What we say...
The three 'Vernier Hyper Acuity' alignment lines used on Callaway's balls make their way on to Odyssey's five new Triple Track Putters...
◆ RRP: £239-£269
◆ Triple Track Head Shapes: Five: 2-Ball / 2-Ball Blade / Marxman / Ten (double bend or slant hosel) / Double Wide (double bend or flow neck)
Brands often boast about how much time and effort their R&D departments put into new products – but Callaway admit little of their $40 million annual R&D budget was spent on Odyssey's new Triple Track putters!
Odyssey general manager Sean Toulon told us that as soon as he and his team saw Callaway's new Triple Track ERC Soft golf ball last year, they simply had to use the stripey alignment idea on a new range of putters.
He said: "I didn't have a red Sharpie in my office at the time, but I did have a blue one, so I drew two blue lines on a 2-Ball putter. Then I ran to Luke Williams' office (his right-hand man at Odyssey) and he drew the red line down the centre; right there we knew we had our new Triple Track putters. It really was that simple."
And sometimes it's those simple ideas that create the biggest buzz, just like Odyssey's original 2-Ball 20 years ago.
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Odyssey Triple Track Putters: First Hit Verdict
So often simple ideas are the best. And once the Triple Track ball appeared it was only a matter of time before the tech made its way on to a putter. It makes perfect sense. Odyssey say the heads with the longest sight lines have been most popular with pros stocking their shops for 2020, which probably says getting the longest run of lines between ball and putter will be of most help.
Don't be tempted to have a go at drawing some lines on your current 2-Ball, either; Odyssey say the colour and spacing are critical to it working, and the lines must match those on a Triple Track ball perfectly.
Triple Track alignment
We first saw "Vernier Hyper Acuity" on Callaway's ERC Soft golf ball in 2019. The combination of colours and spacing is critical in helping the brain process and visualise alignment more accurately and more consistently. It's the same visual clues pilots use to land on aircraft carriers.
Stroke Lab shaft
Every Triple Track putter comes with a Stroke Lab hybrid shaft. Odyssey's top players use Stroke Lab, which is proven to improve some putting stroke metrics by up to 20%.
Microhinge Star insert
A firmer Microhinge Star insert enhances sound and feedback at impact, while maintaining the same roll and reduced skid benefits of Odyssey's popular White Hot Microhinge insert.
Odyssey Triple Track Putters: The Models
Odyssey Triple Track 2-Ball putter
It might be 20 years since Odyssey first introduced the 2-Ball, but the model is still going strong. Like Triple Track, it was such a simple idea that just works. The double bend shaft model is face balanced, so it suits straighter putting strokes perfectly.
Odyssey Triple Track 2-Ball Blade putter
Perfect for golfers who aren't huge fans of the curvy edges of the 2-Ball head. Straighter edges can help alignment, too. Ask Padraig Harrington, who is a big fan; 21° of toe hang means it's more suited to slightly arcing strokes than a face balanced standard 2-Ball.
Odyssey Triple Track Double Wide putter
We're big fans of wide-body blades here at TG as they give confidence a decent boost over narrower models and effectively offer similar levels of forgiveness to mallets. The Double Wide is available as both face balanced and toe hang models.
Odyssey Triple Track Marxman putter
A brilliant mix of high MOI performance wrapped into a pretty compact and discreet mallet. We love how the lines come all the way up on to the top edge of the putter; it gives a seamless flow from the back of the putter to the front of the ball
Odyssey Triple Track Ten putter
Odyssey's newest shape is a beauty. With an MOI of 5504 Odyssey say it out performs a TaylorMade Spider X for stability. If, like a lot of club golfers, your putting could do with some additional stability and alignment help, the Ten is your match.
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Verdict: Odyssey Triple Track Ten putter
Without a doubt, Odyssey have hit a massive home run transferring Triple Track sightlines from their golf balls to putters, and in our opinion the Ten is the pick of the seven-model family. Why? Having the “Vernier Hyper Acuity” lines running from the back of the head right up to the ball gives maximum indication of where you’re aiming and that’s the whole point of Triple Track.
And if we’re talking about getting the full benefit of the sightlines, you’ll need a Triple Track ball (either Chrome Soft or ERC) in front of the putter, too. For some it will take a bit of practice aligning the head to the ball so the lines run through the pair, but trust us the effort is well worthwhile – our test pro didn’t miss one 15-footer while we gathered our data!
Triple Track is a really simple idea that benefits average club golfers, just like Odyssey’s original 2-Ball. We’d love to know how many Odyssey sell this year (a lot!).
Review written by: Simon Daddow
Job title: Today's Golfer - Equipment Editor