The three alignment lines used on Callaway's balls make their way on to Odyssey's five new Triple Track Putters... Odyssey also extend the Stroke Lab Black Range
◆ 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.
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
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.
◆ 2-Ball Blade
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.
◆ Double Wide
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.
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's newest shape is a beauty. With an MOI of 5504 Odyssey say it outperforms 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.
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
Odyssey Expand Stroke Lab Black Putter Line
The first Stroke Lab Black Putters, TEN and Bird of Prey, both super-high MOI mallets, were introduced last fall. New models unveiled include two proven blades, ONE and Double Wide; two proven mallets, SEVEN and Rossie; and a new mallet shape, the R-Line Arrow.
In addition to their sleek black finish, Stroke Lab Black Putters also feature Odyssey's new Microhinge Star insert, with firmer feel and brighter sound while promoting forward-spin at impact for smooth roll.
Stroke Lab shaft technology saves 40 grams, made possible by an innovative new multi-material shaft design that combines a graphite body with a steel tip to net out at just 75 grams. Odyssey engineers redistributed the saved 40 grams by adding 10 grams to the head, and 30 grams to the grip, essentially rebalancing the putter.
The effect of Stroke Lab's innovative weight distribution on a golfer's stroke is dramatic. Odyssey studies indicate it improves the consistency of backswing length, face-angle at impact, head speed through impact and tempo. Feel for the putterhead becomes more acute, helping the golfer repeat the same, smooth stroke time after time.
Dozens of Tour pros have put Stroke Lab Putters in play, including Phil Mickelson, Xander Schauffele, Francesco Molinari, Danny Willett, Branden Grace, Adam Hadwin, Kevin Kisner and Retief Goosen.
The entire line including Stroke Lab Black TEN, Bird of Prey, ONE, Double Wide, SEVEN, Rossie R-Line Arrow will be available at retail in Europe from January 30, 2020.