The Odyssey Stroke Lab #7 putter is one of the products featured in our Editor's Choice product list.
Odyssey Stroke Lab #7 Putter
A new line of Odyssey putters never fails to catch the eye. In the case of its Stroke Lab collection – a family of ten models – this is no different. Generally speaking, we’ve seen a whole range of different head shapes and styles in recent times, but there’s always an interesting story behind an Odyssey launch.
New shaft philosophy
In this case, it revolves around the tip-heavy shafts, 40 grams lighter than an Odyssey #7 putter with a design that combines a graphite body with a steel tip. Odyssey believes the problem with most putting strokes is that they are inconsistent. So, with this in mind, and to improve the stroke, designers set about changing the weight distribution. Odyssey believes that this improves the consistency of backswing time, face-angle at impact, ball speed and ball direction.
Altering weight distribution is a new way of thinking, and something that’s noticeable from the very first putt. It might feel different, but early feedback is positive, certainly from a tour perspective. In fact, the Tuttle model was used by Danny Willett to win the DP World Tour Championship last year.
There’s another significant alteration at play. The shaft is slightly stiffer and lower torque than standard putters in able to better control the heavier putter head. The additional weight in the sole and butt-end of the grip will also help create more consistency in the swing, allowing for a smoother, more accurate stroke.
The range features ten different head shapes, six mallets and four blades, all of which boast a new White Hot Microhinge insert that enables a smoother roll and improved feel.
One of the most popular models is the Odyssey Stroke Lab #7, a face-balanced mallet, designed with weighted alignment fangs. If consistency with your stroke is causing you concerns, be sure to put an Odyssey Stroke Lab putter on the try list.
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