The Odyssey Black Series Tour Design putter line was designed after getting extensive feedback from Tour Professionals to create a putter that meets the demanding tastes of the best players in the world. The Tour Design putter is the latest in the Black Series line from Odyssey, with premium materials and technology used to mill the head from 1025 carbon steel.
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The Tour Design series utilizes the same tungsten back weighting that the previous Black Series putters employed, this tungsten flange moves the center of gravity lower and deeper in the club for truer roll off of the face. The urethane dampening layer that is placed between the two parts of the putter help to soften the feel at impact. The combination of these three pieces (the milled head, tungsten flange, and urethane dampening layer) create Odyssey's Advanced Roll Technology to provide faster roll off of the face and increased accuracy and distance control. The face of the putter has been TD Milled to ensure a perfectly flat face for added consistency of impact. The darker black PVD finish reduces glare and frames the ball very nicely at address while providing a durable finish to the putter. There are two head weights available, this allows for precision balancing of the club at different lengths.
I have always been a fan of the heel shafted mid mallet style putter, so the #9 design naturally caught my eye. I had been using a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 last season and was not overly pleased with my putting statistics for the season, so I was very eager to test this design. The first thing that caught my eye with the Tour Design putter was the dark finish, I really like the way that a black finished putter looks behind the ball, it really forces my eye to focus on the ball at address. The weight and balance of the putter is perfect, I have a 33 inch model with a head weight of 350 grams. The 1025 carbon steel head provides a softer feel at impact than a stainless steel putter head. The tungsten flange blends nicely into the rest of the putter head, much better than in the previous Black Series models when looking down at the club.
After rolling a few putts on the practice green, my main impressions of the Tour Design putter is that the lack of an insert provides a very solid feel with the softer covered tour level balls. The ball gets rolling off of the face very quickly after impact, which promotes increased accuracy and distance control. I was very happy with the sound and feel as well, not too soft and very crisp when hitting the ball. I had a Scotty Cameron California Series Del Mar that I had been waiting to put in play, but the Tour Design #9 beat it in all categories, feel, performance, and looks.
The Black Series Tour Design line is geared for the player who is looking for premium feel and performance from a putter, they are at the top of the price category for Odyssey at $270 for each model. It is right up there as far as looks and feel as any other top of the line putter from Scotty Cameron or Ping Redwood line.