ODYSSEY WORKS TANK CRUISER #1
CATEGORY: Blade Putters
WE TESTED: 35" length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The head weight can be set to 365, 375 or 385 grams.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Putts start rolling quickly and hold their course; despite a soft insert, it doesn't take much energy to get the ball to the hole; especially adept on the short ones -- can pour 'em in every time.
FEEL: Extremely stable -- does so much work for you that it practically swings itself; impact is soft and easy on the hands, announcing contact with a faint metallic "ting" anywhere around the generous sweet spot; oversize grip quiets the hands and encourages a pendulum stroke; testers fine-tune feel with weight adjustments to the head and grip.
LOOK: Larger than a typical blade, with a wide flange -- it just looks easy to swing straight back and through squarely; the techy insert gets high marks; the alternating silver-and-black stripes make a great aid.
A few guys find impact too soft and prefer more feedback on off-center hits; it's relatively minor, but some testers want an alignment line on the topline to complement the effective color scheme; the heft takes a little getting used to.
BOTTOM LINE: Great roll, extra forgiveness and lots of counterweighting options (5, 15, and 30 grams) make it a strong choice to cut down on three-putts -- and drain more birdies. Look here if you're interested in a blade that produces a smooth putting motion.