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Callaway unveils new Odyssey Stroke Lab and Odyssey EXO with Stroke Lab putters

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Callaway Golf has unveiled its new range of putters, the Odyssey Stroke Lab and Odyssey EXO with Stroke Lab.

Previously restricted to the Japanese Domestic Market, the newest line of Odyssey Stroke Lab putters are set to hit shops in the U.S. next month, as will the new Odyssey EXO With Stroke Lab.

Odyssey Stroke Lab

At the heart of the new line of Stroke Lab putters is a method of weight distribution designed to improve the physical dynamics of the stroke. This weight distribution is achieved through Odyssey’s Stroke Lab shaft, which is a full 40 grams lighter compared to a standard steel Odyssey putter shaft.

The new Odyssey shaft design combines a graphite body with a steel tip, which in total weighs just 75 grams, with the majority of weight concentrated in the tip.

According to Odyssey, the addition of their new shaft and weight distribution results in “improvements in the consistency of backswing time, face-angle at impact, ball speed, and ball direction”, while “feel for the putter head becomes more acute.”

Speaking on the new Odyssey putters, Luke Williams, senior director of putter marketing, stated

“You feel the difference immediately. The putter head moves freely, smoothly and on a sound path, helping you roll the ball accurately while giving you greater speed-control.”

While Sean Toulon, senior vice president and general manager of Odyssey, said

“These new putters epitomize what Stroke Lab is all about. Questioning the norm for the purpose of developing putters that perform substantially better to help golfers make more putts.”

 

As well as the innovative weight distribution, the Stroke Lab shaft is slightly stiffer and has a lower torque compared to standard putter shafts, which aims to provide players with greater control due to a slightly heavier head.

Additional weight in the sole and butt-end of the grip have been added with the intent to help golfers consistently repeat a smooth and accurate stroke, while Odyssey’s White Hot Microhinge Face Insert is combined with dozens of micro hinges embedded across the face, which is designed to promote topspin to provide a smooth roll and improved distance control.

The Stroke Lab lineup consists of 10 shapes — six mallets and four blades — all in a choice of pistol or oversized grips.

The new Stroke Lab putters hit the market on February 8, and have a price tag of $249.99.

Odyssey EXO Putters with Stroke Lab

The new Odyssey EXO Putters with Stroke Lab combine three of Callaway Golf’s latest innovations: EXO Construction, WhiteHot Microhinge Insert, and Stroke Lab Weighting.

In the latest Odyssey mallet putters, through the lightweight 6061 milled aluminum exo-cage, the weight of the putter has been re-distributed from the centre of the head to the perimeter of the head, which aims to concentrate the weight, in order to drive up the Moment of Inertia (MOI) and create consistent ball speeds and directional control.

The Odyssey EXO Putters with Stroke Lab utilize the White Hot Feel, and combine it with their Microhinge technology, with the aim of creating an immediate forward roll for more consistent accuracy.

Just like the Stroke Lab Putters, the EXO Putters also contain the new multi-material Stroke Lab Shaft, designed for greater weight distribution, and to offer a smooth and accurate roll.

The Odyssey EXO putters with stroke lab offers both face balanced options (designed to reduce face rotation in the stroke) and toe hang options (intended to allow for more face rotation in the stroke) on each model.

The Odyssey EXO Putters with Stroke Lab will become available on March 29, and will set you back $349.99,

 

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  1. smz

    Jan 4, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Just follow the white line….. 😛

  2. DN

    Jan 4, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    The article wasn’t really clear on this point… So additional weight is added into the butt-end of the shaft? So they made the shaft to be 40 grams lighter, then added weights back into the butt end of the shaft? How much weight?

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WRX Insider: Top 5 equipment stories at the PGA Championship

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This week at Harding Park had a few key stories to track from a WITB standpoint. Some were huge, some were subtle. All are interesting.

Here are the top five equipment stories from the PGA Championship.

