Clubs that blend an iron and a putter, commonly referred to as chipping clubs, are not new. It dawned on golfers decades ago that a putter-length club with short-iron loft and a wide sole could make getting out of greenside rough easier for players who have trouble chipping and pitching with wedges.
What makes the new Odyssey X-Act Tank Chipper different is how it blends functional design and updated technologies into something that could appeal to more mid- and higher-handicap players.
Available in two lofts, 37 and 46 degrees, the Odyssey X-Act Tank Chipper has a head weight of 355 grams, the same as a slightly heavy putter. The Marksman-style alignment aid is designed to encourage golfers to set it up behind the ball like a putter and make it easier to aim.
Golfers who get nervous while chipping might appreciate the polymer insert and sole. Wedges have stainless steel faces; polymer will feel softer at impact, which Odyssey says should enhance feel and touch around the greens. The hybrid-style sole is extremely wide and curved to help work through grass more easily and avoid digging.
The Odyssey X-Act Tank Chipper will come standard with an oversized, non-tapered SuperStroke Chipper grip. It is designed to help players avoid flipping the clubhead or scooping to get the ball up.
The clubs reach stores July 15 for $129.99 each.