ClubTest 2014: Odyssey Metal-X Milled #1 Putter
Odyssey Metal-X Milled #1
Category: Blade Putters
WE TESTED: 34” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Oval depressions increase friction between the ball and face for added control.
DISTANCE CONTROL: The Metal-X Milled face grabs onto the ball to initiate forward roll; dependable, true roll on slight misses— putts lose only marginal distance.
FEEL: One of the best in this category; very responsive, pleasant sensation; guys can almost sense the face gripping the ball; a soft, quiet pop at impact on solid strokes, not as jumpy as some other blade putters; two adjustable sole plugs allow for head weight customization.
LOOK: Smoky black head and cool oval depressions on the face make for an attractive package; the face blends nicely with the overall color scheme; alignment line is just enough to let you know that it’s there.
The yellow-green paint job on the grip may skew a little too young for traditionalists; a few guys find that the ball comes off the center of the face too hot and without enough feedback, which causes a loss of control.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the top-ranked putters. Game-improvement features are cleverly integrated in a traditionally shaped head— the face grid delivers a consistent roll, and heeltoe weights keep it stable on off-center hits.
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