Odyssey is world-renowned for producing exceptional putters and has been the leading putter brand in golf for a number of years. In 2021, they continue to be the most used putter brand throughout all the main Professional Golf Tours.
Throughout modern golfing history Odyssey have also produced some of the most iconic putters, including the still much-loved White Hot insert and the 2-ball design.
There are plenty of ranges and styles to choose between when looking for an Odyssey putter. Whether you want the softest face insert, easiest to align or latest in shaft technology, Odyssey has a putter for just about everyone.
Deciding on a putter is difficult and not every golfer really knows what they are looking for. It is easy to get lost in all the new styles and seemingly endless ways you can personalize. In this article we will review the best Odyssey putters available, as well as taking a look at how you should go about selecting your next putter.
Table of Contents
- 1. Odyssey White Hot OG #1
- 2. Odyssey DFX Rossie
- 3. Odyssey Ten Triple Track
- 4. Odyssey Toulon Seattle Putter
- 5. Odyssey Stroke Lab Bird of Prey
- 6. Odyssey 2-Ball Ten
- Toe vs Face Balanced Putters
- Different putter head styles
- Milled vs face insert
- Shaft location and length
- How do I know what putter to choose?
1. Odyssey White Hot OG #1
Feel: 100 | Forgiveness: 85 | Alignment: 85 | Look: 95
Best for golfers that want a classic Odyssey
Odyssey’s White Hot range is one of the most iconic of all time and set a new standard for face insert putters. For 2021, Odyssey have reinvented their famous White Hot range and added updated modern technology. The White Hot two-part urethane insert retains the feel and performance of the original that is still much-loved by many amateur golfers.
The Crank Hosel design gives the White Hot OG #1 a significant toe hang, so this style will be best suited to putters with an arced stroke. A silver PVD finish offers a more modern and premium aesthetic. Fine milling around the insert on the face will help add appeal to golfers that prefer the milled putter appearance. The #1 style putter is perfect for golfers that like a classic look that fits between a blade and an Anser. If you prefer a different style, the White Hot OG is available in 2-ball, Rossie, #5 and #7.
2. Odyssey DFX Rossie
Feel: 95 | Forgiveness: 85 | Alignment: 90 | Look: 90
Best value modern Odyssey putter
The DFX is actually Odyssey’s softest insert available, 20% softer than the White Hot. This helps produce a smooth and soft feel regardless of what ball you are using. Perfect for golfers that like to use harder distance golf balls. Coming in under $150, the DFX is also excellent value for a new and modern Odyssey putter.
DFX models come in an attractive all black design with white detailing. The Rossie is the classic design that began the mallet putter head craze. It is now one of the smallest mallet-style putters available, but is still widely popular. If you want this super-soft insert in a different style it is also available in #1, Double Wide, 2-Ball and #7.
3. Odyssey Ten Triple Track
Feel: 95 | Forgiveness: 95 | Alignment: 100 | Look: 85
Best for golfers that struggle with alignment
Odyssey’s Ten models prioritizes high MOI and alignment above all else. The result is an incredibly forgiving and easy to use putter. The mallet putter head is a similar shape to a TaylorMade Spider, which is popular on Professional Tours. The putter face features Odyssey’s new Microhinge Star insert technology, promoting immediate forward roll for improved speed control. The Ten is a face balanced style putter, so best suited to putters with a straight stroke.
New Odyssey Triple Track technology alignment aid is designed to be used with Callaway’s Triple Track balls. When combined with the correct ball, the Odyssey Ten Triple Track is possibly the easiest putter to align on the market. Triple Track technology is also available in 2-ball, #7 and Marxman styles.
4. Odyssey Toulon Seattle Putter
Feel: 100 | Forgiveness: 80 | Alignment: 90 | Look: 100
Best premium Odyssey putter
The Toulon range is premium and simple elegance, with all of Odyssey’s latest technology included. A milled face has deep cross-hatch grooves across the whole face for a consistent roll and exquisite feel. The Odyssey Toulon range is perhaps best known for its high-end appearance, with clean and detailed craftsmanship complemented by a smoke finish. The Seattle model is a mallet toe balanced putter designed to encourage a natural arc in your putting stroke.
All Toulon putters come with the new Odyssey Stroke Lab shaft as standard. Mentioned in previous reviews on our list, this multi-material shaft saves 40g of weight against a standard steel shaft. This allows redistribution of weight to grip and putter head for improved putting stroke tempo. Odyssey Toulon putters also come with an adjustable sole weight for a lighter or heavier putter head. A 20g weight comes as standard, but there are also 7g and 40g options.
