Pros: Thanks to the balance between its heavier head, heavier shaft and heavier grip, the Tank is a counter-balanced putter that doesn’t feel like one. We love the beefier head shape, and the White Hot insert and heavy, soft shaft deliver on feel. Big props to Odyssey for offering four different lengths — 34, 36, 38 and 40 inches.

Cons: We’d like to see center-shafted and slant-neck model, as well as an adjustable weight in the sole for tuning. And can we get it with Versa paint?

The Takeaway: The Tank will be huge for golfers who like the look and feel of an Odyssey No. 7 putter but get twitchy on the greens.

Overview

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Odyssey’s Tank putter is one of the two anchored-putter alternatives that the company has released since the announcement of theproposed anchored-putter ban from golf’s ruling bodies. Unlike Odyssey’s Arm Lock putter, which features a shaft bend that allows golfers to anchor the putter to their lead forearm in the Matt Kuchar-style, the Tank is used in the same way as a conventional putter.

The performance difference comes from the fact that the Tank is counter balanced, meaning that it features a heavier head, shaft and grip that increases the overall MOI of the putter.

“It’s not just a super heavy putter that swings like a log,” said Greg Sabella, director of marketing for Odyssey.

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The Tank is one of Odyssey’s counters to the proposed anchored putter ban.

This makes the Tank different from TaylorMade’s Daddy Long Legs putter (click here for a full review), which is also counter balanced, but in a way that moves the balance point closer to the hands. After testing both models side by side, there’s no doubt that the Tanks feels more like a standard putter than the Daddy Long Legs, which some golfers will like and some will not. More on that later.

Like the Daddy Long Legs, golfers should try a Tank putter that is longer than their standard-length putter and grip it where it feels comfortable — ideally a few inches below the butt of the grip. The added length above the hands will add to the putter’s counter-weighting, which leads to more more stability and a more pendulum-like stroke.

The Tank is available on April 12 and like the Daddy Long Legs will cost $199. It is available in 34- and 36-inch models that have a total MOI that’s 34 percent greater than the company’s standard No. 7 putter, and 38- and 40-inch models that have a total MOI that is 109 percent higher.

All models come with a standard loft of 3 degrees and a lie angle of 70 degrees.

Performance

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The 34- and 36-inch putters have the same 400-gram putter head as the longer versions, but use different grips, shafts and counter weights to achieve the “tour” balance point of Odyssey’s standard-length putters.

The 34-inch model has a 130-gram shaft, while the 36-inch model has a 137-gram shaft. They also feature a standard-weight grip (about 63 grams) which conceals the 40-gram counter weight that gives the putters their traditional feel. The 38-inch model has a 151-gram shaft, while the 40-inch model has a 161-gram shaft, with grips that weigh about 111 grams and conceal a 30-gram counter weight.

This attention to detail makes all four models feel just like a standard putter, but gives them a much heavier total weight that will help golfers take the twitchiness out of their strokes.

Looks

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The Tank putter heads are 57 grams heavier than the standard No. 7 Odyssey putter. To increase the weight, yet keep the center of gravity relatively the same, Odyssey engineers added a different camber to the sole and beefed up the top of the putter, eliminating the divide between the top line and back portion on the No. 7.

They also added “double barrel” alignment aids — two white lines on the heel and toe of the putter, which frame the three red dots that denote the center of the putter face. The look is fresh, but not far enough away from the No. 7 that it will scare away its fans.

Feel

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The most impressive part of the Tank’s design is its careful attention to feel, which is off-the-charts good for a putter of its weight.

To achieve its standard-putter feel, Odyssey uses two different shafts — a standard putter shaft in the 34- and 36-inch models and a ski poll shaft in the 38- and 40-inch models, which feature thicker walls to accommodate their extra weight. Those shafts feel softer than most because of the increased load from the heavier components, which feel-oriented golfers will like.

Odyssey Tank or TaylorMade Daddy Long Legs?

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You’ll notice that we’ve given the Tank a 5-star rating and the Daddy Long Legs a 4.5. But don’t let those ratings lead you to believe the Tank is the better putter.

We’ve heard from several putter designers that the reason that belly putters receive more use on tour than long putters, which are actually more effective than bellies at delivering a consistent pendulum stroke, is because belly putters are more similar to conventional putters in the way that they are used.

That’s why we’re so impressed with the Tank — it feels pretty much identical to a standard Odyssey No. 7 putter, but is much more stable.

