With a ban on anchored putting methods looming, Odyssey Golf is trying to create clubs that will give golfers all the benefits of a belly or broomstick putter without having to be affixed to their bodies. Odyssey’s first effort was released 72 hours after the USGA and R&A’s announcement last November. Now, the company has announced that it will release the ultra-heavy, super-stable Tank putter on April 12.
According to Austie Rollinson, the principal designer at Odyssey, the origins of the Tank can be traced to the Japanese LPGA Tour. While visiting Japan shortly after the USGA and R&A announced their proposed ban, Rollinson says that he noticed several players were using putters with especially heavy heads and longer, heavier grips. A lot of these putters also seemed a bit too long, but the Japanese women were having success with the clubs because the added weight in the head and the grip created anchor-like stability.
Back in Odyssey’s Carlsbad, Calif., headquarters, Rollinson and his team began tinkering with heavy components. Though their creation’s #7-style head will look familiar – Luke Donald and Ian Poulter use Odyssey putters with a #7 head – if you pick one up you’ll immediately notice the difference.
The Tank, at $199, will be available in 34-, 36-, 38- and 40-inch versions. The club’s head weighs 400 grams and comes from an Odyssey belly putter. The shaft on the traditional-length versions weighs 150 grams, and the grip adds another 60 grams. Odyssey also added a 40-gram counterweight under the grip, bringing the Tank’s total weight to a whopping 650 grams.
According to Odyssey, the conventional-length Tank putters weigh 19 percent more than standard putters and have a total club MOI that is 34 percent higher. The 38- and 40-inch versions have a total club MOI that is 109 percent higher than a standard putter.
“One of the things that anchoring does is that it stabilizes the putter so that your wrists won’t break down, and it limits forearm rotation,” Rollinson said. “That’s the whole idea behind the concept, to make a putter that is really stable because of inertia rather than anchoring.”
Rollinson says that golfers who have been using a belly putter and try a Tank will notice that their stroke’s path will appear to be more straight-back and straight-through because anchored methods naturally produce a wider-arced stroke.
Odyssey designed the tank with a three-faceted sole and put the updated White Hot insert into the face for consistent sound and enhanced feel.
Rollinson says that the Tank line could be expanded if it proves to be popular and that more non-anchored concepts are in the works.