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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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: