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WRX Spotlight: Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter

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Product: Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter

Pitch: The company united three technologies in one putter — EXO, Stroke Lab, and 2-Ball — to maximize forgiveness and ease of alignment.

Our take on the Odyssey EXO 2-Ball putter

Odyssey brought out the EXO line of putters just about a year ago. The EXO line is the pursuit of ultimate forgiveness. Like the previous EXO putters, the long awaited 2-Ball uses 17-4 Stainless steel on the perimeter and a lightweight 6061 Aluminum center structure. Not only does this design move weight to the outside of the putter, it also moves the CG lower in the club head.

I will start by saying that I have never been a big 2-Ball fan. For whatever reason, the 2-Ball alignment aid has never fit my eye, I tend to be a bigger fan of straight sight lines. To me, the EXO 2-Ball seems to be the best looking 2-Ball Odyssey has produced in its long history. I think it might be the outside structure around the 2 Ball alignment that helps it fit my eye. If you are a 2-Ball fan, then the EXO should be an easy transition into your bag. The darker perimeter structure goes well with the red aluminum and white circles. The EXO 2-Ball also comes with Odyssey’s new Stroke Lab multi-material shaft.

On the green, the EXO 2-Ball really does have the feeling of being extremely stable through the stroke. I have tried a couple different Stroke Lab models, and that tech does help slow my tempo, making me a little more confident on those short breaking putts. The EXO 2 Ball has Odyssey’s White Hot Microhinge insert that was created to offer a very soft feel while promoting better forward roll and less skidding.

The White Hot Microhinge insert is a little soft for my liking. But again, insert sound and feel is very personal, and if you like a little softer feel and sound the White Hot Microhinge will please your senses. I didn’t notice a huge difference in initial roll or skidding, the ball went exactly where I aimed. The EXO 2-Ball is pretty much point and shoot, if you read the line right the ball goes in the hole!

It is a face-balanced putter, and during the stroke this putter almost eliminates twisting of the head. The EXO 2-Ball really shines on mishit accuracy as well. Shots struck on both the heel and toe tracked towards the target, only missing the cup by small amounts. Distance on those mishits did drop more than I anticipated, barely making it to the cup. The feel on those toe and heel hits also has a firmer feel and I think that is a good thing, adding to responsiveness.

Overall the EXO 2-Ball is a very stable and forgiving putter. And on the whole, players looking for something to help with their putting accuracy should really give the EXO line a try.

Odyssey’s EXO 2-Ball will hit retail on March 29, and it’s available for pre-sale on March 15.

 

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6 Comments

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  1. Paul Booij

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:29 am

    I made one out of wood.

  2. Nate

    Feb 23, 2019 at 10:04 am

    As a 2-ball user I don’t think this looks very good. It looks like an old lady wearing glasses is staring at me

  3. Jamho3

    Feb 23, 2019 at 7:01 am

    No matter how much useful tech:

    2 ball
    hinge face
    $200 putter shaft

    I doubt this club has much pop success, Like the Edsel this looks too feminine is my guess.

  4. Tom

    Feb 23, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Let’s see…..this must be about the 20th version of the 2 ball putter….no new ideas boys?

  5. Curt

    Feb 22, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Just curious why it’s ok for putters to have holes all over the place and haven’t seen them in every driver yet?

  6. JP

    Feb 22, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I like the updated look.
    However, I would like to see a thin white line at the top of the face to square the face to the putting line. But overall, this is a very nice look imo.

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Toulon Santa Monica: The inside scoop

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As many have already seen this week in the forums, we spotted a brand new model from Toulon: the Santa Monica.

There were a lot of finer details going on with this putter that got peoples ears up including

  • The one-piece design – no variable weight sole plate
  • A classic head shape with Toulon refinements
  • The finish & overall aesthetics

Thanks to a ton of positive feedback, we had to find out more.  So, we went right to the top and called up Sean Toulon to find out about this new model and what else might be coming in the near future.

Here’s what we know:

The Santa Monica, that was captured is part of a larger project that will be going all out when it comes to customization and “showing the world what we can do when it comes to design and manufacturing,” according to Toulon. This line of putters will not be available on the grand scale and instead will focus on individual pieces and prioritize the customer experience.

This new line from Toulon will also include new putters not yet seen, although we have one name so far: La Grange (shout out to Texas!), and it will also include different materials not currently found in the Toulon/Odyssey line. The focus will be 100 percent on boutique, different and just for you, said Toulon. The new line will center around exercising total creativity, and also have the potential for one-off and limited-number pieces.

We don’t have a timeline for when these will become available to the public, but when we do, we will be sure to let you know.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Dave D and it surrounds Viktor Hovland’s future as a Ping staffer. There has been plenty of chatter on our forums after Dave D shared this post from @golfnation_’s Instagram account.

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.

  • cvhookem3: “Seems like he was hinting at that with his equipment changes at the US Open. Good for him. He should be a lot of fun to watch.”
  • bladehunter: “Figured. He had near a full ping bag anyway. Love this kid. I really predict great things. Loads of raw tools.”
  • ImagineThat: “I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Viktor Hovland in the future…enough where his name will no longer appear strange. He seems to really be an upbeat guy with a nice personality, and he has a nice friendly smile to go with it.”

Golf Digest’s E. Michael Johnson reported Hovland is now a Ping man, writing he “signed a multi-year deal with Ping to play a minimum of 11 clubs, including driver and putter, along with a Ping staff bag and logo on the hat.”

Entire Thread: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping?”

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TaylorMade signs Matthew Wolff to a multi-year deal; Wolff WITB

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TaylorMade Golf has officially announced the signing of Matthew Wolff on a multi-year agreement that will see the 20-year-old play the company’s metal woods, irons, wedges, putter and ultimately, TaylorMade’s flagship golf ball, the TP5x.

Wolff had previously unveiled that he would be making his professional debut at this week’s Travelers Championship, and just as top prospect Collin Morikawa did earlier at this month’s Canadian Open, Wolff will do so as a TaylorMade staffer.

The NCAA All-American and 2019 NCAA Division I individual champion made his debut on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year where he finished T50 after opening his week with a round of five-under par.

Matthew Wolff WITB

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (8 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design TP 7TX

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 TX

Utility Iron: TaylorMade P760 (2)
Shaft: Nippon Modus 130x

Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (3-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (52, 56, 62 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Copper

 

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