Odyssey Putters made a splash in 1991 with the debut of its black material called Stronomic. Similar to the balata material used in golf ball manufacturing of the day, the lightweight polymer material was soft which provided a new sensation in putting – softness. Despite making Odyssey Putters entirely of Stronomic originally, it later became apparent it was best used as an insert. The company launched with the Rossie 1 and Rossie 2 (named after Bob Rosburg) and enjoyed immediate success in the early 1990s before being purchased by Callaway in 1997 for $130 million.
If you want to jump straight to the end and see the verdict of Odyssey Putters vs. Edel Putters jump to Odyssey Putters vs Edel Putters midway through the article.
In 1996, the Odyssey Dual Force line of stainless steel blade putters debuted updating the Odyssey Putter product range. In 2000, the Odyssey White Hot Putter was launched and replaced the black Stronomic insert. Another product release in 2001 also proved to be a hit being the 2-Ball Putter. Evolution was the name of the game until 2017 when Odyssey introduced the O-Works line of putters that had a black insert and micro-hinge technology.
Odyssey Putters – The Founders
Michael Magermann, Jim Flood, and Brad Adams were the men behind the original Odyssey putters’ design. Michael was later the CEO of Tommy Armour, Jim Flood (also of Aldila) has developed more than 50 golf products since, and Brad Adams, son of TaylorMade founder Gary Adams, later started Never Compromise (bought by SRI) and now Bloodline.
Did you know Tiger Woods didn’t always play a Scotty Cameron putter?
Odyssey Putters have enjoyed tremendous success. Even Tiger Woods gamed an Odyssey Dual Force 660 putter in 1996 when he won the 1996 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Individual Championship.
Odyssey White Hot Putters
Odyssey White series putters is perhaps the most successful putter line in history and definitely in the last 20 years. 2001 saw the release of the White Hot insert – a complete change from the black Stronomic insert that Odyssey had ridden since 1991.
Odyssey White Hot Putters (2001)
The famous insert went from black to white and never looked back. Callaway hit a home run with the White Hot line and it’s still going strong two decades on!
Odyssey White Steel Putters (2004)
The putter was released for those who play harder balls or play on faster greens. The steel insert was inset the familiar White Hot insert. It didn’t go down well and disappeared quickly.
Odyssey White Hot XG Putters (2007)
The White Hot XG was firmer than the White Hot insert and softer than the Dual Force (DFX) insert.
Odyssey White Ice Putters (2009)
An upgraded insert from the Hot XG created a firmer feel and a clickier sound at impact.
Odyssey White Hot Tour Putters (2013)
Odyssey White Damascus Putters (2014)
The putter Ian Poulter replaced his Odyssey White Hot XG #7 with after opening the doors to the world’s putter companies. The Japanese market putter was a black, multi-material tungsten & steel putter with a silver face insert.
Odyssey White Hot Pro (2015)
Laser milled insert re-engineered to improve the sound, feel, and performance.
Odyssey White Hot RX (2016)
The updated White Hot RX insert was meant to feel softer than the Fusion RX insert. The dual-layer, injected-molded insert had a Metal-X roll pattern and a paint coating.
Odyssey White Hot OG (Current Line)
What’s old is new – the original White Hot insert is back! What was shouted from the rooftops as advancement turned out to be not what the professionals wanted… A fancy grip called a DFX has been added and Stroke Lab Shaft comes as standard. Some nice weights are included in the sole and some milling takes care of the aesthetics. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it… simply repackage it and get them out the door it would seem…
Odyssey Putters – Current Product Lines
Odyssey Putters White Hot OG (2021)
Odyssey has brought back the iconic White Hot Putter Insert – technology from 2001 for its 20th anniversary.
Odyssey Putters Ten Series (2021)
The 10 Series is the high MOI product from Odyssey designed for the ‘straight back and through’/ no arc putters.
Odyssey Putters Toulon (2017 – Present)
Odyssey purchased Toulon Design and the new line of Toulon Design by Odyssey was born. Launched in 2017 at the PGA Merchandise show, this is Callway’s direct competitor to Scotty Cameron. Sean Toulon was TaylorMade CEO’s right-hand man before he left to make putters with his sons in 2015. Within 2 years, he was working with TaylorMade’s main competitor.
Odyssey Putters Triple Track (2020 – Present)
Triple Track Technology utilizes Vernier Hyper Acuity – what does that mean? Well, it only works if you buy their balls. Great idea – buy a putter and you need to buy their consumables. Excellent marketing and great play for Callaway.
Stroke Lab (2020 – Present)
Old favourites offered with a new shaft! Odyssey claims the shaft is 40 grams lighter than the traditional steel shaft. The weight re-distribution is said to help with tempo. The insert is a white-hot insert with the Microhinge addition.
Premium Odyssey Putters
Tour Series (2011)
Insert free and deep milled.
Black Series (2012)
The first Odyssey model featuring a milled putter without an insert.
The insert reappeared in the ProType line and added weights to the sole of the putter.
Odyssey Putters Milled Collection (2015)
CNC milled putter with Fusion RX insert (a combination of the White Hot insert and a steel mesh) and adjustable weights.
