An Interview with T Squared putters, started by a high school golfer

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I’ve coached high school golf for over 15 years, and I thought that I had run out of “firsts.” Then, Anthony Tuber, one of our varsity six, told me that he builds putters. “Sure,” I thought. You purchase the components and assemble putters. Nice hobby to have. “No, coach, I build them from scratch. We have milling machines.” If that doesn’t catch your attention, not much will.

As a coach, you encourage your golfers from a base of experience, but I don’t have any club-making experience! The last time I played around with metal was in middle-school metal shop. In this particular case, the student is the coach, and the golfer is the teacher. I’m now the proud owner of a T Squared putter, and continue to be the proud coach of Anthony Tuber. He might be the next Bob Vokey, or Scotty Cameron, but for now, he is a varsity golfer and high school student. Oh, and he happens to make putters. Rather than write a review that might be perceived as biased, I decided to do a straightforward interview with T Squared Putters. If you want to learn more, visit the company website, or follow them on Twitter and on Instagram.

Question 1: What type of research and field testing did you do, prior to building your first putter?

Prior to making our first putter we bought a bunch of putters to see what we liked and disliked about them. Then we took those putters and tested them to figure out which roll we liked the best. The roll is determined by the weight of the putter the length and the groove pattern. After we completed the testing we drew up a design and shortly after that we had our first prototypes. We then tested those prototypes and they rolled exactly how we wanted. Time went by while we used these first putters but then we really wanted to see the competition. We went to the PGA Merchandise Show and that’s where we found out that we had a superior putter.

Question 2: Is there a style of putter that you like, that perhaps served as inspiration for some of your designs?

We bought and tested dozens of putters but two putters caught our eye and those putters are the Scotty Cameron Squareback and the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Notchback.

Question 3: Can you tell us a bit about the materials/components that you chose for T Squared Putters?

We use American-made 303 stainless steel in all of our putters, but we also we use 6061 aircraft aluminum for the insert on the 713i.

Question 4: How do you balance your responsibilities and commitments, with your T Squared production?

During the school year academics are my number one priority. Over the summer I have been balancing my Tsquared putters work while working on the progression of my golf game. Fortunately I have a team that is very supportive of my vision for T Squared putters.

Question 5: Any chance we will see a mallet-style putter from T Squared?

Yes, we are currently testing other mallet putters to determine the most desirable features for our mallet putter. We are anticipating a prototype soon.

Question 6: Are you a better putter now that you know so much more from the design and production side of putters?

Yes, I have an entirely different perspective when I stand over every putt.

Question 7: How do you get the word out about the quality of your putters?

We have been very active on social media. The golfers that are currently using a Tsquared putter have been spreading the word. We have also been attending local golf tournaments to establish our brand.

Question 8: Do you hope to make a career of this venture, or do you envision it as a step along the path of a 21st-century businessman?

Yes, as golf is my passion I hope to take Tsquared putters to the next level. Golf will always be a part of my life whether it is professionally or recreationally.

Question 9: Finally, what question haven’t we asked, that you wish we would? Ask it and answer it, please.

I haven’t been asked how this process has affected me as a person. As a 17 year old I have a new appreciation for patience, persistence and hard work.

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