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WRX Spotlight: Toulon Design San Diego Stroke Lab putter

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Product: Toulon Design San Diego Stroke Lab putter

Pitch: From Odyssey/Toulon: “The Odyssey Toulon San Diego Stroke Lab Putter is our take on on another classic putter. It’s an expertly crafted, premium milled blade, with our multi-material Stroke Lab Shaft, deep diamond milled cross hatch grooves, and a new Charcoal Smoke finish.”

Our take on the Toulon Design San Diego Stroke Lab putter

Toulon is the line of all milled putters from Odyssey, originally started by club designer Sean Toulon and his sons. Toulon putters have always featured their Deep Diamond Mill face, adjustable sole weight, and brazed (instead of welded) necks. That combination has created a great putter line that has become popular on tour as well as us amateur players. For 2019, there are some new head shapes, Charcoal Smoke Finish, Deep Diamond Milling across the whole face, and the Stroke Lab putter shaft.

I got my hands on the Toulon San Diego, a more squared-off blade shape, for this review. The shape, milling, and finish on the San Diego are great and really show off what a high quality piece it is. The biggest change visually is the full Deep Diamond Mill face, making the view from address more uniform. The face used to have the milling only in the center of the face and to some that was a distracting look while others liked the way it framed the ball. The new finish also looks great. I always have liked darker finishes and this looks high end while still reducing glare in the brightest conditions.

The Stroke Lab shaft goes well with the finish on the San Diego and the head cover is a plush synthetic leather that feels like it will hold up for years of use.

On the green the San Diego SL has a crisp sound and feel. If you like a little more click to your putter, then the San Diego SL will be right what you are looking for. And don’t take that as a negative thing, that crisp feel gives great feedback on face contact. You know exactly where the putter face and ball met by the sound and feel. The Deep Diamond Mill gets the ball rolling quickly on line with very minimal hop and skid, providing very consistent and repeatable distance control.

This is blade, so shots off the toe to tend to stray from your intended line a bit, the face does seem like it wants to rotate open a bit. Heel strikes defiantly stay online better, but tend to lose more steam and net get the roll out you might expect. The simple alignment line on the flange of the putter is easy to align, even for a guy who has been using mallets for years.

Like I have said before, I think there is something to the Stroke Lab tech, the lighter shaft and weight in the butt of the shaft do affect tempo for me; I noticed a slight calming of my backstroke and stroke through the ball.

Overall, the San Diego is a great putter for those who like a little firmer feel and more audible click on their putter. It is very responsive and putts a great roll on the ball. This isn’t a cheap putter ($450) and the fit and finish let you know that you are getting what you paid for.

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  1. Jphn

    Mar 5, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Purchased the Odyssey Stroke Lab One and saved a bunch of money for pretty much the same tech, just not the milled face. The SLO has a face insert that is much more muted than the milled face. I actually prefer it since I feel like I get a much more consistent putt.

    The shaft is the real tech here. Believe me, it does make a difference. I’ve been using a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 for the last year and half and I’ve taken it out of the bag because I’m getting much better results with the SLO.

  2. Tom

    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    WOW!!! This is so new looking, never seen anything like this shape!

  3. charlotte

    Mar 2, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Where’s the editor of this site? This writer is pretty bad.

    • DaveyD

      Mar 2, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      Note that there is no writer credited, just “ Golfwrx Staff”. Most of it is fine, except for the 3rd paragraph from the bottom.

  4. sal

    Mar 2, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    I putted with an old Ping Cushin the other day. It felt better than anything and rolled the ball perfectly. We are being suckered by technology to pay higher prices.

  5. Michael Flynn

    Mar 2, 2019 at 10:58 am

    To much money. No one is listening to Jack. It his telling everyone that the reason golf is on a decline is cost. 500 for driver 500 for putter. 1500 irons 300 wedge 400 for 5w and 300 for hybrid. 3500 to play. Its rediculous

  6. John Kim

    Mar 2, 2019 at 8:44 am

    So when did GolfWRX start hiring high schoolers to write reviews?

  7. Benny

    Mar 2, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I think the opposite. Looks great and sure they could just keep Toulon as a seperate brand but all good and cannot wait to get one!

  8. Dalethesnale

    Mar 1, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Way to push the envelope callaway! I get that anser style blades have been around forever and are never gonna go away, but stop calling it fresh and innovation when you put out the same crap over and over again with only cosmetic differences. There’s 4,363 of this exact putter from every company that has ever existed! And putting a new gimmick shaft in it doesn’t change anything.

    • K^2

      Mar 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      The shaft technology is far from a gimmick my friend. Though improving your stroke does not necessarily mean you will be a better putter, it does give you the best chance hit a good putt and last time I checked, that is all we can do.

  9. JP

    Mar 1, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Odyssey just dummied down what I used to consider their higher end brand. It’s stamped Odyssey on the head and shaft. What’s next, “inspired by Toulon”! Just take their face mill patent and kill the brand. Make odyssey putters with the Toulon face pattern. What a way to devalue the image of Toulon.

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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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