ClubTest 2014: Odyssey White Hot Pro Havok Putter
Odyssey White Hot Pro Havok
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
WE TESTED: 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A reengineered White Hot face insert delivers a satisfying sound and feel.
DISTANCE CONTROL: One of the best; supreme forgiveness—heel, toe—you could probably hit one off the grip and still get a good roll to the hole; very consistent and surprisingly dialed in for something this big; doesn’t take long to figure out, and once you do, expect gimmes.
FEEL: Easy to swing, especially for straight-back-straight-through strokes; promotes a pendulum that flows toward the hole; very soft, with little differentiation between solid and squirrely contact; lighter overall than most expect.
LOOK: Ideal for those who struggle to line up; black topline and long, white boxed lines make it easy to square and track to the target; most testers like the negative space in its design— plus, it’s easy to pick your ball up off the green.
Some guys say the feel is a bit thin; subdued, metallic clink bothers other testers; clubhead can be too light for serious mallet-heads.
BOTTOM LINE: Among the highest-rated models. A top-tier option at a mid-market price, well suited for square strokes from high-handicappers on down. Accurate, forgiving, and, best of all, productive, with high marks for distance control and ease-of-use.
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