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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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In-hand photos of prototype Ping “Blueprint” irons

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Our Johnny Wunder paid a visit to Ping HQ in Phoenix, and in addition to getting to step inside to company’s legendary gold putter vault, The Gear Dive host got an exclusive in-hand look at Ping’s new prototype Blueprint irons.

While we can’t provide any additional details at present, we do have these photos of a 6-iron for your viewing pleasure.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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Bargain Challenge: Putting together a set of clubs for $500

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You have a golf trip planned in two weeks. One day after work, you head to your car to hit the range and get some grinding in for the trip. As you walk to your car you notice your car has been broken into and your clubs are gone. Not good. You need new clubs for the trip but aren’t in a position to shell out the $2,000-$3,000 for a brand new set. What are your options? I recommend hitting the used market.

Every year, thousands of used golf clubs go on the market. Some of the clubs had a rough life and some have barely been hit. As an exercise to see what you can get for your dollar, I browsed one of the web’s largest used golf equipment sites (3balls.com) with a budget of $500 for a full set of clubs in my specs. What I found was really interesting.

Rules: 14 clubs for under $500 shipped. As close to my specs as possible.

Driver

Since I play a low loft driver with a low launch, low spin shaft, I knew I was in for a challenge with finding a driver. Once I took a minute to search, I found this beauty of a driver. I remember hitting the Ping G10 back in the day, and it was one of the most forgiving drivers at the time. Plus, it was very close to my specs at standard length, 7.5 degrees, and a mid-launch Grafalloy shaft.

Wood

While searching for a 3-wood, I had two things in mind, I needed a X-stiff shaft, and I needed it to be heavy. After about five minutes, I found this great Titleist 913 with a heavier X-stiff shaft. Normally I play a 13-degree 3-wood, and this 3-wood would allow me to loft it down to get the desired flight. Really a solid deal for $50.

Hybrid

In an ideal world, I’d be hitting a 2-iron or a driving iron here. The problem is that driving irons can sell for $100-plus fairly easily, so that was out of budget. After searching, I found a nice 17-degree hybrid from Ping with an X-stiff shaft. The shaft is a little lighter than I would like, but it is not a bad pick up for 80 bucks.

Irons

I knew I would want to spend the majority of my money on some solid irons. After searching, with the parameters being a 3-PW set with X100 shafts, I found this great Titleist combo set. I current play a MB/CB combo from another company, so this set fits well with what I am looking for if I was to replace my current set. All of this for $200.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was hard because I needed a lob wedge with good grooves and a gap wedge that wasn’t trash. I got really lucky with the Ping lob wedge. It is in very good condition which is really what matters for the grooves since I will be using it greenside. Since it is blue dot, I can get it sent to ping to be adjusted for my specs. For the gap wedge, I picked up a heavily used 52-degree. Ideally, I would have more money for a slightly better grooved GW.

Putter

Can’t go wrong with a White Hot in my preferred length. Not much more to say.

Total

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Is it easier to hit players irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day was created by lazyjc4, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel are some of the easiest to hit players irons on the market. Our members have mentioned a multitude of players irons, with plenty of detailed reasoning behind their choices.

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.

  • thewral: “New Level 902. Single piece forging, feel great, smallish head, low offset, distance lofts.”
  • naj959: “I went through a couple of sets of irons this year which included 765s, flyz+, and finally settled on the…..Bridgestone J15 DPF. There are some great reviews of these irons. The 765s are forgiving, but the j15s are even more so. They have a very thin top line, are workable, and are lonnnng.”
  • Casper_golf: “Take a good look at the Wilson V6, or if you are looking for something older, guys really like the V4’s that can be found as a steal.  Way underrated irons. Soft feel forgiving and long for the weaker lofts they have. No offset.”
  • Sonja Henie: “Very interested in the comment about the 745s being similar to the 545s in forgiveness.  I’ve been very tempted by the 565s but might do better with the 765s.”

Entire Thread: “Easier to hit players irons?”

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