5. Odyssey Stroke Lab Bird of Prey
Feel: 95 | Forgiveness: 100 | Alignment: 95 | Look: 80
Best for overall forgiveness
The Stroke Lab Bird of Prey might just be one of Odyssey’s most forgiving putters ever. The ultra-high MOI mallet construction offers exceptional forgiveness on mishit strikes, which will help on longer putts and for golfers that struggle to consistently find the center. The mallet design is distinctive and modern, with a singular bold white High Def alignment line running down the head.
A new Microhinge Star insert offers a great feel. It has a slightly firmer feel and enhanced sound compared with the iconic White Hot, but has the same roll characteristics. This will appeal to golfers that do not like overly soft putter face inserts. As suggested by the name, the Bird of Prey putter comes with Odyssey’s innovative multi-material Stroke Lab shaft. This shaft saves 40g, which allows for the redistribution of weight to grip and putter head for improved putting stroke tempo and more consistency.
6. Odyssey 2-Ball Ten
Feel: 95 | Forgiveness: 95 | Alignment: 95 | Look: 85
Best for golfers that like alternative putting styles
This is the latest modern take on Odyssey’s infamous 2-ball putter. The mallet design itself is the same shape as the Ten Triple Track earlier in this review, except it features the 2-ball alignment aid instead. Popular among golfers for several years, Odyssey claim this is their best 2-ball design ever.
The putter face features a Microhinge Star insert, designed to offer better speed control and consistency. The Ten shape is high MOI for maximum forgiveness and has a face balanced style best suited to straight back and through strokes. For golfers that like alternative putting styles, the 2-Ball Ten is also available in arm-lock and broomhandle styles. These longer putters have been given adjustable weighting for improved overall stability. If you are struggling with the dreaded yips, it might be worth trying one of these options.
Toe vs Face Balanced Putters
How a putter is weighted will determine whether it is toe balanced, face balanced or somewhere in between the two. The difference is easy to find out and simple to understand, but not every golfer considers this when buying a putter. Yet, this is one of the most important factors when determining whether a putter is likely to suit your stroke.
If you balance the shaft of your putter on your palm and the putter face is pointing upwards, then you have a face balanced putter. If the toe is pointing towards the ground, then you have a toe balanced (sometimes referred to as toe hanging) putter. Some putters will also fall somewhere in the middle of these two options.
Golfers with a straight ‘back-and-through’ style stroke will typically favor face balanced putters. Whereas, golfers with an arced stroke favor a toe balance. If you have an arced stroke, one that comes slightly inside and open on the takeaway, then you need a toe hang putter to be able rotate the putter head through the stroke. Face balanced putters do the opposite, by keeping the putter face square to the target by reducing toe rotation.
Different putter head styles
There are so many different-looking styles available in modern putters. They can be broken down into three basic styles.
The blade is the oldest style of putter. Although still used by some golfers, it is less common nowadays. Blade putters have a smaller and narrower design, similar to how you would associate bladed muscleback irons. The lack of room to add new technology means they lack the forgiveness of other modern putter styles.
Sometimes referred to Anser-style putters, this shape was made popular by the PING Anser putter of the 1960s. They feature weighting in both the heel and toe of the putter to add extra forgiveness. They are thin and rectangular in shape, with an appearance resembling a modern interpretation of a blade style putter.
The mallet putter style has constantly evolved since becoming popular during the 1990s. Most modern mallet putters have taken on a high MOI design. These putters are much larger and come in a variety of shapes. The larger shape, compared with the two previously mentioned designs, allows manufacturers to add weighting for maximum forgiveness as well as better alignment aids.
A more forgiving roll even on mishits has made these possibly the most popular putters in 2021. Not just for amateurs looking for improved consistency, but for Pros on Tour as well.
Milled vs face insert
Some golfers have a clear preference of milled or face insert putters. However, advancement of technology and innovative processes have meant the difference between these putters is not as significant as it once was.
Milled putters are made from one solid piece of metal, typically steel but you can find other specialist alternatives. These putters are usually slightly firmer and less forgiving and provide more noticeable vibration feedback on misstruck putts. Some golfers prefer this feel and many will argue it makes them more consistent. Milled putters are also incredibly durable and tend to carry a higher price. Scotty Cameron has arguably transformed the milled putter market in modern years, but Odyssey fans should check out the Toulon range.
Insert putters replace the metal face with an insert usually made from a softer and lighter material. They usually make a quieter sound when struck and have a smoother feel. The lighter material also allows for redistribution of weight to the perimeter of the putter for higher MOI and more forgiveness. Odyssey are one of the best and most renowned manufacturers of face insert putters, including their world famous White Hot insert.
