The Odyssey White Hot 2-ball putter hit the mainstream in 2001 and went on to be the biggest seller of that year. Given that it’s a product of the Callaway stable that’s hardly a surprise. At the time the club was revolutionary. Why? Well, the premise behind the design was that golfers needed a big helping hand to line up their putts correctly. The average amateur golfer can hardly argue that her or his putts always go straight when you want them to. How often do you hear yourself lamenting the fact that the golf ball shot off to the right of the hole again? And so brand new alignment technology was born.
But how best to describe what the putter looks like?
- Instead of the traditional putting head, it looks like you have an oversized “T” at the end of your club. These days it’s referred to as a mallet. As it implies it looks like you could give something – i.e. your ball – a good whack with it
- And here’s the gizmo – on top of the mallet are to white circles that look like golf balls.
They sit back-to-back and it feels like you’re carrying a couple of balls around with you.
And that’s how the Odyssey 2 Ball putter claimed its name. Sure, it had other revolutionary design elements such as the insert on the club face and what’s tagged as high “MOI”. Everyone loves an acronym, but MOI is special – it means “moment of impact” and refers to the ability of the golf putter to not twist on impact. Again, another godsend for the weekend golfer. Like all good movies there have been plenty of sequels to the Odyssey 2 Ball putter since 2001.
The current crop include some great names such as the Odyssey White Hot XG 2-Ball Blade or F7 Putter. The F7 even has wings on it and has apparently been nicknamed the “Fang Putter”. Nice. And which pros use Odyssey putters? They include:
- Bernhard Langer, the multi-major winning German veteran, putted his way to victory at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship with an Odyssey 2-ball putter. Bernhard was one of the first pros to use the long broomstick putters on tour.
- Pat Perez who recently won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic taking out the top putter award at the same time.