Odyssey Golf 2019 Stroke Lab Putter – New Method of Weight Distribution

Innovation in putters almost always centers on the head. New putter heads are touted as more forgiving, easier to aim, or able to create a better roll. Odyssey Stroke Lab putters, are putting the focus somewhere new: the shaft. With a mixture of graphite and steel, they’ve moved weight in an effort to improve your tempo on the green.

Weight Distribution

Odyssey Stroke Lab Putters incorporate a unique new method of weight distribution, led by the innovative new Stroke Lab shaft to improve the physical dynamics of the stroke.

The tip-heavy graphite and steel shaft saves 40 grams* that’s relocated into each end of the putter to change performance dynamics. The Stroke Lab shaft is slightly stiffer and lower torque compared to standard putter shafts for to better control the slightly heavier head.

Additional weight in the sole and butt-end of the grip change the putter’s dynamics to help golfers consistently repeat a smoother and more accurate stroke.

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White Hot Insert

The White Hot insert used in the Stroke Lab putters is a classic, and for good reason. It marries soft and solid in a way that no other insert can quite copy. Combines legendary White Hot feel with dozens of microhinges embedded across the face that promote topspin for smooth roll and acute distance control. Impact sounds very quiet, a dull “thud.” However, the feel in the hands is solid and connected, not mushy or dead like many inserts that aspire to be soft.

In a large mallet like the Seven, there is very little feedback on strike quality. Impact sounds the same across most of the face, and only extreme toe or heel shots create any twisting.

Performance

The Stroke Lab shaft uses a combination of graphite and steel to reduce weight. It weighs just 75 grams, which is 40 grams less than your typical steel shaft. Odyssey put that weight back in the head (10 grams) and the grip (30 grams). This includes the use of a 40 gram counter weight in the grip.

In essence, the Stroke Lab shaft allows Odyssey to create a counter balanced putter without driving the total weight of the putter sky-high. As someone who has been experimenting with putter weighting lately, I was really intrigued by this. I benefit from having more weight in my hands, but I don’t like the putter to weigh a ton

Bottom Line

If you’re struggling with your putting, the unique weighting and balance of the Odyssey Stroke Lab putters is worth checking out. What’s really impressive to me is that Odyssey is making this innovation available to everyone with a wide array of head shapes and fitting options.

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