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GolfWRXer gets an Odyssey tattoo for a custom putter

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Don’t confuse Neil Javins for a walking billboard. Yes, he may have gotten the Odyssey swirl logo tattooed on his left forearm, but the opportunity to get a customized putter was just too good to pass up.

“I’m down with any tattoo or anything, but I didn’t want to seem like I’m selling out like I’m trying to advertise for a brand or anything,” Javins, a 27-year-old recreational golfer from Louisville, Ky., said on the phone the other day. “But I’ve already gotten a few different swirls and things like that tattooed already. So that (Odyssey) swirl just kind of fit.”

The tattoo was a result of a post Chris Koske, Odyssey’s production manager, left on this thread on GolfWRX’s Putter Forum. Koske wrote that if anyone got an Odyssey tattoo, he or she would receive a free customized putter. Javins said he was getting a tattoo on his leg when he read Koske’s message.

After a few emails between the two, Javins got the tattoo. A couple more emails were exchanged about Javins’ putter preference — a 34-inch ProType #2 with a plumber’s neck head, the looks of a Versa No. 1 wide and his favorite colors of black, red and white for the University of Louisville. Then Koske and his team set out to make the putter for Javins.

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In late February, the putter came and Javins said he was blown away by the design.

“It was spot-on for absolutely what I would love,” he said. “The No. 1 widestyle type of head, because it’s not available in ProType from anything I’ve seen, with the new white hot insert was just incredible. And then all the swirls with paint fill and everything in the bottom is pretty cool.”

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Javins is no stranger to getting inked, and he estimated that he had six or seven tattoos before getting the Odyssey swirl done.

Though the Odyssey logo does fit in with his other tattoos and he was able to get a free customized putter — the ProType #2 sells for $270 — some people have told him he is crazy for getting it. One of his biggest critics was his father, who Javins said doesn’t like tattoos on his son.

But that’s where the location of the tattoo on his forearm helps. Javins said he could conceal it with a watch if he needed it covered. Javins said the tattoo may also help him with his putting, even if he isn’t using his new putter.

“When I look down to putt, I can see it there,” Javins said. “Maybe it’ll be a little good luck charm, you know give it a little rub before I make a putt.”

Other club manufacturers should not expect to see their logos on Javins. But if Odyssey or Callaway offered something else for another tattoo, Javins may be back at the tattoo parlor.

“I’d think about it,” he said. “It would depend on exactly what it would be. If it’s a different brand, probably not. I’d probably go with Odyssey because it’s what I’ve used and it’s what I’ve enjoyed the last several years.”

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Since receiving the putter, Javins has been limited by the cold and rain to trying his putter only on his indoor putting green. With the new putter, it gives him just another reason to look forward to spring.

“I can’t wait to get out and test it out,” he said. “See how it feels, how it rolls in a real-life round.”

Javins said he first got into golf four years ago, and for the past two years he has gotten to the point where he checks golf message boards daily. The tattoo is just another testament to his new dedication to the sport.

“It’s incredible to have such a rare and personal putter now,” Javins said. “To know that something this special was made for me, I’m blown away, and super grateful to have it. It’s a permanent reminder of my passion.”

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Andrew Prezioso is a freelance sports reporter and photographer (http://amprezioso.smugmug.com/). You can follow him on Twitter @AMPrezioso. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, after graduating from the University of Richmond in 2012.

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  1. PAUL R

    Apr 5, 2013 at 4:04 am

    HI ALL
    DONT YOU THINK HE SHOULD HAVE AND RED TATTOO ON THE OTHER ARM ????
    TO MATCH THE BLACK ONE
    THANKS
    PAUL R

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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Tour pro distance

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In our forums, WRXer ‘dalehead’ has been investigating distance on Tour with his findings leading him to believe the only issue where there is a distance problem in the sport is with the very elite levels. Per ‘dalehead’:

“I went to the Tour website and found their list of top 70 drivers for distance. The median (half were longer, half were shorter) was 279 yards. So do we really have a distance problem? Oh, I forgot to mention these stats are for the Champions Tour. But these guys are still pretty good. They might even give a WRX’er a game. Got me wondering if we really have a distance problem anywhere except the most elite levels.”

