Odyssey Black Series Review
When I think of Odyssey, I think of 2 balls and an insert. While I get a very “commercial” vibe from the 2-Ball putters, they are wildly popular on tour, and have more than a few average joes out there with one in their bag. Odyssey has printed money with the 2-Ball series for several years now, so they clearly didn’t need to prove anything to anyone.
This putter is about as FAR from that as they could get from the 2-Ball and still have a putter. The black velvet bag I received told me they were trying, the putter inside SHOWED me they did something special.
I’m going to start with my only complaint. I think the sticker in the cavity cheapens the putter immediately. I hope the next version has the logo milled and painted into the cavity. There are also stickers in the neck-milling. To me, these detract from the putter. After that, it’s all up-hill.
The milling patterns are nice and detailed, without being over-done. The satin-platinum finish isn’t too overly shiny, and not chalky either. There are two “Torx” bolts that keep the tungsten weight in place. The rubber gasket that connects them is tight, and I don’t see it loosening easily. The overall craftsmanship is what you’d expect from a $300+ putter,and not a normal Odyssey.
I’m not the biggest fan of magnetic zippers, but it works here. The Velcro-less headcover opens and closes just like it’s Velcro cousins, but without any noise. I didn’t like the ‘magno-zipper’ on the Taylor Made drivers, but I like it here. There is a nice tab at the back that gives you something to hang on to while you are opening it up. The lining is nice and fuzzy, and I think it would offer a lot of protection. The ‘pleather’ is nice and thick, so even on the bumpiest cart-path, your putter is going to be snug as a bug.
Again,any putter over $250 seems to need to have a Winn grip to be taken seriously. I’d have liked to see a leather-wrap on this putter. I think it really would have set it apart nicely. That being said, it’s still a very nice grip. I just don’t care for Winn grips.
This is one of the great parts of this putter. We have 2 metals that aren’t bonded with some space-aged polymer or brazing process. You have a nickel plated carbon steel head and the a tungsten ‘bumper bar’ to add additional weight and lower the MOI. The 1025 carbon steel is about the softest feeling carbon steel available. Generally this material rusts fairly quick, but the nickel plating takes care of that. Those of us in the mid-west will appreciate the low maintenance of this putter, without having to sacrifice feel.
One of my favorite things about this putter is that it doesn’t stuff a big-ole sightline in your face. The line is thin and only goes from the cavity to the attached tungsten back-plate. This gives you something to use when you need it and it’s very easy to block out when you don’t. Like any good Anser-Style putter, it sets up nicely.
I thought the convex top-line was a nice touch to the design. It wouldn’t be too hard to look at this putter on the sunniest of days.
In the past 6 months of putting around with all makes and models of putters to review for this site, this is the first time I laughed out loud after the first ball left the putter’s face and dropped into the hole 6′ away. My next 12 putts dropped like dominos, and my next reaction was to call a friend of mine to come to the house to see if I was crazy. His reaction was the same as mine. “You’ve gotta be kidding me,”
Tour players tend to use a heavier putter than the “Off the rack” stuff that the general public gets. In Asia, companies often release a 350g version of their American models, and they somehow find their way back over to this side of the pond in short order through eBay or other sites. I’m glad to see a manufacturer that is willing to put a 350g head on a 35″ putter to give that ‘tour feel’ to us mortals. With a swing-weight of E-0, this guy is no slouch.
The low and wide center of gravity on this putter makes for a very special feel. You need to check it out in person to see what I’m talking about.
The distance control is fantastic. The ball doesn’t explode off of the face. You get a very refined feel. This is a putter I could see myself trusting in a very short period of time.
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All the milling, finishes, grips, headcovers, and marketing in the world won’t make a bad putter a good putter. There is a saying in Jazz that goes something like this, “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.” That’s what I thought of when I putted the first ball with this putter. They are living it alright.
If you are in the market for a $1,000+ tour putter, you owe it to your wallet and game to take a look at the Odyssey Black series. I’m not sure that they’ll ALL come with the black velour bag, but one can hope.
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Swing Weight: E-0
Material: Carbon Steel, Tungsten
Manufacturing Type: Milled
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