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Spotted: A new Odyssey “Stroke Lab Three” prototype putter

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Correction: This story originally reported this putter was in Patrick Reed’s bag. After further investigation, it was not.

Spotted at the 2018 Tour Championship at East Lake was an Odyssey Stroke Lab Three prototype putter. The putter appears to have a milled head and Odyssey’s familiar White Hot Microhinge face insert.

Stroke Lab may be a familiar name for some who know the Stroke Lab putters from around 2017. Mostly only available in the Japan Domestic Market (JDM), the Stroke Lab putters weighed heavier in the head — about 15 grams — and lighter in the shaft (about 29 grams), according to descriptions from True Spec Golf.

Is this a sign of things to come from Odyssey, or just a one-off? It would seem given the familiar name that it’s more the former than the latter, but only time will tell. What do you think about the Stroke Lab Three putter? Do you think it will be available in America at some point?

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  1. Barry Boyd

    Oct 7, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    There hasn’t been a putter made in the last 25 years that I’ve found that gives you a real “pop” at impact…you want some “pop”, pick up a used Cleveland Ken Giannini putter. Wouldn’t trade mine for the world.

  2. TM

    Oct 5, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    What’s with the TM driver colorway?

  3. Walt Pendleton

    Sep 21, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Putters with softer insert can be taken too far causing a player to loose feel on longer putts. For me these softer inserts are harder to match ball speed with alignment on putts running over 10 on the stimp. Secondly, I don’t like the “dead hit” feeling at impact…it makes me feel like I missed the sweet spot on the putt, reducing feedback and therefore control on ball speed around the cup. Give me feel at impact thank you!

  4. Tom54

    Sep 19, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    I have a #7 odyssey with the micro hinge insert and I was wondering if anyone other than myself thinks it’s almost too soft. Most of the time it seems like I have to hit it harder. It’s definitely a soft feel. I definitely like the grey/black color scheme

  5. Tucsonsean

    Sep 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Ping gets ripped off again–it looks like the old Ping Specify putter from the last decade, except with a few too many ‘bells and whistles.’

  6. NormW

    Sep 19, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Putter reviews should always include a view of the top of the putter. That’s what you see when you use it.

  7. adan

    Sep 19, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Looks like my #6 Odyssey with a different paint job. Not crazy about inserts. Prefer milled face.

  8. rolf

    Sep 18, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Odyssey Stroke Lab Three Putt putters?

  9. D Mack

    Sep 18, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    This micro hinge insert is much better feeling than the original version. Glad to see it in different head selections. Could be good.

  10. Tom

    Sep 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    WOW!!! so different from anything else ever introduced, amazing!!!

  11. gunmetal

    Sep 18, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Liked it until I saw the face.

  12. uhgolfguy1

    Sep 17, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Oh how the Ping Anser 4 has evolved over the decades. Lots of new bells and whistles but still the classic anser head shape.

    • Bart Broesamle

      Sep 18, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      The same old comment.Every blade style heal/toe weighted putter from hear to eternity will be a copy of a Ping.So,should we all get rid of our other putters and just play Ping because they were the first. That means all football players should go back to leather helments and we should go back to crank telephones.

      • Tucsonsean

        Sep 19, 2018 at 12:37 pm

        Sounds like someone who paid too much for a Scotty Cameron.

  13. Barkley Charles

    Sep 17, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I hope so! I like what I see.

    • xox

      Sep 18, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      This has got to be the stupidest putter design with it’s silly face that tries to ‘hinge’ on to the ball. It should be banned from golf.

      • gunmetal

        Sep 27, 2018 at 12:28 am

        It’s just marketing fluff man. Don’t get too hot over it.

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The drivers used by the top-10 most accurate players on the PGA Tour

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s most accurate golfers use to find the short grass? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving accuracy on Tour are using by driver manufacturer.

  • Callaway: 5
  • PXG: 1
  • TaylorMade: 4

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the available specifics of their drivers, shafts and how often their tee shots found the fairway.