The Daddy Long Legs has a slightly stiffer-feeling shaft and insert, which some will like more than the Tank. And its higher MOI it will be everything many golfers are looking for if they want an extremely stable putter that will keep their hands steady when their knees are knocking.

Our advice? Give them both a shot and see which one swings better for you. One good thing that has come from the proposed anchor ban by golf’s ruling bodies is that it has forced putter makers to find creative ways to add stability to a golfer’s putting stroke, which is why these two great putters are coming to market. Maybe in time, golfers will find that they didn’t need that silly old anchor anyways. These might be good enough.

Check out the additional photos and comparison shots of the Tank and Daddy Long Legs putters in the gallery below:

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  1. Picked up the DLL 38″ 3 weeks ago, played two rounds with it and the paint fill around the face insert started peeling away! Liked the way it felt not happy with the quality. Returned it to Golfsmithh and exchanged it for the 38″ Odyessy Tank Versa 7. Noticeably heavier, looks and feels like a quality putter should. Believe it will hold up much better than the DLL

  2. Can you shorten the 38inch Tank 7 down to 37 inches? It feels a little long and yet I did not like the grip on the standard grip on the 36 inch model. Will shortening the length involve moving the counter balance weight in the top of the shaft? Will this change the properties to the putter in any noticeable way? Just wondering. Odyssey is sort of mum about changing the length.

  3. I tried it several times at the store and it was too heavy and numb feeling. I think you can achieve the objective with a putter that feels like a putter off the ball and not as heavy — something playable.

  4. Tried the tank at the golf store…liked it. Seems Stupid to me that they did not come out with Versa versions of the Tank….. If Versa is so great and is their ‘latest gratest’, Why Not? I think Els won a tournament with a custom Versa Tank, so I just don’t understand……

  5. I recently changed from the Odyssey Black Series No 7 , which I’ve used for about 3 Years, to a 38″ Tank. I tried the 34″ ,same as my Black , but felt the 38″ gave me better control . I grip down with the heel of my left hand on the first “Y” in Odyssey. The 38″ grip feels thicker which I like. Straight away my short and medium putts were good but still working on distance control for the long ones. With the old putter I had a tendency to crouch and not get my eyes over the ball, with this new one not a problem and it feels really comfortable . The top of the putter head is much better visually with the front & back divide from the old one gone and very clear sight lines. BTW I tried the ” Heavy” putters and they didn’t do it for me – this Tank is totally different. Worth more than a 5 star rating!

  6. Why do these putters come with same 70 degree lie angle, irrespective of length? I thought putter lie angles changed by approx 1 degree for every half-inch change in length.

  7. I’ve tried these. I like the idea and the feel, but it’s beyond me as to why the 34 and 36 inchers have such cheapo grips, while the 38 and 40 have good grips. The DDL has the long, thick grip in both lengths. That right there is enough to sway a lot of golfers to the DDL.

  8. I sure would like someone noted in the golfing industry who would take a look at my putter, give me an evaluation on its putting ability and give me their honest opinion on the overall performance. I will be more than happy to send them a putter for testing ( R or L Handed) to the right person who I feel would accept the putter with no strings attached for a true and honest opinion. Walter Graves, W.H.Golf LLC — DOUBLE DUTY-the divot repair putter.

    • I looked around on line and at shops and could not find one cheaper so bought one at a pro shop and love it! I think it is going to be worth the cost, at least for me.

      Ralph

    • I’m sure it feels good, but its not very original. Just looks like they copied Boccieri’s Heavy Putter. And with Boccieri’s three weight categories, its easy to find the right “feel”.

      It’ll be interesting to see how many anchored players switch to a counter balanced putter if and when the USGA ruling goes into effect.

      BTW I saw the commercial for Boccieri’s Secret Grip, looks pretty cool. Anyone try it? Would love some insight.

  9. The Tank and Daddy Long Legs putters are huge improvement over the original Heavy Putter models.

    They have great-feeling inserts, beautiful head designs and much more conventional balance points that will allow users to feel the head more in the stroke.

    No, this isn’t new technology, but TaylorMade and Odyssey paid attention to the details and got these right. Like a soft feel? Try the Tank. Prefer a firmer feel? Try the Daddy Long Legs.

  10. How do both these putters compare to the “Heavy Putter” line of putters? Do both of these putters have better feel and better distance control than the Heavy Putter Line? Do these feel heavier than the Heavy putter line or are they better balanced?

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