Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The “dual face” produces two distinct impact feels, ball speeds, and rolls. The aluminum insert (pictured) has higher rebound, more face friction and a lower launch angle than the White Ice insert.
OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the top-rated putters. It delivers exceptional distance control. The flip face lets you adjust to conditions on unfamiliar courses.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Two face inserts allow testers to control speed based on the putting surface; both inserts help putts find their line and track toward the hole; livelier aluminum face seems to get 12” to 18” more roll out on long putts.
FEEL: Both faces give immediate feedback; aluminum insert has a sharper click and feel; White Ice insert has a softer, more muted sound—the ball floats away from the face.
LOOK: The rectangular head hides flipface technology and is easy to square up; headcover holds wrench tool.
The Rules of Golf don’t allow you to change the face insert during the round; a few testers can’t justify paying such a high price when the green speeds they play only warrant one face.
GOLF.com (April 17, 2012)
Pros can switch putters any time they want because they get their gear for free and a fleet of vans stuffed with the latest and greatest clubs follows them to every tournament.
But what about you? When you want to make a change, you have to dig an old putter out of the closet or head to the pro shop.
Through some clever engineering, Odyssey has given you another option. Putters from the new Flip Face line have a hitting area that can be rotated 180 degrees with the help of a screwdriver.
One side houses a new Metal X insert, held in place by a Urethane backing layer. Odyssey says it provides a crisper feel at impact, and the insert's oval dimples grab the ball and get it rolling faster. A White Ice insert is on the other side, and it should provide a firmer, stiffer feel at impact.
Like the rules that govern other adjustable clubs, you can't change the face during play. However, just like tour pros who occasionally add lead tape or adjust the loft of their putters to compensate for green speeds or conditions, savvy golfers may learn that one side helps on slower greens while the other is better suited to faster putting surfaces.
The three Flip Face putters, available now, all have a suggested retail price of $349 and look familiar at address. The #1 is a classic heel-toe weighted blade, the #5 is a round mid-size mallet, and the #9 is a toe-weighted blade with an extended back flange.