Odyssey Metal-X Milled putters
One plus one plus one equals three, except when you're talking about Odyssey's latest line of putters, the Metal-X Milled series. In that case, it equals a new one.
"What we have tried to do with Metal-X Milled is incorporate technologies that we've had in three different lines into one," said Austie Rollinson, Odyssey’s principal designer.
Rollinson said Odyssey took the face pattern from its Metal-X line and put it in a one-piece, milled head design, like a ProType Tour. Then the company added the adjustable weight system from the ProType iX. Voila! A new putter line was born.
The original Odyssey Metal-X putters, released in early 2013, were designed with ovular depressions in the face insert, which the company said helps get the ball rolling faster on the greens. According to Odyssey, the oval pattern helps the face latch onto the ball, even if the putter is on the upswing.
"The oval depressions really increase the friction in the face," Rollinson said. "That friction is going to help when you make contact with the ball. It will help to launch it at a lower angle and with less backspin than it would usually have, to put a better roll on it."
In the original Metal-X putters, the dimple pattern was in an insert that was positioned over a Urethane inner layer that softened the feel of impact. In the Metal-X Milled putters, the ovals are milled directly into the putter's face.
To enhance feel and distance control, Odyssey designed two weight ports in the bottom of each Metal-X Milled putter, one in the heel and one in the toe. Each club comes with a kit that includes two 10-gram and two 20-gram weight plugs. The putters will come pre-set with a pair of 15-gram weights positioned in the head, giving the Metal-X Milled a head weight of 350 grams. Depending on personal preference, a golfer can decrease that number to 340 grams by inserting the 10-gram weights or increase it 360 grams by going with the 20-gram weights.
Regardless of the weights a player uses, putts should feel solid thanks to a stabilizing crossbar that Odyssey designed behind the hitting area. The company says the crossbar stiffens the sweet spot of the putter without adding weight or decreasing the moment of inertia (MOI), which would decrease forgiveness.
"When we first brought these putters out on tour, we took them to the Japan Tour and there were some issues with sound consistency across the face because we had to make the cavity [behind the face] so deep," Rollinson said. "The crossbar stabilizers not only stiffen the face, they make the sound more consistent too."
There are six black-finished Metal-X Milled models, and all of them will look familiar. The #1 and #6 are a classic heel-toe weighted blades, while the #7 is a popular two-pronged mallet design. The Metal-X Milled #9HT is a small semi-mallet shape with an enlarged toe (HT stands for High Toe). The 330 and Rossie are classic mallets.
Before Odyssey officially announced the release of the Metal-X Milled putters, Chris Kirk used a Metal-X Milled #1 (which Odyssey referred to as a Mystery Milled #1) to win the McGladrey Classic in November.
The Metal-X Milled putters will arrive in stores Jan. 17. The #1, #6, #9HT and 330 Mallet will cost $299, and the #7 and Rossie will cost $349.