It is not always as simple as the above descriptions though. You can now find metal and even milled metal insert putters though, which are designed to perform more similarly to a typical milled putter. As well as deep milled putters that have a softer feel, closer to that of an insert.
Shaft location and length
Putter shafts will almost universally have steel shafts, but the length and location will vary.
The length of your putter will be determined by your height, posture and technique. Standard putter lengths are between 32-36 inches. You should choose the option that allows you to comfortably address the putt with your eyes over the golf ball.
Longer 40-45inch ‘belly’ and 45-52inch ‘broomhandle’ alternatives are still available, although they are less popular since the rules of golf banned the anchoring technique in 2016.
Shafts can be connected in either the heel or center of the putter head. It is a personal preference that will depend on both your putting stroke and your eye. Golfers with a straight back and through style stroke are more likely to prefer center-shafted putters. They make it harder to rotate the toe through the stroke, so golfers with an arced-stroke normally avoid this style.
It is also worth noting how much offset you want in your putter hosel. Most putters will have at least a slight offset, but some will noticeably move the shaft ahead of the putter head. More offset typically helps golfers that struggle with breaking their hands and wrists behind the ball.
There are so many options when it comes to choosing a grip for your putter. Unlike other golf clubs in your bag, the putter is allowed to have a flat edge. Commonly, this is where you place your thumbs on the grip. The thickness, material and weight of putter grips also have a much greater variety than standard club grips.
Thicker and heavier grips have become popular with many golfers. They are designed to reduce the amount of wrist movement for a smoother putting stroke. However, the downside is that a thicker grip reduces vibrations and can cause you to lose feel. Plus, heavier grips will counterbalance the putter, meaning the putter head will feel lighter.
As with choosing the right putter, it is important to try out different grips to find out what suits you and your putting stroke the best.
As with any purchase, your budget plays a vital role in what you choose. Golf putters can last for several years and some golfers will never change their putter. This makes them a worthy investment. But, it is important to remember that buying an expensive putter will not magically solve any putting issues you may have. Sorry!
New putters that come with modern technology and detailed craftsmanship are significantly more expensive. By stretching to a higher budget you will benefit from the latest in putter technology and this can mean improved weight stability, forgiveness or roll consistency.
However, putting is so much about feel and confidence. So, you could equally find what you are looking for in an old or even used model. It is worth doing some research and trying out different styles to see what feels good. You can then save some money on older models if your budget is tight.
How do I know what putter to choose?
Putters are a personal decision and the most important attribute is whether it gives you confidence. However, there are lots of other factors to consider that should help point you towards the most suitable options.
It is important to know what type of putting stroke you have. Some golfers will show a more pronounced difference than others, but every golfer will have either an arc or straight back and through stroke.
Not sure what stroke you have? A quick drill is to place two alignment sticks either side of your putter head running parallel to the intended target. Take a normal putting stroke, but once at the end of your backswing, stop. Take a look to see where your putter head is. If you have stayed between the alignment sticks then you have a straight back and through stroke. Alternatively, if the putter has come over the top of the nearest alignment stick then you have an arc.
There is no right or wrong type of stroke. Many amateurs have a misconception that straight back and through is the ‘correct’ way to putt. However, it can actually be harder to replicate consistently. Tiger Woods famously has an arced putting stroke and he’s not too bad at putting!
Once you know your stroke type, it can point you towards a toe or face balanced putter as well as whether a centre shaft would suit you.
Beyond this, you want to consider the weight, hosel, grip, alignment, face type and shaft. There really are so many different ways to personalize your putter and all of these decisions are arguably more ‘feel based’.
The only way to know what you like is by trying out as many different putters as possible. Plus, if it is in your budget, a putting fitting is the best way to decide what putter to choose. Fittings are incredibly common for golfers when choosing irons or drivers, but lesser so for putters. Given a putter will likely last longer and is used more regularly, more golfers should consider this option.
Odyssey produces so many amazing putters that it is impossible to single out one as the best putter. Each range and model have their own unique attributes. Every golfer will have their own opinion on their favorite style and there are not any bad Odyssey putters on this list.
The White Hot putters are iconic and deliver world-renowned quality. There is a reason why so many golfers are still using the original models this many years on. So, if you are a golfer that wants a tried and tested putter that clearly lasts the test of time, the new White Hot range is definitely worth trying out.
Budget no obstacle and want the latest in milled putter technology? Check out the Odyssey Toulon range. These premium putters ooze class, deliver superb feel and top performance. Alternatively, if you are looking for a new putter to use with cheap and hard golf balls. The budget friendly DFX range features the softest feeling insert available.
Whatever type of putter you are searching for, hopefully this article has helped to guide you.