Pros: Well Balanced, Deadly Accurate, Good Feel, Reasonably Priced
Cons: Only 33,34,and 35" length options off the rack.
Hey---I'm Not Ususally A Blade Guy!
But under these circumstances-I could be swayed. These putters are my favourite Odysseys of all time. The insert is as firm as the old black one without feeling or sounding thuddy. The bronze no glare colour is rather classy. The balance---is this really from the same company that brought us the poorly balanced overly lofted 2- Ball??!!-- is superb, and the heel toe weighting has been pulled off to perfection. (That's something that both Carbite and Slotline went bust trying to do), and believe me I know from heel toe weighting. I was so impressed with these blades, whether talking the heel shafted, plumber's neck, or center-shafted versions, that they almost knocked the Scotty Cameron out of my bag.
I love the feel of this putter. It gives the ball a firm, confident, "POK" at impact, without feeling thuddy, or too poppy. Better yet, it still offers as much feedback up through the shaft as my rather buttery feeling Scotty Cameron. The biggest difference between these two approaches is that the firmer felling Odyssey encourages a more aggressive stroke than my slightly clingy Scotty. Even though this goes against the basic tenets of my particular stroke, the results left little to be argued with. I was actually making up my mind about keeping the Scotty, or switching back to a more aggressive stroke. In the end, I had to go with the demon that I am already familiar with, rather than take on yet another challenge for a game in the midst of recuperation.
This putter offers everything good about Odyssey Putter's Design Philosophies, and does so at a very affordable price. (Relative to the current pricing of tour quality putters of course.) I felt good putting with this model, especially the center-shafted variety, whether talking a 3 foot knee knocker, or a 20+ foot lag putt. It ran neck and neck with my Scotty until we got to the 30+ foot lags. Then again, that's what mallets are really good for, so that particular criteria is a little unfair. If you like blade putters, and can afford $100---this is about as good as a putter gets in that price range. Hell--there are putters that cost 3X as much that can't keep up with this one.
Though this review is a little lean--it's certainly not mean. This putter is deserving of your respect, as well as a shot at a space in your bag.