Odyssey Tank Cruiser putters
Friday, March 28, 2014
Last year during the Florida Swing, Odyssey released a counterbalanced putter called the Tank. With a 400-gram head, 30 to 40 grams of additional weight beneath the top of the grip and a heavy shaft, the name must've been easy to develop.
Now Odyssey has a putter that can be thought of as the Tank Lite: the Odyssey Tank Cruiser.
Heavy, counterbalanced putters are designed to slow a player’s hands during the stroke and provide belly putter-like stability. However, making a transition from a traditional putter that tips the scales at around 340 grams to something like the Tank can be jarring. At least that is what Tour players told Odyssey. The Tank Cruiser putters, which will cost $249 each, were developed in response to that feedback.
Thanks to adjustable 10-, 15- and 20-gram weight screws that go into the heel and toe of the sole, the four Cruiser models can have a head weight of either 365, 375 or 385 grams. Golfers also can change the weight at the top of the 15-inch SuperStroke grip by affixing a 5-, 15- or 30-gram plug.
A player can dial up or down the counterbalancing effect to make transitioning into this type of putter a lot easier.
Odyssey gave the Tank Cruiser putters the same White Hot face insert found in the Versa and White Hot Pro putters. According to Odyssey's PGA Tour representative Johnny Thompson, about 80 percent of the players on the Tour who use an Odyssey putter prefer the White Hot face insert because of its combination of sound and feel.
The Tank Cruiser #1 is a heel-toe weighted blade. The Tank Cruiser 330, Tank Cruiser #7, and Tank Cruiser V-Line are mid-size mallets. Each will be available in April.
To get the full counterbalancing effect, golfers should select a putter that allows them to comfortably hold the club with an inch or two of the grip above their hands. Each Cruiser will be available in 35- and 38-inch lengths.