What we say...
The Toe Up concept is relatively new, Odyssey aren’t the first putter brand to experiment with its benefits but they are the first to put some serious bucks behind marketing the concept to the mainstream. When you think about its incredible, the face naturally wants to stand up vertically, a full 90deg difference to a traditional face balanced putter. The concept is really simple, in the play position and throughout the stroke the putter naturally wants to stay aligned to where you’ve aimed. It does this because it suffers from less of the torque which wants to open the face on a lot of face balanced and toe hang putters in the play position. Which in our book is seriously clever engineering.
There’s no getting around the Toe Up’s looks are a bit different to your normal putter. To achieve the correct weight balance in the head the hosel’s positioned slightly behind the face (an onset design) which Simon struggled to love. Chris on the other hand thought it really encouraged him to get his hands ahead of the ball, and focus on rocking the shoulders to swing the putter, which made for some excellent results from inside 12 feet. Both testers agreed the design felt very stable throughout the swing and particularly at the transition point between back and forward swing.
We reckon the Toe Up idea has got some serious legs particularly if the technology can be woven into a slightly more conventional or attractive head design. Its reduced torque design definitely gives a different feel throughout the stroke, and we particularly like how the blade model is perfectly suited to a straight back and through stroke, which blades haven’t been ideally suited to before.