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January 07, 2014

First Look: Odyssey Versa Jailbird and White Hot Pro Havok putters

Posted at 3:43 PM by Michael Chwasky

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Left: Odyssey Versa Jailbird; Right: Odyssey White Hot Pro Havok. (Credit: Courtesy of Odyssey)

Odyssey introduced two new putter models at the Sony Open in Honolulu -- the Versa Jailbird and the White Hot Pro Havok.

The Versa Jailbird ($169.99) is a high MOI mallet featuring a high contrast technology (take a look at the image to see why it's called Jailbird) that is designed to aid alignment at set up and impact. According to Callaway's R&D department, the black and white design "allows the golfer's eyes to key in on linear designs on the putter that accentuate the face angle and contributes to better alignment." The Jailbird is built with a new version of the White Hot insert that is aimed at providing a more consistent feel and sound at impact.

The White Hot Pro Havok ($159.99) is also a high MOI mallet that naturally extends the White Hot Pro family. Featuring a lower, deeper CG for a better roll and more consistent distance control, The Havok is built with a new gun metal PVD finish for reduced glare and improved durability. The same improved version of the White Hot insert featured in the Jailbird is also part of the Havok design.

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February 03, 2013

Winner's Bag: Phil Mickelson's clubs at the Phoenix Open

Posted at 9:28 PM by Golf.com

Mickelson_bagDRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme, 9.5°(8.1° of actual loft with 5gm in the toe and 3gm in the heel) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 059 70X prototype, 45" shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RBZ, 15° with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 80X prototype shaft; Titleist 980F, 17° with Graphite Design PM902x shaft

IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Muscleback (4-PW) with KBS Tour V2 shaft

WEDGES: Callaway JAWS (52°, 60°, 64°) with KBS Tour V2 shaft

PUTTER: Odyssey Black Series Tour Design #9

BALL: Callaway HEX Black Tour

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC  or Golfsmith.

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[PHOTO: Mickelson watches his tee shot on the ninth hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday. Getty Images]

January 10, 2013

My Bag: Tommy Gainey at the Sony Open in Hawaii

Posted at 12:42 PM by Golf.com

"The face of my new driver is definitely hotter. I've seen improvement in both carry distance and ball speed." -- Tommy Gainey

Gainey

DRIVER: Callaway X Hot (10.5°) with a Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway X Hot (15°) with a Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto (20°) with a Aldila RIP Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Forged (four through PW) with Royal Precision Project X shafts
WEDGES: Callaway Forged (50°, 54°, 60°) with Royal Precision Project X shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Backstryke Blade
BALL: Callaway HEX Black Tour

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway and Odyssey gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

(Photo: Fred Vuich/SI)

November 30, 2012

Take THAT USGA! Odyssey releasing Metal-X Arm Lock putters

Posted at 4:09 PM by David Dusek

Odyssey_Metal-X_Arm-Lock_450x600Seventy-two hours after the USGA and the R&A jointly announced a proposed change to the Rules of Golf that would outlaw anchored putting methods beginning in 2016, Odyssey Golf said it would release a line of putters designed to help players stabilize the club during the stroke. Legally.

The 43" Metal-X Arm Lock putters are not intended to be affixed to the abdomen or chest. Instead, the top portion of the grip is intended to press against the lead forearm.

"We were kind of waiting with bated breathe to see what the actual rule would be and whether this [design] would be conforming," says Austie Rollinson, principal designer for Odyssey Golf. "We were happy to see that it was."

Unlike other Odyssey putters, which come with 3° of standard loft, the Arm Lock putters have 7° because pressing the top of the grip against the forearm creates a forward press. Rollinson says that press is about 4°, so to offset the delofting effect, 4° had to be added .

The one-piece grip was taken directly from Odyssey's belly putters. To ensure the club is being used correctly, Odyssey added the words "Arm Lock" to a red area in the section where the club should be fastened against the arm.

Matt Kuchar has successfully used this style of putting, and according to the USGA and the R&A, it will remain legal if the proposed rule changes are enacted.

"Some people have trouble with the butt end of the club moving independently from how your shoulders rock," Rollinson says. "This really cuts down on the degrees of freedom that the club has while you are stroking it." He adds that while the club does not eliminate forearm rotation, the method discourages it, and the player will be inclined to bring the clubhead back to the ball squarely.

The Metal-X Arm Lock putters are scheduled to debut on Jan. 15, and the Metal-X #7 and Metal-X DART versions will retail for about $189.

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See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Odyssey gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

November 29, 2012

Putter makers react to the pending anchored putter ban

Posted at 2:11 PM by David Dusek

P1-Keegan1-USGA Executive Director Mike Davis made an important distinction about the ban on anchored putting that was announced Wednesday and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. 

"This is not an equipment rule," he said. "The equipment rules are based on facts, research. There's a formal notice and comment period that we go through with manufacturers. In this case, this is simply us clarifying what a stroke should not be."

