Pros: Near perfect balance, soft, buttery feel, excellent feedback
Cons: None that I can think of
Back in December I was making the turn coming off of the ninth hole at my home course and my putter broke, right at the point where the head attaches to the shaft.
Yes, I'll admit that I missed a pretty easy putt on the ninth hole and I was a little disgusted with myself, but I didn't beat the putter head into the ground or throw it--it was one of my older putters and I had had it for many years, and I guess a stress fracture led to the break. At any rate, there I was, making the turn without a putter in my bag, so I hustled into the pro shop to grab a putter to demo for the back side.
There were many putters on the rack, and some went for as high as $269.00. I knew that I would never spend that much money on a putter, so I selected an Odyssey White Hot Putter from the rack. It had a price tag of $119.00 on it, and I know that in the past it had retailed for as much as $200.00, so I decided to try it out.
And try it out I did. When I came back into the clubhouse after the round, I was so favorably impressed that I told the club pro that I would buy the Odyssey White Hot Putter, and here's why.
My old putter (you know, the one that broke on the ninth hole) was a very heavy blade. A blade style putter has always been my favorite, but I had always considered a lot of weight to be a good thing. The Odyssey White Hot Putter is a blade style putter, but when I picked it up, it seemed almost as light as a feather. After I used it for a while, I realized that it wasn't really light, just almost perfectly balanced, and that's an important distinction. In fact, the technology of the Odyssey White Hot Putter is based upon what the manufacturer, Callaway, refers to as its "signature balance" technology. I don't know the principles behind this idea or how the weight is distributed with this putter, but it seems so perfect that if feels almost like an extension of my arms.
The Odyssey White Hot Putter has an insert on the putter face--I don't know what the insert is made of, but it's not metal and I suspect that it might be some sort of polymer material. The back of the blade has a cavity, and there's a line on top of the putter that makes it easy to line your putt up to the target. The total length of my putter is 35 inches, which seemed a little short to me until I got used to it.
The insert on the face of the Odyssey White Hot Putter feels very soft and generates a barely audible click when I make contact with the ball. The feedback of the face is incredible--I instantly know if I've struck the ball correctly, even without that satisfying solid click, simply because the ball seems to really "cling" the the face of the putter. "Cling" may not be the most apt description of the feel of this putter--that might just be the result of the interaction between the insert and the ball, but it has a soft, buttery feel that imparts a lot of information about the stroke that I've executed. Combine that buttery feel with the well-nigh perfect balance of the putter and I've got a flat stick that seems to inspire a lot of confidence in my putting stroke.
The ball rolls really well off of the face of the Odyssey White Hot Putter--I know that there are newer technologies out there that get the ball rolling immediately and try to eliminate the "hopping" that the ball will sometimes do at the beginning of its roll, but I've had good results with this putter. I can detect no "hopping", and the ball appears to begin to roll smoothly towards the target the instant it's struck.
The Odyssey White Hot Putter really hasn't helped my game when it comes down to the "knee-knocker" putts from the distance of three to six feet. I've always been a pretty accurate short putter, but those thirty and forty foot lags have always given me problems, leading to more three putts that I really care to talk about. Since I've been playing with the Odyssey White Hot Putter I've become a better lag putter, and I've actually improved my score by a couple of strokes by almost totally eliminating three putts. I think that the perfect balance of this putter has allowed me to make a more confident stroke on those long putts, and I find that I'm actually making a few twenty footers every now and then.
I realize that the Odyssey White Hot Putter has been around for a long time, and many would consider it an "old school" putter. There are more refined technologies with some of the newer putters, but this one seems to suit me fine. For a price of $119.00, I think I got an incredible bargain, and I wouldn't trade it for that $269.00 Scotty Cameron model, simply because of the confidence it's given me.
Thanks for reading.