Odyssey Putters EXO (2018)
Hi-tech & high MOI, multi-material construction of aluminum and steel. The putters featured the White Hot Microhinge Insert and adjustable weights. The Stroke Lab shaft came as standard.
Odyssey Putters Toulon (2017 – Present)
Odyssey purchased Toulon Design and the new line of Toulon Design by Odyssey was born. Launched in 2017 at the PGA Merchandise show, this is Callway’s direct competitor to Scotty Cameron. Sean Toulon was TaylorMade CEO’s right-hand man before he left to make putters with his sons in 2015.
Odyssey Putters – Custom Fit?
As dominant as Odyssey Putters as a brand has been, they simply don’t have the brand weight of Scotty Cameron despite being more widely played on all major tours worldwide. The basic models are gamed by the world’s best more often and in greater number than the Toulon Design Putters by Odyssey.
You can design a putter at Toulon Garage and can adjust the shaft and grips on the standard retail models but no real custom fitting seems to exist. I guess when you sell more putters than anyone else and you’re the #1 putter on tour you stick to your winning formula. For the OEMs, it’s about market share, turnover, and profitability. It seems custom fitting is a nuisance that would impede reaching those objectives.
Odyssey Putters vs Edel Putters
Edel still holds sway with both fitting methodology and putter adjustability and customisation – this is true whether it’s an independent or multi-national OEM. When it comes to dialing in fit biomechanically for lie, loft, length, grip size Edel is the only putter fitting system that incorporates this insight. Head shape, hosel design, and alignment aids are used to dial in aim. Feel can be fine-tuned using head weighting, counterweight, and internal shaft weighting. The Edel fitting methodology and equipment work harmoniously together to create the industry’s finest custom-fitted putters. Each one, made to measure for you.
If you’re looking for custom fit putters, buy right, buy once, buy Edel.
Odyssey Model History
Rossie 1 & Rossie (1991)
Made from the black Stronomic material fully. Eventually, they realised it was better suited as an insert rather than simply a whole head material.
Dual Force Rossie 1 & Dual Force Rossie 2 (1994)
The putters that put Odyssey on the map. The Stronomic material was used as an insert rather than the main material.
Dual Force (1996), Dual Force 2 (2015), DF, DF2, and DFX (2003)
The Dual Force model line served Odyssey well for a good few years. It was used by Tiger Woods and Happy Gilmore. The mainstream golfing community became aware of the brand and Callaway swooped in and picked up the brand for all of $130 million.
The Tri-Hot Odyssey Putter debuted in 2004 and was very popular in Asia and Korea in particular. It featured a tungsten back weight and a firm, white insert. The Odyssey Tri-Hot Putter was available in three blade models: 1, 2, and 3.
Black-i Series (2007)
The Odyssey Black Series debuted in 2007. With a milled design and multi-metal construction, the putter was made of steel and tungsten and featured with a ‘Hogged-Out Hosel’ and urethane insert. Odyssey Putter models included #1, #2, #3 Mallet, #6, #7, #9, and the 2-Ball.
Crimson Series (2009)
The range came in three models, 550, 660, and 770. The red or crimson insert was said to be firmer than the white insert that had been available since 2001.
A genuinely awkward-looking putter. If the technology is great, a consumer may be willing to put up with some quirk. Suffice to say, the model line didn’t last too long…
Deep milling lines and made of Titanium, there were only 1250 made and they never were made available a second time.
Black Series Tour Design (2011)
The Odyssey Black Series debuted in 2011. With a milled design, the putter was made of steel and aimed at the premium putter market without an insert. Odyssey Putter models included #1 Wide, #2, #4, #5, #6, #8, #9, and the 2-Ball Blade.
Flip Face (2012)
Two faces on one putter. On one side was the famous White Hot insert and the other was the milled Metal-X insert. Gimmicky? Sure but they no doubt sold a few… which is the name of the game for a large OEM.
Metal X (2012)
A fully milled putter that wouldn’t look out of place if it were rereleased today. A milled clubhead, dual sole weights, and face made of the White Hot insert and a 6061 aluminum insert.
Tank due to its increased weight. Both the head and grip had added weight – 80 grams more in the head and 40 grams in the grip. The Tank treatment worked for some but not all. That’s your problem and Odyssey had the solution… more new models next year!
The black and white and white and black zebra-inspired putters. These were around for a few years but the gimmick eventually died or the appetite for the aesthetic.
Designed with shorter shafts and optimal weighting… because most women are shorter and weaker than men right? Another case of one size fits all, this range didn’t last long… Oh, it also came in blue and pink…
Highway 101 (2016)
A limited release in three head options in right hand only: #2, #5, and #7. Made from 1020 carbon steel they had Californian Highway 101 themed engraving on the sole and California themed headcovers.
Toe Up (2016)
The Toe Up had a Toe Hang of 12*. Jumping on the Toe Up bandwagon, their foray into the niche was short-lived. The SuperStroke Flatso grip came as standard. Aiming straight at Edel, the largest putter company couldn’t compete in the space and the line was discontinued.
O-Works (2017) V Line (2017) R Line (2017) Red (2018) Black (2019)
The O-Works putters came in a black finish and featured the stainless steel Microhinge Insert with an Odyssey Thermoplastic Elastomer Feel Layer.