10. Jim Furyk

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.2X
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.77

9. Steve Wheatcroft

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.79

8. Emiliano Grillo

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV
Driving accuracy percentage: 69.89

7. Brian Gay

Driver: TaylorMade M2
Shaft: Aldila Rogue MAX 65TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 70.92

6. Kyle Stanley

Driver: TaylorMade M1
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.20

5. Brian Stuard

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Shaft: Project X EvenFlow Max Carry
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.21

4. Ryan Moore

Driver: PXG ZZ
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6
Driving accuracy percentage: 71.94

3. Chez Reavie

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 60TX
Driving accuracy percentage: 72.09

2. Ryan Armour

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017
Shaft: UST Mamiya Elements Proto 6F5
Loft: 10.5 degrees
Driving accuracy percentage: 73.58

1. Henrik Stenson*

Driver: Callaway Rogue
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS 6.5 62
Driving accuracy percentage: 74.79

*Stenson, as we know, tees off with his beloved 13-degree Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-wood with a Graffaloy Blue shaft the vast majority of the time.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New Ping G410 Driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from hervygolf21, and it surrounds the new G410 driver from Ping that is allegedly set for release at the beginning of 2019. Our members have found out plenty of information on the latest driver from Ping since the thread began, apparently, and here’s a quick look at some of the features you might expect from the new model (if you take forum members’ word for it).

According to the thread, the PING G410 will be black with red accents, will have a higher MOI than the current G400 model, will still contain the Ping Turbulators and will be offered in 12 degrees without draw weighting. It’s also believed that the G400 Max will remain current until July/August 2019, but at a lower price point.

Here are a few posts in the thread reflecting on the news, but make sure to check out the entire thread and join the discussion at the link below.

  • lc1342: “Love both the G400 LST and G400 Max, but if they are bringing out something better… I’ll take it!”
  • cz13x4: “This sounds like a very interesting update. Not keen on red but very interested to see what comes out.”
  • roho: “Late January?  Sounds like maybe a PGA Show unveil in Orlando.”

Entire Thread: “New PING G410 Driver”

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Ben Hogan adds Ft. Worth “White” to iron lineup

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After the launch of Diamond Black Metal finish Ft. Worth “Black” irons earlier this year, Ben Hogan’s nickel-chrome Ft. Worth irons are back…sort of. The Texas-baed company today announced the launch of Ben Hogan Ft. Worth White irons.

Now with respect to the “White” designation, If you’re skeptical/confused, well, let’s just have a look at a comment on BH’s Instagram post announcing the iron launch and the company’s response…

jonmodica: “Very unclear the changes from previous model… also… white? It’s chrome…..”

Benhogangolf: ”@jonmodica More progressive specific to each club head, a more aggressive V-Sole pattern and the ‘white’ is opposite of the popular and newly designed Ft. Worth Black.”

There you have it, folks. “White” as in contrast to the Ft. Worth Black irons, and the Ft. Worth White is not merely a re-issue of original chrome Ft. Worth, according to the company.

With respect to the changes to the V-Sole system, the company said this in its marketing materials for the Ft. Worth Black.

“Feedback from strong players and robot testing indicated that the leading edge could be increased on certain irons, and trailing edge softened … especially with less-than-full shots in the shorter irons.”

“So, in our ongoing quest to design and manufacture the best clubs in golf, we’ve modified the V-Sole Technology used on the Ben Hogan Ft. Worth BLACK slightly. The sole maintains the same basic design principles as the original V-Sole but has been optimized for each iron in the set. In effect, we’ve strengthened the leading edge from the sole to the face on some of the Ft. Worth BLACK irons, while reducing the trailing edge bounce on others.”

Obviously, the company scrapped the PreciseLoft system introduced with the original Ft. Worth irons. That system offered four loft profiles, all with consistent four-degree gaps. After finding the vast majority of players preferred the “mid-high” launch profile, the company did away with the others…and returned to tradition iron number (rather than loft) stamping on the toe.

The aforementioned lofts in the 4-PW set range from 22 degrees to 46 degrees.

“The Ft. Worth White Irons are illustrative of how Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company interacts with and listens to its customers,” said Scott White, President and CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “On the heels of our sales success with the Ft. Worth Black Irons, we found many ‘traditionalists’ who wanted to play this iron design with the standard nickel-chrome finish, so we accommodated them with this launch.”

Ft. Worth White irons are available for purchase on the Ben Hogan website exclusively for $700.00 per seven-piece set (4-PW).

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