Odyssey White Hot OG putters bring back one of golf's most popular face inserts in six different head shapes for 2021.
"Legendary then, iconic now," is how Odyssey are promoting their new line of White Hot OG putters, two decades after the famous face and renowned 2-Ball putters first found fame.
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There have been dozens of 2-Ball variations over the years, and it’s still hugely popular. But try as hard as they have to move consumers, pros and retailers into new face technology, golfers still yearned for a return to the soft but firm feel of the beloved White Hot insert. Odyssey even admit that more than half the putters they create for Tour players today still feature this insert.
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Now, despite racking up the most worldwide wins and most putters in play at every Major in 2020, Odyssey have decided to turn back the clock in a bid to increase their dominance, bringing back the most popular putter face insert of all-time in six ultra-premium-looking White Hot OG putter heads.
But why was the face so popular?
The original White Hot was made from the same urethane as the cover on Callaway’s Rule 35 golf ball. Whereas soft inserts are usually slow, with a soft feel and dead sound, the White Hot combined the feel of a softer model with the performance off a firmer face.
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The new OG range, with its rich silver PVD finish and finely milled surfaces, offers a putter to suit every golfer – the 1 blade, 1WS wide-soled blade, smaller mallet #5, fanged 7, classic 2-Ball and wider mallet Rossie. Both the Rossie and 7 are available in either double bend face balanced models or with slant necks and a degree of toe hang. All of the putters are available in 33, 34 and 35-inches.
The White Hot OG range includes an updated version of Odyssey's hugely popular Stroke Lab shaft in 'Candy Apple' red. It has a shorter stepless steel tip, weighs seven grams less than its predeccesor, is stiffer and more stable.
In testing Odyssey have seen decent consistency gains from the new shaft, with a 6% improvement in tempo, 9% gain in impact location and a 6% increase in arc.
There's also a traditional steel shaft option for a slightly lower price. All putters come with a grey Odyssey DFX grip as standard with an oversized option also available.
The full range of Odyssey White Hot Putters is on sale from January 28, priced at £239 (£269 2-Ball) with a Stroke Lab shaft and £199 (£219 for 2-Ball) with a steel shaft.