So golf manufacturers can keep making and selling long and belly putters, even after the ban goes into effect. That's good news for companies like Odyssey Golf, the world's top-selling putter-maker, which saw sales of belly and long putters triple from 2010 to 2011. Today those putters consitute 12% of sales. At TaylorMade, anchor-style putters represent almost 15% of sales.

Here are some reactions from leading putter brands to Wednesday's announcement:

Odyssey Golf
Regarding the USGA and R&A proposal today, Odyssey has long held the belief that confidence with the putter is good for the game, particularly regarding player retention and growth potential. But one of the beauties of putting is that there are so many ways to do it.

Notwithstanding the final ruling in 2013, it is Odyssey's pledge to ensure golfers have the same level of confidence when they line up a putt with one of our products – regardless of the putting technique. We have anticipated this proposal for some time now and have been busy exploring several alternative options.

It should be noted that Odyssey will continue to offer belly and long putters in the short term for golfers who want to continue using them recreationally.

We'd like golfers everywhere to know that Odyssey has an optimistic approach to the proposal regardless of the outcome. As the #1 Putter in Golf, we have more tour players around the world playing and winning with Odyssey putters than any other company, and we will continue to work with those players to innovate new products and new, alternative methods to putt at the highest level.

The Acushnet Company (parent company of Titleist)
We intend to review the announcement regarding anchoring issued today by the USGA and R&A and, as a matter of process, appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to them during the comment period.

Mark King, CEO, TaylorMade Golf
Because the proposed change to the Rules of Golf bans the act of anchoring the putter to the body, and not long and mid-length putters themselves, we’ll continue making them. Does it mean the demand for these kinds of putters would drop? Maybe. But at the end of the day I don’t think we would sell one more or one less putter if the change to the Rules is made.

It’s definitely possible to use a broomstick putter without anchoring it, and I speak from experience. I use one and I hold my left hand in a stationery position a couple of inches away from my sternum. So I think we would definitely see players who currently anchor the putter who will find ways to use a long putter without anchoring it, so they can keep playing by the Rules.

Yet I also think that there will be plenty of amateur golfers who won’t give up anchoring the putter. Anybody who’s played this game knows that good putting requires an extremely precise stroke, and anchoring the putter helps a lot of golfers do that. It will be hard to give up anchoring if your putting is a lot worse without it.

However, golfers who continue to anchor the putter would be breaking the Rules, which would exclude them from holding a legitimate, USGA-sanctioned handicap, which means they couldn’t compete in tournament or event where the Rules of Golf apply. Because of that I think we would see a lot of golf leagues and golf clubs making their own exception to the anchoring rule, which essentially means that they wouldn’t strictly be playing by the Rules of Golf.

But the truth is that most golfers don’t play strictly by the Rules of Golf when they play with their friends, anyway. I don’t mean they cheat, I mean that they often go ahead and flatten spike marks even though the Rules forbid it. And how many golfers are okay with hitting a mulligan off the first tee? And that’s fine, because the game is about having fun for 99 percent of the golfers who play it, not grinding out a score in tournament play.

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(Photo: AP)

November 05, 2012

Winner's Bag: Ian Poulter at the HSBC Champions

Posted at 10:10 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cobra ZL Encore white (8.5°) with an Aldila RIP Phenom 50X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Cobra AMP (14°) with Project X 7B3 shafts
HYBRIDS
: Cobra Baffler Rail H (17.5°) with Matrix Ozik 85X shaft, Titleist 909H (21°) and Titleist 909Hd (23°) with Aldila NV 85X shafts
IRONS: Cobra S3 Pro CB (5-6), Cobra S3 Pro MB (7-PW) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (54°, 62°) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Cobra, Odyssey and Titleist gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

October 22, 2012

Winner's Bag: Tommy Gainey at the McGladrey Classic

Posted at 12:32 AM by David Dusek
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DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit (10.5°) with an Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway FT-i Tour (15°) with an Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto (20°) with an Aldila RIP Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Forged (4-PW) with Royal Prescission Project X shafts
WEDGES: Callaway Forged (50°, 54°, 60°) with Royal Precision Project X shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Backstryke Blade
BALL: Callaway HEX Black Tour

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway and Odyssey gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
September 29, 2012

My Bag: Luke Donald at 2012 Ryder Cup

Posted at 7:45 PM by David Dusek

Luke-Donald

DRIVER: TaylorMade RocketBallz (9.5°) with an Accra XC 65 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:
TaylorMade RocketBallz (15°) with an Accra XC 75 X shaft
HYBRID:
Mizuno CLK FliHi (17°) with an Aldila NV 85 X shaft
IRONS: 
Mizuno MP-64 (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shafts
WEDGES:
Mizuno MP-T4 (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
PUTTER:
Odyssey White Hot XG #7
BALL:
Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about MizunoOdysseyTaylorMadeTitleist gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by David Dusek)