The topic is a divisive one and has got our members talking, with plenty of interesting viewpoints offered up from our members on how to protect courses from the elite bombers.

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.

  • Golfrnut: “The problem is not distance per se, it’s the fact that technology has improved the equipment faster than courses have improved to handle the change. The designs of the courses were made for a far shorter game, which are now proving to be irrelevant for all but the “shorter” hitters. Most fairway bunkers, par 5s, and the like are no longer a part of the course layout that matters…the only protection is making the hole 500+ yards and closer to 600 for par 5s. Add in the fact that groups like the Tour committee love selling the long ball on TV so they won’t grow up rough either to help mitigate the bomb and gouge style of play.”
  • RedWings1: “My 2 cents is that the answer is in the setup of the courses the tour uses. Stop all the fairways from running a 9/10 on the stimpmeter and rolling out another 20, 30 & 40 yards after landing. Set up the fairways much tighter. More strategic off the tee if you will. If I guy has the ability to hit it 300 yards carry and keep it in a tighter fairway – congrats that’s an awesome ability.”
  • mokedaddy: “One could easily argue the mental side required now is tougher than in the past. More stimulation, bigger crowds, more money and better fields of players. I definitely agree there are a lot of players that have the physical skill to compete but are a mess between the ears.”
  • Beerperhole: “Every time I hear about this I can’t help but think that people are looking to what the top elite do on the course and using it to justify changes to the game as a whole. I’m no WXRr. I get out there and hit him 230 to 280 off the tee. That puts me well past a majority of the other weekend warriors I play with. Still…the courses we are on (from the white tees) still eat me alive. And, it remains that the biggest obstacle to growing the game is how difficult it is. Golf is a hard game. So, maybe we shouldn’t make it harder for all us millions of shlubs who play it for the fun of it. It’s like taking all basketball rims and raising them up to 12 feet…”

Entire Thread: “Tour pro driving distance”

 

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What GolfWRXers are saying their 2020 bag would look like “based on looks alone”

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In our forums, our members have been discussing what their bag would look like if performance was irrelevant and it came solely down to looks. WRXer ‘JStang’ kicked off the fun thread with his choices:

“Driver: Cobra Speed Zone. 3 Wood: TaylorMade Sim. 2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3. 3 Driving Iron: P790. 4-PW: Titleist 620 MB. 52, 58 Wedge: SM8. Putter: Toulon Austin”

And our members have been getting involved and sharing what they feel are the best looking clubs in our forum.

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.

  • Pworld: Driver and Woods: Ping G410. Driving Iron P790 refinished in black. Irons – P790 refinished in black. Wedges – Vokeys in black/smoke finish. Putter – Current Spider X in Chalk. Bag: New Nike all white bags.”
  • Golfingfanatic: “Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero 9*. 3 wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero 13.5. Irons: Callaway Apex MB Raw 2-9. Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 48/53/58. Putter: Piretti GOAT.”
  • Z1ggy16: “SIM woods with Accra RPG shafts. Cobra Mb’s in Black, paint fill removed, $ Taper shafts in black. Jaws wedges, $ taper shafts. My custom EVNROLL ER5.”
  • rsully80: “Driver: Taylormade Sim Max Driver. Fairway: Cobra King Speedzone 15 and 18 degree. Irons: Mizuno MP-20 4-PW. Wedges: Vokey SM8 52, 56, 60 with tour chrome finish. Putter: Scotty Cameron & Crown Newport 2.”
  • Striker Ace: “Driver Cleveland HB Launcher Turbo. 5 wood same as driver. 4 hybrid Cleveland Halo Launcher. 5 iron through Approach wedge Callaway Apex 19 irons. 52-degree wedge Callaway MD4. 56 and 60-degree wedges Cleveland CBX Full Face. Putter Cleveland Frontline 4.0.”

Entire Thread: “What would your 2020 bag look like based on looks alone?”

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