#5. Fleetwood goes to Ventus

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Tommy Fleetwood of England plays his shot from the 14th tee during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Tommy Fleetwood has one of the most eclectic bags on Tour. The Englishman is the epitome of finding the right 14 sticks no matter what. This week at Harding Park, he made what I would call a pretty substantial change to his driver set up. Being a player that has trusted the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX for a while now, Tommy not only switched shafts but switched companies going into the ever-popular Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X.

According to my source, Tommy was fighting a left miss with the normal setup and was searching for a way to stabilize the head a bit. The Ventus not only helped that but also kicked up the ball speed a touch. Obviously it helped, at the time this article was written he was two back of the leaders having put on a ballstriking display with a Friday 64.

#4. Fleetwood swaps in TM Proto 4 and 5-irons

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 07: Tommy Fleetwood of England plays a shot on the tenth hole during the second round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 07, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Tommy also swapped out his Srixon Z765 4 and 5-irons for two TaylorMade prototypes. The switch was in an effort to bridge the gap between his 5-wood and 4-iron. In past weeks, he had tested a TaylorMade SIM Max 4 Rescue. The switch required him to strengthen his 5-iron to gap properly, but ultimately that recipe wasn’t the right fit.

#3. Koepka goes back to his M5

If anything has been holding Brooks Koepka back this year, it has been his driver. Notoriously an intimidating player off the tee (especially on tough golf courses), Koepka had been struggling in 2020.

He started the season with SIM Max and quickly swapped that for the Callaway Mavrik he used up until early this week. According to my source, BK liked the ball speed and feel from the Callaway but felt going back to the M5 he used in 2019 put him back in a comfortable pocket, and as you can see, he is right at the top of the leaderboard again.

Another interesting nugget is the M5 switch required no tweaks, straight into the bag. When no wrenching is needed, you know that club is dialed.

Koepka has also gone back to his trusty Nike Vapor Pro 3-iron. Previously, BK had the TaylorMade P790 UDI in play, but this return comes as no surprise—that particular club draws strong affections from certain players, namely Koepka and Tony Finau.

#2. DJ lands on a 7-wood

Height, spin, and gapping have become a huge theme in the past weeks—especially in that no man’s land between 3-wood and 5-iron. Dustin Johnson is a player who is not afraid to experiment, and he has checked off every possible box.

At any given point this year he has had a 3-iron, 4-hybrid, utility, and now a 7-wood. Although these changes will be course-specific, the trend I’m seeing is players are looking for spin and versatility wherever they can find it. Most clubs in that range tend to be low spin, so if there is a way to find 400-500 RPMs flying out of the same window, its a bonus.

#1. Tiger ditches the “Elder Wand” (it won’t last)

At this point, I think the story even made it to CNN. When Tiger switches anything its world news, especially his trusty Scotty Cameron. In this case, he moved into a Scotty Cameron “Timeless Prototype,” which is a lead into the 2020 Studio Select collection at retail.

Two things going on here

  1. Ability to manipulate head weight to match up with green speed. Tiger’s gamer is, by today’s standards light at 327 grams. This experiment allows him to add subtract weight out of the head via weight ports in the sole.
  2. Added length to take the pressure off his back. Not the first time a player has done this. Freddy Couples, Rocco Mediate, and many others have gone to longer putters to encourage more upright posture.

At posting time, Tiger putted it all over the place on Friday, so although this switch is newsworthy, it won’t last. He’s just putting the Elder Wand in the reflection chair as I do with my kids.

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Jason Day WITB 2020 (August)

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  • Equipment accurate as of the PGA Championship.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM Max (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15.0 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 80 X

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (18.0 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P760 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X Seven

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 Satin (50-09SB, 54-11SB, 60-10SB)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Taylor Made Itsy Bitsy Spider Limited Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

More photos of Jason Day’s WITB in the forums.

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Paul Casey WITB 2020 (August)

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  • Equipment accurate as of the PGA Championship.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM Max (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Orange 75 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro (3, 4), Mizuno MP-5 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 120 TX

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto 60-T (60T)
Shafts: Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 120 TX

(Pics c/o Titleist’s Aaron Dill)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Fastback

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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