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Odyssey Milled Collection RSX putters

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Phil Mickelson recently told the putter-makers at Odyssey that when he hits a 5-foot putt, he wants it to feel and sound like a 5-foot putt, not a 15- or 35-foot putt, because auditory feedback helps him perform more consistently.

With the new Milled Collection RSX putters, Odyssey has tried to bring enhanced sound, feel and roll to the masses.

The RSX stands for “roll and sound experiment,” and according to Austie Rollinson, Odyssey’s chief designer, many of the inspirations for this line came from clubs designed for the Asian market.

“This putter line is really an offshoot of a line we released in Japan last September called the Milled Collection SX,” Rollinson said.

The 17-4 stainless steel inserts in the Milled Collection RSX putters have a chemically etched, oval pattern that grips the cover of the ball and gets it rolling faster. The putters released in Japan don’t have the insert pattern. Rollinson said that to get the sound of impact to resemble that of some putters that Japanese players especially liked, Odyssey gave the Milled Collection RSX putters a sound chamber behind the insert.

“We went to our computer modelers and took that (Japanese putter) and saw how it vibrated, what parts of that putter moved and what frequencies did it generate,” Rollinson said. “Then we created the new design with an insert to try to make the same sound. The sound chamber takes weight out of the middle of the putter and changes how the putter will bend and vibrate when it makes impact with the ball.”

There are three heads in the Milled Collection RSX family. The #001 is a heel-toe weighted blade; the #7 is a popular mallet shape with wing-like extensions in the heel and toe; and the V-Line Fang is a mallet with rounded extensions in the heel and toe. All three come with a black powder finish and Cabretta leather grip. They reach stores July 15 and will cost $379.99.

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