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Odyssey “Tank” Putter: Editor Review

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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. Rick Ford

    Mar 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    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. Frank

    Jan 27, 2014 at 12:24 am

    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. froneputt

    Dec 6, 2013 at 3:00 am

    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. Snowman

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

    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. kevin

    Jul 4, 2013 at 4:47 am

    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. Jason

    Jun 10, 2013 at 7:47 am

    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. MikeD

    May 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

    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. chris

    Apr 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Walter your putter is awful and the reviews prove it. try again buddy!http://www.oobgolf.com/content/fore+play/1-3586-Double_Duty_Divot_Repair_Putter.html

  9. RH

    Apr 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

    So if the grip is weighted, what happens if I want to change the grip? Do I need a special weighted odyssey grip to maintain the counter balance?

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Apr 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      The grip is heavier than most grips, but it is not weighted. There is a weight underneath the grip that acts as a counterbalance that will remain when the grip is changed.

  10. Wallter Graves

    Mar 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    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.

  11. mike mcferron

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Duh! – I see the April 12 availability date. Still wondering about the grip.

  12. mike mcferron

    Mar 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Is the grip on the Odyssey longer than standard? When are these going to be available?

  13. Gary Goetz

    Mar 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Heard these are going to sell for $199.Any one hear any different?

    • Ralph

      Oct 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

      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

  14. Justin Angelier

    Mar 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Rickie using this one this week?

    • Ty

      Mar 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      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.

  15. Zak Kozuchowski

    Mar 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    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.

  16. Yohanan

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Just got the tax refund. sshh dont tell the wife!

  17. Mike

    Mar 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    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?

  18. John

    Mar 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Brand new idea that Boccieri Heavy putters have been doing for years with a very large head, weight selection.

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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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WRX Spotlight Review: Miura MGP-NM1 Putter

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Product: Miura MGP-NM1 putter

Pitch: Limited to 300 pieces, the Miura MGP-NM1 is Miura’s first 303 stainless steel putter. Its appearance is in keeping with the bolder designs of the Miura Giken family.

Our take on the Miura MGP-NM1 putter

Miura Giken has become the brand where Miura can push some limits and try out designs and technology not really fit for the standard Miura line. And if doing something new and different is what Miura Giken is about, then the MGP-NM1 fits like a glove. When most people think of Miura, they think forged carbon steel and traditional, old school shapes. The MGP-NM1 is a long ways from that, being milled from 303 stainless steel, having adjustable weights and milled stepped pockets in the sole.

If you love mill marks, then the MBG-NM1 will fulfill all our needs because the head is covered with them. I really liked the top line where the mill marks go front to back but then get much finer around the alignment line. If you look close the milling is still there, but just much finer. It works great along with the alignment lines on the “fangs.” The MGP-NM1 is a great size: large enough to give you confidence that a mishit will stay online, but not too big to be distracting. Like most putters with this (Odyssey No. 7)  shape, it frames the ball really well and looks great to my eye. The way the shaft goes into the head is for sure unique, it is straight from address but does drop down into the head.

I will get my one con on this putter out of the way early: the way the shaft goes into the head from address. I love the shape of the head, but the way the shaft enters the head makes it harder for me to line up. At address you can see the the top line of the putter on both sides of the shaft and for some that might be helpful, but it took me a long time to get comfortable with my alignment. Also, the head cover isn’t up to standard for a putter in this price range.

But the good of this putter really outweighs that bad. The putter  feels and sounds great, much like the Miura KM-009 reviewed previously. Feel is very solid with, to me, the perfect amount of click on impact. There might be just a slight bit of vibration on contact, but very minimal and will probably vary with the ball you play. Contact on the toe and heel really stay on target well; you can tell this mallet has a fairly high MOI. Like any responsive putter should do, this really provides good feedback on mishits. Toe and heel shots are not punished as much as you would think, the ball still rolls out well with minimal distance loss. That solid, soft Miura feel really does come through with this putter.

Overall, I think the Miura Giken MGP-NM1 is a really great way for a mallet user to put a Miura putter into the bag.

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Review: Optic Z Putters

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Pros: Point-and-shoot putting. Optic Z putters use a Z-neck design that can lead to a more consistent setup with your hands and eyes on every putt.

Cons: It could take a little while to get used to the design.