 

 

September 28, 2012

My Bag: Keegan Bradley at the 2012 Ryder Cup

Posted at 7:04 PM by David Dusek

Keegan-Bradley

DRIVER:Cleveland Classic 290 (9°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 61X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher (14°) with a Kusala Black 83X shaft
HYBRIDS: Cleveland DST 2i (18°) with a Project X HB2 shaft, Cleveland Mashie Hybrid 3i (20.5°) with a Miyazaki C.Kua Hybrid 83X shaft
IRONS: Cleveland CG7 Tour (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Sabertooth belly
BALL: Srixon Z-Star prototype

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about ClevelandOdyssey and Srixon gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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September 23, 2012

Winner's Bag: Brandt Snedeker at the Tour Championship

Posted at 8:45 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
 TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (8.5°) with a Fujikura Motore VC 7.2 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 (13°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73X shaft
HYBRID: Ping Anser (20°) with a UST Mamiya VTS 100 X shaft
IRONS: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (4-PW) Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J40 (52°, 56°) with a  True Temper X100 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with True Temper DG Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
BALL: Bridgestone Tour B330 

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about BridgestoneOdyssey, Ping, TaylorMade, Titleist and Tour Edge clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

August 29, 2012

Odyssey ProType Black putters coming October 12

Posted at 9:47 AM by David Dusek

Earlier this year, Odyssey debuted ProType Tour putters based on feedback from hundreds of Tour players. Come fall, Odyssey will expand the line to include sleek ProType Black putters with black heads, shafts and grips.

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The forged clubheads have a rich PVD finish and are milled from 1025-carbon steel for a soft impact feel yet a crisp sound. A durable, powder coat "skin" is baked onto the steel shaft so you won't get wear marks while taking the club in and out of your bag. In addition, the half-wrap, paddle-style seamless grip offers a very tacky feel.

ProType Black putters come in three head styles; #2 (blade), #9 (mid mallet) and 2-Ball. The premium-priced flatsticks will be available October 12, with the blade and mid mallet selling for $269 and the 2-Ball for $299. – Rob Sauerhaft

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Odyssey putters and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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July 22, 2012

My Bag: Graeme McDowell at the 2012 British Open

Posted at 12:49 PM by David Dusek

Graeme-McDowell

DRIVER: Cleveland Classic 290 (9°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 56X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher FL (14°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 72X shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Pro a12 (17°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 83X shaft; Adams idea a7 (22°) with a Matrix Ozik Altus X shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z-TX II (4-9) with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (48°, 52°, 58°) with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #7
BALL: Srixon Z-Star XV Pure White

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about AdamsClevelandOdysseySrixon clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

(Photo by David Dusek)

July 20, 2012

My Bag: Brandt Snedeker at the 2012 British Open

Posted at 3:16 PM by David Dusek

Brandt-Snedeker

DRIVER: TaylorMade R11 (9°) with a Matrix Ozik shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 (13°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 73X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea a12 Proto (20°) with a NVentix Nunchuk GH 2660 shaft
IRONS: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back (4-PW) Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Weight shafts
WEDGES: Bridgestone J40 (52°, 56°) with a  True Temper X100 shafts; Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with True Temper DG Spinner shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie
BALL: Bridgestone Tour B330 

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about BridgestoneOdyssey and TaylorMade, and Titleist clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by David Dusek)

July 17, 2012

My Bag: Ernie Els for the 2012 British Open

Posted at 1:40 PM by David Dusek

"When I look down at my irons, I don't want them to seem totally straight. I want to see some round edges on the ground because that's when I know I can work the ball." -- Ernie Els

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DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit (8.5˚) with Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.2 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway X Tour (15˚) with a Project X shaft
UTILITY IRONS: Callaway X Utility Prototype Utility Irons (18˚, 21˚, 24˚) with KBS Tour X shafts
IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Muscleback (5-PW) with KBS Tour X shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Series JAWS (52˚, 60˚) with KBS Tour X shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG1
BALL: Callaway Hex Black Tour

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway/Odyssey clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

(Photo by Darren Carroll/SI)

June 28, 2012

My Bag: Graeme McDowell for the Irish Open

Posted at 11:03 AM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Cleveland Classic 290 (9°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 56X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Cleveland Launcher FL (14°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 72X shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Pro a12 (17°) with a Miyazaki Kusala Indigo 83X shaft; Adams idea a7 (22°) with a Matrix Ozik Altus X shaft
IRONS: Srixon Z-TX II (4-9) with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Cleveland 588 Forged (48°, 52°, 58°) with Royal Precision Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #7
BALL: Stixon Z-Star XV Pure White

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about AdamsCleveland, Odyssey, Srixon clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

(Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)




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