Odyssey Black Series Putters

From Golf Magazine (June 2011)
Odyssey Black Series Tour Design #5
Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Key Technologies: The multi-material construction - carbon steel body; urethane-dampening layer; heavy tungsten rear flange - shifts the center of gravity lower and more rearward. This promotes a consistent, smooth roll with refined feel.

OUR TESTERS SAY: Among the top performers overall; a real standout in terms of look.

DISTANCE CONTROL: Testers find that the ball wants to cozy up near the hole from all distances; very efficient device on fast putting surfaces.
FEEL: Nice combo of balance and feel; deep, satisfying click on sweet-spot hits; easy to decipher center impact versus not.
LOOK: Sleek, contemporary black head with crisp, mechanical lines; a channel behind the face and white sightline make it obvious where the putter is headed.

A few higher-handicappers find the head to be a bit too small (almost bladelike) for a mallet; clubface opens too easily through impact for a minority of testers.

Have you tried this club? Tell us what you think here.


From Golf Magazine (June 2011)
Odyssey Black Series Tour #1 Wide
Category: Blade Putters
We tested: 34", 35" shaft length

Key Technologies: A heavy tungsten back flange moves the center of gravity 5 percent lower and 11 percent deeper than typical one-piece stainless steel heads. In turn, this creates a slight vertical gear effect at impact (reduces backspin) so putts roll truer faster.

OUR TESTERS SAY: Among the top performers in its class; top shelf in terms of look, feel and performance.

DISTANCE CONTROL: Wide head is very stable during the stroke; testers' normal strokes create really good results, no adjustments necessary; consistently sinks "makeable" putts; speed and direction are spot-on.
FEEL: The right degree of firmness off the face; many describe it as smooth as silk.
LOOK: Sits perfectly square at address; helpful single white sightline makes it easy to align.

Small minority find that grip-to- putterhead-weight ratio is skewed too much toward the heavier head; sole is a little too wide for a few testers.

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From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, April 2010)

Odyssey Black Series Tour Design #6
Category: Blade Putters
We tested: 35" shaft length

Company line: "The milled blade provides the soft feel demanded by the best. A dampening layer between the 1025 carbon steel head and milled tungsten flange enhances feel. The flange lowers the CG and promotes the truest roll possible."

Our Testers say:
PROS: Built to enhance the skills of the best rather than dumb down the game for average Joes; more of an old-school blade with modern features rather than a typical "heel-toe-weighted" putter; delivers predictable distance results; sweet, precise, smooth sensation like high-end blades are supposed to have; sleek beauty has rich, expensive look.

CONS: Not forgiving enough for guys with marginal ability; lack of visual aids leaves some testers wanting more; putts tend to roll and roll, misses finish on the long side.


From The Shop blog (Janaury 2010)
Odyssey, the company that makes putters for both Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els, is set to release its next generation of tour-inspired flat sticks, the black series to her design family of putters.

Each of the four models in the Black Series Tour Design family is milled from 1025 carbon steel and features a tungsten weight flange behind the face. They hear thing dampening layer works to soften the feel and impact.
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