Who It’s For: Players looking to develop a consistent setup and stroke.

The Review

  • Model: Optic Z8
  • Head Weight: 365 grams
  • Material: Proprietary “Power 51” Alloy
  • Finish: Black “High-Tech Molecular” application
  • Face Milling: Deep Double Mill
  • Stock Lie: 70.5 degrees (rolled sole allows angles from 67 to 75)
  • Loft: 2.25 degrees
  • Stock Length Options: 35 inches (All lengths available custom order)
  • Stock Grip: Lamkin E.B.L “Optic” grip (Custom grips available)
  • Stock Shaft: True Temper Steel (Aerotech, Loomis, and UST available)
  • Price: $325 Base (Up to $500 with custom options)

Over the past decade, it seems like there have been as many new putter companies as there have been drivers released in the past year (I think another one just released since I typed that sentence). While many of them have come up with ways to re-create or re-design the classic favorites of the past 40-plus years, there are a few companies that are pushing the boundaries of what a putter can be and how it can help make putting easier. And a company called Optic Z Putters has done just that.

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I reviewed the company’s Optic Z8 putter, which has a distinct batwing shape. It’s one of three putters the company offers — its Z3 is more blade-like in shape, while its Z7 is more mallet-like — and each putter sells for $325.

According to the company, Z Optic putters take the two main parts of putting and making them easy to reproduce. And with every putt, Optic Z putters are said to help golfers set their hands and eyes in the same exact position for every putt. “This has been done!” you say? Well, let’s find out if my experience with the Z8 was different.

The Look

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When I first saw the Z8 putter with its Z-shaped hosel, I began to wonder, “What exactly is going on here?” It has a unique Z-neck that creates a “3D” effect when looking down over the ball at address. But when looking at the putter in any other view, it does look odd. It will take a little bit of time to get used to it, but like many putters that come out these days, after a while you simply get used to it and forget about it.

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The putter is 100 percent milled, U.S.A. made, and has a deep “double” milled face pattern that is familiar to most people. It offers an incredibly soft feel that is part from the milling, but also from the Proprietary Power 51 alloy metal that is used. The sole of the Z8 has 8 degrees of roll to it. This means that it can effectively play with a lie angle anywhere from 67 to 75 degrees. The new Z-neck hosel also makes the putter face balanced as if it was a center-shafted putter. And finally, there are several thick alignment lines, both horizontal and vertical, to help aim.

The Z Revolution?

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Once you set the putter down and see how everything lines up in a “3D” type of alignment, you get the point of the Z-neck. Instead of just giving one point of reference similar to other putters, the Z8 gives you three points of alignment.

You align the Z-neck bend with the toe of the putter, the heel and shaft together, and then make sure both are lined up together. Once you have this set, your hands and eyes will be in the correct position.

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In addition to adding more reference points, the key difference with the Z8 is that it actually requires you to have forward press with your hands. The stated loft of 2.25 degrees is the loft with your hands in that forward-press position. The Z-neck is also supposed to eliminate the visual moment of impact of when the ball comes off the face of the putter. The theory is that it helps you relax more through the stroke by not seeing the point of impact, a similar theory to looking at the hole instead of the ball when putting.

Does it work?

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I was skeptical of the putter when I first started using it, and it took me a little bit to get used to the 3D effect. After spending a good amount of time with it, I can say that it does what it is supposed to do. It really becomes a “point-and-shoot” kind of putting, and it makes the set up of putting incredibly easy. The ball rolls really well off the face, too, and the feel is incredibly soft. The alignment aids do a good job helping at address, and I’m someone who has moved away from alignment aids because I tend to aim them incorrectly.

The Optic Z8 putter performed the best for me on putts inside 10 feet. I struggled on longer putts, but it was more due to the weight of the putter. At 365 grams, it is much heavier compared to what I’ve been using, but I’ve always struggled with long-distance putting with heavier putters. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the performance. And the more I used it, the more comfortable I became and the more putts I made.

The Takeaway

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If you struggle with consistency, especially at set up, this is one to try. It may take some time to get used to Optic Z putters, but most golfers should be able to adjust. These putters are well made, feel great and can truly help golfers in two areas that we know are important to putting.

To learn more about Optic Golf’s putters, visit the company’s website

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